Organizing Committee

We look forward to welcoming participants from all over the world to the sparkling city of Las Vegas and are highly optimistic of making this event a cherishable experience for our participants and collaborator.

Jun F. (James) Liang

Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
Jun F. (James) Liang has completed his graduation from Jilin University, China – 1984 and masters as well as holds a doctor degree from NanKai University, China – 1989. His Post-Doctoral Appointments between1996-1997 - Postdoctoral in Biomedical Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 1997-1998 - Postdoctoral in Biotechnology, Korean Advanced Institute of Science & Technology and 1998-2000 - Postdoctoral in Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Michigan.

His Research Areas include Biomaterials & Polymer Science. His Research Interests include Design and synthesis of various smart molecules and bioactive peptides; development of novel systems/method for targeted drug delivery.



Ramesh Agrawal

Washington University in St.Louis, USA
Professor Ramesh Agarwal was the Chair of the Aerospace Engineering Department at Wichita State University from 1994 to 1996 and the Executive Director of National Institute for Aviation Research from 1996 to 2001. From 1994 to 2001, he was also the Bloomfield Distinguished Professor at Wichita State University. Over a period of 35 years, Professor Agarwal has worked in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Computational Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) and Electromagnetics, Computational Aeroacoustics, Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization etc. He is the author and coauthor of over 500 publications and serves on the editorial board of more than 20 journals. Professor Agarwal is a Fellow of eighteen societies: American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Physical Society (APS), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), American Academy of Mechanics (AAM), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics (CSAA), Institute of Pysics (IOP), UK, Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), Energy Institute (EI), Australian Institute of High Energetic Materials, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Academy of Science of St. Louis, Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), and World Innovation Foundation (WIF). He has received many honors and awards. Professor Agarwal's current research interests are in flow control, rarefied gas dynamics and hypersonic flows, turbulence modeling, bio-fluid dynamics, energy from wind and biomass, carbon capture and sequestration, chemical looping combustion, and energy efficiency of buildings.


Daniel Choi

Emirates Mars Mission Science Team, Masdar Institute, UAE
Daniel Choi received his BSc in Metallurgical Engineering from the Seoul National University (South Korea) and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. Dr. Choi worked as a staff member for three years at the Aerospace Corporation in California, which supports the US Air Force, where developed high-resolution Focused Ion Beam (FIB) Lithography techniques, high-transconductance/low-noise nanometer-scale MOSFET and GaN high-speed electronic devices. He also has worked on the development of high sensitivity gas sensors, MEMS-gyroscopes, and novel microfluidic ion mobility chromatograph for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) project. He served as the committee for NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

Prior to joining the Masdar Institute, Dr. Choi was an associate professor of the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) program for 2007-2013 at University of Idaho (USA), where he developed technologies in the area of energy storage, 3D-nanoelectronics and bio-applications (cancer treatments and smart drug delivery). He is an academic advisor of the Tau Beta Pi University of Idaho chapter, and being the director of the University Nanofabrication Cleanroom Facility. Currently, Dr. Choi is an associate professor of the Materials Science and Engineering program in the Masdar Institute.


Shaker A. Meguid

University of Toronto, Canada
Shaker Meguid obtained his PhD in Applied Mechanics from UMIST, England. His research activities have contributed significantly to the areas of nanoengineering, computational mechanics, advanced and smart composites, fracture mechanics and failure prevention. He has published over 400 papers in leading tier-1 scientific journals. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief for few journals, alsoGuest Editor to a number of Journals. Professor Meguid is the founding head of the Aerospace Division of NTU, Singapore. He holds the titles of Distinguished Visiting Professor in Tongji University (China), Porto University (Portugal), external examiner to Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland), University of Putra Malaysia (Malaysia), and an Engineering Consultant to the United Nations. He is a lifetime member of AIAA, member of the American Academy of Mechanics, Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario (P.Eng.), Chartered Engineer in Great Britain (CEng), Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and Fellow of IMechE. He works closely with the aerospace and automotive industries and is regularly approached by members of the media for clarification of engineering issues. Professor Meguid and his students have won many awards including the recent innovation award in nanoengineering by ASME. Professor Meguid is currently hosted by Peking University as Globex Fellow to teach Mechanics of Solids under the Global Exchange Program.


Eng. Basma El Zein

Director of Research & Consultation Center (RCC), MRS, ACS, SPIE, IET member, University of Business and Technology (UBT), Saudi Arabia
Basma El Zein, is the director of Research Center and Consultation (RCC) at the University of Business and Technology (UBT) ?Jeddah Saudi Arabia. She was a Research Scientist at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), and previously a faculty member at Dar AL Hekma University, KSA and an associate researcher at IEMN, Lille, France. Dr. El Zein Graduated from the Lebanese University with a master of Engineering in Electrical & Electronics Engineering with distinction. She got her PhD in from the University of Lille 1 ?France in Nanotechnology with high distinction. She is a senior member of IEEE, member of ACS, MRS, SPIE, ECS and Lebanese Engineering syndicate. She has been selected as Solar Pioneer by MESIA during WFES 2015 in Abu Dhabi. She is a reviewer in many international, peer-reviewed journals, the chair or co-chair and on the committee of different international conferences, she published in many international journals and had one filed patent.Her recent research interests include working on nanostructures for third generation solar cells, energy harvesting and energy storage. She recently gained 2 grants from King AbdulAziz City for science and technology (KACST), to support her research on Nanostructures for Photovoltaic applications, where she is mentoring a PhD student and collaborating with many international research centers. The main objective of her research is to develop an eco-green with high efficiency and long durability Solar cells. In addition to this, she is exploring new materials such as kesterite, perovskite and protein to be used as light absorber for Solid state sensitized solar cells


Osman Adiguzel

Firat University, Turkey
Osman Adiguzel was graduated from Department of Physics, Ankara University, Turkey in 1974 and received PhD- degree from Dicle University, Diyarbakir-Turkey in Solid State Physics with experimental studies on diffusionless phase transformations in Ti-Ta alloys in 1980. He studied at Surrey University, Guildford, UK, as a post-doctoral research scientist in 1986-1987, and his studies focused on shape memory alloys. He joined over 70 conferences and symposia in international and national level as participant, invited speaker or keynote speaker with contributions of oral or poster. He served the program chair or conference chair/co-chair and over 10 conferences as Keynote Speaker and Conference Co-Chair organized by South Asian Institute of Science and Engineering (SAISE).

He received a certificate which is being awarded to him and his experimental group in recognition of significant contribution of 2 patterns to the Powder Diffraction File – Release 2000. The ICDD (International Centre for Diffraction Data) also appreciates cooperation of his group and interest in Powder Diffraction File.

Scientific fields of Dr.Adiguzel are as follow: Martensitic phase transformations and shape memory effect and applications to copper-based shape memory alloys, molecular dynamics simulations, alloy modeling, electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and crystallography, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC).


Mohammad A. Qasaimeh

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE
Dr. Mohammad Qasaimeh directs the Advanced Microfluidics and Microdevices Laboratory (AMMLab), and his current research interests include developing microfluidic and MEMS devices for biomedical applications and point of care diagnostics. During his PhD work, he received several prestigious fellowships and awards including the NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Alexander Graham Bell Graduate Scholarship (CGSD3), and the FQRNT Students-Researchers Stars Award. His research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including Nature Communications, Lab on a Chip, and Biomedical Microdevies. Mohammad joined NYUAD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he served as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Prior to that, he served as a Research Assistant at McGill University and as a Research Fellow at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. Mohammad received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology; the M.A.Sc degree in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University; and his Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering from McGill University.


Vahid Jabbari

Vahid Jabbari is currently an Assistant Instructor in Department of Chemistry. He completed masters in Nano-Chemistry, Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He has participated in several conferences and received many awards. He also has several publications to his credit.


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