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2021 Keynote Speakers

Prof. Nikki Stanford

Prof. Nikki Stanford

 

University of SA
Professor Stanford is a Research Leader in Uni SA’s Future Industries Institute. Her niche in the materials research field has been to bridge the gap between engineering and science by applying a broad range of advanced characterisation techniques to “real world” problems such as fatigue, light-weighting and casting. Before joining FII, Prof Stanford held research position with Imperial College London, the University of Manchester, and Deakin University and Monash. She has studied a broad range of materials research topics including casting defects in nickel single crystal turbine blades, shape memory steels, phase transformation phenomena in titanium, and magnesium texture development. She is particularly well known for her light metals research portfolio, and in 2015 was awarded the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht’s Magnesium Award for international magnesium researcher of the year.
Abstract: Microstructural challenges facing “green” sheet steel production

Prof. Simon Ringer

Prof. Simon Ringer

 

University of Sydney
Professor Simon Ringer is the University of Sydney’s Academic Director of Core Research Facilities, and leads the University's strategic planning and operations of its high-end research infrastructure initiatives. He is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering, and an academic member of the Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis.

He has worked in Sweden, Japan, the USA and Australia, and holds patents in the design of steels and nanomaterials. He has published over 100 papers and serves as a materials engineering consultant to local and international industry.

Prof. Baohua Jia

Prof. Baohua Jia

 

Swinburne University of Technology
Professor Baohua Jia is the Founding Director of Centre for Translational Atomaterials at Swinburne University of Technology. She received her BSc and MSc degrees from Nankai University, China. She was awarded a PhD (2007) from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. Dr Jia’s research focuses on the fundamental light and nano-and atomaterial interaction. In particular her work on laser manipulation of two-dimensional materials has led to the design and fabrication of functional nanostructures and nanomaterials for effective harnessing and storage of clean energy from sunlight, purifying water and air for clean environment and imaging and spectroscopy and nanofabrication using ultrafast laser towards fast-speed all-optical communications and intelligent manufacturing.
Abstract:  Graphene for advanced manufacturing and functional devices

Prof. Craig A. Brice

Prof. Craig A. Brice

 

Mechancial Engineering | Advanced Manufacturing, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, USA
Craig A. Brice is the Ben Fryrear Chair for Innovation and Excellence and Professor of Practice in Mechanical Engineering at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, USA. He is currently Director of the Advanced Manufacturing interdisciplinary graduate program, which focuses on graduate education in additive manufacturing and efficient operations. He is also Executive Director of the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT) Center at Mines and the affiliated ADAPT industry consortium. Prof. Brice has been working in additive manufacturing for over 20 years including time spent at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Advanced Development Programs (Skunk Works), Lockheed Martin Space Advanced Technology Center, and NASA Langley Research Center. His work over the years has focused on alloy development, process monitoring and feedback control systems, and qualification/certification. He has contributed to over two dozen technical journal publications and has 12 issued US patents. He holds adjunct professor appointments in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Monash University, and in the Centre for Additive Manufacturing, RMIT University. Prof. Brice has a BS in metallurgical engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology, an MS in materials science and engineering from The Ohio State University, and a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Canterbury.
Prof. Cuie Wen

Prof. Cuie Wen

 

RMIT University
Cuie joined RMIT University as Professor of Biomaterials Engineering in 2014. She was Professor of Surface Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology from 2010 to 2014. She worked at Deakin University from 2003 to 2010 as Research Fellow, Senior Researcher and Associate Professor.

Cuie has published more than 440 peer-reviewed papers with an H index of 57 and citations over 12,431 (Google Scholar). She has supervised ~40 PhD and Masters students to completion. She is an editorial board member for the journals of Acta Biomaterialia, Bioactive Materials, International Journal of Extreme Manufacturing, and Smart Materials in Medicine. Her research interests include new biocompatible titanium, magnesium, iron, zinc and their alloys and scaffolds for biomedical applications, surface modification, nanostructured metals, alloys and composites, metal foams and nanolaminates.
Abstract: New Zn-Cu-Ti alloys for biodegradable implant material applications

Prof. Dong Ruan

Prof. Dong Ruan

 

Swinburne University of Technology
Professor Dong Ruan obtained her Bachelor and Master degrees from Shanghai Jiaotong University (China), and PhD degree from Swinburne University of Technology in 2005. She has worked at Swinburne since then and is currently Chair of Department of Mechanical and Product Design Engineering. Her research interests include: (1) characterisation of mechanical properties of materials at various strain rates; (2) evaluation of the mechanical response of structures (such as sandwich panels and tubes) under dynamic loadings; (3) additive manufacturing of fiber reinforced composites. She has secured over $7M research grants, published 220+ academic papers and supervised more than 20 PhD students. According to Science-wide Author Databases of Standardized Citation Indicators, she was ranked World’s Top 2% Scientists in 2019 in Materials category. She is a member of Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Impact Engineering and founding Vice-Secretary of International Society of Impact Engineering.
Abstract: Mechanical properties of 3D printed fiber reinforced composites
Prof. Duan Yuangang

Prof. Duan Yuangang

 

China Nuclear Power Engineering Co.,Ltd (CNPEC)
Duan Yuangang is Chief Engineer for mechanical components of PWR Nuclear Islands in China General Nuclear Group (parent company of CNPEC) and Deputy Chief Engineerin China Nuclear Power Engineering Co.,Ltd. He is the Chairman of Chinese Special User Group of RCC-M. He has engaged in development and design of nuclear power plant more than 30 years. His research is focused on a range of areas includesnew materials developmentand test for application, in-service safety behavior of materials and components, Structure Integration assessment of components.
Abstract: Additive manufacture of latch of CRDM and application
Prof. George Simon

Prof. George Simon

 

Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Monash University
Professor George Simon is a member of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Monash University. He was the Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Engineering 2013-2020. Prior to this he was the Head of Department of Materials Engineering at Monash University for 9 years. His research is in the area of polymer and nanomaterials science and technology. He has been particularly involved in nanocomposites with clay and other functional nanoparticles being combined with polymers to improve properties such as reduced flammability, mechanical properties, rheological modification and electrical and thermal conduction. He has also been involved in research for self-healing coatings, particularly those that are transparent and where healing can be stimulated by light or heat. In addition he is working in other areas such as bio-based monomers and polymers, 3D printing, membranes, flexible electronics and encapsulation.

Abstract: Stimulated Healing of Transparent Polymer Coatings

Prof. Huijun Li

Prof. Huijun Li

 

University of Wollongong
Prof Huijun Li obtained a PhD degree in 1996 from the University of Wollongong; He has 25 years’ research experience in materials science and engineering.
He has published 5 book chapters and more than 400 papers over his career 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. During this period, Prof Li pioneered research on 9-12% Cr creep resistant steel in Australia. Prof Li started working at University of Wollongong from July 2008; he has been heavily involved in research work with Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC), Energy Pipeline CRC (EPCRC), Baosteel Australia Joint Centre (BAJC), and Australian Rail Industry, in particular, Sydney Trains and ACRI. He was involved in the preliminary work on the production of engineering components of Titanium alloys using one such method of additive manufacture, namely gas tungsten arc (GTA) welding with mechanised wire addition. He then proposed to produce intermetallics with twin wire system, combining the concept of additive manufacturing and in-situ alloying with GTA process.

Prof Li was awarded Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia, 2013, Australia Endeavour Fellowship 2014, and Defence Materials Technology Centre - Capability Improvement Award in 2014 and 2016. He was also received UOW Vice Chancellor Award - Research Partnership and Impact Award for the year 2019.
Abstract: Recent advancement of wire arc additive manufacturing technology at University of Wollongong

Prof. Ma Qian

Prof. Ma Qian

 

RMIT University
Dr Ma Qian is a Distinguished Professor of the School of Engineering at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), Melbourne, Australia. His current research interests include (i) metal additive manufacturing (alloy design and lattice materials), (ii) powder metallurgy (PM) of light alloys, (iii) solidification processing, (iv) surface engineering for medical applications, (v) metallic biomaterials, and (vi) high entropy alloys.

 

With his research fellows, PhD students and collaborators, Professor Ma Qian has published 237 peer-reviewed journal articles and four Elsevier books on titanium alloys, including Titanium Powder Metallurgy: Science, Technology and Applications (editors: Ma Qian, F. H. Froes, Elsevier, 2015),Light Alloys (5th edition, Ian Polmear, David StJohn, Jie-Feng Nie, Ma Qian, Elsevier, 2015), Titanium in Medical and Dental Applications (editors: F. H. Froes, Ma Qian, Elsevier, 2018), and Titanium for Consumer Applications (editors: F. H. Froes, Ma Qian, M. Niinomi, Elsevier, 2019). His publications have attracted more than 8200 Scopus citations by November 2019 (>7300 excluding self-citations).

Professor Ma Qian initiated the biennial international conference on Titanium Powder Metallurgy in 2011 (co-sponsored by Materials Australia, TiDA, TMS, JSPM and CSM). The 6th PM Ti will be held in Montréal Canada.Professor Ma Qian served as the Organising Committee Chair and Conference Co-Chair for the Asia-Pacific International Conference on Additive Manufacturing at RMIT in Melbourne (2017 and 2019). Currently, He serves as an editorial member for a number of journals including as an Associate Editor for both Acta Materialia and Scripta Materialia.

Prof. Michael Preuss

Prof. Michael Preuss

 

Monash University
Michael was appointed as Professor of Structural Materials at Monash University in 2020 while keeping a part time position at the University of Manchester where he is Director of MIDAS, a Centre of Excellence on degradation mechanisms of Zr-based nuclear fuel cladding. Before he relocated to Melbourne, he was also Deputy Director of the Nuclear Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre at the University of Manchester and Champion of the Materials Systems for Demanding Environment theme within the Henry Royce Institute, UK’s National Institute for Advanced Materials Research and Innovation.

Michael's research focuses on engineering alloys typically used by the transport and power generation sector. A central aspect of his research is to develop a more physically based understanding of the development of microstructures during processing/manufacturing and the mechanisms that determine their performance. In his research he utilises a multiscale characterisation approach employing electron microscopy, diffraction and x-ray imaging techniques. An important aspect of his work has been the development of in-situ methodologies using neutron scattering, synchrotron x-ray sources, and electron microscopy.

Michael has published in excess of 200 peer reviewed publications, 3 book chapters and is editor of Elsevier’s Journal of Nuclear Materials. In May 2019, Michael received the ASTM Kroll Medal for his lifetime achievements in zirconium fuel cladding research. In the same year Michael was also elected Fellow of the UK Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Prof. Rui Yang

Prof. Rui Yang

 

Institute of Metal Research, CAS
Rui Yang has been the Head of Titanium Alloys Division at the Institute of Metal Research (IMR), CAS since 1997. He was previously a Title A Research Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge, from 1992 to 1995. The alloy he developed was used to build the three-person pressure hull of Fendouzhe submersible which dived into the Challenger Deep of Mariana Trench in November 2020. He has developed a process for manufacturing quite a few components of the hydrogen pump and thrust chamber of CZ-5 and CZ-9 rockets, and a process for net-shape casting gamma titanium aluminide low pressure turbine blades which were successfully tested on Trent XWB engines. Professor Yang has a BSc degree from Wuhan Institute of Hydraulic and Electric Engineering, a MSc degree from IMR, and a PhD degree from the University of Cambridge. He served as a Deputy Director of IMR from 2001 to 2012 and the Director of IMR from 2012 to 2018. He has authored and coauthored more than 400 peer-reviewed papers, and held more than 60 Chinese patents and 2 US patents.
A/Prof. Sophie Primig

A/Prof. Sophie Primig

 

UNSW Sydney
Sophie Primig currently is a Scientia Associate Professor in the School of Materials Science & Engineering at UNSW Sydney. She was awarded both her MEng (2008) and PhD (2012) in Materials Science & Engineering from Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Austria. Following a short period as Post-Doctoral Researcher and an academic position at the same University, she moved to UNSW Sydney in 2015, initially as Lecturer. She was an Australian Research Council (ARC) DECRA Fellow from 2018-2020.
Her research interests are in Physical Metallurgy. She has a track record in both fundamental and applied research. Her research goal is to develop an advanced capability in structure-property relationships across the processing routes of structural metallic materials via advanced thermo-mechanical routes and additive manufacturing. The focus of her applied research is aerospace alloys, and this has often been linked closely to the needs of industrial partners.
Sophie has attracted funding via the ARC Linkage and Discovery schemes, industry collaborations, and the Australia-US Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative Program. She is an Editor of Journal of Materials Science and the President of the NSW Branch of Materials Australia.
Abstract: The role of interfaces during metal additive manufacturing

Prof. Paul Withey

Prof. Paul Withey

 

University of Birmingham
Paul Withey was appointed as Professor of Casting Technology in the School of Metallurgy and Materials at the University of Birmingham in February 2018 following a 20-year industrial career in Rolls-Royce. He has been involved in the investment casting of aerospace components since a post-doctoral research fellowship in the early 1990s. Due to an industrial career he has only 35 journal papers but 14 patents and his industrial career focussed on the development and fundamental understanding of manufacturing processes for turbine blades. Paul also led a team to the 2015 Sir Henry Royce Award for Technical Achievement, the highest technical award in Rolls-Royce.
The move to academia has allowed Paul to focus on the understanding of the formation of defects in single crystal castings and in 2020 he was awarded a prestigious EPSRC Manufacturing Fellowship to allow him to focus on the casting of components for hybrid electric power plants for aircraft. Paul is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in the UK.