PLENARY SPEAKERS


Amitabh Narain

Michigan Technological University, USA

Dr. Amitabh Narain (Ph. D., University of Minnesota, 1983) is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Technological University, a Fellow of the ASME, an Associate Editor of the Journal of Heat Transfer, and Director of the Energy-Thermo-Fluids area in his department. His current research areas deal with state-of-the-art computational and experimental techniques for single-phase and phase-change (flow boiling and flow condensation) flows, particularly those related to energy technologies such as thermal management and power generation applications. Dr. Narain’s research has received continuous funding from NSF or NASA since 2000. He is a PI or Co-PI on external grants totaling approximately $ 3 million (with $1.85 million as PI). Dr. Narain has authored over 73 peer-reviewed articles. His recent research accomplishments have been highlighted through several keynote and invited lectures – including on national websites, such as by NSF in 2012 and by Research.Gov in 2013. He is very active in teaching and mentoring students (graduate and undergraduate) - as well as in national-level professional service. Dr. Narain has served on several government panels and on ASME committees: HTD-K8 (current Vice-Chair and Chair-designate), HTD-K13, FED-Multi Phase Flow Committee, and AMD-Fluid Mechanics committee (Past Chair and Vice-Chair). Over the past twenty years, he has also been an active lead organizer for several symposia, topics, or sessions for ASME and other international conferences.


Arif Hepbaşlı

Yaşar University, Turkey

Arif Hepbasli, who has dealt with energy-related issues for 34 years and aims at attaining Industry (I), Profession Institutions (P) and University (U), Balanced IPU simultaneously and trying to focus on RIC, has been Full Professor and Head of Energy Systems Engineering at Yaşar University in Izmir, Turkey since 2012. He joined Ege University, Turkey in 1996 after about a ten-year period in industry at different positions (as head engineer, assistant manager for production planning and quality assurance, assistant manager for investments and maintenance manager).

He was Vice Director of Solar Energy Institute of Ege University between 1997-2000 and Ege University Science Technology Application and Research Center (EBILTEM) between 2000-2001. He worked as a Visiting Professor between 2004-2005 at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada and between 2010-2012 at King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. He supervised/co-supervised 26 M.Sc. and 16 Ph.D. theses.

He is author and co-author of over 550 papers (over 275 SCI-based papers with an h-index of 36) on a national and international basis as well as several national and international books and book chapters. His research has been involved with energy, exergy, exergoeconomic and exergoenvironmental analyses and assessments of energy-related systems, energy/exergy efficiency and management, clean energy technologies, ground-source heat pumps, utilization and potential of renewable energy sources and sustainable energy technologies. He is the recipient of several awards.

Dr. Hepbasli is a Certified Energy Manager and has chaired and co-chaired many national and international conferences, symposia, workshops and technical meetings. He has served as a consultant for industry in cases involving his research area and is also a member in the International Advisory Board of eight prestigious energy-related journals as well as Network of International Society for Low Exergy Systems in Buildings, and an Associate Editor of Journal of Energy Engineering (ASCE) while also serving many energy journals and industrial projects as a reviewer. As of 2014, he became one of the Turkish experts for the Energy Configuration of the Horizon 2020 Programme Committee.


Balaram Kundu

Jadavpur University, India

Dr. Balaram Kundu is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. His research interests fall mainly in the field of thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, fluid mechanics, and solar energy with current research focusing on biological heat transfer. Dr. Kundu completed his PhD at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in 2000. Prior to that he post graduated in Thermal Engineering at Bengal Engineering College (Deemed University), Shibpur, Howrah, India in 1995. He studied at Regional Engineering College Durgapur, where he completed a B.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1993. His teaching experience starts from April 1998 when he joined Jalpaiguri Government Engineering College, West Bengal, India as a Lecturer. After that, he had been selected as a Lecturer at Kolyani Government Engineering College, Bengal Engineering College (Deemed University), and Jadavpur University. Then he joined Jadavpur University as a Senior Lecturer on January 20, 2003. He also worked as a Research Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea, for three years. So far more than 60 papers have been published in reputed international journals in which 13 papers published with sole authorship and 40 papers published with first authorship. He is now the member of the editorial board of four international journals and member of the reviewer board of thirty five international journals. He has visited several times in Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Netherland, etc. for the research work purpose. Several PG and PhD students have been guided under his sole supervision. He has been awarded the Institutional Medal for 1997-1998 for the best paper published in the Journal of the Institution of Engineers (India). His biography has been published in Marquis Who’s Who in the World in 2001.


Bingqing Wei

University of Delaware, USA

Dr. Bingqing Wei (B. Q. Wei) received his Bachelor (1987), M.S (1989), and Ph.D. (1992) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware (UD), USA. Before joining UD, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Center for Computation & Technology at Louisiana State University from 2003 to 2007. He had worked as a Post-doctorate Research Associate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center from 2000 to 2003. Dr. Wei was a visiting scientist for Max-Planck Institut für Metallforschung, Stuttgart, Germany in 1998 and 1999. He was a faculty member at Tsinghua University in Beijing from 1992 to 2001. Dr. Wei’s research interests lie in nanomaterials and their energy applications. He has published more than 230 scientific papers in refereed international journals, including Nature and Science, and delivered 150 plus invited talks and seminars in academia and industry worldwide. His research work has been intensively cited more than 12000 times by peer scientists with the h-index of 56 and has also been highlighted many times in scientific journals, web journals, and public media. His research has also been recognized with many awards, including the most recent Advanced Materials Medal for Year 2015.


Ehsan Roohi

Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran

Ehsan Roohi obtained a PhD degree in Aerospace Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2010. Part of his PhD thesis was accomplished in the Strathclyde University, UK, where he took part in developing a molecular solver in the OpenFOAM package. Subsequently, he jointed Mechanical Engineering Department at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran where he is currently an Assistant Professor. His research interests include: Micro/nano flows, rarefied gas dynamics and direct simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC), two phase flows with and without mass transfer. To date, he has published more than 50 journal articles and around 58 conference papers.


Hakan Fehmi Öztop

Firat University, Turkey

Hakan F. Oztop is a full professor at the department of mechanical engineering, Technology Faculty, Fırat University, Elazig, Turkey. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Fırat University Eng. Fac. Mechanical Eng. in 1996 and later on pursued masters and PhD degrees at the same university energy division in 2003. His main research fields are Computational Fluid Dynamics, energy storage, combustion, nanofluid flow and renewable energy. He had been in University De Montreal, Ecole Polytechnique, Canada in 2002 and Auburn University Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2004 for short time studies. He has around 180 international journal papers and 130 other papers in some conferences and national journals.


Hamadiche Mahmoud

FUniversité de Lyon 1, France

Dr. Hamadiche Mahmoud had M. Sc in mathematics with mention Aleppo university (Syria), MS in mechanics Institute National Polytechnic of Grenoble (France), Ph.D with ``very Honorable'' mention in non homogeneous turbulent flow University Claude Bernard, Lyon 1 and Doctorate d'état es Science with ``very honorable'' mention University of Claude Bernard, Lyon1 (France). Dr. Hamadiche researches include non homogeneous turbulent modeling, flow stability analysis, numerical flow simulation and flow-structure interaction. He published more than 60 work in turbulence flow, stability analysis, acoustic and flow-structure interaction and flow induced vibrations. He taught several courses at all undergraduate level in, classical mechanics, analytical mechanics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics, continuum mechanics, hydraulics, statistics, tensor algebra and flow-structure interaction. Dr. hamadiche established different international cooperation between Claude Bernard university and Kharkov university (Ukraine), Tangier university (Morocco) and Notre Dame university (USA). He held several position, Assistant at university of Aleppo (Syria) 1976-1982, Researcher at METRAFLU (France) 1982-1985, Researcher at Center National of Scientific Researches (CNRS France) 1985-1986, Associate professor at university of Annaba (Algeria) 1986-1989, Associate professor at university of Claude Bernard 1989-Present, invited associate professor at Notre Dame .University (UAS) 1999-2000.


Mehmet Kanoğlu

University of Gaziantep, Turkey

Mehmet Kanoğlu is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of Gaziantep. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Istanbul Technical University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from University of Nevada, Reno. He was a visiting professor during 2006–2007 academic year at University of Ontario Institute of Technology and during 2010–2012 at American University of Sharjah. Some of his research areas are energy efficiency, refrigeration systems, gas liquefaction, hydrogen production and liquefaction by renewable energy sources, geothermal energy, and cogeneration. He is the author or co-author of dozens of journal and conference papers. Professor Kanoglu is the co-author of the books Refrigeration Systems and Applications, Wiley, New York, 2010 and Efficiency Evaluation of Energy Systems, Springer, 2012.

Dr. Kanoğlu prepared energy assessment reports for various industries including geothermal and cryogenic industries in Nevada. He has served as an expert instructor in certified energy manager training programs and as an expert for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. He delivered numerous training courses, lectures, and presentations on various applications of energy efficiency. He has also served as an advisor for various industrial facilities.


Melda Çarpınlıoğlu

University of Gaziantep, Turkey

She was born in Gaziantep, Turkey. She received B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Middle East Technical University ; METU –Turkey in 1983, 1986 and 1992. She worked as a Research Assistant in 1983-1986 at METU, as an instructor in 1987-1992 at the University of Gaziantep-Turkey . She has teaching and research experience in undergraduate and graduate levels within Thermodynamics Branch of Science in Mechanical Engineering Department as an Assistant Professor and an Associate Professor in 1992-1997 and 1997-2003 at the University of Gaziantep. She has been working as a Professor since 2003. She has held a number of administrative roles including Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department ( 9 years) Dean of the Faculty of Engineering( 3 years ) Director of European Union Center of University of Gaziantep (3 years ) . She is currently the Head of Thermodynamics Branch of Science in Mechanical Engineering Department. Her main research interests are Boundary Layer Flow, Boundary Layer Transition, Two-Phase Flow Fields- Pneumatic Conveying , Unsteady-Pulsatile Flow Dynamics, HVAC Systems, Desiccant Cooling , Flow Dynamics of Packed Beds, Collapsible Tube Flow , Flow Measurement - Calibration ,Flow meters, She directed 7 research projects on a variety of topics . She was the supervisor of 4 completed M.Sc. and 4 Ph.D. studies . She is currently advising 3 M.Sc and 1 Ph.D studies. The research project funded by the Research Fund of University of Gaziantep on “Pulsatile Pipe Flows” which was under her supervision was awarded as the 2 nd successful research by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey –TUBITAK (H.TUGAÇ FUND) in 2001 .


Mete Şen

İstanbul Technical University, Turkey

Mete Şen is Professor of Mechanical Engineering Faculty at the Istanbul Technical University. He is currently the head of the “Hydromechanics and Hydraulic Machinery Laboratories”. He studied as a PhD Research fellow after completing the research master in fluid dynamics at the “von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI)” in Brussels (Belgium). He received his degree of “Doctor in Applied Sciences” from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles in 1980. His expertise is in applied fluid mechanics, turbomachinery, pumps, hydraulic turbines and hydropower plants.

He is the member of “Board of Director and General Assembly of von Karman Institute, Organizing Committee of European Turbomachinery Conferences, External Review Board of Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, IN+ Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisboa, Turkish Pump and Valve Manufacturers’ Association”. He served as; Vice Chair of World Energy Council Turkish National Committee, Dean of Çorlu Engineering Faculty, member of EC FP7 evaluation process and final panel in aeronautics, State Planning Organization Energy Committee for 9th Development Plan, Peer Review Committee of ANVUR Programme for the evaluation of the Italian Research System, Chairman of Local Organizing Committee of 9th European Conference on Turbomachinery.

He received Henry R. Worthington European Technical Award on Pumps in Milan, Professional Achievement Award from Çorlu Rotary Club, Duty Award of Thrace University Senate, Belgium Government Fellowship and Research Assistant Fellowship of Vehbi Koc Foundation.


Muhd Zu Azhan Yahya

National Defence University of Malaysia, Malaysia

Muhd Zu Azhan YAHYA is currently a Professor of Physics (Material Science) in the department of Defence Science, Faculty of Defence Science & Technology, National Defence University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. He received his PhD in Advanced Materials from University of Malaya, in 2002. He has been appointed as a Fellow of the Malaysian Solid State Association (MASS) since 2010. He is also an expert panel for R&D&C grants evaluator in the Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation, Malaysia. His research interests are related to Materials for Batteries, Energy Storage and Computational Materials Science. Professor MZA Yahya is also the founder of Ionics Materials & Devices (iMADE) Research Laboratory, Malaysia.


Natalya Kizilova

V.N. Karazin Kharkov National University, Ukraine

Prof. Natalya Kizilova received her MS degree from Kharkov University, Department of Mechanics (Ukraine); PhD degree in Mechanics of fluids, gas and plasma (Kharkov National University, Ukraine); DSc degree in Mechanics of fluids, gas and plasma (Institute of Hudromechanics, Kiev, Ukraine). Since 2007 she was Head of department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of Kharkov National University. Her research interests are connected with biomechanics and embrace mathematical modeling of blood circulation system, long range water transportation systems in plants, biothermodynamics, biological growth, optimal biomechanical systems, analysis of the pulse waves in arteries, human gait and posture, as well as other topics related to fluid mechanics and optimization. She has published over 120 papers, 2 monographs, and 6 textbooks for students. She established international cooperation, had international collaborative grants, fellowships and professorships with Imperial College London (UK), Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University (France), South Toulon-Var University (France), Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Lithuania), Helmholtz Zentrum für Umweltforschung Leipzig (Germany), Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary), Institute of Thermomechanics (Czech Republic), Warsaw University (Poland).


Somanchi VSSNVG Krishna Murthy

Defence Instıtute Of Advanced Technology, India

Dr . Somanchi VSSNVG Krishna Murthy is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics at Defence institute of Advanced Technology, Deemed University, Pune, India. Dr Murthy obtained his Doctoral degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur. His research interests include Finite Element Analysis in fluid flow through Porous Media, Numerical Method's for Partial differential equations, scientific computing and their applications to problems in the real world, Mathematical Modeling, Numerical parallel Algorithms, Computational Fluid Dynamics. He was a recipient of Erasmus Mundus – WILL Power (Window India Learning Link Power) Fellowship `2010-11', Ecole Centrale Paris, FRANCE. His name appeared in Who's Who in the World 30th edition and 31st edition in 2012 and 2013 respectively. His name was also included in Biography in 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st century by International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England. He is a member of Indian Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (ISTAM), IAENG Society of Mechanical Engineering and IAENG Society of Scientific Computing. Currently he is a Vice President of ISTAM, IIT Kharagpur. He is an editorial board member of various journals and TPC member of various conferences in abroad.


Somchai Wongwises

King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand

Somchai Wongwises is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangmod, Thailand. He received his Doktor Ingenieur (Dr.-Ing.) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hannover, Germany, in 1994. His research interests include Gas-Liquid Two-Phase Flow, Heat Transfer Enhancement, and Thermal System Design. Professor Wongwises is the head of the Fluid Mechanics, Thermal Engineering and Multiphase Flow Research Laboratory (FUTURE).


Tzvetelin Georgiev

University of Ruse, Bulgaria

Tzvetelin Gueorguiev, PhD teaches at the University of Ruse 'Angel Kanchev' since 2003. He teaches a number of disciplines in the domain of quality management such as Quality control, Quality management systems (QMS), Auditing QMS, Statistical techniques applied to QMS, Professional English, etc. He has also delivered lectures at universities in France, Belgium, Portugal, Greece, Romania and Kosovo. Mr. Gueorguiev is in charge of the Master degree programme in 'Quality Management'. He is a member of the Union of quality specialists in Bulgaria, Club 9000, The American Society for Quality (ASQ), and other professional and scientific organizations. In 2014 he has delivered a keynote speech at the ENTECH '14 / Energy Technologies Conference in Istanbul, Turkey.


Ümit Köylü

Missouri University of Science & Technology, USA.

Dr. Umit O. Koylu is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He received his B.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in 1986, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 1990 and 1992, respectively. As the Director of Energy Research Laboratory at Missouri S&T, he has been doing research in conventional energy systems (combustion, IC engines, coal power plants, thermal/fluid transport), alternative power systems (fuel cells, hydrogen technologies, alternative fuels, electric/hybrid transportation systems), and environmental science and technology (air pollutants, particulates, laser diagnostics). His publications in leading international journals have received nearly 2700 citations with an h-index of 25. His fundamental and applied energy-related research has been funded by various U.S. government agencies and power industry. He is the recipient of the prestigious NSF CAREER Award and several university teaching awards. He is also on the editorial board of International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.