Keynote Speakers 2021
Professor Joaquim R. R. A. Martins
University of Michigan, USA
Joaquim R. R. A. Martins is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, where he heads the MDO Lab. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Before joining the University of Michigan faculty in 2009, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, where from 2002 he held a Tier II Canada Research Chair in MDO. Prof. Martins received his undergraduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College, London, with a British Aerospace Award. He obtained both his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University, where he was awarded the Ballhaus prize for best thesis in Aeronautics. He has served as Associate Editor for the AIAA Journal, Optimization and Engineering, and Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization. He is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Aircraft.
Prof.Phillip M. Ligrani, Ph.D.
Propulsion Research Center
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
The University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA
Dr. Phil Ligrani is currently the Eminent Scholar in Propulsion, and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the College of Engineering at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Prior to August 2014, Dr. Phil Ligrani was the Oliver L. Parks Endowed Chair, and Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at Parks College of Saint Louis University. Prior to that appointment, he was the Donald Schultz Professor of Turbomachinery in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. There, from 2006 to 2009, he was also Director of Oxford University's Rolls-Royce UTC (University Technology Centre) in Heat Transfer and Aerodynamics. From 1994 to 2006, he was a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Bioengineering, Director of the Convective Heat Transfer Laboratory, and Associate Department Chair in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah. Research interests include turbomachinery, convective heat transfer, fluid mechanics, transonic, supersonic, and hypersonic flows, as well as micro-fluidics, and measurement technologies.
Some of his recent honors, awards, and academic recognitions include: ● 2020 College of Engineering Outstanding Faculty Member Award. University of Alabama in Huntsville. ● 2020 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Mentor Award. University of Alabama in Huntsville. ● 2020 Hermann Oberth Award. AIAA – American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. ● 2020 Employee Service Award. University of Alabama in Huntsville. ● ASME IGTI Outstanding Service Award 2019. ● 2019 University Distinguished Research Award for Excellence. University of Alabama in Huntsville. ● Outstanding Senior Faculty Member Award for 2019. College of Engineering, University of Alabama in Huntsville. ● 2019 to Present. Member. European Union Academy of Sciences (EUAS). ● 2019 to Present. Guest Professor. School of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. ● Outstanding Mechanical Engineer of the Year Award 2016. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. ● 2010 to 2022. Distinguished Advisory Professor. Inje University, South Korea. ● Distinguished Lecture Award, 2011, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. ● Distinguished Editorial Review Board Membership, Springer Publishing Corporation. ● Carl E. and Jessie W. Menneken Faculty Award for Excellence in Scientific Research. ● NASA Space Act Tech Brief Award. ● Silver Winner, Annual 26th Educational Advertising Awards.