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Plenary Speakers

Published: 25 January 2017

Philippe H. Geubelle

Professor Philippe H. Geubelle, Head of Aerospace Engineering Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Originally from Belgium, Philippe Geubelle got his B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from the Catholic University of Louvain in 1988, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Aeronautics at Caltech in 1989 and 1993, respectively. After a year as Postdoctoral Research Associate at Harvard, he joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in January 1995, where he is currently Bliss Professor and Head in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, with joint appointments in Mechanical Science and Engineering and at the Beckman Institute of Advanced Science and Technology. He is also serving as Director of the Illinois Space Grant Consortium and Board President of the National Space Grant Foundation.

His research interests pertain to the theoretical and numerical treatment of complex problems in solid mechanics and materials, and, in particular, the multidisciplinary computational analysis and design of multifunctional biomimetic materials, fracture mechanics, multiscale modeling of heterogeneous materials, composite manufacturing, and thin films for MEMS and microelectronics applications. Other research activities include computational aeroelasticity, structural/acoustic coupling and parallel programming. He has published 3 book chapters and more than 140 peer-reviewed journal papers.

Kristiina Oksman-ltu

Professor Kristiina Oksman, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. Her research is focusing on natural fiber composites and biobased nanocomposites and their processing technologies. The interest is to better understand the relationship between the material structure, manufacturing process and final composite properties. The current applications of interests are within transport, medicines and electronics. 

Wook Ryol Hwang

Professor Wook Ryol Hwang, Gyeongsang National University
Jinju, South Korea. His field of expertise are Computational Rheology/Polymer Processing and Technology and Mixing in Process Technologies. He has recently done several interesting studies on non-Newtonian flow and particulate flows including filtration in porous media.

Title of presentation: Quantification of flows of non-newtonian fluids in terms of energy dissipation rate: viscometry, mobility, tortuosity and process monitoring.

Keynote Speakers

Pierre Dumont

Professor Pierre J.J. Dumont, Contact and Structural Mechanics Laboratory (LaMCoS), University of Lyon, INSA Lyon, CNRS, France.

His research interests include composite forming processes, in particular for discontinuous fibre composites, rheology of concentrated fibre suspensions, and mechanics of fibrous materials, including paper and nanocomposites reinforced with biosourced nanofibres. In particular, Dumont’s research includes the use of 3D X-ray microtomography images acquired during ex situ or in situ mechanical experiments in order to better understand the links between the manufacturing conditions, the structure of materials and their end-use properties, and to feed the upscaling approaches with relevant data.

Title of presentation: 3D characterisation of the microstructural evolution of SMC during compression moulding

Paula Marques - keynote speaker fpcm-14

Professor Paula Marques, Principle investigator and head of the nanotechnology group, University of Aveiro, Portugal. Paula Marques has extensive experience in graphene oxide-based materials preparation and characterization. She is leading a group that explores graphene oxide (GO) as an innovative platform to grow inorganic and organic structures allowing the construction of nano engineered materials with potential applications in the biomaterials and environmental fields. For example, metallic nanoparticles grown at GO surfaces are being explored as active SERS sensors for selective biomolecules detection.

Title of presentation: Graphene oxide: a nanoplatform for multifunctional composites


Dr. Matthieu Gresil, i-Composites Lab (, School of Materials, University of Manchester, UK. His research focuses on advanced nanocomposites to enhance thermo-electro-mechanical properties and to develop multifunctional (structural health monitoring, self-healing, antennas, camouflage) composite materials. Moreover, over the past year, he developed a new area of research based on 2D materials based polymer, and Bio-inspired materials to develop innovative morphing composites.

Title of presentation: Graphene – the new materials for multi-functional composites