Keynote Speakers


Multi-physics and Multi-phase Modeling of Engineering and Natural Processes Using CFD

Seshasai Srinivasan

Dr. Seshasai Srinivasan obtained his BE in Electronics and Telecommunications from University of Mumbai in 2000. He obtained his MS in Electrical Engineering and PhD in Computational science and engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2002 and 2006, respectively. Since his PhD, he has held postdoctoral positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and McMaster University. He is currently an assistant professor at McMaster University's School of Engineering Practice and Technology, adjunct professor at Ryerson University's Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Associate member of McMaster University's Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is the co-founder and director of GRAS Child Development and Educational Association, a non-profit Canadian start-up since 2015.


Merits of Nanofluids in Enhancing the Rate of Heat Transfer

Abdulmajeed Mohammad

Prof. Mohamad graduated with Ph.D. from Purdue University, USA. For period of 1993-1999 he was Prof. in Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus. Since 2000 he is Professor of thermofluid in Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada. From 2010 to 2012 he was acting Dean of Engineering in Alfaisal Univ. Dr. Mohamad held few admin positions, director of graduate studies, acting director for Centre for Environmental Engineering Centre for Research and Education. Dr. Mohamad is a Fellow Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineer (ASME). He has authored and co-authored more than 230 papers and graduated more than 40 Ph.D. and M.Sc. students.  



Investigation of Hydrogen Production using Chemical Looping Reforming

Tariq Shamim

Dr. Shamim is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE. He earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering and a master's in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. He also held visiting faculty appointments at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, National University of Singapore, American University of Sharjah, N.E.D. University of Engineering & Technology., Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Ford Motor Company. Dr. Shamim specializes in the broad area of sustainability with special focus on clean energy technologies. His research and consulting work has been supported by several grants from the NSF, US Department of Defense, US Department of Energy, automotive, aerospace, and oil companies, and the government of Abu Dhabi. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)  



Human Heart Fluid-Structure Interaction Modeling and Simulations

Dean Vucinic

Prof Dean Vucinic, is member of 2 departments: Mechanical Engineering and Electronics & Informatics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). His Ph.D. thesis became a book in 2010, ISBN 978- 3-8383-3500-1. In early 90's he developed "CFView - Computational Field Visualization System", first-time-ever interactive visualization software adapted to numerical simulation solvers, completely based on the object-oriented technology, and fully implemented in C++During more than 27 years at VUB, he successfully participated in more than 20 European projects under the European Frameworks, EUREKA/ITEA and Tempus educational programs, where more than 20 PhD-s based their visualization and data analysis applying CFView.  



Modeling and Optimization of Practical Thermal Systems to Enhance Output and Reduce Environmental Effect

Yogesh Jaluria

Dr. Yogesh Jaluria is Board of Governors Professor and Distinguished Professor at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. His research work is in the field of thermal science and engineering, covering areas like convection, fires, materials processing, thermal management of electronics, energy, and optimization of thermal systems. He is the author/co-author of eight books and editor/coeditor of thirteen conference proceedings, eight books, and seven special issues of archival journals. He has contributed over 500 technical articles, including over 200 in archival journals. He received the prestigious 2007 Kern Award from AIChE, the 2003 Robert Henry Thurston Lecture Award from ASME, and the 2002 Max Jakob Memorial Award, the highest international recognition in heat transfer, from ASME and the AIChE. He is currently the President of the American Society of Thermal and Fluids Engineers.



Water Desalination by Humidification-Dehumidification Process Powered by Solar Energy

M.K. Abu Arabi

Dr Abu Arabi received his B.Sc. (1983) and Ph.D. (1988) in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University, USA and M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (1985) from New Mexico State University, USA. He then joined Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in July 1990. In September 1998, he joined Sultan Qaboos University then in July 1999 he joined the Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC) as a project manager. He returned to JUST on September 2005. He held several administrative positions at JUST; assistant Dean of Engineering, chairman of the Chemical Engineering Department, and Dean of Engineering.



Ionic Solvents; New Findings and Challenges

F.S. Mjalli

Dr Mjalli received his doctorate (PhD) in 2003 from the Chemical Engineering Department, University of Aston, Birmingham UK. He joined the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) Department of Petroleum & Chemical Engineering in 2010 as an associate professor. Prior to that, Dr. Mjalli held several academic positions at Qatar University and the University of Malaya. His main field of research includes investigating alternative energy sources, fuel treatment technologies, as well as the synthesis, characterization and use of green solvents in different industrial aspects. Dr. Mjalli has published more than 150 highly ranked journal articles and technical papers and participated in many international and regional conferences. He is the recipient of the SQU best researcher award for the academic year 2013 and the international award of Best Professor in Petroleum and Oil & Gas Engineering for 2014.



A Novel Thermochemical Model for Nanomaterials

M.R. Islam

Prof. M. R. Islam is the President of Emertec Research and Development Ltd. and an adjunct Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Dalhousie University, where he was Canada's first Killam Chair in petroleum engineering during 2000-2005. He has written nearly 800 publications, including dozens of books and keynote speeches. He is the executive editor of Journal of Nature Science and Sustainable Technology. Dr. Islam is known as the most published engineer in the world. He is credited to have coined terms, such as 'green petroleum' and 'sustainable petroleum development' at a time when "sustainable petroleum" was considered to be an oxymoron. In recognition of his research and teaching excellence, he has received a number of international awards, including Einstein Gold Medal of Honor, and Crown and Eagle Gold Medal for both of which Dr. Islam is the first recipient in Canada.



Balanced Energy Network BEN

Andy Ford

Andy is Director of Research and Enterprise at the School of the Built Environment and Architecture at London South Bank University and leads the Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB). In 1983 at the age of 30 he left to establish his own consulting practice 'Fulcrum Consulting' which became famed for advanced integrated low energy building design and sustainable master planning. The practice has won many industry awards. Whilst the buildings he collaborated on have won architectural acclaim. Fulcrum as a practice continued independently for 25 years and grew to 150 staff before becoming part of Mott MacDonald in 2008. Andy's involvement with the future direction of the industry has grown over the years. Fulcrum proactively lead the industry debate around sustainability and was founding members of the UKGBC. He has had a long interest in research, innovation and knowledge transfer working as a research manager in DTI Partners in Innovation program and serving on the Modern Built Environment Knowledge Transfer Network steering group since its foundation. He was awarded the IMechE Built Environment Prize in 2008 and an honorary doctorate from Herriot Watt University in 2012.