INVITED SPEAKERS


Ibrahim Dincer is a full professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of Ontario and visiting professor at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of Yildiz Technical University. Renowned for his pioneering works in the area of sustainable energy technologies he has authored/co-authored numerous books and book chapters, and many refereed journal and conference papers. He has chaired many national and international conferences, symposia, workshops and technical meetings. He has delivered many keynote and invited lectures. He is an active member of various international scientific organizations and societies, and serves as editor-in-chief, associate editor, regional editor, and editorial board member on various prestigious international journals. He is a recipient of several research, teaching and service awards, including the Premier’s research excellence award in Ontario, Canada. He has recently been recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of The Most Influential Scientific Minds in Engineering.

Alibakhsh Kasaeian was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1975. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Renewable Energies at University of Tehran. He received his Ph.D degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Tehran in 2004. Before 2010, he had seven years of experience as faculty member at University of Semnan and University of Zanjan. He is the Head of Solar Energy Lab and Deputy of Science in the Faculty of New Science and Technologies, University of Tehran. Dr. Kasaeian has 16 years of experience as expert, consultant and Manager in the Iranian industry sector as well. He also has been the international consultant and manager of the Commercialization & Technology Transfer Division at the Science & Technology Park, University of Tehran. His area of expertise and interest includes: renewable energies, solar energy conversion, heat transfer, nanofluid, and energy optimization. He is the author of around 130 ISI papers, published in reputed journals. He also has registered 12 Iranian patents, mostly in the field of solar energy. Dr. Kasaeian is an editor in the Journal of Thermal Engineering, and Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry.

Balaram Kundu is a Professor in the department of mechanical engineering at Jadavpur University since January 2014. He received his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 2000. He worked as a Research Professor in the school of mechanical engineering at Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea for two years and nine months. He graduated in mechanical engineering from Regional Engineering College Durgapur (Presently NIT Durgapur) in 1993 and post graduated in thermal engineering from Bengal Engineering College (Deemed University) (at present IIESTS) in 1995. His area of expertise includes: analytical heat transfer, solar collector, thermal insulation, extended surface heat transfer, fin-and-tube heat exchanger, biological heat transfer, etc. He is the author of more than eighty five technical papers published in referred international journals with total impact points over 200. He is recipient of institutional medal for the best paper published in the Journal of the Institution of Engineers (India), outstanding faculty award - the VIFFA 2015, outstanding scientist award – VFRA 2015, CEE Teacher’s excellence award 2015, etc. He is an editor/editorial board member of fifteen international journals and reviewer board member of more than 60 international journals.

Enrico Sciubba (M.Eng. Roma 1972, Ph.D. Rutgers, NJ 1981) is Professor of Turbomachinery and of Energy Systems at the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering of the University of Roma Sapienza. He has taught and/or is teaching courses on Turbomachinery, Thermo-Fluiddynamics of Thermal Machinery; Heat transfer; Turbulence; Energy Systems design; Energy Systems Diagnostics; Thermo-Economics: on these topics he is also active as a Lecturer in several international institutions. Dr. Sciubba has held industrial and academic positions in the US and Europe, holds two honorary Doctoral Degrees from foreign Universities, and since 2009 is Director of the Summer School of Thermodynamics of Roma. He has authored or co-authored 4 books (2 in english) and over 200 scientific papers on exergy analysis, CFD-and Process simulation, and advanced turbomachinery design. Professor Sciubba is an ASME Fellow, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Energies, Co-Editor of the E3 Journal and Associate Editor for Energy, the International Journal of Thermodynamics, the International Journal of Energy Research, the International Journal of Exergy, the Sustainability Journal, the Journal of Environment, Energy and Ecology and the Journal of Energy Resources Technologies.

Hafiz Muhammad Ali received his PhD (2011) in Mechanical Engineering from Queen Mary, University of London, UK in the area of condensation heat transfer. He then joined Mechanical Engineering Department of University of Engineering and Technology Taxila, Pakistan where he has been teaching to undergrads and postgrads. He worked as postdoctoral fellow (2016) at Mechanical Engineering Department of University of California, Merced, USA. His main research areas are condensation, boiling, nanofluids, phase change materials, thermal systems, desalination and solar energy. He is member of editorial boards of Journal Thermal Science, Strojniški vestnik – Journal of Mechanical Engineering, Journal of Thermal Engineering, the Open Mechanical Engineering Journal and Journal Mechanical Engineering Research.

Hakan F. Oztop was born in 1973 in Elazig, Turkey. He is an Associate Professor at Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technology Faculty, Firat University, Elazig, TURKEY. He got the BS Degree from Firat University, Department of Mechanical engineering in 1996, MS and PhD from the same university at 1998 and 2003, respectively. He had been in Ecole Poyltechnique de Montreal, CANADA in 2002 and Auburn University, USA, as a visiting scholar in 2004. He got scholarship from Turkish Research Council (TUBITAK) and NATO for post-doctorate positions. His research has been involved numerical heat transfer and fluid flow in forced, mixed and natural convection through duct or cavities including clear, porous or nanofluid media. He has also experience on second law analysis of thermofluids system , energy efficiency and renewable energy techologies.  In recent years, he deals with energy storage by using Phase Change Materials, thermal batteries and nano particle enhanced Phase Change Materials. He has published 256 papers in SCI journals and 100 research papers in international or national conferences and national journals. His h-index is 46. He is associate editors in journals of International Journal of Mechanical Science (Associate Editor), Thermal Science (Regional Editor) and Engineering Applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics.

Hasan Heperkan, graduated from Ankara Science High School in 1970, from Istanbul Technical University, Mechanical Engineering Faculty in 1974. Won Fullbright and TÜBİTAK scholarships to study in the USA. Recieved his M.Sc. degree from Syracuse University in 1976 and Ph. D. from University of California, Berkeley in 1980. Worked at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories and Union Carbide Research Center after graduation. Served as a guest professor at Universitaet Karlsruhe (TH) with support from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany for three years (1981-1984). Returned to Turkey and worked at TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Center, Bosch and Demirdöküm in the Research Department before becoming a full professor at Yıldız Technical University in 1997. He has served as the Dean in the Mechanical Engineering Faculty. Has published more than 150 papers, books and conference articles and speaks fluent English and German. At present, is the dean of the Engineering Faculty at Istanbul Aydın University and is a member of professional organizations, ISKAV, HVAC Research and Education Foundation, TTMD, Turkish Installation Engineers Association, ISKID, HVAC Equipment Manufacturers Association, MTMD, Mechanical Installation Contractors Association.

Huseyin R. Hiziroglu graduated from Gazi University with a B.S, Middle East Technical University with a M.S and Wayne State University with a Ph.D all in electrical engineering. He joined Kettering University in 1982. Since then he has been on the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and was promoted to the rank of Professor in 1991. He has four years of industrial experience in Transformer Manufacturing Division of Turkish Electricity Authority. His ongoing experimental and theoretical research is focused on the study of electrical properties of polymeric dielectrics to predict the aging. He was also responsible for modeling and integrating Power Electronic Circuits with Fuel Cells and Solar Cells as part of a Renewable Energy Resources Program at Kettering University. His scholarly activities have been funded by such industrial companies as General Motors, 100K Ideas etc. and such government agencies as National Science Foundation etc. Professor Hiziroglu is a co-author of a book entitled, “Electric Machinery and Transformers”, 3 rd edition 2001, by Oxford University Press, and another book entitled, “Electromagnetic Field Theory Fundamentals”, 2 nd edition 2004, by Cambridge University Press. These two books have been translated into Spanish, Korean and Chinese by Oxford University Press as well as by Cambridge University Press. Also, he has over 60 articles published in such reputable journals as IEEE Transactions, Journal of Electrostatics, Journal Physics of Plasmas, Journal Polymers etc, and international IEEE Conference Proceedings. He has been an invited speaker at numerous international and national institutions as well as a consultant to the United Nations. He was a member of the Executive Committee, General Chairman and is now a permanent Board member of IEEE Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena. He is also the Past Publications Committee Chair and the member-at-large of the Administrative Committee of IEEE Dielectric and Electrical Insulation Society. Dr. Hiziroglu is a Life Senior Member of IEEE.

Majid R. Ayatollahi (PhD, University of Bristol, UK, 1998) is distinguished professor and director of fatigue and fracture research laboratory in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST). His main fields of interest are fracture mechanics, and experimental and computational solid mechanics. Professor Ayatollahi is the author of a book published by Springer International in 2016 titled “Characterization of Carbon Nanotube-Based Composites Under Consideration of Defects”. With an h-index=38, he has published more than 185 fully refereed papers in well-known international (ISI) journals (according to Scopus) and more than 300 papers in the proceedings of national and international conferences. He is currently a member of the editorial boards for six international journals and has served as reviewer for more than 40 international journals. Professor Ayatollahi received a prestigious award as “National Distinguished Professor” in the year 2014 from the Iranian ministry of science, research and technology, a highly competitive award in Iran. In addition, he has achieved several awards from IUST as distinguished professor/researcher in different years. Professor Ayatollahi also received in five consecutive years a prestigious national award from the Iranian Society of Mechanical Engineers for supervising the best theses in mechanical engineering. He was member of the university research council at IUST for ten years and is currently the Iran’s representative in the Asian Society of Experimental Mechanics. His research lab is now in international research collaboration with several renowned European and East Asian institutions. He has been invited as keynote speaker in several international conferences and universities.

Mohammad Ameri was born in Abadan, Iran in 1956. He is currently a Full Professor and Energy Conversion Chair in the Mechanical and Energy Engineering Department at the Shahid Beheshti University of Tehran, Iran. He received his B.Sc. degree from the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, a M.Sc. degree from the Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, and a Ph.D. degree from Case Western University, Ohio, the USA in Mechanical Engineering. He was selected as the Outstanding Reviewer for Energy Conversion & Management, Energy and Hydrogen Energy Journals for 2017. He received the Award of the Distinguished Researcher of the Country, Ministry of Higher Education, Iran. He was granted the prestigious Kharazmi national award of the Best Applied Research Project Prize for the Cooperation in the “Design, Modeling & Testing of Deaerator,” Ministry of Higher Education, Iran. He has published more than 120 papers in ISI and peer-reviewed journals and proceedings of international conferences. He is the Editorial member of Journal of Renewable Energy & Environment. He was the National Consultant for “Development Study for Institutional Capacity Development on Energy Management in the Building Sector in the Islamic Republic of Iran” project, JICA Study Team, Mitsubishi Research Institute (MRI). He was also the National Technical Advisor for “Iran Industries Energy Efficiency & Conservation Project,” UNDP & GEF. He has been the manager of several research and applied projects. His current research interests include Analysis of Energy Systems, Renewable Energies, Application of Nanofluids in Heat Transfer & Heat Exchangers, Steam & Combined Cycle Power Plants, and Desalination Hybrid Systems. He has been teaching Energy courses in the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University summer school in 2018 and 2109.

Nael Barakat is currently serving as professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering at University of Texas at Tyler (UT-Tyler), TX. USA.  He is a registered professionally engineer and a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).  Dr. Barakat has served in many professional roles such as: chair of the Division of Engineering Ethics at the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), and Chair of Technology and Society Division at ASME.  His expertise and interest are in the areas of Mechatronics, Control, Robotics, and energy harvesting, as well as Engineering Ethics, Professionalism, Leadership, and Education.  He has taught and delivered numerous courses, seminars, and workshops, internationally, and has developed research on different professional and educational engineering topics, including: ethics, professionalism, and leadership.

S. N Kazi is an Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has specialization in Heat Transfer, Heat Exchanger Fouling Mitigation, Fluid dynamics, Nanofluid synthesis and application and Renewable Energy. He has 18 years of engineering service experience in petrochemical industries and chemical plants where he worked as senior engineer, head of engineering, chief engineer and plant manager. He also worked as consultant of different engineering companies and involved in plant design and installation, trouble shooting, maintenance etc. Dr. S. N. Kazi has an academic background with a B. Sc. in Engineering (Mechanical), M. Sc. Engineering (Mechanical), Master of Engineering (Mechanical) and Ph.D. (Heat Transfer and Fouling Mitigation). He has the professional Qualifications as M Eng. (UK), FIEB (BD), CEng (UK), BEng (MY). So far, he has completed supervision of 19 Ph.D. and 18 Master theses. He has published 206 technical papers in national and international Journals and conference proceedings. He has also published nine technical book chapters and edited four Engineering Books. He has h-index 40, Citations 5178.

Salim Hiziroglu has Ph.D. degree in Wood Products from Michigan State University, MS degree in Wood Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and BS degree in Forest Products Engineering from Karadeniz Technical University in Turkey. Currently, Dr. Hiziroglu is Professor in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) at Oklahoma State University (OSU) where he teaches courses in the area of forest products. He also has extension and research appointments at OSU. His research has focused primarily on value-added wood composite panel technology. He worked for 1.5 years in Malaysia as an international consultant to develop a new wood products program at University of Tun Hussein Onn in Johor while he was previously employed in the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University. Dr. Hiziroglu had been as a visiting professor at Lulea University, Sweden, Kasetsart University, Thailand, University Sains Malaysia, Malaysia, Shizuoka University, Shizuoka, Japan,  the University of Tokyo, Japan, National Pingtung University Science and Technology, Pingtung, Taiwan, Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon,Turkey and King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is Adjunct Professor at Kasetsart University, Thailand and Research Associate at Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products (INTROP), University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia. He is also a faculty member at the School of International Studies, Oklahoma State University and traveled professionally to 28 countries. He has 160 refereed journal publications related to wood  and wood products in addition to 100 publications in conference proceedings and through Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. He hosted  thirty seven  undergraduate, graduate students and scholars from various universities in Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Romania and Turkey in value-added wood composite laboratory, OSU for time periods ranging from 2 months to 12 months from 2004 through 2018.His membership includes Forest Products Society (FPS) and International Union Forest Research Organization (IUFRO).

Surkay D. Akbarov was born on February 8, 1954 in Armenia. He graduated from Azerbaijan State University, Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics in 1976. From 1976 to 1994, he had been working at the Institute of Mathematics and Mechanics of National Academy of Science of Azerbaijan Republic. In 1994 he came to Turkey and since then has been working as Professor at Yildiz Technical University, Department of Mathematical Engineering before (2008) and Department of Mechanical Engineering (from 2008 until now), in Istanbul. He has got Ph.D. degree (1981) and Doctor of Sciences degree (1988) in S.P. Timoshenko Institute of Mechanics of the NASU. He was named Professor in 1992 and 2001 was elected Corresponding Member of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences. He is co-author or author of many monographs (such as Akbarov S.D. and Guz A.N. Mechanics of curved composites. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 2000, 464p; Akbarov S.D. Stability loss and Buckling delamination: three-dimensional linearized approach for elastic and viscoelastic composites. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2013; 448p, Akbarov S.D. Dynamics of pre-strained bi-material elastic systems: linearized three-dimensional approach. Springer Cham Heidelberg New York, 2015, 1004p) and more than 400 scientific papers. His main scientific interest lies in the mechanics of composite materials and his study topics are mechanics of composite materials, fracture, stability of materials, crack problems, stability loss problems, FEM, elastodynamics problems for the initially stressed systems, perturbation method. He is a member of the International Advisory Boards of many SCI journals such as “Mechanics of Composite Materials”, “International Applied Mechanics”. He is also a member of Editorial Board of “TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics”.