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Surrogate-Assisted Optimization and Uncertainty Quantification for Geological Carbon Sequestration

Prof Christine A. Shoemaker
Joseph P. Ripley Professor of Engineering, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
Distinguished Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore
U.S. National Academy of Engineering

Prof Christine A. Shoemaker joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering as NUS Distinguished Professor on 31 August 2015. Prof Shoemaker obtained her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Southern California supervised by Richard Bellman in Dynamic Programming. Upon her graduation, she joined the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and later the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA. She was promoted to full Professor in 1985. Since 2002, Prof Shoemaker has been appointed as Joseph P. Ripley Professor of Engineering, Cornell University. From 1985 to 1988, Professor Shoemaker was the Chair of the Department of Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. Professor Shoemaker has been a member of U.S. National Academy of Engineering since 2012 "for development of decision-making optimization algorithms for environmental and water resources problems".

Professor Shoemaker's research focuses on finding cost-effective, robust solutions for problems in engineering and science by using computational mathematics for optimization, modeling and statistical analyses. Her application areas focus on water resources and environmental issues, but the algorithms (and her open source software) are general and have been applied to a range of problems including physical and biological groundwater remediation, carbon sequestration (with multiphase transport), population ecology, computer architecture, and watershed models.



Smart Energy Solutions for Sustainable Future

Professor Ibrahim Dincer
University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Editor-in-Chief,  International Journal of Energy Research, John Wiley & Sons

Vice President, World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies

Professor Ibrahim Dincer is a full professor of Mechanical Engineering at UOIT. Renowned for his pioneering works in the area of sustainable energy technologies he has authored/co-authored numerous books and book chapters, and many refereed journal and conference papers. He has chaired many national and international conferences, symposia, workshops and technical meetings. He has delivered many keynote and invited lectures. He is an active member of various international scientific organizations and societies, and serves as editor-in-chief, associate editor, regional editor, and editorial board member on various prestigious international journals. He is a recipient of several research, teaching and service awards, including the Premier's research excellence award in Ontario, Canada. He has recently been recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of The Most Influential Scientific Minds in Engineering.

Energy Storage Systems beyond the Lithium-Ion Batteries

Professor Jim Yang Lee
National University of Singapore

Department Head (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, NUS)

Director, Center for Energy Research & Technology (CERT)

Professor Jim Yang Lee is Head of Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and director of the newly formed Center for Energy Research & Technology (CERT) at the National university of Singapore (NUS). He is also a Senior Principal Fellow at the Energy Studies Institute.  He graduated from the University of Singapore with first class honors and received his Master and Ph.D degrees from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He is well recognized for his research on energy storage materials (batteries, fuel cells and supercapacitors). He is an Associate Editor of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, an Editorial Advisory Board member of Energy Technology (Wiley), and is one of the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers (2014). He is member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), American Chemical Society (ACS), Materials Research Society (MRS) and the Electrochemical Society (ECS). 

Future clean energy systems: 3D+

Professor Jinyue Yan
KTH Royal Institute of Technology& Malardalen University

Editor-in-Chief, Applied Energy

Professor Jinyue Yan is chair professor of Energy Engineering, Mälardalen University, and KTH-Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. He is director of Future Energy Profile, the energy platform with funding of ca 10 million Euro from Swedish Knowledge Foundation and industrial partners; and director of recently established Applied Energy Innovation Institute (AEii).

Prof. Yan received his PhD at KTH in 1991, was chair professor and head of Energy Engineering at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden (2001-2005). Prof. Yan’s research interests include simulation and optimization of advanced energy systems; renewable energy especially in biomass energy; advanced power generation; climate change mitigation technologies and related issues in environment and policy; clean development mechanism (CDM), and fundamental engineering thermodynamics. Prof. Yan published about 300 papers including articles in Science and Nature Climate Change.

Prof. Yan is editor-in-chief of the international journal, Applied Energy, and advisory editor of Energy Procedia both published by Elsevier. He is editor-in-chief of Handbook of Clean Energy Systems by Wiley. He is the conference chairs of ICAE-International Conference on Applied Energy (Hong Kong, Singapore, Italy, China, South Africa, Taiwan, UAE), and of other international conferences. He is also editorial board member of several international journals. He also serves as the advisory expert to the United Nation, European Union Commission, and Asian Development Bank, and other international organizations; Overseas Assessor of Chinese Academy of Sciences; Standing Member of China Association for Science and Technology (CAST); and academic advisor to Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Hong Kong City University.

C4T- Carbon Reduction in Chemical Technology - a Cambridge Singapore initiative


Professor Markus Kraft

Cambridge University
Co-Director, Cambridge CREATE Program

Professor Markus Kraft is a Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge and Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. He is the director of CARES ltd., the Singapore-Cambridge CREATE Research Centre. He is also a principal investigator of “Cambridge Centre for Carbon Reduction in Chemical Technology (C4T)”.  He obtained the academic degree 'Diplom Technomathematiker' at the University of Kaiserslautern in 1992 and completed his Doctor rerum naturalium in Technical Chemistry at the same University in 1997. Subsequently, he worked at the University of Karlsruhe and the Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics in Berlin. In 1999 he became a lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge. He has a strong interest in the area of computational modelling and optimisation targeted towards developing carbon abatement and emissions reduction technologies for the automotive, power and chemical industries. Together with his research students he has also contributed significantly towards the detailed modelling of combustion synthesis of organic and inorganic nanoparticles and worked on engine simulation, spray drying and the granulation of fine powders.

High Efficient Heat Pump Cycles And Systems With Desiccant Coated Heat Exchangers

Professor Ruzhu Wang
Shanghai Jiaotong University

Deputy-Editor-in-Chief, Energy

Professor Ruzhu Wang, born in Dec.1964, graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in 1984, 1987 and 1990 for his bachelor , master and PhD degrees. He was promoted as associate professor in 1992, and full professor in 1994 in SJTU.

Prof. Wang had been appointed as the director of Institute of Refrigeration and Cryogenics of SJTU since 1993. Currently he is also the Director- Engineering Research Center of Solar Energy, MOE China, Vice dean of SJTU Energy Institute. His research group has awarded as Excellent Innovative Team of Energy Research from MOST China in 2014 and NSFC in 2015.

Prof. Wang has written 9 Books and about 260 SCI journal papers, his h index is 41. His contributions include adsorption refrigeration, heat pumps, CCHPs and solar energy systems, heat transfer to superfluid helium, and green building energy systems.

Prof. Wang is currently the vice president of Chinese Association of Refrigeration.  Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Energy, Regional editor-International Journal of Refrigeration. He has won Chinese national Research awards in 2010 and 2014 respectively. Due to his most noteworthy contribution to Refrigeration globally, he was honored to receive the J & E Hall International Gold Medal from the Institute of Refrigeration in 2013.

The Future of Renewable Fuel: The Biodiesel Story

Professor Simon Ng
Wayne State University
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Professor Simon Ng received his BSE, MSE, and PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  He is currently the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, a Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science of Wayne State University (WSU), the founding director of WSU's Graduate Programs in Alternative Energy Technology, Electric-drive Vehicle Engineering, and the director of the WSU/NextEnergy National Biofuels Energy Laboratory.  He is the co-founder of NextCAT, a spin-off company from WSU to accelerate the commercialization of renewable energy technology.   He also served as a Visiting Scientist with General Motors Research Center and as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the National University of Singapore.  His research interests include energy storage systems, alternative fuels, environmental and fuel conversion catalysis, polymers, smart sensors, and biomedical devices.  Professor Ng has received over $10 M funding from the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, 21st Century Job Fund, Michigan Life Science Corridor, NextEnergy, American Chemical Society, Engineering Foundation, Ford, GM, Exxon, among others.  He has published and presented over 350 research papers. Professor Ng has also served as the President of the Michigan Catalysis Society, and received several awards including the Career Development Chair Award, a Gershenson Distinguished Faculty Fellow, and President's Award for Excellence in Teaching from WSU; and a Distinguished Faculty Award from the Michigan Association of Governing Boards of State Universities.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan.  Dr. Ng is a member of Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Oil Chemists Society, North American Catalysis Society, and American Society for Testing and Materials.  Recently, he served as a special advisor to the Michigan Renewable Fuel Commission, and received the 2011 Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Award in the academic category. 

Urban Design towards Smart Low Carbon Precincts

Professor Steffen Lehmann

Professor of Sustainable Architecture

Founding Director, s_Lab (Sydney – Berlin)

The University of Portsmouth, UK

Dr Steffen Lehmann (Dr.-Ing. TU Berlin; AA Dipl London) is a German-Australian urbanist, author, educator, researcher and curator, registered in 1993 as a chartered architect and urban designer in Berlin.  Steffen has more than 25 years' experience in the fields of sustainable architecture, urban design and construction, a strong track record in research, teaching and government advisory roles, and achieved distinction at the international level.
Steffen is an internationally renowned authority on sustainable cities, a strong advocate for green buildings and a passionate educator. Over the last 13 years as full professor, he has held a range of senior leadership roles at Australian and UK universities.  In 2014-15, he was Head of School in Perth, repositioning the large School of Built Environment.  Prior to this, he was a tenured Chair Professor of Sustainable Design and Founding Director of two flagship research centres at the University of South Australia in Adelaide.
His research explores our complex relationships with nature, technology and place. Most of his research projects are architecture/planning/design nexus based, concerned with the integration of low-impact technologies in design and the social/behavioural and urban context.
He has made major contributions to the disciplines of Architecture/Urban Design and has served on several international expert panels, advising on sustainable development and cities' development. He is the editor of the Book Series for Sustainable Design for Routledge; his most recent book: “Low Carbon Cities. Transforming Urban Systems” (Routledge, London, 2014). Forthcoming book: ‘’Growing Compact. Urban Form, Density and Sustainability’’ (2016).
Steffen was a Visiting Professor at leading universities worldwide, including UC Berkeley, TU Munich, NUS Singapore, Tongji University and KTH Stockholm.
From 2008 to 2010, based on the international significance of his work he was appointed to the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Urban Development for Asia and the Pacific. In 1993, in pursuit of a more ethically correct practice, he founded the s_Lab (Space Laboratory for Architectural Research and Design) in Berlin.


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