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keynote speakers

Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Karen Winey

University of Pennsylvania, USA


Karen I. Winey is Professor and TowerBrook Foundation Faculty Fellow of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania with a secondary appointment in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
Winey’s current interests include both polymer nanocomposites and ion-containing polymers. In nanocomposites, she designs and fabricates polymer nanocomposites containing carbon nanotubes and metal nanowires with the aim of understanding how to improve their mechanical, thermal, and especially electrical conductivity and resistive switching properties. Polymer dynamics in the presence of nanoparticles is also an area of interest. In ion-containing polymers, including block copolymers and polymers with ionic liquids, Winey combines imaging and scattering methods to provide unprecedented insights into their morphologies. Current efforts focus on correlating nanoscale structures with ion transport properties. In both areas, she couples experimental studies with simulation and theory, either within her group or with collaborators.
Winey received her B.S. from Cornell University in materials science and engineering and her Ph.D. in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Following a postdoctoral position at AT&T Bell Laboratories, she joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. Elected positions include chair of the Polymer Physics Gordon Research Conference (2010) and Chair of the Division of Polymer Physics within the American Physical Society (2013). She served as an Associate Editor for Macromolecules, the premier journal for polymer science, for four years (7/2010 - 6/2014). Her honors include Fellow of the American Physical Society (2003), a Special Creativity Award from the National Science Foundation (2009-2011), the George H. Heilmeier Faculty Award for Excellence in Research (2012), and Fellow of the Materials Research Society (2013).

Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Ramesh K. Agarwal

Washington University, USA


Professor Ramesh K. Agarwal is the William Palm Professor of Engineering in the department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Washington University in St. Louis. From 1994 to 2001, he was the Sam Bloomfield Distinguished Professor and Executive Director of the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University in Kansas. From 1978 to 1994, he was the Program Director and McDonnell Douglas Fellow at McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories in St. Louis. Dr. Agarwal received Ph.D in Aeronautical Sciences from Stanford University in 1975, M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1969 and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India in 1968. Over a period of forty years, Professor Agarwal has worked in various areas of Computational Science and Engineering - Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Computational Materials Science and Manufacturing, Computational Electromagnetics (CEM), Neuro-Computing, Control Theory and Systems, and Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization. He is the author and coauthor of over 500 journal and refereed conference publications. He has given many plenary, keynote and invited lectures at various national and international conferences worldwide in over fifty countries. Professor Agarwal continues to serve on many academic, government, and industrial advisory committees. Dr. Agarwal is a Fellow eighteen societies including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Physical Society (APS), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Royal Aeronautical Society, Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics (CSAA), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He has received many prestigious honors and national/international awards from various professional societies and organizations for his research contributions.

plenary speakers

Plenary Speaker I

Assoc. Prof. Jing Wang

University of South Florida, USA


Dr. Jing Wang is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at University of South Florida. He received two M.S. degrees from the University of Michigan, one in electrical engineering (2000), the other in mechanical engineering (2002), and a Ph.D. degree from University of Michigan in 2006. His research interests include micro/nanofabrication technologies, functional nanomaterials, micromachined sensors and actuators, RF/Microwave/THz devices. He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, while serving as reviewer for more than a dozen journals. His work has been funded by research grants from federal agencies (NSF, DTRA, US Army, US Air force) and contracts from more than a dozen companies. He is the chairperson for IEEE MTT/AP/ED Florida West Coast Section and he is also the faculty advisor for Florida IMAPS, AVS and IMS student chapters. He was elected as a member the prestigious IEEE MTT Technical Committee on RF MEMS topics. He currently acts as the general co-chair for the IEEE Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference (WAMICON 2015).

Director of RF MEMS Transducers Lab
Chair of IEEE Florida West Coast MTT/AP/ED Chapter
Member of the IEEE Technical Committee MTT-21

Research Interests: Nano/microfabrication, nanomaterials, RF MEMS devices, on-chip power generation, microfluidics, MEMS transducers, RF integrated circuit, wide bandgap materials, polymer nanocomposite and responsive polymers.

Plenary Speaker II

Assoc. Prof. Ouyang Jianyong

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore/

Stanford University, USA


Research Interests
1. Energy Materials and Devices
I am interested to the energy conversion and energy storage. The energy conversion includes low-cost solar cells, such as polymer solar cells and dye-sensitized solar cells, and electrocatalysis. I am also interested to develop high-performance materials for energy storage. My lab achieved the highest photovoltaic efficiencies for dye-sensitized solar cells with carbon nanotubes and graphene as the counter electrode.
2. Nanometer Materials and Devices
My interests on nanometer materials include the development, processing and application of functional nanometer materials, such as carbon nanotubes, graphene, polymer/nanoparticle memory devices, and antibacterial nanocoating. Recently, we developed methods to directly deposit nanostructured metals on substrates through the chemical reduction of metal precursors.
3. Organic Electronic Materials and Devices
Organic electronic devices, including light-emitting diodes, photovoltaic cells, and field-effect transistors, have many important applications are regarded as the next-generation electronic devices due to their low fabrication cost and high mechanical flexibility. I am interested to the development of high-performance organic electronic materials and devices, including conducting polymers, conjugated polymers and organic molecules, photovoltaic cells and light-emitting diodes. We recently developed approaches to develop highly transparent and highly conductive polymer films. The polymer films have transparency and conductivity like indium tin oxide (ITO), the traditional transparent electrode material for optoelectronic devices.

Ph.D. (Solid State Chemistry), Institute for Molecular Science, Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Japan, 1999
M.S. (Physical Chemistry), Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, 1996
B.Sc. (Chemistry), Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 1993