Keynote Speakers


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.

Droplet Fluidity towards Self Cleaning of Surfaces

Bekir Sami Yilbas

Professor Bekir S. Yilbas is currently working as a university distinguished professor at Mechanical Engineering Department of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia. He has B.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D. (1982), and DSc (2005) from Birmingham University in UK. His research work extends from thermos-fluids, including heat transfer, thermodynamics, and materials processing to renewable energy. He published over 750 papers in reputable journals and presented over 150 talks in international conferences. Due to his substantial contribution to scientific research, he received several awards and some these include Presedent 985 of India (1985), Turkish Science Foundation Award (1990), Best Researchers Award (1997, 2002, 2007), Donald Julius Groen Prize (2007), Distinguished University Professor (2008 -), Professor W. Johnson International Gold Medal (2008), Professor Fryderyk Staub Golden Owl Award (2015), Almarai's Distinguished Scholar Prize (2016). He had 16 International Patents and published 12 books. He is serving as an editor of two ISI journals and participating an an editorial board member of several ISI journals.

Two-Phase Flow in Junctions and Headers

Hassan Soliman

Prof Hassan Soliman is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manitoba, Canada. He received his B.Sc. degree in 1966 from Assiut University, Egypt, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in 1970 and 1974, respectively, from Kansas State University, USA. His main research interests are in the areas of single- and multi-phase fluid dynamics and heat transfer in energy systems. He had several short-term appointments as visiting professor (Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, NH; University of California, Santa Barbara, CA; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY; Nottingham University, UK). He has supervised over 50 students at the M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels and published more than 140 articles in highly-reputed journals, conference proceedings and book chapters. He is an elected fellow of the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers (CSME) and Engineers Canada (EC).

Measurement of Diffusion Coefficients for Ternary Hydrocarbon Mixtures on board the International Space Station (ISS)

M. Ziad Saghir

Prof Ziad Saghir is a Professor at Ryerson University and Canada's most experienced reduced-gravity researcher. He is Canada's top performer at leveraging departmental and provincial research funds with national and international funding agencies to pursue Canadian space science objectives onboard the International Space Station (ISS). His talent as a space scientist and university educator is consistently requested by the international space physical science mission community. He leads a group of very strong graduate students and post-docs that come from academia and industry, with interest in and application to deep hydrocarbon reservoirs. He has been PI or Co-I of Foton-M2 and M3 SCCO recoverable satellite missions (2007), the ISS SODI-IVIDIL (2009) and DSC (2010) missions, the ISS SODI-DCMIX mission (2011-15), and was the national coordinator of the CSA discipline working group on the role of gravity in metals and alloys. Canada's contribution to the SODI-DCMIX mission is to clarify the role of gravity on the movement of hydrocarbons across temperature gradients - important knowledge for Canada's deep oil reservoir sector (Hybernia Oil field and Northern exploration of oil reservoir deposits). He has published over 180 scientific articles related to energy.

Net-Zero Energy and Latest US Research in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

S.A. Sherif

Prof S.A. Sherif is a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and is the Founding Director of the Wayne K. and Lyla L. Masur HVAC Laboratory, the Director of the Industrial Assessment Center (UF-IAC) and the Director of the Mobile Energy Laboratory (UF-MEL). He also served as Co-Director of the Southeastern Center for Industrial Energy Intensity Reduction at the University of Florida (2009-2013). He is a Fellow of ASME, a Fellow of ASHRAE, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), an Associate Fellow of AIAA, a Member of Commission B-1 on Thermodynamics and Transfer Processes of the International Institute of Refrigeration, a Member of the Advisory Board of Directors of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy, and a NASA Faculty Fellow. He is a Founding Member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Thermal and Fluids Engineers (ASTFE). He served as the 2013-2014 Chair of the ASME Heat Transfer Division Executive Committee (2009-2016) and a member of the ASME's Basic Engineering Group Operating Board (2010-2014). Dr. Sherif has over 400 refereed publications and two US patents and is the primary editor of the CRC/Taylor & Francis Handbook of Hydrogen Energy.

Unraveling the Physics and Chemistry of Complex Flow Fields Using Ultrashort Laser Pulses

W. Kulatilaka

Dr. Waruna Kulatilaka is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at TexasA&M University. His research interests are advanced optical and laser-based diagnostics and imaging in chemically reacting flows such as flames, plasmas and combustion &propulsion systems. He has made significant contributions to the development of ultrafast-laser-based, multi-photon imaging techniques for highly reactive chemical species, and incorporated many other linear and nonlinear optical. diagnostic methods for combustion studies. Prior to his current position, Dr. Kulatilaka was a Senior Research Scientist/Contractor at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFRL/RQTC-WPAFB), OH, and also completed a postdoctoral research term at the Combustion Research Facility at Sandia National Laboratories (CRF-SNL), Livermore, CA. Dr. Kulatilaka is active in numerous professional organizations, including ASME (Fellow), AIAA (Associate Fellow), OSA (Senior Member), the Combustion Institute (Board Member-Central States Section), APS, and ASEE. He is also an associated faculty member of TEES Gas and Fuels Research Center (GFRC). In addition, he is the director of the TAMUS-RDF funded Preeminent Research in Imaging Diagnostics for Energy (TAMU-PRIDE) facility, a unique world-class optical diagnostics facility being built at TAMU-CS for advanced combustion and propulsion research.

Solution of Inverse Problems in Thermal Systems

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.

UAV technology: Applications and Challenges for Standards Development

Ahmed S Khan

Dr. Ahmed S. Khan is a Professor of Electronics and Electrical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Information Sciences at DeVry University, Addison, Illinois. Dr. Khan has Thirty-two years of experience in research, instruction, curricula design, development, evaluation, implementation and program accreditation, management and supervision. Dr. Khan received an MSEE from Michigan Technological University, an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management, and his Ph.D. from Colorado State University. His research interests are in the areas of Nanotechnology, and Social and Ethical Implications of Technology. He teaches Wireless Engineering, Network Engineering, Fiber Optic Communications, Science Technology and Society (STS), and Project Management. He is the author of many educational papers and presentations. He has authored/coauthored many books, including the most recent "Nanotechnology: Ethical and Social Implications," CRC Press (2012).

From Droplet Impacting, Droplet Train Impingement to Spray Cooling

Fei Duan

Dr. Fei Duan joined Nanyang technological University, Singapore in July 2008 after three-year postdoc study in University of Toronto in Canada, now he works there as an associate professor. He graduated with his Ph.D. degree from University of Toronto, Canada in 2005. In the Ph.D. period, he also worked as a visiting scientist in Institute of Fluid Mechanics at Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. The topics of his researches covers droplet evaporation dynamics, Marangoni flow, nanofluid drying, enhanced thermal cooling for industrial applications and data center management, efficient cogeneration system, etc. Dr. Duan has advised 13 Ph.D. and 7 Master's research students. Dr. Duan has published about 180 journal papers, conference papers and book chapters, among them, over 100 are the peer reviewed journal papers. He is a member of ASME, ACS and APS.

Simulation of Turbulent Twin Jets

N.K. Anand

Dr Anand is the executive Associate Dean of Engineering; Associate Director, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station; James and Ada Forsyth Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Regents Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Anand has made many contributions in both the heat transfer and aerosol fields, which include the numerical modeling of conjugate heat transfer with applications to cooling of electronic equipment, heat transfer in serpentine channels, condensation of non-CFC refrigerants in smooth horizontal tubes, and modeling of transport of aerosols through sampling lines. During his tenure at Texas A&M, he has made quality his number one priority. His publications are in archival flagship journals such as the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Numerical Heat Transfer, and Aerosol Science and Technology.

Advancements in human heart modeling and simulation

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.