Dr. Alexander Salenikovich
Professor of Timber Engineering, Renewable Materials Research Centre
Department of Wood and Forest Sciences, Faculty of Forestry
Université Laval, Quebec, Canada
Dr. Salenikovich is the Professor of Timber Engineering at the Université Laval and member of the Renewable Materials Research Center at the Department of Wood and Forest Sciences. He teaches design of timber structures, mechanical properties of wood, and test methods. His research interests are focused on timber connections, prefabricated structures, high-wind and seismic design, and testing procedures, particularly, performance of connections with bolts, structural screws, glued-in rods, timber-concrete composite structures, and multi-storey light-frame and mass-timber structures.
Professor Salenikovich was appointed at the Université Laval in 2003 after obtaining PhD in Forest Products at Virginia Tech and post-doctoral training at the Mississippi State University. Previously, he graduated with the Civil Engineering degree from Vyatka State University in Russia and worked as research engineer at the Center for Research, Engineering and Manufacture of Building Structures in Kirov, Russia. Together with his students and collaborators he authored over 110 journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, and edited the Proceedings of the World Conference on Timber Engineering 2014. Professor Salenikovich is the Chairman of the ASTM International committee D7 on Wood Construction and member of ASTM E6 on Performance of Buildings, Chair of the Canadian Mirror Committee of ISO/TC 218 on Timber and member of the CMC/ISO/TC 165 on Timber Structures, Chair of the Subcommittee on Connections and executive member of CSA O86 TC on Engineering Design in Wood and member of CSA A370 TC on Solid and Engineered Wood Products, executive member of ANSI/APA PRG 320 standard committee on CLT and registered member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.
Dr. Jianhui Zhou
Assistant Professor in Wood Engineering
University of Northern British Columbia, Canada
Dr. Zhou obtained his Ph.D. degree in Wood Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta before joining UNBC. He has participated in various projects in the field of wood engineering and published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. His research interests are focused on sound and vibration in wood buildings, engineered wood products, wood mechanics, multiphysics in wood engineering. His current research focuses the sound insulation performance in mass timber buildings as well to understand the interaction between serviceability, structural, acoustics and fire performance of timber concrete composite floors for optimal design.
Dr. Lina Zhou
Department of Civil Engineering
University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Dr. Lina Zhou is an Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering at the University of Victoria. Dr. Zhou received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Tongji University, China in 2005 and 2008, respectively, and Ph.D. in Forestry and Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick in May 2015. After that, she worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Wood Science and Technology Centre at UNB until the end of 2016. Dr. Zhou joined the University of Victoria in January 2017.
Dr. Zhou’s research focuses on development of fundamental knowledge on performance of innovative wood products and systems, and wood-based hybrid buildings. Her areas of strong expertise are related to investigation of seismic behavior of timber structures and hybrid building systems via both laboratory testing and numerical modelling analysis. Over the past decade, Dr. Zhou has developed considerable technical experience in the testing and modeling of timber joints, wood shear walls and wood-based hybrid building systems. Her research has been published in high reputation journals and conferences.
Dr. Marjan Popovski
Principal Scientist and Quality Manager, FPInnovations
Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia, Canada, and
University of Northern British Columbia, Canada
Marjan Popovski is Principal Scientist and Quality Manager in the Building Systems Group at FPInnovations, the Canadian Forest Products Research Institute. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Wood Science, the University of British Columbia (UBC), and at the Centre for Integrated Wood Design at the University of Northern British Columbia. Marjan has obtained his Bachelor Degree in Structural Engineering from the University Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Republic of Macedonia, and his 3-year Master degree at the world-renown Institute for Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology (IZIIS) in Skopje, Macedonia, before moving to Canada and completing his Ph.D. at the Department of Civil Engineering at UBC in 2000.
Marjan has 30-year research and technical experience in seismic performance of buildings, and he is one of the leading researchers in the area of seismic performance of wood structures. He was instrumental in bringing the Cross-Laminated Timber technology to Canada and the US. He is an author of over 180 scientific and technical publications, including textbooks chapters, the Canadian Technical Guide for the Design of Tall Wood Buildings, the Canadian and the US CLT Handbooks, and the Canadian Technical Guide for Mid-rise Wood Frame Construction. He is part of the research team that is working on developing the Seismic Response Coefficients for CLT Structures for implementation in ASCE-7 in the US, and is leading the work on developing the force modification factors for CLT construction in Canada. Marjan is also interested in resilient Mass-Timber (MT) structural systems and has helped the introduction of the post-tensioned ‘Pres-lam’ MT system to Canada and the US. He has been invited to give talks and lectures in his area of expertise, throughout Canada and the US, Europe, and New Zealand. Marjan is very active in the national and international codes and standards arena. He is a member of Technical Committee of the Canadian Standard for Engineering Design in Wood (CSAO86) and various Canadian, US and ISO Subcommittees and Task Groups. He has also served as a member of the National Building Code of Canada, Standing Committee on Earthquake Design (2009-2014).
Dr. Ying Hei Chui
NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Engineered Wood and Building Systems
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Alberta, Canada
Dr. Ying-Hei Chui is currently Professor and NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Engineered Wood and Building Systems in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Alberta. Prior to joining the University of Alberta, he was New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Advanced Wood Products and Director of the Wood Science and Technology Centre at the University of New Brunswick. Dr. Chui was Scientific Director of the highly successful NSERC Strategic Research Network, NEWBuildS. NEWBuildS consisted of 23 professors from 13 Canadian universities and operated between 2010 and 2015, and was widely considered to play a major role in supporting the use of engineered wood products in tall buildings.
Dr. Chui is a renowned researcher and one of Canada’s leading experts in the field of timber engineering, specializing in engineered wood products, dynamic behaviour of timber structures, non-destructive evaluation and timber connections. He has over 30 years of research experience and published over 220 articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings in these disciplines. Dr. Chui is actively engaged in building code and design standard development in North America and at the international level. He is currently member of a Standing Committee of the National Building Code of Canada, and a number of CSA technical committees on engineering design in wood and engineered wood products. He is also Vice-Chair of ASTM Technical Committee D.07 ‘Wood’, and Head of the Canadian delegation to the ISO TC 165 Technical Committee ‘Timber structures’.
Dr. Thomas Tannert
Associate Professor, Integrated Wood Engineering
University of Northern British Columbia, Canada
BC Leadership Chair, Tall Wood and Hybrid Structures Engineering
Dr. Thomas Tannert joined the University of Northern British Columbia in 2016 as BC Leadership Chair in Tall Wood Construction. Dr. Tannert received his PhD from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, a Master’s degree in Wood Science and Technology from the University of Bio-Bio in Chile, and a Civil Engineering degree from the Bauhaus-University Weimar in Germany. Before coming to UNBC, he worked in multi-disciplinary teams in Germany, Chile, and Switzerland and was Associate Chair in Wood Building Design and Construction at UBC. Dr. Tannert is an expert in the development of design methods for timber joints and structures and the assessment and monitoring of timber structures. He is actively involved in fostering collaboration among timber design experts in industry and academia, and is a member on multiple international committees as well as the Canadian Standard Association technical committee CSA-O86 "Engineering design in wood".
3D Printing Track
Dr. David Rosen
Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Research Director, Digital Manufacturing and Design Centre
Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
David Rosen is a Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also holds the position of Research Director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Centre at Singapore University of Technology & Design. His research interests lie at the intersection of design, manufacturing, and computing with specific focus on additive manufacturing (AM), computer-aided design, and design methodology. He is the recipient of the 2013 Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, International Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Excellence (FAME) Award and the co-author of a leading textbook in the AM field.
Dr. Dinh Son Nguyen
Lecturer and researcher
University of Science and Technology
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
The University of Da Nang, Vietnam
Dinh Son Nguyen received his Ph.D. diploma in 2010 and worked as an assistant lecturer at the Industrial Engineering School of Grenoble Institute of Technology in France. He is a lecturer and researcher at University of Science and Technology, The University of Da Nang in Vietnam. His research interests are: additive manufacturing, topology optimization, simulation of manufacturing processes, robust design methodology and product quality management.
Dr. Kilian Gericke
Research Unit in Engineering Sciences
University of Luxembourg
Dr. Kilian Gericke studied Mechanical Engineering in Berlin, Germany. After receiving his diploma in 2005 he worked at the Technische Universität Berlin until 2010 as Research Associate. From 2008 until 2010 he was Deputy head of the chair Engineering Design and Methodology. He obtained his PhD (summa cum laude) for his research on Project Risk Management in product development projects in 2011. Since 2010 he works at the University of Luxembourg in the engineering design and methodology group, which is part of the Research Unit in Engineering Science. Since 2016 he is leading this group.
Dr. Gericke is lecturing courses on Systematic Product Development, Research in Product Development, Machine Elements and Sustainable Development since 2005. His main research interests are in the area of product development with a focus on design methodology and design process management, i.e. design process planning, design process improvement, and methodical support of designers (design methods, guidelines, design principles) during the early stages of product development. He is particularly interested in the effects of new concepts such as Product Service Systems (PSS), Cyber Physical Systems, and of new manufacturing technologies such as Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) on the design process and in the development of new design methods that support designers in this context. His work influenced directly the work of the technical committee 701 „Systematic Product Development“ of the Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI) reflected in the to revised guideline VDI2221.
Dr. Gericke has (Co-) authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications and is editor of the book “Pahl/Beitz Konstruktionslehre” (9. edition onwards). He serves as reviewer for academic journals such as: Research in Engineering Design; Design Studies; Journal of Engineering Design; Concurrent Engineering; IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management; Design Science; Philosophy & Technology; International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation; Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing. Dr. Gericke is elected member of the Advisory Board of the Design Society, is member of scientific advisory boards of different conferences, and is chair of the Design Society's Special Interest Group on Modelling and Management of Engineering Processes (MMEP).
Dr. Pierre Mertiny
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Alberta, Canada
Pierre Mertiny is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the Leibniz University Hannover in Germany, where he graduated in 1999. He continued his studies in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta, Canada, receiving a Ph.D. degree in 2005. Throughout most of his undergraduate and graduate studies he was a member of a student and young engineer trainee group at Airbus Germany. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta as an Assistant Professor in 2006. His research interests are in the field of advanced materials, in particular, fiber reinforced and/or particle modified polymer composites and structures, including their manufacturing and design, modeling and testing of material behavior, damage prediction, and structural health monitoring. He established a research and development program that focusses on technology for energy applications and sustainability, for example, liquid and pressure containment and transport equipment, coatings, smart materials, and energy storage solutions. In the context of energy storage, his research team has developed considerable expertise for the design, manufacture and analysis of flywheel energy storage systems. More recently, the research group has been studying polymer material systems for sustainable infrastructure applications. He has supervised nearly 100 undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Together with his students and collaborators he has been the author of over 90 journal articles, conference papers and book chapters. He has been awarded five visiting professorships to teach and conduct research at the Technical University Munich in Germany, including three August-Wilhelm Scheer Visiting Professorships. In addition to research and development
Dr. Mertiny is dedicated to excellence in teaching by promoting experiential learning opportunities, especially in the areas of solid mechanics and engineering design. As an educator he has received several teaching awards by the University of Alberta and external organizations, including the Summit Award for Excellence in Education by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (2015) and the SAE International Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award (2012). He has been appointed a Vargo Teaching Chair at the University of Alberta. In 2015 he became a Faculty Advisor for the University of Alberta EcoCar Team, in which capacity he guides the sub-groups working on mechanical vehicle design. Dr. Mertiny has been serving several engineering organizations in the capacity as conference organizer and chair, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is also a member of the Executive Committees for the ASME Northern Alberta Section and the ASME Pressure Vessel and Piping Division.
Dr. Yongsheng Ma
Dr. Yongsheng Ma joined the faculty of engineering, University of Alberta in 2007, and has been a full professor since 2013. Dr. Ma is a member of ASEE, SME, SPE and an Alberta registered Professional Engineer. He teaches Capstone Design Projects, Engineering Informatics, Engineering Economics and Manufacturing Processes. His main research areas include e-Manufacturing, feature-based design and manufacturing modeling, CADCAM, ERP process modeling and product lifecycle management. Dr. Ma received his B.Eng. from Tsinghua University, Beijing (1986), both M.Sc. (1990) and Ph.D. (1994) from UMIST, UK. In 2000-2007, he was a faculty with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Dr. Ma publishes actively in top international journals and conferences, especially in the field of Semantic Modeling for Product and Process Engineering. Dr. Ma had been an associate editor of IEEE Transaction of Automation Science and Engineering (2009-2013). Since 2012, he has served as an editor of Advanced Engineering Informatics. Due to his fruitful collaboration with a Canadian manufacturer, in 2012, he won the prestigious ASTech award sponsored by Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Foundation. Dr. Ma started his career as a polytechnic lecturer in Singapore (1993); and then a senior research fellow and group manager (1996-2000) at Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology. Dr. Ma also served in different positions of professional and volunteering commitees for his department, faculty, university and global professional societies.
Dr. Sajid Ullah Butt
Department of Mechanical Engineering
National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan
Sajid Ullah Butt is an Assistant Professor in Department of Mechanical Engineering at the College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan. He did his graduation from UET Peshawar, Pakistan in 2006. After his graduation, he worked as a lecturer in UET Peshawar, later he worked in PNRA as Assistant Engineer in Nuclear Safety department for a short duration. In 2007, he obtained a scholarship from Govt of Pakistan for higher education and completed his Master (2008) and PhD (2012) from Arts et Métiers ParisTech, France in the field of Mechanical Design.
After completing his PhD, he started working at NUST and still working there as Assistant Professor. At departmental level, Dr. Butt is involved in many activities. He is CPD coordinator and focal person of the college with Pakistan Engineering Council. He is also involved in the development of graduate and postgraduate curricula and implementation of OBE system. Their department is one of the first Mechanical Engineering Department of Pakistan to obtain Washington Accord accreditation.
Dr. Butt aims to be multidisciplinary in teaching and research. In his short career, he taught the courses of Engineering Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Machine Design, Mechanical Vibrations, Manufacturing Processes and Computer Aided Engineering at Undergraduate level and Optimization of Engineering Systems, Manufacturing Systems Design and Precision Manufacturing Systems at graduate level. His research interest is in the field of kinematic and dynamic modelling of mechanical systems, manufacturing system design, process planning and design optimization using GA and other evolutionary techniques. He has supervised nearly 40 undergraduate students, 15 Master students and 2 PhD students. Apart from that he is in Guidance committee of more than 20 MS and PhD students. He has published in reputed international journals and conferences.