Plenary Speakers

photo Prof. Tai-Wen Hsu - National Taiwan Ocean University

Professor Tai-Wen Hsu serves as the Vice President of General Administration and Dean of Research and Development of National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU). He is also a Chaired Professor of National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan. From 1990 to 2016, Prof. Hsu has published more than 100 SCI papers, 15 book/book chapters. He has made through in the numerical simulation of wave generation and transformation in the ocean using EEMSE (evolution equation of mild-slope equation) and WWM (wind wave model). In recent years, he is also devoted to the research and development of ocean energy. He is a Director of Research Center for Ocean Energy and strategies of NTOU during 2012-2016. He also serves as the Director of Bridging of communication of NEP II (Nation Energy Program of the 2nd phase). Prof. Hsu performs remarkable achievements in coast and ocean engineering and gas obtained excellent research awards of MOST (Ministry of Science and Technology) in 2007; 2010; 2013.

photo Dr. "Les" Lee - AFOSR

Dr. Lee is a Program Manager for Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials & Microsystems at the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) in Arlington, Virginia.  His primary responsibilities include the establishment of science base for integration of emerging materials and micro-devices into future aerospace systems requiring multi-functionality. He has presided over a number of multi-disciplinary research initiatives covering a broad range of topics such as “self-healing materials,” “neurological system-inspired sensory network,” “self-sustaining structures with integrated power sources,” “load-bearing electrically-small antenna systems,” “reconfigurable multifunctional materials,” “high-rate deformation energy transduction,” “bio-molecular sensory materials,” and “muscular-skeletal system-inspired morphing wing air vehicles.” Dr. Lee joined AFOSR in 2001, following12 years on the faculty of Department of Engineering Science & Mechanics at the Pennsylvania State University.   At Penn State, he taught the engineering mechanics courses and performed the sponsored research in the areas of: nanocomposites, penetration failure mechanics, fatigue behavior, and manufacturing science of composites.  Prior to his academic career, he had 10 years' industrial research experience and 3 years' government research experience.  

Dr. Sofi Bin-Salamon

photo Sofi Bin-Salamon received his Ph.D in Chemistry at North Carolina State University in 2005. He then served as a National Research Council Research Associate in the Chemistry Division at US Naval Research Laboratory where he developed nanoelectronic materials. Afterwards, he expanded his work on nanoelectronics to include nanomedicinal photodynamic therapy for potential cancer treatments. This was initially performed in the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M University and later continued at the Radiation Oncology Branch within the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health. Dr Bin-Salamon served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow and Program Manager at Air Force Office of Scientific Research International Office. He has since transitioned and currently manages the US Air Force’s Biophysics basic research program.

Dr. Rajesh Mehta - NSF

photo Rajesh Mehta is a Program Director in the Small Business Innovation Research Program at the National Science Foundation. His focus areas include Advanced Manufacturing and Nanotechnology. Prior to joining NSF in 2012, he was a senior research technologist at Kodak where his 26-year career spanned work at Kodak Research Laboratories, and Manufacturing Research and Engineering Organization. His work covered a broad range of materials science based technologies related to photographic film and paper manufacturing, thermal, inkjet, and electro-photographic printing, and OLED device manufacturing. He has a B. Tech. degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Penn State, a post-doctoral fellowship at Imperial College, and a M.S. degree in New Product Development from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Dr. Jean Zu - University of Toronto

photo Jean Zu graduated with B.Sc. in 1984 and M.Sc. in 1986 from Tsinghua University. After two years of working as a lecturer and researcher at Tsinghua University, she came to Canada for Ph.D. study. obtained her Ph.D from the University of Manitoba in 1993. From January 1994, Jean Zu joined the University of Toronto, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering as an Assistant Professor. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1999 and to Full Professor in 2004. From June 2008 to June 2009, she served as Associate Chair for research. Since July 2009, she has been serving as Chair of the Department.

Jean Zu's research has been focused on mechanical vibrations and dynamics. She has successfully collaborated with many different companies on research projects with focus on automotive applications. In recent years, Jean Zu has extended her research to energy harvesting. She has published over 300 papers including over 152 journal papers and has supervised over 60 graduate students. She is Fellow of CAE, ASME, EIC, CSME, AAAS. She served as President of Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering in 2006-2008, served on NSERC Grant Selection Committee in 2004-2007, and served as the Associate Editor of ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics in 2007-2013. She served as the President of Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) in 2012-2014. Currently, she is the Associate Editor of International Journal of Acoustics and Vibration and serves on a few editorial boards.

Invited Speakers

Ray Baughman - University of Texas

photo Ray Baughman became the Robert A. Welch Professor of Chemistry and Director of the NanoTech Institute at the University of Texas in Dallas in August 2001, after 31 years in industry. He is a Member of The National Academy of Engineering and The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas; a foreign member of the European Academy of Sciences; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the National Academy of Inventors, and the American Physical Society; an Academician of The Russian Academy of Natural Sciences; an honorary professor of six universities in China; and is on editorial or advisory boards of Science and other journals. Ray has 76 issued US patents and over 400 refereed publications, with over 30,300 citations and an H-index of 78.

Dr. Junyi Cao - Xi'an Jiaotong University

photo Dr. Junyi Cao is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Xi'an Jiaotong University. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Xi'an Jiaotong University in 2006, BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Xi`an Polytechnic University in 2000 and 2003, respectively. His current research interests include energy harvesting, structure health monitoring and piezoelectric flexible mechanisms. He published more than 50 articles in archival journals & conference proceedings and 2 books, and his articles have received more than 500 citations (h-index: 13) according to Google Scholar. Dr. Junyi Cao is a recipient of Supported Program (2012) for New Century Excellent Talents in University from MOE of China. In 2013.9-2014.9, He was a visiting scholar in Adaptive Intelligent and Multifunction Structure Lab at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has been served as a Conference Session Chair for The 5th International Conference on Manipulation, Manufacturing and Measurement on the Nanoscale(2015), International Conference on Smart materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering (2012), ASME IDETC2011, IDETC2009, IEEE/ASME MESA2012, MESA2008.

Dr. Paul Chao - National Chiao Tung University

photo Dr. Chao received Ph.D. from Michigan State University, USA, and then worked for the Chrysler Corp in Auburn Hill, Detroit, USA. He is currently a University Distinguished Professor at National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) and a faculty member of the electrical engineering department. Prof. Chao was the recipient of the 1999 Arch T. Colwell Merit Best Paper Award from Society of Automotive Engineering, Detroit, USA; the 2004 Long-Wen Tsai Best Paper Award from National Society of Machine Theory and Mechanism, Taiwan; the 2005 Best Paper Award from National Society of Engineers, Taiwan; the 2002/2003/2004 CYCU Innovative Research Award; the 2006 Outstanding AUO Award; 2007 the Acer Long-Term 2nd-prize Innovative Award; The 2007-2015 NCTU EEC Outstanding Research Awards; the 2009 Best Paper Award from the Symposium on Nano-Device Technology; the 2010, 2012-2015 Best Paper Awards from the Annual ASME Conference on Information Storage and Processing Systems (ISPS); the Best Poster Paper award of IDMC 2015; the Best Paper Awards of IEEE ICASI 2016. He was the University Associate Provosts of NCTU in 2010 and 2015. He served as the Secretary, IEEE Taipei Section, 2009-2010, and the founding chair of local chapter for the IEEE Sensor Council. Dr. Chao received two IEEE awards for this service: The IEEE Large Section Award from IEEE Head Quarter for the outstanding service as the Secretary for 2009-2010, and The IEEE MGA Award from IEEE Region 10 for outstanding service as the Secretary for IEEE Taipei Section, 2009-2010. For editorial services, he is the Topical Editor of IEEE Sensors Journal and IEEE IoT Journal, and also the Associate Editors of ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, and Journal of Circuit, System and Computer. He is the General Chair of the 2016 ASME ISPS and IoT conference in Marriot Santa Clara, CA, USA. In recent years, his research interests focus now on sensors and actuators; integrated circuit design and mechatronics. He is an ASME Fellow and IEEE senior member.

Patrick Cross - HNEI
Patrick Cross (PhD, Meteorology, Naval Postgraduate School), completed a 20-year Naval officer career in submarines and meteorology/oceanography in 2006, culminating in a tour as Force Oceanographer for the Pacific submarine force based at Pearl Harbor. He then worked with a small company managing Navy-funded research projects related to underwater acoustics and autonomous vehicles. Cross joined HNEI in the fall of 2013 to manage efforts related to the Navy's Wave Energy Test Site (WETS). In this capacity, he coordinates research at WETS and provides site management assistance to US Navy and DOE sponsors.

Dr. Isaku Kanno - Kobe University

photo Isaku Kanno is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kobe University. He received his Ph. D degree in engineering from Osaka University. He joined Panasonic in 1991 and engaged in the R&D in the field of ferroelectric thin films and piezoelectric MEMS products. In 2002 he was an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, Kyoto University, and in 2005 he was an associate professor of Micro Engineering, Kyoto University. In 2011 he joined Kobe University as a professor of Mechanical Engineering. His major research subjects include functional oxide thin films, sputtering deposition, piezoelectric MEMS, microfabrication, and vibration mechanics.

Dr. Giti Khodaparast - Virginia Tech

photo Professor Giti Khodaparast is an associate professor of physics at Virginia Tech. The focus of her research activities has been to utilize and enhance the importance and power of magneto-optical spectroscopy to explore quantum coherence, correlations, and many-body effects in several materials systems that can play important roles in developing concepts for the next generation of devices or shed lights on the underlying interactions at the nanoscale. She has established modern experimental techniques including femtosecond time resolved optical, magneto-optical, nonlinear spectroscopy, and magnet-transport, at the physics department. In addition, she has established strong national and international collaborations with large research facilities including the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Florida , and the Megagauss Laboratory in Kashiwa, Japan. She is the recipient of both the NSF career and the AFOSR young investigator awards.

Dr. David Lewis - Flinders University

photo Following a 21 year career in industrial Research at IBM in the USA and research management at SOLA Optical / Carl Zeiss in Australia, Prof Lewis joined Flinders University in 2009 to become Professor of Materials Science and the founding Director of the Flinders Centre for NanoScale Science and Technology.

Reflecting his industry background, David’s career focus has been on translational research and had key roles in the development of the first “copper wire chips”, photochromic lenses and a range of high index ophthalmic lens materials and coatings. Since joining Flinders, David has co-founded two companies and created NanoConnect, a mechanism to allow companies to explore the potential of nanotechnology on their businesses since joining Flinders. David is the inventor on 50 patent families and has coauthored over 50 papers and been recognized by professional bodies for technical and professional leadership.

Ning Li - University of Hawaii
Ning Li obtained her PhD in Harbor, Coastal and Offshore Engineering from Tianjin University in 2009 and immediately began her postdoctoral research fellowship in the Department of Ocean and Resources Engineering at the University of Hawaii. After completing her post-doctoral fellowship, she continued her research and development work as a wave forecast system specialist at the University of Hawaii.

Ning Li has focused her research on storm surge and wave modeling. She developed a operational wave forecast system, a long-term wave hindcast dataset, and an advanced storm inundation modeling package through coupling of circulation and wave models. The wave forecast system provides daily 7.5-day forecasts for Pacific coastal communities including Hawaii, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa (www.oceanforecast.org). The global wave hindcast dataset covers a 37-year period with high-resolution data around Hawaii for climate research, energy assessment, ecosystem analysis, and engineering work. Her research and development work has resulted in five peer-reviewed journal papers, two international conference paper, and a number of technical reports for Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI).

Dr. Mohan Sanghadasa - AMRDEC

photo Dr. Mohan Sanghadasa is a senior research scientist at US Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), Redstone Arsenal, AL. He currently leads research programs on the development of nanotechnology enhanced sensors and energy storage systems including MEMS based autonomous acoustic sensors and energy harvesters, micro-supercapacitors, thermal batteries, high current primary batteries, hybrid energy storage systems and long-life battery technologies, His previous research activities at AMRDEC was on the development of polymer based electro-optic modulators and optical transceivers for interferometric fiber optic gyroscopes in inertial measurement units, and for high speed data communication systems in cryogenic environment. He also lead research programs in collaboration with NASA Marshall Space Flight Center focusing on non-intrusive temperature and pressure sensing in both cryogenic and high temperature environments in space vehicles. Dr. Sanghadasa joined AMRDEC following 12 years on the faculty of Department of Physics at University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). During this period, he also served as a faculty member of the Optical Science and Engineering Ph.D. Program and Tri-campus Materials Science Ph.D. Program at UAH. His research activities at UAH was primarily in the area of nonlinear optics with particular emphasis on the molecular level characterization of organic materials and the development of nonlinear optical crystals and polymer materials especially for applications in the microgravity environment in collaboration with NASA. During his academic career, Dr. Sanghadasa has also conducted research on optical limiting, optical switching, and optical pattern recognition.

Dr. Joe Shapter - Flinders University

photo Joe Shapter obtained his Ph. D. from the University of Toronto in 1990 working with Prof. J. C. Polanyi on the detection of small molecules and the determination of their energies. From 1990 to 1996, he worked at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario) building a scanning tunnelling microscope and lecturing first year chemistry.

In 1996 he moved to Flinders and is now Professor of Nanotechnology and Dean of the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences.

Prof. Shapter led the establishment of and is now course coordinator for the Flinders Bachelor of Science Degree in Nanotechnology (2000-2003, 2007-present). This was the first degree of its kind in the world. He was the founding Director of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) funded Centre of Expertise in Energetic Materials (CEEM) and is currently the Director of the South Australian node of the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility (AMMRF).

In research, our group is working generally in the area of Nanotechnology using various techniques to examine material on the micron or nanometer scale. Our group builds phospholipid bilayers on substrates such as mica and uses physical techniques to examine properties and dynamics of these important biological systems. Work with carbon nanomaterials is also an active area of research in our group. These materials have been used for applications in areas such as sensing and solar cells.

Dr. Min Wang - Case Western Reserve University

photo Min Wang’s research interests cover several fields, including the synthesis, chemical modification, and device fabrication of carbon nanomaterials for energy conversion and storage.

Min Wang obtained her B.S. degree in polymer science and engineering from Sichuan University in China in 2011. She is currently pursuing her PhD degree under the guidance of Professor Liming Dai in the department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering of Case Western Reserve University. Her research interests include synthesis and functionalization of carbon nanomaterials, developing carbon-based materials for electrocatalysis, fuel cells, batteries and supercapacitors.

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