Invited Speakers

2016 Invited Speakers

Christine Thong

Christine Thong

Symposium - Future Manufacturing, Processes and Products

Swinburne University
Dr Christine Thong is Academic Director at Design Factory Melbourne. At the intersection of academia and industry, she leads international, interdisciplinary collaboration projects. Christine’s research explores combining (product) design and (material) science for commercial outcomes relevant and beneficial to society.
Abstract:  Designing commercial products using advanced materials and manufacturing: increasing the impact of material science

 

Clara Chan

Clara Chan

Symposium - Future Manufacturing, Processes and Products

Lee Kee Holdings Ltd
Ms. CHAN Yuen Shan, Clara is the Chief Executive Officer of Lee Kee Holdings Limited (listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited) and its principal subsidiaries (collectively “Lee Kee Group”). Lee Kee Group is a leading solutions provider for metal with nearly 70 years of history and has built a wide network across all facets of the global metals industry.
Ms. Chan is a Vice-Chairman of Hong Kong Die-casting and Foundry Association Limited, a Vice-President of Hong Kong Young Industrialist Council, an Executive Committee Member of The Hong Kong Metals Manufacturers Association and a member of Industry Group 7 (Fabricated metal products and iron, steel and non-ferrous metal basic industries and machinery) of Federation of Hong Kong Industries. She is also a member of the Listing Committee of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, a member of the Lead and Zinc Committee of the London Metals Exchange, a member of the Board Risk Committee of LME Clear Limited, a member of Energy Advisory Committee of HKSAR, a member of Vetting Committee of the SME Development Fund and the Dedicated Fund on Branding, Upgrading and Domestic Sales (Organisation Support Programme) and a member of Create Smart Initiative Vetting Committee.
Abstract:  Inheritance & Innovation in the Traditional Metal Industry

Prof. Huijun Li

Prof. Huijun Li

Symposium - Future Manufacturing, Processes and Products

University of Wollongong 
Prof Huijun Li obtained a PhD degree in 1996 from the University of Wollongong; He has 20 years research experience in materials science and engineering. He has published more than 300 papers in the field of welding metallurgy, new alloy development, surface engineering, nuclear materials and microstructure characterization.In 1995, he joined CRC Materials Welding and Joining as a postdoctoral research fellow at University of Wollongong. In 2000, he took a research scientist position at Materials Division, ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation), he worked on a wide range of research projects in conjunction with the CRC Welded Structures, CRC CAST3, CRC Rail, British nuclear research organisations and American national laboratories. Prof Li started working at University of Wollongong from July 2008; he is a chief researcher with Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC), Energy Pipeline CRC (EPCRC), Australian Steel Hub and ARC Training Centre “Transform naval industry”.Prof Li was awarded Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia, 2013, Australia Endeavour Fellowship 2014, Defence Materials Technology Centre - Capability Improvement Award 2014, and Defence Materials Technology Centre – Best project leadership award 2016.
Abstract: Recent Development in Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) at University of Wollongong

 

Dr. Jagannathan Sankar

Dr. Jagannathan Sankar

Symposium - Future Manufacturing, Processes and Products

Distinguished University Professor
Mechanical Engineering
North Carolina A&T State University
Author of > 400 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and scientific papers, Sankar as PI, has generated more than $60 million of competitive research funding, organized and sponsored more than 25 international conferences/symposia and has given more than 25 Plenary/Keynote addresses around the globe. Some of Sarkar’s recognitions include the “White House Millennium Researcher” title from the Department of Education, the “Order of Long Leaf Pine” the highest civilian honor by the Governor of NC, USA, “the O. Max Gardner Award”- the highest honor from the University of North Carolina 17 institutions System -given for the greatest contributions to the welfare of the human race, Hind-Rattan Award on the eve of India’s Republic day from the Non Resident Indians Association, AAAS Mentor Award- publisher of “Science”, Fellow of NIA and AIMBE, NC/Triad Business Journal’s most influential (2009- 2015), recognitions from ASME, ORNL/DoE etc, One of the first Distinguished University Professors at NCAT, Honorary professorship, Various editorial boards and High level State and National blue ribbon committees/Advisory boards/Special invited addresses at major avenues such as the National Research Council, National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences and for the Board for S &T Innovation, NSF, National SBIR get together, TV and news media numerous times including “Science Nation”.
Abstract: Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials   for Biodegradable Implants – A Global Status

 

Dr. Wei Xu

Dr. Wei Xu

Symposium - Future Manufacturing, Processes and Products

Macquarie University
Dr Wei Xu is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Engineering, Macquarie University, Australia (wei.xu@mq.edu.au). He received PhD degree in Materials Engineering from National University of Singapore. Prior to his current role, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Additive Manufacturing of RMIT University, a Research Fellowat the University of Melbourne, a Humboldt Research Fellowat the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany and a Research Fellow at the Data Storage Institute in Singapore. Dr Xu’s current research focuses on additive manufacturing of titanium alloys, low modulus biocompatible beta-type titanium alloys, and solid-state phase transformation in metallic materials.
Abstract:  Regulate microstructure in situ in Ti-6Al-4V additively manufactured by selective laser melting for superior mechanical properties



Dr. Robert Acres

Dr. Robert Acres

Symposium - Future Manufacturing, Processes and Products

Australian Synchrotron
An industry support scientist at the Australian Synchrotron, Dr Robert Acres collaborates with industry partners to improve products and processes within small to large enterprises and across sectors. Dr Acres helps Australian industries innovate by tailoring the uniquely specialised analytical capabilities of the Australian Synchrotron to meet the specific needs of clients.
Before joining the Australian Synchrotron, Dr Acres worked as a beamline scientist at the Elettra synchrotron facility in Trieste, Italy, and a Postdoctoral researcher at Flinders University, South Australia. Originally from Adelaide, he completed his PhD in Applied Science at The University of South Australia in 2010 and his honours degree in Nanotechnology at Flinders University in 2005.
Abstract: The Australian Synchrotron and Advanced Materials: Challenge/Opportunity/Solutions

Prof. Derek Northwood

Prof. Derek Northwood

Symposium - Advances in Steel Technology

University of Windsor
Distinguished University Professor
Engineering Materials
Area of Research:Microstructure-Properties (Performance)-Processing relationsips, lightweight (A1+Mg) materials for automotive applications, materials for energy application, including fuel cells and batteries, distortion in heat-treated parts, novel materiasl synthesis methods, surface-engineering for improved corrosion and wear
Abstract: Relationships Between Surface Roughness And Corrosion Resistance

 

Prof. Frank Barbaro

Prof. Frank Barbaro

Symposium - Advances in Steel Technology

University of Wollongong 
Professor Barbaro is an acknowledged international authority on the manufacture and application of strong tough weldable steels. He is based at the University of Wollongong and is sought after in particular for his expertise in microstructure-property relationships and his understanding of quantitative research methodologies for the achievement of valuable steel related research outcomes.
Abstract: Developments in Control of Weld HAZ Properties in Modern High Strength Steels

Dr Ilana Timokhina

Dr Ilana Timokhina

Symposium - Advances in Steel Technology

Deakin University
Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Frontier Materials at Deakin University, Burwood
Abstract: Nanostructural Engineering of Advanced High Strength Steels

Prof. Matthew Barnett

Prof. Matthew Barnett

Symposium - Advances in Steel Technology

Deakin University
Chair in Metallurgy, Institute for Frontier Materials
Abstract:  A Material Property Map for Wear Resistant Steels

Prof. Michael Ferry

Prof. Michael Ferry

Symposium - Advances in Steel Technology

UNSW
Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering, UNSW Australia 2008-
Abstract:  Twin roll casting of sheet steel products - Alloy design, processing strategies and product quality

Prof. Mingxing Zhang

Prof. Mingxing Zhang

Symposium - Advances in Steel Technology

University of Queensland
Professor Mingxing Zhang’s research interests are in the application of crystallography to engineering and functional materials, surface engineering of metals, grain refinement for cast metals and epitaxial growth.
Prof Zhang is a world leader in the area of crystallography of phase transformations and its applications in engineering materials, and is recognised as one of the top researchers in the area of surface engineering. His research projects will develop novel surface treatment techniques for metallic materials to improve their surface durability, and to develop new light weight alloys and processes.
Prof Zhang obtained his Bachelor of Engineering from the Inner Mongolian University of Science and Technology and Master of Engineering from Northwestern Polytechnical University, China. In 1997 he was awarded his PhD degree by The University of Queensland. His research expertise and interests include crystallography of phase transformations, grain refinement and alloy development of aluminum and magnesium alloys, surface modification and coatings, bainitic transformation and bainitic steels.
Abstract:  A Novel Approach to Grain Refinement of Steel Castings

Prof. Rian Dippenaar

Prof. Rian Dippenaar

Symposium - Advances in Steel Technology

University of Wollongong
Abstract:  High Speed Continuous Casting

Prof. Simon Ringer

Prof. Simon Ringer

Symposium - Advances in Steel Technology

University of Sydney
Director, Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis (ACMM)
Executive Director and CEO, Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF)
Director, Bandwidth Foundry International Pty Ltd
Abstract:  Thermo-mechanical processing advanced high-strength steels: atom probe microscopy guided materials design

Dr. Megan Lord

Dr. Megan Lord

Symposium - Biomaterials

UNSW Australia
Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering
Associate Member, Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design, School of Chemical Engineering
Abstract: Extracellular Matrix-based Biomaterials for Cardiovascular Devices

 

Dr. Ivan Cole

Dr. Ivan Cole

Symposium - Corrosion & Degradation of Materials

CSIRO 
Dr Cole commenced his PhD studies at Monash nearly 30 years ago and he has achieved a great deal since that time. His contribution to several fields of research has been significant and of particular note are his contributions to the field of corrosion, where he has furthered the fundamental understanding of the processes controlling atmospheric corrosion.This latter work has had important ramification for the building industry throughout Australia and internationally. Ivan has received several awards that testify to the contributions he has made.
Dr Cole is currently the Deputy Chief (Science) within CSIRO’s Division of Materials Science and Engineering. This role has permitted Dr Cole to demonstrate his excellent leadership skills and both mentor and inspire younger researchers within the Division. Under his leadership the Division has grown its science collaborations, improved its science metrics and gained a strong outcome from a recent, detailed Science Review.
Abstract:  Predicting material life: From Corrosion mapping to Computational Design


 

Dr. Stanley Lynch

Dr. Stanley Lynch

Symposium - Corrosion & Degradation of Materials

Monash University 
Adjunct Research Associate
Abstract:  Overview of Mechanisms and Kinetics of Environmentally Assisted Cracking


 

Dr. Bala Hebbar

Dr. Bala Hebbar

Symposium - Durable Materials for Demanding Environments

Keech 
Bala Hebbar was appointed Quality Assurance Manager at Keech Castings Australia in 2008 promoted in 2011 to General Manager Innovation & Quality. Bala brings with him more than 25 years’ experience in the metallurgical and foundry industries, including over a decade of experience in maintaining ISO 9000 in casting manufacturing.
Bala is a PhD qualified metallurgical engineer whose previous roles included foundry management, QA management, methods engineering and product development. Before joining Keech, he worked in New Zealand, Ghana and India and has previously worked with some of the world’s largest mining companies including Ashanti Gold and BHP Billiton.
Abstract:  Wear-Resistant Materials for Mining Applications

Dr. Gwénaëlle Proust

Dr. Gwénaëlle Proust

Symposium - Durable Materials for Demanding Environments

The University of Sydney
Dr Gwénaëlle Proust was an undergraduate in La Rochelle and Nantes in France where she received an Engineering Degree in Materials in 1999. She then moved to Philadelphia in the USA to attend grad school at Drexel University in the department of Materials Science and Engineering. In 2002, she obtained a Masters degree by completing a thesis about adhesion between aluminum surfaces and polyurethane films. In 2002, Dr Proust joined Dr. Surya Kalidindi's group to work on his microstructure sensitive design project. She had a side project in collaboration with Dr. Roger Doherty and Dr. Surya Kalidindi on characterization of aluminum, copper and titanium elastic and plastic anisotropy using nanoindentation and electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD). She obtained her PhD degree in April 2005.
Abstract: The Development of NbC reinforced Martensitic Stainless Steel Composites for High Wear Applications
 

Dr. Jeff Gates

Dr. Jeff Gates

Symposium - Durable Materials for Demanding Environments

University of Queensland 
Dr Jeff Gates's research interests are in: (a) Engineering failure analysis and forensic metallurgy; (b) Abrasive wear and wear-resistant alloys.Dr Gates received his PhD from Monash University in 1985 and spent 15 years as an academic and senior researcher at the University of Queensland before starting UQ Materials Performance. Jeff has been the principal of UQMP (http://www.uqmp.com/) since its inception in 1998.
Abstract:  The Ball Mill Edge-Chipping Test (BMECT) for High-Productivity Evaluation of Relative Fracture Resistance of Hard Alloys

Kevin Dolman

Kevin Dolman

Symposium - Durable Materials for Demanding Environments

Pelstar Pty Ltd 
Abstract: New Developments in Chromium Carbide Hardfaced Welding Consumables

Dr. Michael Pereira

Dr. Michael Pereira

Symposium - Durable Materials for Demanding Environments

Deakin University
Lecturer In Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env, School of Engineering 
Abstract: Modelling the scratch test to better understand abrasive wear

A/Prof. Antonio Tricoli

A/Prof. Antonio Tricoli

Symposium - Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage 

Australian National University 
Antonio Tricoli is Associate Professor and leader of the Nanotechnology Research Laboratory at the Australian National University. He received his master in Mechanical and Process Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) in 2004. He continued his PhD studies in 2005 at the Particle Technology Laboratory of ETH Zurich researching the synthesis and self-assembly of nanoparticle films by combustion of organometallic precursors. In 2010, he received his PhD in the field of Nanotechnology focusing on the flame synthesis of inorganic nanostructures for gas sensing. His thesis was awarded with several prizes including the HILTI award for the most innovative PhD thesis of 2010 at ETH Zurich. Immediately after, he joined the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering as research fellow and lecturer working on the flame synthesis of metastable nanoparticles and rapid fabrication of working electrodes for dye sensitized solar cells. In September 2012, he was awarded with a FERL fellowship from the Research School of Engineering of the Australian National University and founded the Nanotechnology Research Laboratory. His group focuses on the nanofabrication of ultraporous nanomaterials for preventive and personalized medicine, advanced sensor technology, renewable energy storage and generation.
Abstract:  Nanoarchitectonics of Chemical Sensors and Optoelectronic Devices for Personalized and Preventive Medicine

Dr. Fiona Scholes

Dr. Fiona Scholes

Symposium - Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage

CSIRO 
Group Leader in Industrial Innovation at CSIRO
Abstract:  Powering the future with printed solar films

Dr. Kenji Sumida

Dr. Kenji Sumida

Symposium - Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage

University of Adelaide
ARC DECRA Research Fellow
http://www.adelaide.edu.au/directory/kenji.sumida
Abstract:  Functional Superstructures of Metal-Organic Frameworks

Dr. Vanessa Peterson

Dr. Vanessa Peterson

Symposium - Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage

ANSTO
Principal Research and Neutron Scattering Instrument Scientist
Abstract:  Progressing energy technologies through understanding atomic-scale materials function using neutron/X-ray scattering and computational methods

Dr. Yun Hau Ng

Dr. Yun Hau Ng

Symposium - Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage 

UNSW
Yun Hau Ng is currently a senior lecturer in the School of Chemical Engineering at UNSW. He received his Ph.D. from Osaka University in 2009. After a brief research visit to Radiation Laboratory at University of Notre Dame (Prof. Prashant Kamat’s group), he joined the ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials at UNSW with the Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (APD) in 2011. His research is focused on the development of novel photoactive semiconductors (particles and thin film) for sunlight energy conversion. He received the Honda-Fujishima Prize in 2013 in recognition of his work in the area of photo-driven water splitting. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed research articles and is currently serving as Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports.
Abstract:  Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting using Bismuth-based Ternary Oxide Semiconductors

Asst. Prof. Zongfu Yu

Asst. Prof. Zongfu Yu

Symposium - Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage 

University of Wisconsin – Madison 
Zongfu Yu is an assistant professor at the department of electrical and computer engineering in the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His research group works on photonics for applications in energy conversion, imaging, and sensing. He is recipient of Stanford Postdoc Research Award. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers with a total citation over 7000. He received his Ph.D. in applied physics and M.S. in management science and engineering, both from Stanford University. He received B.S. from the University of Science and Technology of China.
Abstract: Low-index photonic materials for photon management

 

A/Prof. Junling Wang

A/Prof. Junling Wang

Symposium - Nanostructured Materials & Interfaces

Nanyang Technological University 
Assistant Chair (Research), School of Materials Science & Engineering
School of Materials Science & Engineering
College of Engineering
Abstract: Adding Functionalities to the 2D Materials Family: Layered ferroelectrics and applications

A/Prof. Madhu Bhaskaran

A/Prof. Madhu Bhaskaran

Symposium - Nanostructured Materials & Interfaces

RMIT

Abstract: Transparent Oxide Thin Film Stretchable Devices

Dr. Pankaj Sharma

Dr. Pankaj Sharma

Symposium - Nanostructured Materials & Interfaces

UNSW

Abstract:  Ferroelectric Domain Walls as Novel Nanoelectronic Elements

A/Prof. Sharath Sriram

A/Prof. Sharath Sriram

Symposium - Nanostructured Materials & Interfaces

RMIT
Scientific Coord MNRF and Assoc Prof
Abstract:  Transparent resistive switching electronic memories based on amorphous SrTiO(3-x)

 

Prof. Barry Brook

Prof. Barry Brook

Symposium - Nuclear Waste & Fuel

University of Tasmania 
Barry Brook, an ecologist and modeller, is an ARC Australian Laureate Professor and Chair of Environmental Sustainability at the University of Tasmania. He is a highly cited scientist, having published three books, over 300 refereed papers, and many popular articles. His awards include the 2006 Australian Academy of Science Fenner Medal, the 2010 Community Science Educator of the Year and 2013 Scopus Researcher of the Year. His research focuses on the impacts of global change on biodiversity, ecological dynamics, forest ecology, paleoenvironments, energy, and simulation models.
Abstract:  Possible steps towards eventual large-scale use of nuclear energy in Australia 

Dr. Claire Corkhill

Dr. Claire Corkhill

Symposium - Nuclear Waste & Fuel

University of Sheffield
Claire Corkhill is a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow and EPSRC Early Career Research Fellow in the nuclear waste materials-focused Immobilisation Science Laboratory. Previously, she was a post-doctoral research associate in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Civil Engineering at the University of Sheffield. Claire obtained an MEarthSci in Geology and a PhD in Mineralogy and Geochemistry at the University of Manchester, working in the Mineral Physics and Chemistry research group.
Abstract:  

Dr. Kapila Fernando

Dr. Kapila Fernando

Symposium - Nuclear Waste & Fuel

ANSTO
Kapila Fernando is a nuclear waste management professional. He is currently the Waste Projects and Strategic Planning Manager, responsible for developing and maintaining waste management capabilities to support nuclear medicine production, reactor operations, and research activities at ANSTO. He has over 18 years leadership experience in Capital Programs, Strategic Planning and Operations Management across Mining, Chemical Processing and Nuclear Waste Management sectors.
Abstract:

Dr. Bronwyn Laycock

Dr. Bronwyn Laycock

Symposium - Translational Research in Polimers and Composites

Dr. Bronwyn Laycock
University of Queensland
Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical Engineering and Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation, The University of Queensland
Dr Laycock has a diverse background in translational research in degradable polymers, biomaterials, organic and organometallic synthesis, pulp and paper chemistry, and general polymer chemistry. She holds a Joint Chairman’s Award for Research/Commercialization (CRC for Polymers), Joint CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement and a Joint CRC Association Excellence in Innovation Award for excellence in polymer materials innovation, with 15 patents in novel polymeric materials development and two products taken to full commercialisation.
Dr Laycock is currently working across a range of projects, including biopolymer research, carbon nanofibre production, controlled release materials, polyurethane chemistries and peptide based conducting nanowires. A key area is the production and processing of biodegradable, bioderived polymers, including their fundamental crystallisation kinetics, compositional distribution and morphologies, mechanical property manipulation, and production of blends and (nano)composites for desirable properties and novel applications. In particular, the focus has been on the mechanistic characterisation of polyhydroxyalkanoates produced using mixed culture bacteria and fermented waste carbon streams and their analogues as well as the use of methane as an alternative feedstock. The conversion of bioderived and other products into carbon fibres for lightweighting applications has been another recent area of interest.
Abstract:  Wood Biopolymer Composites

Prof. David Lewis

Prof. David Lewis

Symposium - Translational Research in Polymers and Composites

Flinders University
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.
Abstract:  A Case study of Turning Science into a New Product – how it was actually done
 

Prof. Emily Hilder

Prof. Emily Hilder

Symposium - Translational Research in Polimers and Composites

University of SA
Professor Emily Hilder is Director of the Future Industries Institute (FII) at the University of South Australia. The mission of FII is the creation of new industries through collaboration, to transform the industries of today by supporting them to embrace emerging technological disruptions to create the industries of tomorrow. She is also Deputy Director of the ARC Training Centre for Portable Analytical Separation Technologies (ASTech) and Deputy Director of the ARC Research Hub for Integrated Device for End-user Analysis at Low-levels (IDEAL). Her research focuses on the design and application of new polymeric materials in all areas of analytical science, in particular analytical separations. She is also interested in the development of miniaturised analytical systems, particularly for applications in diagnostics and remote monitoring. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and has been recognized by a number of awards including the Jubilee Medal (ChromSoc, UK), LCGC (North America) Emerging Leader in Chromatography and was included in the 2013 and 2015 Analytical Scientist Power List of the World’s 100 Most Influential Analytical Scientists, and in 2014 as one of the ‘top 40 under 40’.
Abstract: Polymeric Monolithic Materials For Analytical Applications

  

Prof. George Simon

Prof. George Simon

Symposium - Translational Research in Polimers and Composites

Monash University
Abstract: Polymeric Draw Media for Forward Osmosis Desalination
 

Dr. Georgina Such

Dr. Georgina Such

Symposium - Translational Research in Polimers and Composites

University of Melbourne
Abstract:  Engineering “Smart” Nanoparticles for Improved Nanomedicine

A/Prof. Jun Ma

A/Prof. Jun Ma

Symposium - Translational Research in Polimers and Composites

University of South Australia
Jun Ma has received his PhD in 2002 from the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. After working as a visiting scholar and postdoc fellow at the Centre of Advanced Materials Technology, University of Sydney, Jun started his lectureship at University of South Australia in 2007. He is now an Associate Professer in the School of Engineering. His team conducted extensive research on polymer processing to develop composites by various nanomaterials. Interface debonding is a major facture mechanism for conventional polymer/inorganic particle composites; his research proved that the debonding is not a major mechanism any more once the filler particle size reduces to nanoscale.
Abstract:  Processing Polymers with Graphene Sheets

Dr. Michael Heitzmann

Dr. Michael Heitzmann

Symposium - Translational Research in Polimers and Composites

University of Queensland
Dr. Michael Heitzmann joined The University of Queensland in 2014, where he is leading the Composite Materials & Processes Group. Despite the relatively short time in this position, he has been awarded over 2.6M AUD in research funding. Funding was obtained both from highly competitive schemes such as ARC Discovery and LIEF, as well as directly from industry and government organisations.
Dr. Heitzmann played a key role in restructuring the UQ Composites Group and integrating the group across the three schools: Chemical, Mechanical and Civil Engineering. He has also taken a lead role in promoting industry engagement through the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Processing (AMPAM).
Dr. Heitzmann's research group is focused around the three key areas: short cycle time composite manufacturing, hybrid composite structures & interfaces and biocomposite materials. Dr. Heitzmann is very passionate about product innovation and industry engagement. His capacity for successful industry engagement is manifested through a large number of industry consultancies and projects, including projects with Crimsafe, UBIQ, ARUP, Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), Airbus Group, and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
Abstract:  A productised approach to translational research and industry engagement

Prof. Riadh Al-Mahaidi

Prof. Riadh Al-Mahaidi

Symposium - Translational Research in Polimers and Composites

Swinburne University 
Dr Riadh Al-Mahaidi is a Professor of Structural Engineering and Director of the Smart Structures Laboratory at Swinburne University of Technology. He also holds the position Academic Vice President (Research Engagement). Prior to joining Swinburne in January 2010, he was the Head of the Structures Group at Monash University. Over the past 20 years, he focused his research and practice on life time integrity of bridges, particularly in the area of structural strength assessment and retrofitting using advanced composite materials. He currently leads a number of research projects on strengthening of bridges using fibre reinforced polymers combined cement-based bonding agents, fatigue life improvement of metallic structures using advanced composite systems and shape memory alloys. He recently started some projects on hybrid testing of structures. He received a BSc (Hon 1) degree in civil engineering from the University of Baghdad and MSc and PhD degrees in structural engineering from Cornell University in the United States. To date, Riadhpublished over 150 journal and 210 conference papers. He was awarded the 2012 Vice Chancellor's Internationalization Award, the RW Chapman Medals in 2005 and 2010 for best journal publication in Engineers Australia Structural Journal, best paper awards at ACUN-4 (2002) and ACUN-6 (2012) Composites conferences.
Abstract:  Seismic performance assessment of CFRP-repaired RC structures using hybrid simulation

Brad Dunstan

Brad Dunstan

Symposium - Translational Research in Polymers and Composites

Asia Pacific Engineering Director, Multimatic Inc
Dr. Brad Dunstan has been Director of Asia Pacific Engineering at Multimatic Inc since October 23, 2015. Mr. Dunstan leads its Asia Pacific Engineering Operations, based out of Melbourne, Australia. The establishment of Multimatic Engineering Australia (MEA) is the latest step in the global expansion of the Toronto based company’s engineering group, aimed at facilitating the delivery of full service engineering support to the Australian and Asian markets.
Prior to this, Dr. Dunstan served as the Chief Executive Officer of VCAMM Limited for over 12 years working in the challenging field of industry research collaborations. During his time at VCAMM, Dr Dunstan sat on a number of State and Federal Government Manufacturing Advisory Councils and was a Director of a number of CRC’s and innovative start up companies.
Dr Dunstan has 34 years of defence, automotive engineering and technology development experience having held senior management positions within the RAAF, Holden, Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) and VCAMM prior to joining Multimatic.

James Mardel

James Mardel

Symposium - Translational Research in Polymers and Composites

CSIRO
Abstract:  Failure Analysis of Composite Materials