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Dr. Valerie Eveloy

 

Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates

 

Overview of Carbon Emissions Reduction Strategies in Metal Processing Industries

 

Dr. Valerie Eveloy holds a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering (Dublin City University, Ireland) and a M.Sc. degree in physical engineering (National Institute of Applied Science, France). She has thirty years academic and industrial experience in mechanical and energy engineering, and is currently a Professor in the department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Khalifa University (KU), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Prior to joining Khalifa University, she was with The Petroleum Institute (now part of Khalifa University), the University of Maryland-College Park, and Nokia. Her current research interests include energy system modeling and optimization, hydrogen and other energy vectors from renewable power, decarbonization of energy intensive industries, energy recovery, multi-generation, and sustainable cooling. She has led a number of sponsored research projects in these areas and currently leads the Sustainable Energy System Modeling, Policy and Techno-Socio-Economic Theme of Abu Dhabi Virtual Research Institute (VRI) for Sustainable Energy Production, Storage, and Utilisation. She serves on the editorial board of several energy-related journals and is associate editor of Energy Conversion and Management. She also serves on several international conference program committees focused on energy technologies and electronics thermal management.


Prof. Ming Jun Huang

 

Ulster University, UK

 

Renewable energy integration in buildings with thermal energy storage and heat pump.

 

Professor Ming Jun Huang from the Ulster University in the UK. Her research is concentrated on integrating Solar Energy with Heat Pumps along with Energy Storage for building energy supply and management through the exploitation of advanced technologies and materials implementation, along with experimental investigations and numerical simulation modelling.


Dr. Friman Hen

 

H.I.T - Holon Institute of Technology, Israel

 

Empowering Sustainability: Integrating Power Engineering Education and Experiential Learning for Future Generations

 

Hen Friman holds Ph.D. and Master's degrees from Bar-Ilan University. His master's thesis investigated the effect of Cyt1Aa on prokaryotes, and his Ph.D. research focused on energy production from aromatic chemical degradation of bacteria Using "Bio-Fuel Cells". Since 2012, Dr. Friman is research and lecturer at the Faculty of Engineering. He is currently the academic director at the Renewable Energy & Smart Grid Excellence Center at the HIT - Holon Institute of Technology. Dr. Friman developed an innovative teaching method for a "paperless" laboratory in the field of solar, wind, and water energy. He also managed the "Energy Supervisor" training program at HIT. He was part of the team responsible for developing "Pre-Project and Developing Soft Skills for Engineers" for the undergrad B.Sc. students. The purpose of the course is to define and improve the "toolbox courses" that will provide students with employability skills - Teamwork, effective management of time, risk and quality control, design excellence, and presentation excellence Dr. Friman's research interests include renewable energy, fuel cells, microbial fuel cells, water and wastewater treatment, chemical engineering, ecological education, and academic collaboration.


Asst. Prof. Ziyad Abunada

 

CQUniversity Rockhampton North, Australia

 

Challenges of Sustainable Solar Power Generation in Small Tropical Island Nations Such as Fiji Island

 

Associate Professor Ziyad Abunada, is currently serving as the Head of College- Project Management, Built Environment, Asset & Maintenance Management; School of Engineering and Technology @ Central Queensland University- CQUniversity. His research interest revolves around Engineering for Sustainable Development and Complex Management. Ziyad is currently leading a multidisciplinary research group with Research Higher Degree Students investigating wide research spectrum including System resilience to protect against what is possible and what is the probable, long-term sustainability of solar systems under various climatic conditions; socio-economic drivers towards Climate Change adaptation policies, emerging contaminants of concerns -ECC, The Integrated value chain management and the circular economy approach. His research interest gained industry interest and collaboration to support real industry challenges towards sustainable industry practice with various industry partnerships including Cement Australia, QLD regional councils, and EnergTech group in addition to the well-established international collaboration. A/ Prof Abunada is the chair of the Course Committee that reviews and approves the courses and the updates of the various teaching and learning practices as well as promoting the work-integrated learning practices. He is also the chair of the EngSus initiative towards sustainable communities


Prof. Haigang Wang

 

Institute of Engineering Thermophayics Chinese Academy of Sciences

 

Key Issues for the Multi-phase Flows CFD Simulation in Power Industry Related with Energy Conversion

 

Haigang Wang is a principal research scientist in the Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, where he also received his PhD in the same field. He was working with the University of Manchester as research associate during 2005 and 2010. Haigang Wang’s research interests include flow dynamics simulation and measurement of multi-phase flows, mathematical modeling and process control for fluidized bed drying, process tomography and 3D image reconstruction,,monitoring and control for granulation, drying and coating processes in the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Wang has participated in several key projects as PI funding by EPSRC, TSB in UK and NSFC projects in China related with energy and pharmaceutical industry. He has been shortlisted as a finalist for the IET Innovation awards (highly commended for the IET Innovation Awards for Measurement in Action for 2009). He has published more than 200 scientist papers including the best paper award in international process tomography conference in 2008 in Poland and one international patent which has been demonstrated in GEA-Aeromatic in Switzerland and UK, AstraZeneca in Sweden and DuPont in USA. He has given several keynote lectures in international conference including 2014 IEEE Imaging System and Technology Conference in Greece, 2015 Asian Particle Technology Conference in South Korea, 2018 World Congress on Particle Technology Congress in USA and 2019 International Fluidization XVI conference in China. He is further a member of AIChE and IEEE and referees for several international journals, including AIChE Journal, Chemical Engineering and Science, Measurement Science and Technology, Flow Measurement and Instrumentation, Fuel & Energy and Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision.


Prof. Ming Jun Huang

 

University of Ulster, UK

 

 


Prof. Blake A. Simmons

 

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA

 

Distributed biomanufacturing and mobile biorefineries that enable efficient waste carbon conversion

 

Dr. Blake Simmons serves as the Chief Scientific and Technology Officer and Vice President of the Deconstruction Division at the US Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) in Emeryville. After earning his BS in chemical engineering from the University of Washington, Dr. Simmons continued his studies at Tulane University and received his doctorate in the same field. Dr. Simmons worked as part of the Senior Management team at Sandia National Laboratories for 15 years, most recently serving as the Senior Manager of Advanced Biomanufacturing as well as the Biomass Program Manager. He joined Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in February of 2016 as the Division Director of Biological Systems and Engineering. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University California-Berkeley and the University of Queensland in Australia. His expertise includes advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals, biomanufacturing, ionic liquids, abiotic-biotic interfaces, biomass pretreatment, enzyme engineering, biofuel cells, templated nanomaterials, microfluidics, desalination, and biomineralization.


Prof. Kylie Catchpole

 

Australian National University, Australia

 

Resilience in renewable energy systems

 


Prof. Dimiter Alexandrov

 

Lakehead University, Canada

 

Entering the hot case of cold nuclear fusion

 


Prof. Rajit Gadh

 

Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA, USA

 

Artificial Intelligence and How It Impacts Electric Bus and Truck Fleets

 

Dr. Rajit Gadh is Professor of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA, Founder and Director the Smart Grid Energy Research Center or SMERC (http://smartgrid.ucla.edu) and Founder and Director of the UCLA Connected Autonomous Electric Vehicle Program or CAEV. Dr. Gadh has a Doctorate degree from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a Masters from Cornell University and a Bachelors degree from IIT Kanpur all in engineering. He has taught as a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley, has been an Assistant, Associate and Full Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was a visiting researcher at Stanford University.


Dr. Martin Keller

 

Director, National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), Germany

 

Will updated soon

 

Martin Keller has served as director of NREL and president of the Alliance for Sustainable Energy—the company that operates NREL for the U.S. Department of Energy—since 2015. Under his leadership, the laboratory’s active partnerships with industry, universities, foundations, and governments now number more than 1,000, compared to 696 in 2015, generating more than $1 billion in research and development. NREL once again set a record for new partnerships in FY23, with $142 million; 30 agreements were for $1 million or more. The laboratory’s business volume has grown from $382.7 million in 2017 to $671.2 million in 2022. To keep up with this growth, the number of regular full-time employees at NREL has increased by 82% over Keller’s tenure; overall, staffing has more than doubled to over 3,700. Keller is a visionary leader who is committed to people, teams, and partnerships. He innovatively and pragmatically applies private sector best practices at NREL to achieve game-changing scientific outcomes. Working collaboratively with his leadership team, Keller has developed a strategy for NREL focused on three key initiatives: integrated energy pathways, circular economy, and electrons to molecules. This strategy drives advanced scientific research, programs, projects, and partnerships at NREL. From 2006 to 2015, Keller led energy, biological, and environmental research programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His efforts culminated in his being promoted to serve as the associate laboratory director for the Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate during his last 6 years there. Keller received his doctorate in microbiology from the University of Regensburg, Germany