Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Kwang Leong Choy, University College London, UK

Kwang Leong Choy [D.Phil (oxon)., DSc, FIMMM, FRSC] is the Professor of Materials Discovery and the Director of the UCL Institute for Materials Discovery at University College London (UCL) since 2014. She obtained her Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.) in Materials Science from the University of Oxford and Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) in Materials from the University of Nottingham. She has been employed at University of Oxford, Imperial College London and University of Nottingham before joining UCL. She has extensive experience in in materials creation, discovery and exploitation of eco-friendly, cost-effective and sustainable high performance thin films and nanomaterials processing technologies, especially for clean energy and engineering applications. She has authored over 230 peer-reviewed publications, including 5 books and 20 patents in nanomaterials, thin films and coatings for structural, functional and biomedical applications. She is the recipient of Grunfeld Medal Prize and has given over 150 keynote papers/invited lectures and conference session Chairman. She is leading a multidisciplinary research team ranging from material scientists, chemists, physics, coating specialists, bioengineering, nanobiotechnology, and engineers. Her team is conducting cutting edge research and technology exploitation of high performance, eco-friendly and cost-effective processing of new nanostructured materials, nanocomposites and superthin/thin/thick films coated products for thin film solar cells, clean energy, energy storage, electrical, optoelectronics, environment, health care, and biomedical applications. She has been elected to several prestigious fellowships such as Fellow of the Institute of Materials (2007-present), Royal Society of Chemistry (2010 - present), European Science Foundation NANO network (2008-2014), Chartered of Science, CSi (2007- present), as well as on editorials boards (Editorial Board of Nano-Micro Letters, Journal of Nanomaterials, and Guest Editor of “Surface Engineering” and “Chemical Vapour Deposition”). She has been the Founder, Inventor and Director of Innovative Materials Processing Technologies Ltd and Co-Founder of Southside Thermal Sensing (spin-out companies from Imperial College London). She was awarded a Visiting Professorship (2001/03) by the Swedish Engineering Research Council at the University of Uppsala, Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientist at Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering (NIMTE, 2010/2012), and Chinese Academy of Sciences (2011/2013). She has secured and managed numerous multimillion pounds national and European flagship research programmes with extensive collaboration with academia and industry. She has also established multi-million pound state-of-the art nanomaterials, innovative thin/thick films processing and characterisation facilities. 

Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Sung-Hoon Ahn, Seoul National University, South Korea

Sung-Hoon Ahn is a Full Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Seoul National University (SNU), and is the director of the Innovative Design and Integrated Manufacturing Lab at the university. He received his undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan (1992) and his Masters' degree (1994) and PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University (1997). Since then, he has held professional and visiting positions at Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, Gyeongsang National University and University of Washington. He joined Seoul National University in 2003 and has served SNU Institute of Global Social Responsibility as a Director (2016-2017), University Industry Technology Force (UNITEF), Korea as the President (2016-2017), SNU Graduate School of Engineering Practice as the Associate Dean (2017-2018), and Tanzania-Korea Innovative Technology Energy Center (ITEC) as the Program Director (2017-present).
Dr. Ahn's research interests include soft robotics, smart/composite materials, micro/nano fabrications, 3D/4D printing, smart factory, green manufacturing, renewable energy, smart grid, and appropriate technology. He has published over 310 peer-reviewed journal articles at Nature Materials, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Materials Horizons, Soft Robotics, Scientific Reports, CIRP Annals etc. as well as over 700 conference talks and 150 invited presentations. Since 2011 his team as the Global Solar Volunteer Corps has constructed several off-grid solar/small-hydro/wind power plants in Nepal and Tanzania which Provide electricity and LED light for over 3,500 people in remote villages. For his research accomplishments, he has been honored with Highly Commended Award from Literati Club, UK (2003), Sinyang Engineering Award (2010), Gaheon Award (2011), Seoul National University Education Award (2012), LG Yonam International Visiting Fellowship (2012), and Certificate of Commendation from Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning of Korean government (2015). Since 2013, as the editor-in-chief, he has founded and managed the International Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing - Green Technology (IJPEM-GT, 2018 impact factor 4.560). He has served as an editorial member of Rapid Prototyping Journal (RPJ), International Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing (IJPEM), Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology (JMST), Journal of the Korean Society for Precision Engineering, Multifunctional Materials, Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing, the Initiator and Co-chair of International Symposium on Green Manufacturing and Applications (ISGMA, 2011-2017), the Founder and Conference Chair of International Conference on Energy, Aquatech and Sustainability (ICEAS, 2017-present), the Founder  and Chair of the Startup Mission for Art/design, Responsibility and Technology Competition and Conference (S.M.A.R.T., 2016-present), and the Founder and Chair of International Conference on Engineering Innovation 2017, a director of Korean Society of Precision Engineering, Academic Society for Appropriate Technology, Korean Society for Composite Materials, Society for Computational Design and Engineering, Scientists and Engineers without Borders, Korean Society of Manufacturing Technology Engineers, and a Fellow of CIRP (The International Academy for Production Engineers) since 2019.

Plenary Speaker

Prof. Han-Yong Jeon, Inha University, South Korea

Prof. Han-Yong Jeon, geosynthetics/technical organic materials researcher, graduated from textile engineering department, Hanyang University in 1979. He worked for Hyejeon College, 1982-1990 and Howon University, 1990-1992, Chonnam National University, 1992-2005 and now works for Inha University. Since 1998, he is the director of Geosynthetics Institute (USA)-Korea Directory. From 2008-2012, he worked in International Geosynthetics Society as Council member (2006~2012) and he was the 6th president of Korean Geosynthetics Society (2011~2013). Also, he is members of ASTM D35 and ISO TC221 on geosynthetics from 1998. Now he is elected the 32nd President of Korean Fiber Society (2014~2015). He has published 117 papers and more than 742 papers in domestic and international conferences. Also, he wrote 18 texts including 'GEOSYNTHETICS’ and also published 98 papers in domestic & international journals. He has awards of Marquis Who'sWho - Science and Engineering in 2003~2014 and Top 100 Scientists in the World: 2005/2011 of IBC (International Biographical Centre, UK). Also, he got the 33rd Academy Award of Korean Fiber Society in 2006 and “Excellent Paper Award of 2012” by The Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies. Area of Specialization Manufacturing, Application and Evaluation of Technical Organic Materials Manufacturing, Evaluation, Standardization & Regulation of Geosynthetics Polymeric Geocomposites etc.

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