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2021 Invited Speakers

Dr. Christiane Schulz

Dr. Christiane Schulz

University of SA
Dr Christiane Schulz is a surface engineer, with experience in both, industry and academia. She graduated with a Master in mechanical engineering and a specialization in product engineering/materials science at the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2007 and holds a PhD degree from RWTH Aachen University, Germany. There she focused on the development of wear and corrosion resistant thermal spray coatings in several industry-led projects. In 2014 she moved on to work for industry as a product manager for the powder manufacturer Castolin Eutectic. In this role she was responsible for the development, implementation and quality control of coating products, especially metallic powder feedstock produced via gas and water atomization. Christiane is now a Senior Research fellow at the University of South Australia, a certified materials professional (CMatP), a committee member of the SA branch of the Australasian Corrosion Association and a Chief Investigator with the Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Center, in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials (SEAM). 

Prof. Dehua Dong

Prof. Dehua Dong

University of Jinan/Curtin University
Dehua Dong was granted a PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Science and Technology of China in 2007. Then, he worked at Monash University and Curtin University for about 10 years. In 2017, he accepted a professor position at the University of Jinan in China and an adjunct professor position at Curtin University. He has secured more than $1M research funding and published above 100 international refereed journal papers. He also has been granted two international PCT patents on ceramic formation and won 2013 Western Australian Invention of Year Award. His research mainly focuses on ceramic devices for energy delivery and solutions to environmental issues, including solid oxide cells for power generation, natural gas conversion, CO2 utilization, NO reduction, hydrogen production and renewable energy storage. He invented ceramic formation methods to control ceramic microstructure and hence fabricate high-performance ceramic devices

Prof. Jacek Jasieniak

Prof. Jacek Jasieniak

Monash University
Jacek Jasieniak completed a Bachelor of Science (1st Class Honours) from Flinders University (2003, University Medal) and PhD from the University of Melbourne (2008, Chancellor’s Prize) under the supervision of Prof. Paul Mulvaney. He then undertook a postdoctoral work at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) with Dr. Scott Watkins and Dr. Ezio Rizzardo (2008-11), and was a Fulbright Fellow with Prof. Alan Heeger at the University of California Santa Barbara (2011-12). In 2012 he returned to CSIRO, progressing to a Senior Research Scientist and then Group Leader. In 2015 he moved to Monash University as an Associate Professor, where he was also appointed Director of the cross-disciplinary Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute. His research interests include the development of nanomaterials and their use in various next-generation energy technologies.

Prof. Wenhui Duan

Prof. Wenhui Duan

Monash University
Professor Duan is the Director of ARC Nanocomm Hub, Director of Research and Professor in Structural Engineering

Professor Duan works at the interface of materials science and civil engineering, being an early pioneer of development of nanoscience and nanocomposites for civil engineering applications. He has led a range of ground-breaking research across both the engineering and materials science disciplines, collaborating with architects, mechanical engineers, soil scientist, applied mathematicians and physicists.

Prof. Yunjie Bi

Prof. Yunjie Bi

Jihua Lab, China

A/Prof. Stephen Pan

A/Prof. Stephen Pan

University of Wollongong
A/Prof. Zengxi (Stephen) Pan has a research reputation of international standing and recognition in industrial robotics, offline programming, and wire arc additive manufacturing. He has more than 100 publications in refereed journals and international conferences, with over 4000 google scholar citations.

Since 2008, he has been the project leader for both Defence Material Technology Centre (DMTC) and Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (RMCRC), leading 10 research projects with each of them worth around AU$500K cash funding and last 3 years. The projects under his leadership have had a major impact on the Australian Defence Industry and Australian Manufacturing industry. This has been recognised through multiple prestigious national awards, including National Innovation Award at the Pacific Maritime Exposition 2015, and Australia Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia.
Abstract: Development of monitoring and control system for WAAM process