Keynote Lectures

Thiago Barral (Opening Lecture)

President of the Energy Research Office (EPE) – Ministry of Mines and Energy (Brazil)
Brazilian Energy Sector: Transformations and Challenges Ahead

Thiago Barral has been an employee of the Energy Research Office (EPE) since 2007. In February 2019, he was appointed CEO. Prior to this position, he served as Director of Energy Economics and Environmental Studies from February 2018 to January 2019, where he was responsible for coordinating studies on energy demand, distributed generation, energy efficiency, environmental studies for new hydropower and transmission expansion, georeferenced database management, long-term energy and technology studies. Previously, he was Head of the Power Generation Projects Department, leading the technical qualification process and cap price calculations for electricity auctions, as well as supply adequacy studies for isolated systems, hydropower potential assessment studies and feasibility studies for new plants. He had already held the position of Deputy Head of this Department for 3 years. Thiago holds a degree in Civil Engineering from UFJF, a Master in Water Resources and Environment from COPPE / UFRJ and a post-graduate degree in Public Administration from FGV-RJ.

Prof. Predrag Pega Hrnjak

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Effect of oil in components and the entire vapor compression system on performance

Dr. Hrnjak is Stoecker Faculty Fellow, Distinguished Res. Professor, and Director of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Center (ACRC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is also a founder and president of 50 engineers strong Creative Thermal Solutions (CTS), a vibrant research company that bridges ACRC activities (pre-competitive research in the function of education) and industry. He is a fellow of SAE, ASME, ASHRAE, was on the board of Directors of IIAR and is editor or member of the boards of several professional, scientific journals. He is the recipient of IIR Gustav Lorentzen Medal (ICR Prague 2011), L&B Holladay ASHRAE Distinguished Fellow Award for 2019, an annual award given to an ASHRAE Fellow for continuous preeminence in engineering or research work, J&E Hall (2012) and Rittinger (2008) medals, among other honors. He is an academician of AESS (AINS), in his native Serbia. Pega joined the University of Illinois in 1993. His research focus is on energy conversion systems, microchannel heat exchanges, natural and synthetic refrigerants with applications: space, air, automotive, stationary, unitary, commercial, and industrial. Pega got a formal education from the University of Belgrade where he started an academic career from RA to Assist. Professor. He also worked at the Technical University of Denmark, University of Missouri Rolla, etc. He published over 200 archival journal articles, 400 conference papers (h=41, more than 6000 citations), 100 reports, gave over 100 invited lectures, wrote several chapters in books, graduated over 100 Ph.D. and MS students.

Prof. Charyar Mehdi-Souzani

University Paris XIII / École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay
The role of metrology in 4.0 industry in the context of additive manufacturing process

Charyar Mehdi-Souzani received the M.Sc. degree in Manufacturing and Automation Engineering in 2002, the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2006 from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan in France. He is currently Associate Professor at University Paris XIII and Researcher at École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay (former ENS Cachan). He is the head of Geo3D research team of LURPA laboratory at ENS Paris-Saclay and the Head of Bachelor program “Metrology and Quality in Manufacturing” of the department of Mechanical Engineering at IUT St Denis-Université Paris XIII. His research interests are focused on Metrology, 3D digitizing, form deviation measurement and modeling for Additive Manufacturing process, Geometric modeling, Computer-Aided Inspection, Optical and CMM system assessment and qualification, data processing, discret shape processing, feature extraction and multi-sensor multi-scale digitizing systems.

Prof. Yann Quinsat

École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay
Development of in-situ measurement by contactless sensor for the improvement of manufactured surfaces

Yann Quinsat is a Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the L’ENS Paris-Saclay and is the Head of the Geo3D team. He works in the field of surface topography as an intermediary between function and process, in-situ measurement with contactless sensor and measurement strategy in situ context. The work carried out concerns the improvement of the manufacturing processes for complex surface parts. Currently, these parts are made by increasingly automated processes using 5-axis machine tool or robot. The manufacturing process relies on the definition of the manufacturing range and is divided in four main steps, from the definition of the specifications to the control of the finished part. In this context, the definition of the parameters of the manufacturing strategy is a determining factor in the manufacturing process, it determines the required elements necessary for the calculation of the trajectories and greatly influences the respect of the specifications to be respected on the part produced. His work is particularly devoted to the use of contactless sensors, because they allow a good compromise between speed of acquisition and uncertainties of measurement.

Prof. Saullo G. P. Castro

Delft University of Technology
Mesh-based, meshless and meshfree approaches in engineering 

Saullo G. P. Castro is an Assistant Professor in the group of Aerospace Structures and Computational Mechanics (ASCM) at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), working in the field of computational solid mechanics, focusing on semi-analytical models for instability of aerospace structures and on meshless methods for fluid structure interaction.

Prof. Carlos Cesnik

University of Michigan
Very Flexible Aircraft: Performance Promises and Aeroelastic Challenges

Carlos Cesnik is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, and Director of the Active Aeroelasticity and Structures Research Laboratory. He is a Fellow of the AIAA and serve as its Deputy Director for Structures. Prof. Cesnik is a member of AIAA’s Structural Dynamics Technical Committee and the Adaptive Structures Technical Committee, and a member of the AHS Dynamics Technical Committee. He has over 220 archival journal papers, conference papers, and technical reports, and several invited lectures, in the areas of fixed and rotary wing aeroelasticity, smart structures, structural mechanics, and structural health monitoring.

Prof. Timothy A. Shedd

Florida Polytechnic University
3-D Printed polymer high performance air-liquid heat exchangers

Timothy A. Shedd is the director of the Division of Graduate Studies, supervisor of entrepreneurship programs and an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Florida Polytechnic University. Prior to Florida Poly, he was an Assistant, then Associate, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin from 2001 to 2016. In 2012, while still a faculty member, Shedd founded Ebullient, Inc., to commercialize one of the world’s highest performing liquid cooling systems for data centers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and masters and doctorate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Shedd began his career with the Semiconductor Engineering Group at Digital Equipment Corporation (now part of Intel) and was on the design teams of the world’s fastest commercial computer chips from 1988 through 1995. Along with more than 46 publications in peer-reviewed journals, Shedd has 13 issued patents and more than 15 patent applications currently in prosecution. He was invited to be a European Research Community On Flow, Turbulence, and Combustion visiting professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. Shedd received a competitive appointment as a visiting research fellow by FAPESP (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo) for the 2012-13 academic year at the University of São Paulo in São Carlos, Brazil.

Prof. Mohammad Reza Safaei

Florida International University
Numerical and Mathematical Models for Nanofluids Simulation: State of the Art

Mohammad Reza Safaei is a visiting assistant professor at Florida International University, Miami, Florida, U.S.A. Prior to this position; he was a research associate at the same university. He has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering – Thermofluid, M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering – Thermal Sciences and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering – Heat Transfer. His Ph.D. thesis by the topic of “Experimental and Numerical Study of Heat Transfer to Nanofluids in Closed Conduit Flows” has obtained the distinction honor. During his thesis research, he developed a convection heat transfer test rig as well as some CFD codes, and also synthesized some innovative nanomaterials and nanofluids. After that, he also has finished the nine-month Postdoc there, under the supervision of Associate Prof. Mahidzal Dahari in his advanced renewable energy lab. During the past twelve years, he has gained theoretical, numerical and practical insights into mechanical engineering. To date, he has supervised/mentored five B.Sc., more than ten M.Sc. and one Ph.D. student. He also has experience in using commercial CFD packages for more than ten years. Concerning his extra-curricular activities, he was appointed to the International Scientific Board of different conferences in Asia, Europe, and Australia. He had served the duties of the principal investigator (PI) of some projects from 2011, and now, he is a member of a dozen scientific societies, editor of 29 journals, and reviewer of more than 100 journals and conferences. He has published over 100 articles including “Hot Paper” honorifics. The primary focus of his research is in the fields of heat and fluid flow, particularly in the fluid flow in porous media, turbulence fluids and modeling, nanoscale heat transfer and fluid flow, multiphase flows, and CFD.

Prof. Muzio M. Gola

Politecnico di Torino

Muzio M. Gola is a mechanical engineer, Emeritus Professor at Politecnico di Torino. Former Director of the Mech. Eng. Department, vice-Dean, vice-Rector. Founder and longtime team-leader of the LAQ-AERMEC research unit at his Department. His major investigation fields during the two last decades are on mechanical aspects of the aircraft turbine engine: vibration and damping in turbine blades, under-plaftorm and shroud damping, contact damping, high temperature dry friction contact, thermal transients and fatigue in discs of aircraft engines.

Prof. Arganthaël Berson

University of Wisconsin – Madison
Experimental characterization of evaporating and condensing flows

Arganthaël Berson is a Lecturer and a Researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he leads the Multiphase Flow Visualization and Analysis Laboratory (MFVAL). He received his PhD from École Centrale de Lyon (France) and subsequently worked at the Fuel Cell Research Center at Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada) and at Durham University (UK) before joining the UW-Madison in 2015. His research group is developing advanced experimental techniques for characterizing heat and mass transport in evaporating and condensing flows for applications including nuclear energy, the oil and gas industry and nano-manufacturing of semi-conductors. Dr. Berson is also an enthusiastic teacher and he received the F.M. Young Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award from the Pi Tau Sigma society in 2018.

Prof. Rodney Self

University of Southampton
Will Electric Aircraft be quiet and viable?

Rodney Self is a Professorial Fellow in Aeroacoustics within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton. He graduated with a first-class honours in Mathematical Physics and then joined the Royal Navy. After completing his commission he returned to academia and obtained an MSc followed by a PhD in Industrial Applied Mathematics at the Mathematics department of the University of Southampton. On completion he moved to the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research to take up a Research Fellow position. He is currently a Senior Lecturer. Rodney Self’s research interests centre on aircraft noise. In particular he is interested in developing robust methods that can be used by industry to predict the noise produced by turbo-fan engine exhausts and other engine components. He also studies methods to predict noise around airports and how people who live nearby react to it. Currently, Rodney Self is the Deputy Director and Manager of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Gas Turbine Noise where he leads the jet noise team and leads the UTC’s involvement in a number collaborative aircraft noise research projects with both UK and European partners. He has links with several Brazilian universities and is a partner in the Aeronave Silenciosa (Silent Aircraft) project.

Prof. Felipe A. C. Viana

University of Central Florida
Physics-informed neural networks: using hybrid models for engineering analysis

Felipe A. C. Viana is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida, where he leads the Probabilistic Mechanics Laboratory. Dr. Viana has focused his research on integration of physics-based and machine learning methods applied to probabilistic modeling of critical components (lifing and design) with focus on aircraft propulsion, power generation, and oil and gas systems. Over the years, his research has generated more than 60 peer reviewed publications, and several patents. Before joining the University of Central Florida, Dr. Viana was a Sr. Data and Analytics Scientist at GE Renewable Energy, where he led the development of state-of-the art computational methods for improving performance and reliability of wind turbines. Prior to moving to that role at GE, he spent five years at GE Global Research, where he lead and conducted research on design and optimization under uncertainty, probabilistic analysis of engineering systems, and services engineering. Dr. Viana has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidade Federal de Uberlandia.

Prof. Ilmar Ferreira Santos

Technical University of Denmark
Digital Transformation of Machine Elements – A Dynamic, Integrated, and Sustainable Approach inside Industry 4.0

Ilmar Ferreira Santos is a professor at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Department of Mechanical Engineering. He received his “Dr.-Ing.” from the Technical University of Munich, in Germany, in 1993, his “livre-docente” (habilitation) from the State University of Campinas, Brazil, in 1997, and his “dr. techn.” (habilitation) from the Technical University of Denmark in 2010. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the field of multi-physics modeling applied to design, optimization, and control of electro-mechanical machine elements. His research interests focus on machinery dynamics, tribology, and control (mechatronics). He is actively involved in the development of a state-of-the-art laboratory in Denmark for testing novel electro-mechanical machine components such as active magnetic bearings and actively-controlled fluid film bearings. These electro-mechanical systems are used, among others, to perform in-situ machine dynamic testing and monitoring as well as active vibration control. In terms of innovation, he was awarded “TOP 10 Best Brazilian Patents of the Year” in 1995 in Brazil for the patent entitled tilting-pad bearing with an active oil film. In terms of research, he was awarded “STATOIL Prize” for technological achievements in the field of mechatronics applied to machine elements in Denmark in 2010. In terms of education, he was awarded in 2012 “DTU Lecturer of the Year” for the course dynamics of machines. In terms of service to society, he was awarded “ASME IGTI Outstanding Service Award” in South Korea in 2016 for 20 years contribution to ASME IGTI. He has strong links with several Brazilian universities.

Petter Krus

Linköping University
Model Based Design of Mechatronic Systems

Petter Krus is a full professor and head of the Division of Fluid and Mechatronic Systems at Linköping University, where he also got his PhD. From 2001-2010 he had the position of Professor and head of the Division of Machine Design at Linköping University, where research was in the area of product modelling and design automation. In 2010 he moved to Division of Fluid and Mechatronic Systems, which is the largest academic lab in hydraulics in Sweden. The lab also engage in Aeronautics research, e.g. aircraft system design and subscale flight testing. Another important area of the lab has been the continuous development of the open-source system simulation software HOPSAN. The research is mostly in collaboration with industry, e.g. Volvo, Epiroc, SKF and Saab. Petter Krus has since 2010 nurtured research collaboration with several universities in Brazil. In 2015 he became “Swedish Professor of Aeronautics – Endowed Chair in Memory of Peter Wallenberg Sr” at Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica, ITA. This part time professorship, promoting Swedish-Brazilian research collaboration in the Aeronautics and related areas. Petter Krus is member of the ICAS PC and the CEAS board of trustees.