Keynote Speaker

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Keynote Speaker 2018-09-04T08:55:00+00:00

Professor Jeffrey W. Fergus, Ph.D., PE
Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, Auburn University, USA
Presented Topic : Solid Electrolyte for Lithium Batteries

Professor Jeffrey W. Fergus finished his bachelor degree in Metallurgical Engineering with Honors in May 1985 from the University of Illinois, Urbana, USA. He then continued on his education in the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA and received his Ph.D in Materials Science and Enginering in May 1990.
He worked as Postdoctoral Research Associate in the University of Notre Dame from 1990 – 1992, In Summer 2013 he joined the Summer Faculty Fellowship Program, Wright-Patterson Air Force Laboratory. From 1992 he worked his way up to Full Professor in Auburn University and since 2014 serve as the Associate Dean for Program Assessment and Graduate Studies.

His research interest includes High-temperature and solid-state chemistry of materials: energy storage / conversion (fuel cells, batteries, thermoelectric devices), chemical sensors, chemical compatibility / stability in high-temperature materials. Professor Fergus is a Member At-Large of Executive Committee of the Engineering Accreditation Commission for ABET, Member of Board of Directors: Professional Development Director and Chair of Sustainability in Materials Education Subcommittee of the Materials and Society Committee at The Metals, Minerals and Materials Society (TMS), and Editor of Electrochemical Society Transactions, Past Chair of High Temperature Materials Division and Education Committee, and ECS Fellow for Electrochemical Society (ECS).

Assoc. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nasruddin, M.Eng.
Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia
Presented Topic : Potential of geothermal energy for electricity generation using Kalina Cycle and Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) in Indonesia

Dr.-Ing. Ir. Nasruddin M. Eng is a senior lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Faculty of Engineering University of Indonesia. Born in Jakarta on April 11, 1972, he earned bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering University of Indonesia in 1995. He completed his master education of Mechanical Engineering (1999) at KU Leuven, Belgium and doctoral education of Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen, Germany in 2005.

His teaching career began in 1995. Until now, he is still actively teaching at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He teaches several subjects: Optimization of Energy Systems, Thermo economy, and Engineering Refrigeration. He is also actively writing scientific publications.

Professor Kunio Yoshikawa
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Presented Topic : Development of Portable Ultra-small Biomass Gasification and Power Generation System

Prof. Kunio Yoshikawa was born in 1953 in Tokyo, Japan. He is a professor of Tokyo Institute of Technology and an associate editor of Applied Energy. His bachelor, master and doctor degrees were awarded from Tokyo Institute of Technology. His major fields are energy conversion, waste management and environmental engineering. He has been working in Tokyo Institute of Technology for more than 39 years as a research associate, an associate professor and a professor. He has published nearly 200 journal papers with the major award of AIAA Best Paper Award, ASME James Harry Potter Gold Medal, JSME Environmental Technology Achievement Award and Best Educator Award of Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Associate Professor Dr. Lee D. Wilson
University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Presented Topic : Starch Biopolymers as Alternative Desiccant Coatings for Harvesting Sustainable Energy

Associate Professor Lee D. Wilson, Ph.D finished his Bachelor degree from the University of Winnipeg in 1192 and he was awarded his Ph.D from the University of Saskatchewan in 1998. He was NSERC Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow, National Research Council of Canada, Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences – Functional Materials Program, Ottawa, in 1999-2003. He is currently affiliated with the Department of Chemistry at the University of Saskatchewan and is an Associate Professor.

His research interests covers diverse topics in physical chemistry, materials science and environmental chemistry. Ongoing research activities are focused on the development of new types of materials and studies related to adsorption and interfacial phenomena related to water science and technology. The Wilson research group is developing new forms sustainable biomaterials for the controlled removal of contaminants from water and chemical separations using methods based on green chemistry. This research contributes significantly to the science and technology of “smart” adsorbent materials that relate to issues relevant to water and energy security.

Assoc. Prof. Geoffrey Walker, Ph.D
Queensland University of Technology, Australia
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Geoffrey Walker (Geoff) joined the Queensland University of Technology as an Associate Professor in 2013, and currently serves as the leader of the Power Engineering discipline. His research interests centre on grid interactive power electronic converters such as dSTATCOMs, PV inverters, battery inverters and EV chargers – their design, optimization, and interaction with the LV grid. A second group of project are tied to high power, high bandwidth multilevel converters.

From 2008 to 2013, he worked as a senior electrical engineering consultant in Aurecon’s Transmission and Distribution group, Brisbane, across various areas including rail traction, earthing studies, electricity transmission planning, and renewable energy project design and review. Specific projects of relevance include multiple roles associated with the UQ 1.22 MW UQ St Lucia PV installation, the 3.3 MW UQ Gatton PV installation, the PV hybrid power system for the Sir Samuel Griffith Centre at Nathan, Brisbane, and the Energex Newmarket Smart-grid studies.

Geoff received his PhD in multilevel converter modulation from the University of Queensland in 1999, and was the power electronics lecturer at the University of Queensland from 1998 to 2007. Geoff has also worked and maintains an active interest in the pro-audio and industrial electronics sectors.