2019 3rd International Conference on Manufacturing Technologies ICMT 2019
January 4-7, 2019 | San Francisco, CA, USA

ICMT2019 Keynote Speakers 



 Prof. Ramesh K. Agarwal

Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Professor Ramesh K. Agarwal is the William Palm Professor of Engineering in the department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Washington University in St. Louis. From 1994 to 2001, he was the Sam Bloomfield Distinguished Professor and Executive Director of the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University in Kansas. From 1978 to 1994, he was the Program Director and McDonnell Douglas Fellow at McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories in St. Louis. Dr. Agarwal received Ph.D in Aeronautical Sciences from Stanford University in 1975, M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1969 and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India in 1968. Over a period of forty years, Professor Agarwal has worked in various areas of Computational Science and Engineering - Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Computational Materials Science and Manufacturing, Computational Electromagnetics (CEM), Neuro-Computing, Control Theory and Systems, and Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization. He is the author and coauthor of over 500 journal and refereed conference publications. He has given many plenary, keynote and invited lectures at various national and international conferences worldwide in over fifty countries. Professor Agarwal continues to serve on many academic, government, and industrial advisory committees. Dr. Agarwal is a Fellow eighteen societies including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Physical Society (APS), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Royal Aeronautical Society, Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics (CSAA), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He has received many prestigious honors and national/international awards from various professional societies and organizations for his research contributions.

Title of Speech: Shape Memory Alloys for Aerospace Applications 

Abstract: Shape memory alloys (SMAs) are special class of metallic alloys which have the ability to recover from their original shape at some characteristic temperatures (it is called the shape memory effect), even under high loading and large inelastic deformations. Also, they can undergo large strains without plastic deformation or failure exhibiting super-elasticity. Thus they offer several advantages that the product designers can exploit such as the possibility of transmitting large forces and deformations, compactness, and the intrinsic capability to absorb loads. In addition, in some applications their use as monolithic actuators can lead to potential simplifications of the system through a reduction of number of parts and the removal of other redundant mechanisms. For these reasons, in past couple of decades the aerospace industry has paid increasing attention on using SMAs, even though issues regarding their fatigue life and performance degradation need to be addressed. In this keynote review paper, we describe the main features of SMAs, their constitutive models and their properties. We also review the fatigue behavior of SMAs and some methods adopted to remove or reduce its undesirable effects. The review includes examples of applications of SMAs in fighter aircraft, transport aircraft, rotorcraft, UAV and spacecraft. 



Prof. Ridha Ben Mrad

University of Toronto, Canada

Ridha Ben-Mrad, P.Eng., FCSME, Chief Research Officer and Associate Academic Director of Mitacs (www.mitacs.ca). He is Director of the Mechatronics and Microsystems Group and a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto (www.mie.utoronto.ca). He is also a Co-founder and CTO of Sheba Microsystems Inc. (www.shebamicrosystems.com). He joined the University of Toronto in 1997, having previously held positions at the National Research Council of Canada in Vancouver, BC, and the Ford Research Laboratory in Dearborn, Michigan. R. Ben-Mrad received a PHD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1994. He also received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State, a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. R. Ben-Mrad’s research interests are micro-actuators and sensors, MEMS, microfabrication, and development of smart materials based devices. His research led to a number of patents and inventions including 12US, Canadian, European and Chinese patents and more than 160 refereed research publications. He supervised the work of more than 16 PHD students, 38 Master’s students, 14 researchers, 3 Post-Doctoral Fellows, and 64 senior undergraduate students. He received the Faculty Early Career Teaching Award in 2002 and the Connaught Innovation Award in 2013 and in 2014. R. Ben-Mrad currently chairs the IEEE IES Committee on MEMS and Nanotechnology (2015-2016), is Associate Editor of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Tech News (2013-current) and the Journal of Mechatronics (2015-current), serves on the Steering Committee of the IEEE Journal on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (2010-current) and is a member of the IEEE IES Publication Committee (2013-current). He was the founding Director of the Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics at the University of Toronto (2009-2011) and was Associate Chair of Research of his department (2009-2012).  



Prof. Devki N. Talwar

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA

Dr. Talwar received his B.S. (1968), M.S. (1970) from Agra University and Ph.D (1976) from Allahabad University in India. From 1977-1980, he was a Visiting Scientist at the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (CEA), Saclay (France) – came to US as a Visiting Assistant Professor : 1980-1982 – University of Houston and from 1982-1987 – Texas A & M University. In 1987 he joined Physics faculty at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). Dr. Talwar served as a Chairperson of the IUP Physics Department from 2007 to 2014. During his tenure he was awarded several research grants from various agencies including National Science Foundation (NSF), Research Corporation, US Air Force, American Chemical Society, and National Research Council (NRC). In addition Dr. Talwar received numerous Academic Awards such as the Distinguished University Professorship – a highest honor from IUP faculty/administration. He initiated “Nanotechnology” program at IUP for undergraduates – teaching students how to control semiconductor materials at an atomic scale, exploring their properties and patterning electronic devices on sub-micron scale. Dr. Talwar has published over 140 articles in peer reviewed journals, written 5 book chapters, organized 9 international conferences presented over 60 papers at national and international meetings and given more than 50 invited talks, colloquia all over the world.