Keynote Lectures

The keynote speakers of the conference are listed below (continuous updates)

Alexander L. Kalamkarov

Alexander L. Kalamkarov

Dalhousie University, Canada

Dr. Alexander L. Kalamkarov, P. Eng, is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Dalhousie University and Director of Smart Materials Centre. He is awarded the CANCAM Gold Medal in 2011 for the “outstanding contribution in the area of Applied Mechanics.” He is awarded the Fellow of the ASME (2002); the Fellow of the CSME (2001); and the Fellow of JSPS (2007). Prof. Kalamkarov is a Member of numerous International Editorial and Advisory boards and the International Conference Organizing Committees in the area of advanced composites and smart structures. Dr. Kalamkarov has made major contribution to the fundamental analysis, design and optimization of advanced composites and smart structures, nano-composites and composite reinforced shells and plates. He has authored over 350 research publications, including over 170 refereed journal papers, 8 monographs and 2 US patents.

New developments in modelling of smart composite materials and structures

Silvestre Pinho

Silvestre Pinho

Imperial College London, UK

Silvestre Taveira Pinho is Professor in Mechanics of Composites and Head of Aero-Structures at Imperial College London. He was awarded in 2010 by the European Society for Composite Materials (ESCM) the prize for Best Young Researcher in Composites active in Europe. He is a member of the Council and of the Executive Committee of the European Society for Composite Materials (ESCM), and a member of the Executive Council of the International Society for Composites (ESCM). His research focuses on mechanics of composites, damage and bio-inspired concepts, with both experimental and numerical components. The blind failure predictions of the team he led were ranked top in the 2nd World-Wide Failure Exercise. Some of his failure models are now native in the commercial builds of Abaqus and LS-Dyna. A test method he developed to measure translaminar toughness of composite plies is now widely used in academia and industry.

Emerging numerical approaches for numerical design and optimization of composite structures

Filipa Moleiro

Filipa Moleiro

University of Lisbon, Portugal

Filipa Moleiro is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon, Portugal, in the scientific area of Applied Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering. She received her Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering in 2009 from IST, University of Lisbon, following a period visiting Texas A&M University, USA, and ever since in close collaboration with JN Reddy, along with CM Mota Soares and CA Mota Soares. Early on, at the Ninth International Conference on Computational Structures Technology in 2008, she was awarded the Young Researcher Best Paper Prize. She is a member of the Associated Laboratory of Energy, Transports and Aeronautics (LAETA), in the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IDMEC/IST), in Portugal. Her research is mainly focused on the modelling and analysis of multilayered composite structures, including functionally graded structures under hygro-thermo-mechanical loadings, as well as smart composite structures under electro-mechanical loadings. Her recent Sabbatical Leave in 2019, visiting the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Italy, widen her research, also strengthening a collaboration with Erasmo Carrera and his research group, Multilayered Structures, Multifield Analyses (MUL2).

Layerwise mixed models for thermo-mechanical analysis and multiobjective design optimization of multilayered plates: composite laminates and functionally graded plates

Christian Mittelstedt

Christian Mittelstedt

Technical University Darmstadt, Germany

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Christian Mittelstedt (*1972) studied civil engineering at the University of Wuppertal, Germany, where he received his engineering diploma in 1999. He defended his doctoral thesis about the mechanics of composite structures in 2005 at the University of Siegen, Germany, and joined the aerospace industry in northern Germany afterwards where he worked as research engineer from 2006 - 2011, and as a technical leader for research and development from 2011 - 2016. During his time in industry he defended his habilitation thesis about stability problems in thin-walled composite structures in 2012 at Technical University of Darmstadt. Prof. Mittelstedt is the author and co-author of more than 200 publications in international scientific journals and conference proceedings, as well as in officially approved lightweight engineering manuals that deal with analysis methods. He has acted as a reviewer for more than 30 international scientific journals as well as for numerous official entities. In 2016 he was appointed as the head of the institute for lightweight construction and design at the department of mechanical engineering of Technical University Darmstadt.

Mixed-mode buckling of shear-deformable composite laminated beams with arbitrary cross-sections and non-orthotropic layups

Antony Waas

Antony Waas

University of Michigan, USA

Anthony M. Waas is the Richard A Auhll Department Chair of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he holds the Felix Pawlowski Collegiate Chair. Prior to that he was the Boeing Egtvedt Endowed Chair Professor and Department Chair in the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle. His current research interests are: computational modeling of lightweight composite structures, robotically manufactured aerospace structures, 3D printed structures, damage tolerance of structures, mechanics of textile composites, and data science applications in structural mechanics. Professor Waas was the Felix Pawlowski Collegiate Chair Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Director, Composite Structures Laboratory at the University of Michigan, from 1988 to 2014, prior to joining UW in January 2015. He assumed is current position in Fall 2018. Professor Waas is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), the American Society for Composites (ASC), the American Academy of Mechanics (AAM) and the Royal Aeronautical Society, UK. He is a recipient of several best paper awards, the 2016 AIAA/ASME SDM award, the AAM Jr. Research Award, the ASC Outstanding Researcher Award, and several distinguished awards from the University of Michigan, including the Stephen S. Attwood award for Excellence in Engineering, one of the highest honors for an Engineering faculty member at the University of Michigan. He received the AIAA-ASC James H. Starnes, jr. Award, 2017, for seminal contributions to composite structures and materials, and for mentoring students and other young professionals. In 2017, Professor Waas was elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences, and in 2018 to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He is also the recipient of the AIAA ICME Prize, 2020, and the ASME Warner T. Koiter Medal, 2020.

A Semi-Discrete Model for Progressive Damage and Failure of Fiber Reinforced Laminates

Marco Montemurro

Marco Montemurro

Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers, France

Professor Marco Montemurro is Full Professor at Arts et Métiers Sciences and Technologies since 2020 and he carries out his research activity at the I2M Laboratory in Bordeaux since 2013. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanics in 2012 at Sorbonne Universités (UPMC Paris VI) in France for his work entitled “Optimal Design of Advanced Engineering Modular Systems through a New Genetic Approach”, where a new meta-heuristic, dealing with optimisation problems with a variable number of design variables, was developed. Currently, he is coordinator, or in charge for the I2M laboratory, of nine French and European (H2020) projects focusing on new topology optimisation methods for additive manufacturing and on new multi-scale optimisation approaches for variable stiffness composites. Prof. Montemurro is co-author of about 120 research works including papers in international peer reviewed journals, chapters in books and international referenced conference proceedings. In 2017 he was awarded the “Prime d'encadrement doctoral et de recherché” (PEDR), which is a French national award for scientific excellence by National Council of French Universities. In 2019 he was awarded the Prix Daniel Valentin by French Society of Composite Materials (Association pour les MAtériaux Composites) in recognition of his outstanding works on the multi-scale design and optimisation of composite structures. He is member of the editorial board of five international journals in the fields of solid mechanics, design, manufacturing technologies, aerospace engineering and applied mathematics and he serves as a peer reviewer for more than 50 international journals. 

His research activities focus on the development of: (a) multi-scale optimisation strategies and algorithms for anisotropic media, (b) topology optimisation algorithms based on NURBS hyper-surfaces, (c) multi-scale global/local modelling strategies for anisotropic structures, (d) development of theoretical models based on tensor invariants for anisotropic materials and structures, (e) mathematical formalisation of the manufacturing constraints related to modern fabrication processes of composite materials (like automated fibre placement technology or additive manufacturing processes) in the space of topological and elastic invariants field descriptors.

Variable stiffness composites by means of additive manufacturing technology: multi-scale analysis, design and manufacturing

Raimondo Luciano

Raimondo Luciano

University of Naples Parthenope, Italy

Professor Raimondo Luciano is Full Professor in Structural Mechanics at the University of Naples Parthenope and he is a member of the Comitato nazionale dei garanti per la ricerca (CNGR).
He was the Coordinator of the Faculty Activities of Civil and Environmental Engineering of University of Cassino and Southern Lazio. He has been involved in many research activities since 1991 as assistant professor at the University of Cassino. He has been the local coordinator of several research projects. He has more than 170 publications on national and international journals and conferences. His h-index is equal to 38. He has collaborated with distinguished scientists, such as prof. John R. Willis of the University of Cambridge UK, prof. Sia Nemat Nasser of the University of San Diego (USA), prof. Ever J. Barbero of the University of West Virginia (USA), Prof. Hota Gangarao and prof. Roberto Lopez Anido of the University of Maine (USA) and many others. He was the President of the National Committee of the MIUR for the PRIN Grants 2015 (http://prin.miur.it/). He was one of the four professors in the National Committee for Italian national qualification (ASN of MIUR) for Full and Associate professors in 08/B2 competitive sector. He collaborates for the realization of the Italian Design Guidelines CNR DT/200 and many others for the use of composite materials in Civil Engineering. Over 20 consultancy projects in structures in Italy (mainly), diagnosis and strengthening design of bridges and buildings.

Nano-Scale Mechanical Systems: Recent Trends in Nano-Structural Mechanics