Plenary Speakers

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.

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).

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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