Keynote Speakers

7th International Conference of Fluid Flow, Heat and Mass Transfer (FFHMT’20)



We are very happy to announce the following keynote speakers for the 7th International Conference of Fluid Flow, Heat and Mass Transfer (FFHMT'20) :



Dr. Sanjeev Chandra

Dr. Sanjeev Chandra
University of Toronto, Canada
Plenary Speaker

Sanjeev Chandra is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, which he joined in 1990. He received his B. Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (1981) his MS from Vanderbilt University (1983) and Ph.D. from Cornell University (1990). He has served as the Associate Chair (undergraduate studies), Associate Chair (graduate studies), Vice-Chair and Acting Chair of the MIE department, and Acting Vice-Dean (undergraduate studies) of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.

Prof. Chandra is known internationally for his research on the dynamics of droplets and sprays and is one of the founders of the Centre for Advanced Coating Technologies at the University of Toronto. His research spans the areas of fluid mechanics, heat transfer and materials science and has also been applied in spray coating, spray cooling, spray painting, ink-jet printing, electronic cooling and waste heat recovery. Prof. Chandra has published over 200 papers in referred journals and international conference proceedings. He teaches courses in thermodynamics and heat transfer and has served as visiting professor at the University of Limoges (France) Korea University (S. Korea), the University of Bremen (Germany), the University of Darmstadt (Germany), Nanyang Technical University (Singapore) and the University of Brighton (UK). He has written an undergraduate textbook on thermodynamics and several chapters for books on the subjects of thermal spray coating, heat transfer and sprays. In 2010 he was awarded the The Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research, awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to recognize outstanding collaborative research. In 2015 he was awarded the Jules Stachiewicz Medal by the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering for outstanding contributions to heat transfer. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Topic of Keynote: Application and Drying of Automotive Paints
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Dr. Dayong Gao

Dr. Dayong Gao
University of Washington, USA
Plenary Speaker

Dr. Dayong Gao is Origincell Endowed Professor in Department of Mechanical Engineering and Director of Center for Cryo-Biomedical Engineering and Artificial Organs, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA. Prior to joining University of Washington, Dayong was a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of Kentucky, where he was honored as Alumni Endowed Professor and Baxter Healthcare Corp Chair in Engineering. Dr. Gao’s major research has been focusing on the following bio-mechanical engineering areas for the past 30 years: (1) cryogenic engineering and cryobiology: revealing the fundamental mechanisms of cryoinjury and cryoprotection to living biological systems at low temperatures, and developing optimal methods and novel technology/instruments for long-term cryopreservation and biobanking of living cells, tissues, and organs for use in cellular therapy, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, new drug development, organ transplantation, and bio-conservation of endangered species, etc. (2) a new generation of artificial organs, especially artificial kidney and liver systems, for the life-saving treatment of end-stage kidney and liver failure; and (3) bio-instruments and micro-sensors (BioMEMS) for rapid and cost-effective diagnosis of diseases with high sensitivity and specificity. Dr. Gao has published over 500 refereed papers in prestigious journals and books, etc. Currently, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief, the Deputy Editor, and/or Editorial Board member of eleven international scientific journals.

Dayong’s research work has been recognized and supported through numerous awards and grants from National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation, National Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Whitaker Foundation, Washington Research Foundation, and industrial companies. Most recently, supported by major grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and NIH, he has served as the Director and PI of an international consortium to investigate and develop optimal conditions and technology for cryopreservation of human mucosal immune cells and tissues for HIV vaccine and new drug/microbicide development and assessment.

Being one of the internationally prominent researchers and leaders in cryopreservation engineering and cryobiology, Dr. Gao was elected and serves as the President of the Society for Cryobiology (International Society for Low Temperature Biology and Medicine). He has received numerous national and international honors/awards, including USA National Cancer Society Award, American Heart Association Award, Asian American Engineer of the Year Award, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Award, Whitaker Foundation Award, Washington Foundation Award, Member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Society for Cryobiology and Basil J. Luyet Medal, Fellow of AIMBE (American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering). In honor of Dr. Gao for his continued and significant contributions to the cryopreservation science and technology, “Dayong Gao Young Investigator Award” was established in 2019 by the Society for Cryobiology to recognize the most outstanding young cryobiologists and cryo-biomedical engineers in the world every year.

Topic of Keynote: Freezing of Living Cells and Organs: A great challenge for thermal science and technology
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Dr. Wenxiao Pan

Dr. Wenxiao Pan
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Keynote Speaker

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Dr. Wagdi G. Habashi

Dr. Wagdi G. Habashi
McGill University, Canada
Keynote Speaker

Wagdi Habashi is a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department of McGill University and directs its Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. He has held, for the last 19 years, 3 successive NSERC Industrial Research Chairs with Bombardier (aircraft), Bell (helicopters), CAE (simulators) and Lockheed Martin (hypersonic transport).

Professor Habashi holds a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering from Cornell and has been active for 40 years with Aerospace OEMs internationally, with close to 400 publications, at least one third of them with industry.

Dr. Habashi established Newmerical Technologies International (NTI), developer of the FENSAP-ICE In-Flight Icing Simulation System currently used in 24 countries. NTI was acquired by ANSYS in 2015. Following this, Professor Habashi started CERTIF-ICE, a one-stop-shop for in-flight icing certification, responsible for the successful natural icing campaigns, in Canada, of COMAC’s ARJ21 (turbofan) and AVIC’s Y-12F (turboprop).

Habashi is a Knight of the Order of Québec, a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada, of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and of Pratt & Whitney Canada. He is the recipient of a multitude of scientific and industrial awards among them the Steacie, Killam, Floyd, McCurdy and several others.

Topic of Keynote: Reduced Order Modeling: the Road to Parametric Explorations and Optimization in CFD and CHT
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Prof. Velisa Vesovic

Dr. Velisa Vesovic
Imperial College London, UK
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Prof. Velisa Vesovic, FIChemE, is a Professor of Transport Phenomena at Imperial College London and a Fellow of IChemE. He is a graduate of Imperial College where he obtained both a BSc and PhD in Chemical Engineering.

His core research interest is in the understanding and modelling of transport phenomena of relevance to the chemical, petroleum and environmental engineering communities, by recourse to a rigorous, fundamental description. Current research interests encompass: calculation of transport properties of polyatomic gases from intermolecular potentials; modelling viscosity and diffusion coefficients at high pressures; and modelling transport phenomena within oil reservoirs (with special emphasis on waxy crudes, heavy oil, compositional segregation and CCS). His work in LNG involves modelling spreading and vaporization following release, weathering process in storage tanks and assessing the role of LNG in the energy landscape. He is a member of GERG, the European Industry Gas Research Group, with whom he works on developing innovative solutions for LNG and UK representative for the Working Party on Thermodynamics and Transport Properties of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE).

Prof. Vesovic has published over a hundred and fifty papers and reviews in the refereed scientific literature and is the co-developer of a theoretically-based scheme for the predictions of viscosity of dense fluid mixtures, namely the VW methodology. He acts as a consultant to the chemical and petroleum industry in the fields of energy, fluid characterisation, transport phenomena and accidental releases. Recently, he chaired the International Advisory Board for the Mexican-based, industry-funded project on rheology of petroleum fluids and has been involved in advising foreign governments and industry in setting up graduate courses and research programs in petroleum engineering.

Topic of Keynote: Weathering of stored Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) - Modelling approaches
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