Speaker 1


Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia

Short Biography:

    Kamaruzzaman Sopian graduated with the BS Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the MS in Energy Resources University of Pittsburgh and PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Miami at Coral Gables. He is currently being the Director of the Solar Energy Research Institute, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.  His main contributions are in advanced solar photovoltaic systems (grid-connected photovoltaic, solar powered regenerative fuel cell, solar hydrogen production, thin film silicon solar cell) and advanced solar thermal systems (solar cooling, solar heat pump, solar assisted drying, combined photovoltaic thermal or hybrid collector).  He has undertaken short assignments in about 10 countries for international agencies and programs such as UNDP-GEF, UNIDO, ISESCO and UNESCO related to renewable energy technology. He won several international awards for his academic contribution in renewable energy including the IDB (Islamic Development Bank) S&T Prize 2013, World Renewable Energy Network Pioneer Award 2012, and the ASEAN Energy Awards (2005, 2007, 2013, 2014 and 2015). He was conferred as Fellow of the Malaysia Academy of Sciences (FASc)  in 2011 and the DPMP (Darjah Paduka Mahkota Perak) from High Royal Highness the Sultan of Perak.

Keynote Speech: "Advances in High Efficiency Photovoltaic Thermal Solar Collectors"

    Two solar energy collection systems commonly used are the flat plate collectors and photovoltaic cells. Normally, these two collection systems are used separately. These two systems can be combined together into one compact unit known as photovoltaic thermal (PVT) collectors or sometimes known as hybrid collectors. These special design solar collectors can simultaneously generate both electricity and thermal energy.  There are varieties of terrestrial applications for PVT such as building facade integration, window integration, fence / barrier integration, parking lot integration, and etc.  The recent applications and advances on high efficiency and cost-effective PVT collectors will be presented.  These include the use of advanced heat transfer features such as jet impingement, bifacial solar cells, extended surfaces, optical enhancement and the use of nano fluids. Finally, the way forward for R&D in PVT technology.


Speaker 2



Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Short Biography:

    Carsten Gachot received his PhD from the Saarland University in Germany in 2012 where he studied the effects of laser interference patterning on the microstructure and topography of metallic surfaces with a focus on tribological applications under Prof. Dr. Frank Mücklich and Prof. Dr. Martin H. Müser. For this work, Dr. Gachot was awarded by the European Honda initiation grant in 2011. Prof. Gachot was academic visitor at the tribology Group at the Imperial College London and is currently the head of the tribology research Group at the Vienna University of Technology. Additionally, Prof. Gachot is a visiting Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University in Santiago de Chile and chief editor of the peer reviewed journal "Industrial Lubrication and Tribology of the Emerald Publishing Group Leeds UK.

Keynote Speech: “Surface Texturing – Quo Vadis?” A critical review about past, present and future developments in surface texturing for tribological applications"

    Understanding the effects of surface texturing under different contact and lubrication conditions has been the focus of numerous studies in the last few decades. Although there has been progress in the fabrication of precise surface textures and modeling of their influence, many conflicting reports still exist concerning the effectiveness of surface texturing under certain contact conditions. Within this research talk, a critical review about past, present and future trends concerning surface texturing should be provided. First, the strengths and weaknesses of various fabrication methods will be discussed. Subsequently, the effects of surface textures under the apparent lubrication regimes in the Stribeck curve, with a clear distinction between conformal- and non-conformal contacts, will be presented. Finally, a summary of the fabrication methods will be given with respect to their typical feature sizes, costs, and processible materials. Special attention will be paid to the friction reducing mechanisms of surface textures for different frictional regimes.


Speaker 3

CTRM Aero Composite Sdn Bhd


Short Biography:

    Mohammad Hamdan is a Principal Staff Engineer at CTRM Aero Composites Sdn. Bhd. He has been with the company more than 16 years. He is currently the head of program management for fan cowl work packages of Airbus A350, Boeing 787, Bombardier C-Series, Mitsubishi Regional Jet and thrust reverser of V2500. His previous appointments include, as lead Manufacturing Engineer for design and build of Airbus A380 lower panels and A400M wing and empennage components. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute USA, with bachelor degree in Aeronautical Engineering and master in Mechanical Engineering. Recently, he just completed his doctorate in Manufacturing Engineering from Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka. His main interests are in the composite materials, processes and technologies.

Keynote Speech: Past, present and future of composite materials in aerospace

     Advanced composite materials have wide applications in aerospace, automotive, maritime and household products. In the new generation of aircraft design and development, more advanced composite materials are used in manufacturing aerospace components preferably due to its material high strength-to-weight ratio property. The composite materials have the flexibility to conform to various complex design geometries of aircraft structures. In the past, the composite parts produced were limited to relatively flat and non-structural components. With the advancement of technologies and materials, approximately 50% of the aircraft’s airframe nowadays is made from composite materials. Though, there are still some challenges facing the aircraft industry in fully optimizing the potential of composite materials. The recent advancement in nano composite materials, automatic machineries and 3D printing technology can increase the volumetric usage of composite materials in manufacturing aircraft structural components and for maintenance, repair and overhaul services.


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Speaker 4

(to be announced)








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