Plenary Speakers

Xi-Qiao Feng is a Chang Jiang Chair Professor at Department of Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University. He earned a Ph.D. degree on Solid Mechanics in 1995 from Tsinghua University. From 1997 to 1999, he worked as an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow in Technical University of Darmstadt and Delft University of Technology. He rejoined Tsinghua University as an associate professor in 1999 and was promoted to a full professor in 2001. 

Currently, he serves as a vice president of Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (CSTAM), the secretary-general of Beijing International Center of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (BICTAM), an editor-in-chief of Engineering Fracture Mechanics, and an executive member of International Council of Fracture (ICF). He also serves as an editorial/advisory board member of more than 15 other journals such as Acta Mechanica Sinica, Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, and International Journal of Damage Mechanics. In addition, he was the secretary-general of Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (CSTAM) during 2010-2014, head of Department of Engineering Mechanics of Tsinghua University during 2011-2020, director of Institute of Biomechanics and Medical Engineering (IBME) during 2006-2020.

His current interests include biomechanics, damage and fracture mechanics. He has authored and co-authored three monographs and about 500 international journal papers, which have received more than 23000 citations in Google. Selected Feng’s honors include the National Prize of Science and Technology of China (2019), the Award of Science and Technology for Young Scientists of China (2007), Distinguished Young Scholars Award of NSFC (2005), Young Scientist Award of Fok Ying Tong Education Foundation (2004), Outstanding Teacher Award of Beijing (2021), Award for Best Doctoral Theses of China (1999), etc.

Huajian Gao received his B.S. degree from Xian Jiaotong University in 1982, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering Science from Harvard in 1984 and 1988, respectively. He served on the faculty of Stanford from 1988-2002, as Director at the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research from 2001-2006 and as Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Engineering at Brown from 2006-2019. At present, he is one of 6 Distinguished University Professors at Nanyang Technological University and Scientific Director of the Institute of High Performance Computing in Singapore.

Professor Gao’s research has been focused on the understanding of basic principles that control mechanical properties and behaviors of materials in both engineering and biological systems. He is Editor-in-Chief of Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, the flagship journal in his field. His list of honors includes elections as Fellow of the Royal Society and Member of U.S. National Academy of Sciences, U.S. National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and Foreign Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Academia Europaea, as well as numerous academic awards including the Timoshenko Medal and Rodney Hill Prize, the two highest lifetime achievement awards in his field.

Professor Xu Guo, a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, is from the Dalian University of Technology, P.R. China. He is now the Vice President of International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Vice President of the Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and the President of the Chinese Association of Computational Mechanics. He also serves as the Associate Editor of ASME-Journal of Mechanical Design and one of the members of the editorial board of Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering.

Xu Guo has been working in the field of computational mechanics, solid mechanics and structural optimization for more than 25 years. He has published more than 200 SCI papers in renowned scientific journals including JMPS, CMAME, IJNME, IJSS, PRL, Nature Material and Science. His works have been cited intensively and extended in various ways to solve different kinds of mechanics and structural optimization problems. He is the recipient of numerous academic awards and honors, including the ASSMO Award, ICACM Award, etc. He is also the Plenary/Semi-Plenary speaker in numerous prestigious international conferences/workshops/symposiums, including the 2016 World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM).

Yonggang Huang is the Achenbach Professor of Mechanical Engineering (50%), Civil and Environmental Engineering (50%), and Materials Science and Engineering (0%) at Northwestern University. He is interested in mechanics of stretchable and flexible electronics, and mechanically guided deterministic 3D assembly. He has published >700 papers in journals, including 14 in Science and 7 in Nature, and is a highly cited researcher in engineering (2009), in materials science (since 2014) and in physics (2018). He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, US National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also a foreign member of the Royal Society (London), Royal Society of Canada, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and three other academies in Europe and Canada. He has received awards for undergraduate teaching and advising at every university he has taught. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Applied Mechanics Reviews (Impact Factor 14.3), on the Editorial Board of PNAS, and co-Editor-in-Chief for two other international journals. He was the President of the Society of Engineering Science (2014), the Chairman of the ASME Applied Mechanics Division (2019-2020), and the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Applied Mechanics (2012-2022).

Liu Bin is Deputy President (Research and Technology) and a Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Prior to her current appointment, she served as Senior Vice Provost (Faculty & Institutional Development) from 2022 to 2023, Vice President (Research and Technology) from 2019 to 2021 and Head of the NUS Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from 2017 to 2021.

Liu Bin is an internationally acclaimed leader in the field of organic functional materials, and is highly recognised for her contributions in polymer chemistry and applications of organic nanomaterials for biomedical, environmental and energy research. Since 2014, she has been named annually among the World's Most Influential Scientific Minds by Thomas Reuters and the Top 1% Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate. She is a prolific researcher with over 450 publications and holds 30 patents with 16 of them licensed to different companies in US, UK, and Asia. In 2014, she co-founded Luminicell, a NUS spin-off company that produces organic luminescent nanoparticles for use in biomedical applications.

She has an impressively extensive list of accolades, including the National Science and Technology Young Scientist Award (2008), the L'Oréal Women in Science National Fellowship (2011), the President’s Technology Award (2016), and the American Chemical Society ACS Nano Lectureship Award (2019). In 2021, she bagged the Kabiller Young Investigator’s Award in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine, and the Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Prize. She was one of 12 women in the world who received the 2023 International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering award.

At NUS, Liu Bin has been instrumental in the development of vibrant innovation clusters across the University’s colleges, faculties, and schools, including the NUS Sustainability Cluster, as well as the strengthening of efforts to build up and develop the University’s talent pool. She is especially passionate about nurturing the next generation of research leaders and encouraging more women to pursue careers in science and engineering.

Dr. Reddy is a Distinguished Professor, Regents’ Professor, and the holder of the O’Donnell Foundation Chair IV in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. Dr. Reddy, an ISI highly-cited researcher, is known for his significant contributions to the field of applied mechanics through the authorship of a large number of textbooks (25) and journal papers (>800). His pioneering works on the development of shear deformation theories (that bear his name in the literature as the Reddy third-order plate theory and the Reddy layerwise theory) have had a major impact and have led to new research developments and applications. Some of the ideas on shear deformation theories and penalty finite element models of fluid flows have been implemented into commercial finite element computer programs like ABAQUS, NISA, and HyperXtrude. In recent years, Reddy's research has focused on the development of locking-free shell finite elements and nonlocal and non-classical continuum mechanics problems dealing with architected materials and structures and damage and failures in solids. 

Dr. Reddy has received numerous honors and awards. Most recent ones include: 2023 Leonaro da Vinci Award from the European Academy of Sciences, 2023 Michael Païdoussis Medal from the Royal Society of Canada, 2022 IACM Congress (Gauss-Newton) Medal from the International Association of Computational Mechanics, the 2019 SP Timoshenko Medal from American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the 2018 Theodore von Karman Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the 2017 John von Neumann Medal from the U.S. Association of Computational Mechanics, the 2016 Prager Medal from the Society of Engineering Science, and 2016 ASME Medal from American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is a member eight national academies, including the US National Academy of Engineering, and foreign fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Brazilian National Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the Royal Engineering Academy of Spain, the European Academy of Sciences, and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

A-Man Zhang is the National Level Distinguished Professor at Harbin Engineering University, leader of Fluid-Structure Interaction Research Team. His main research fields include bubble dynamics and fluid-structure interaction. He has undertaken more than 40 scientific research projects, including the National Key Research and Development Program and National Natural Science Foundation Projects. He established the unified equation for bubble dynamics, constructed fully coupled gas-liquid-solid dynamic models and methods, led the development of the FSLAB fundamental industrial software for fluid-structure interaction and the construction of a large-scale underwater specialized scientific experimental facility, developed new technologies for efficient energy transfer and protection, and the research achievements have been widely applied. Academic papers are published on renowned journals including Journal of Fluid Mechanics and Journal of Computational Physics, with more than 10,000 citations. Received multiple awards such as the National Innovation Competition Award, the Xplore Prize, Second Prize of the National Technology Invention Award, Second Prize of the National Science and Technology Progress Award, Top 2% of World's Leading Scientists and Highly Cited Scholar of China. Served as editor in chief of Journal of Marine Science and Application, associate editor of Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences and editorial board member of multiple academic journals including Applied Ocean Research and Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Letters, among others.
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