Keynote Speakers


Professor Nick BUENFELD
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Imperial College London
United Kingdom

Title of Keynote Lecture:
Challenges in Understanding and Predicting the Deterioration of Concrete Structures

Professor Nick Buenfeld BSc, MSc, PhD, DIC, FICE, CEng, FREng is Head of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London.  He has been Professor of Concrete Structures since 2000 and established and heads the Concrete Durability Group, a multi-disciplinary group advancing understanding of deterioration processes to develop more effective methods of design, assessment and repair of concrete structures. He has authored more than 150 refereed publications and 4 patents.  Current interests include life prediction, wireless condition monitoring and novel approaches to high durability. He has provided guidance to the UK, Hong Kong and Sri Lankan governments and to the designers or constructors of major infrastructure projects including the Great Man-Made River Project in Libya, the New Los Angeles Cathedral, the Beirut Sea Front Project, the Channel Tunnel between the UK and France, the Jubilee Line Extension in London, Tsing Lung Bridge in Hong Kong, Belgium's high level nuclear waste repository and the UK’s new nuclear power programme.

Personal website: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/people/n.buenfeld

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Professor Oral BUYUKOZTURK
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
United States

Title of Keynote Lecture:
Deterioration and Life Cycle Modeling of Epoxy-concrete Interfaces in Structures

Educated in Istanbul Technical University (MSCE, 1963) and Cornell University (MS 1969, Ph.D. 1970), Oral Buyukozturk joined Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA in 1976 where he is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His early work prior to joining MIT involved design and safety analysis of nuclear power structures, and at Brown University, development of non-linear finite element models and computational engineering capabilities. His early research at MIT involved design and analysis of major energy facilities such as nuclear energy and offshore oil production structures, and thermo-mechanical analysis of coal gasification vessels. His recent and current research focuses on mechanics and design of structures and innovative materials. His work includes behavior and design of concrete structures, integrity assessment of reinforced/prestressed nuclear containment systems, durability of materials, earthquake engineering, interface fracture mechanics, fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites in structural rehabilitation, and structural health monitoring and nondestructive testing (NDT). His current research also focuses on multi-scale analysis of multi-layer material systems using molecular dynamics (MD). He has published more than 250 technical journal and other publications, has made internationally more than 200 invited and keynote presentations, and served in different capacities in nearly 20 technical committees. His awards, among others, include Golden Mirko Roš Medal of the Swiss Federal Research Laboratory for Materials Science and Technology; Fellow (non-resident) Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland's National Academy of Science and Letters; 2008 and 2011 ASNT National Faculty Fellowship Awards; Fellow, American Concrete Institute (ACI).

Personal website: http://cee.mit.edu/buyukozturk

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Professor Gregory G. DEIERLEIN
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Stanford University
United States

Title of Keynote Lecture:
Performance-based Earthquake Engineering and Innovations in Seismically Resilient Buildings and Communities

Personal website: http://soe.stanford.edu/research/layout.php?sunetid=ggd

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Professor Filip C. FILIPPOU
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Berkeley
United States

Title of Keynote Lecture:
Developments in Nonlinear Analysis for Life-Cycle Structural Engineering

Dr. Filip C. Filippou received a Dipl. Ing. degree in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Munich in 1978 and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1983. He has been on the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley since 1983 and served as department Vice-Chair from 1999 to 2003. Dr. Filippou teaches and conducts research in nonlinear analysis of structures. He develops simulation models for the response of structural components of reinforced concrete, steel and steel-concrete composite structures under seismic loading conditions. His models are widely used in OpenSees. He is also the developer of the nonlinear simulation toolbox FEDEASLab that is used around the world for teaching and research in the simulation of nonlinear structural response.

Personal website: http://www.ce.berkeley.edu/~filippou/

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Professor Dan FRANGOPOL
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Lehigh University
United States

Title of Keynote Lecture:
Probabilistic Life-cycle Management of Civil and Marine Infrastructures

Dr. Dan M. Frangopol is the first holder of the Fazlur R. Khan Endowed Chair of Structural Engineering and Architecture at Lehigh University. Before joining Lehigh University in 2006, he was Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he is now Professor Emeritus. From 1979-1983, he held the position of Project Structural Engineer with A. Lipski Consulting Engineers in Brussels, Belgium. In 1976, he received his doctorate in Applied Sciences from the University of Liège, Belgium.

Dr. Frangopol's main research interests are in the application of probabilistic and optimization concepts and methods to civil and marine engineering. He is an experienced researcher and consultant to industry and government agencies, both nationally and abroad.

Dr. Frangopol holds honorary doctorates from the Technical University of Civil Engineering in Bucharest, Romania, and the University of Liège, Belgium. He is an Honorary Professor of Tongji University, Southeast University, and Tianjin University and a Visiting Chair Professor at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. Dr. Frangopol is a Distinguished Member of ASCE, a Fellow of ACI, and an Honorary Member of the Romanian Academy of Technical Sciences. He is the Founding President of the International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety (IABMAS) and of the International Association for Life Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE). He is also the founder of the recently created ASCE Technical Council on life-cycle performance, safety, reliability and risk of structural systems.

Dr. Frangopol is the recipient of several prestigious national and international awards including Newmark, Croes and T.Y. Lin Medals. He is the Founding Editor of Structure and Infrastructure Engineering an international peer-reviewed journal included in the Science Citation Index.

Personal website: http://www.lehigh.edu/~dmf206/

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Professor Koichi MAEKAWA
Department of Civil Engineering
The University of Tokyo
Japan

Title of Keynote Lecture:
Multi-scale and Multi-chemo-mechanistic Approach to the Life-cycle Performance Assessment of Structural Concrete

Koichi Maekawa, male, born in 1957, Japanese is a professor of Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Tokyo, and a director of Center for International Affairs of School of Engineering.

He graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1980 and earned the Master in 1982 and Doctorate degree in 1985 from the University of Tokyo. He served as a lecturer at Nagaoka University of Technology (1982-85), an associate professor (1985-96) at University of Tokyo and Asian Institute of Technology (1990-92), and have been working as a full professor in Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Japan.

His research interest covers nonlinear mechanics of reinforced concrete, solid-liquid multi-phase fluid mechanics, cementitious high performance materials and thermo-dynamics of structural concrete. He published 5 books on concrete technology, and received about 20 awards of merits and technology development from Japan Society of Civil Engineers, Japan Concrete Institute, Pre-stressed Concrete Association, etc. He is now chairing the committee on structural concrete code specification of JSCE, and other scientific bodies.

His research interest covers nonlinear mechanics of reinforced concrete, solid-liquid multi-phase fluid mechanics cementitious high performance materials and thermo-dynamics of structural concrete.

Personal website: http://concrete.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/research/intro/M.htm

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Professor Jin-Ping OU
School of Civil Engineering
Dalian University of Technology
China

Title of Keynote Lecture:
Some Advances and Challenging Issues of the Life-cycle Performance Monitoring, Evaluation and Design of Infrastructure

 

Personal website: http://gs1.dlut.edu.cn/Supervisor/Front/dsxx/new/Default.aspx?WebPageName=OUJP

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Professor Frieder SEIBLE
Jacobs School of Engineering
University of California, San Diego
United States

Title of Keynote Lecture:
Assessment of the Structural Performance of our Physical Infrastructure under Extreme Loads

Frieder Seible is the Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. His responsibilities include strategic planning and operations, School-wide research and education initiatives, academic affairs, and UCSD-wide cooperative programs. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering in the US and in China, and is the Walter J. Zable Professor of Engineering and the Eric and Johanna Reissner Professor of Applied Mechanics and Structural Engineering.

Dr. Seible's research achievements include the development of large-scale structural testing techniques, seismic assessment and retrofit of bridges, and the application of Polymer Matrix Composites (PMC) in civil engineering structures. He was the founding director of the Charles Lee Powell Structural Research Laboratories, which serve as a worldwide resource for full-scale testing and analysis of structures. Dr. Seible is the chair of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Seismic Advisory Board and has contributed to the Caltrans Bridge Seismic Safety Program through his large scale testing and retrofit research. Dr. Seible is an expert on the seismic safety of transportation structures, in particular large transportation hubs (stations) and elevated track/guideways. He has served on or led national and international committees on bridge reconstruction and retrofit, and serves as a structural engineering consultant on many of the world's long-span bridges. Dr. Seible has received numerous awards for his research and has published more than 500 papers and technical reports mainly related to seismic design of bridges and buildings, as well as blast resistant design of critical structures.

Dr. Seible joined the UCSD faculty in 1983, and served as the founding Chair of the Department of Structural Engineering from 1995 to 2001. As chair, he oversaw the development of the first nationally accredited program in structural engineering. He was appointed Executive Associate Dean of the Jacobs School in 2001, and was subsequently appointed Dean in 2003.

Dr. Seible received a Dpl. Ing. from the University of Stuttgart, a M.Sc. from the University of Calgary, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, all in civil engineering.

Personal website: http://structures.ucsd.edu/faculty_profile?fmp_recid=52

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Professor Surendra P. SHAH
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Northwestern University
United States

Title of Keynote Lecture:
Application of Nanotechnology for Sustainable Infrastructure Materials

Surendra P. Shah is a Walter P. Murphy Professor of Civil Engineering at Northwestern University. He is the Director of the pioneering NSF Science and Technology Center for Advanced Cement-Based Materials. His current research interests include: fracture, fiber reinforced composites, non-destructive evaluation, transport properties, processing, rheology, nanotechnology, and use of solid waste materials. He has co-authored two books: Fiber-Reinforced Cement-Based Composites and Fracture Mechanics of Concrete. He has published more than 400 journal articles and edited more than twenty books. He has served as editor-in-chief of RILEM's journal Materials and Structures.

Professor Shah is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is also a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, as well as of the Indian Academy of Engineering. He is the only civil engineer who is a member of these three academies. He has received many awards including the Swedish Concrete Award, ACI Anderson Award, RILEM Gold Medal, ASTM Thompson Award, ASCE Charles Pankow Award, and Engineering News Record's News Maker Award. He was named one the Most Influential People in the industry by Concrete Construction Magazine. He spent time recently as an Honorary Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay under a Fulbright grant. Most recently, he was awarded an honorary membership in American Concrete Institute and RILEM (based in Paris).

Besides teaching at Northwestern, he has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago and served as a visiting professor at MIT, University of Sidney, Denmark Technical University, University of Singapore, Darmstadt Technical University, and LCPC, Paris. He has been an honorary professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and L'Aquilla University in Italy. Currently, he is a visiting member of the Institute of Advanced Studies at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Personal website: http://www.civil.northwestern.edu/people/profiles/shah.html

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