Prof. Robert Gao, Case Western Reserve University, USA
Fellow of the IEEE, ASME, SME, and CIRP
Biography: Robert Gao is the Cady Staley Professor of Engineering and Chair, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, at Case Western Reserve University. He previously served as Pratt & Whitney Endowed Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Connecticut. Since receiving his Ph.D. from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany in 1991, he has been working in the areas of physics-based sensing methods, smart structures and materials, energy harvesting, multi-resolution signal analysis, wireless communication, and energy-efficient sensor networks. He has published two authored and edited books and over 290 scientific papers in archival journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings, graduated over 30 Ph.D. and M.S. students, and holds 4 patents. He is a recipient of multiple awards, including the Technical Award from the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society (2013), Outstanding Associated Editor Award from the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement (2012), Best Paper Award from the International Symposium on Flexible Automation (2012), etc. Professor Gaois currently an Associate Editor for the IFAC Journal of Mechatronics and ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering. He was an Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and ASME, an elected Associated Member of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), and an electedMember of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE).
Prof. Henry Hu, University of Windsor, Canada
Biography: Dr. Hongfa (Henry) Hu is a tenured full Professor at Department of Mechanical, Automotive & Materials Engineering, University of Windsor. He was a senior research engineer at Ryobi Die Casting (USA), and a Chief Metallurgist at Meridian Technologies, and a Research Scientist at Institute of Magnesium Technology.
He received degrees from University of Toronto (Ph.D., 1996), University of Windsor (M.A.Sc., 1991), and Shanghai University of Technology (B.A.Sc., 1985). He was a NSERC Industrial Research Fellow (1995-1997). His publications (over 150 papers) are in the area of magnesium alloys, composites, metal casting, computer modelling, and physical metallurgy. He was a Key Reader of the Board of Review of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions, a Committee Member of the Grant Evaluation Group for Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, National Science Foundation (USA) and Canadian Metallurgical Quarterly. He has served as a member or chairman of various committees for CIM-METSOC, AFS, and USCAR.
The applicant’s current research is on materials processing and evaluation of light alloys and composites. His recent fundamental research is focussed on transport phenomena and mechanisms of solidification, phase transformation and dissolution kinetics. His applied research has included development of magnesium automotive applications, cost-effective casting processes for novel composites, and control systems for casting processes. His work on light alloys and composites has attracted the attention of several automotive companies.
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