Plenary Speakers

Director, UTokyo-JAXA Center for Composites

In-Process Monitoring of Advanced Composites for Material Quality Assurance

Professor Nobuo Takeda, is currently Professor and Director of TJCC (UTokyo-JAXA Center for Composites), the University of Tokyo as well as President of RIMCOF (Research Institute of Metals and Composites for Future Industries). He is also Technical Adviser to Director, Aeronautical Directorate, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) and Project Professor, Tohoku University.  His research includes experimental micromechanics of composites and smart composite structural health monitoring (SHM) and life cycle monitoring (LCM). He has led several Japanese national projects on structural health and process monitoring of aerospace composite structures mainly based on optical fiber sensors. He has just finished his term as President of International Committee of Composite Materials (ICCM) and Japanese Representative of International Committee on Aeronautical Fatigue (ICAF). He is also Asian Editor of Composites Part A, and Associate Editor of Smart Materials and Structures, Structural Health Monitoring, Int. J. Sandwich Structures and Materials. He published more than 320 refereed journal papers and 40 review articles, and delivered 60 Plenary/Keynote talks.

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Metal Matrix Composite Reinforcement by Boron Nitride Nanotubes: Insight from Computations

Debra Bernhardt (Searles) is a Group Leader and Professor in the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) and School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences at The University of Queensland, and Director of the AIBN Centre for Theoretical and Computational Molecular Science. Her research program focuses on the theoretical and computational approaches to develop a fundamental understanding of the behaviour of matter and devices.  She applies these approaches to a wide range of problems, particularly transport in nanoscale systems, fluctuation phenomena, design of materials, gas separation, energy storage and conversion. Debra has held research appointments at the University of Basel, Switzerland; the Australian National University; and Griffith University, where she was founding director of the Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and an elected member of the European Academy of Science and Arts. In 2011, while at Griffith University, Debra was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award for Research Leadership. She was the recipient of the Association of Molecular Modellers of Australasia Medal in 2017. Debra publishes in her maiden name (Debra J. Searles) and has over 150 publications.

Director, Advanced Materials Institute for BIN Convergence Tech  Department Polymer-Nano Science and Technology  Chonbuk National University

3D Graphene Based Nanocomposites for Next Generation Energy Applications

Professor Joong Hee Lee has received his Ph D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, USA in 1995. He has more than 25 years of research experience on the Composite & Nanocomposite materials. With very active research, he has published more than 270 SCI papers in the related area and established the Korea Composite Research Co. Ltd. Now it become one of the leading company in the composite materials in Korea and he worked for 12 years as a president of the company. He is the head of the Department of BIN Convergence Technology and the Director of Advanced Materials Institute of BIN Covergence Technology of Chonbuk National University. With his great achievement, he has received the Best Scientist and Engineer Award and the Knowledge Creation Grand Award of the Month from the Ministry of the Science and ICT of Korea. He also has received the best research professor award for last consecutive 7 years in Chonbuk National University. Currently, he is the Fellow of the Korea Academy of Science and Technology and the Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea. He is also the vice president of Korean Society of Composite Materials and the principal vice president of Korean Society of Hydrogen and New Energy. His current research interests are focused on the synthesis of new nanomaterials and energy conversion/storage applications of the nanomaterials.

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Understanding and Improving the Notch Sensitivity of Composite Laminates

Michael Wisnom is Professor of Aerospace Structures at the University of Bristol and Director of Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS). He is a leading authority on the mechanics and failure of fibre reinforced composites, with over 400 refereed journal and conference publications. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Editor in Chief of Composites Part A, and a past president of the International Committee on Composite Materials.

Editor-in-Chief of Composite Communications

Prof. Limin Zhou was awarded a ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in 1994 and an Australian Research Fellowship in world-wide open competition in 1996 after he received his PhD from The University of Sydney in 1994. He was appointed as an Assistant Professor in 1996 and became a Professor in 2005 in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. After assuming the current appointment, Prof. Zhou received an Engineering Faculty Best Research Award in 1999 and the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievements in Research in 2000. His major research interests include Nanomaterials and nanotechnology for energy applications; Manufacturing techniques and processing models for high strength thermoplastic composites; Smart materials and structures; Structure health monitoring technology. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Composite Communications journal.