• Keynote Speakers

  • Yaojun Ge is a is a Professor of Tongji University, China.

    Yaojun Ge received his BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in civil engineering all from Tongji University in China. He has been working in Tongji University majoring in bridge structure analysis, wind engineering and bridge aerodynamics for more than 30 years.

    He has contributed to many R&D key projects, including one grand and three key projects of Natural Science Foundation of China, one “973 Plan” project and one “863 Plan” project, and more than 40 major bridge consultant projects, including Shanghai Lupu Bridge as the world’s longest arch bridge, East See Bridge as the world’s longest see crossing projects, and Xihoumen Bridge as the longest box-girder suspension bridge in the world.

    He has published 6 books and more than 200 technical papers, and has made over 20 keynote presentations in international conferences. He has received all three kinds of Chinese National Awards of Natural Science, Technological Invention and Science and Technology Progress, as well as international T. Y. Lin Medal 2016. He is Vice President of International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE), Executive Board Member and Asia-Oceania Coordinator of International Association for Wind Engineering (IAWE). He also serves as President of Bridge and Structural Engineering Institution and Chairman of Wind Engineering Group of China.
  • Ahsan Kareem is the Robert M. Moran Professor of Engineering and the Director of the NatHaz Modeling Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame.
    His work focuses on characterization and formulation of dynamic load effects due to wind, waves and earthquakes on tall buildings, long span bridges, offshore structures and other structures via fundamental experimental, laboratory and full-scale measurements utilizing cyber and cyber-physical infrastructures.

    He is the elected President of the International Association for Wind Engineering (IAWE). He has been awarded numerous honors, including the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the White House Office of Science and Technology. A recipient of ASCE’s: Theodore von Karman Medal, Masanobu Shinozuka Medal, James Croes Medal, Robert H. Scanlan Medal and Jack E. Cermak Medal and State-of-the-Art Award, inducted to the Offshore Technology Conference Hall of Fame and elected Distinguished Member of ASCE; Alan G. Davenport Medal of IAWE; Distinguished Research Award of IASSAR (Int’l Assoc. for Structural. Safety and Reliability); the University of Notre Dame.

    He has served as a High-End Foreign Expert at Tongji University and delivered 2013 Scruton Lecturer at the Institute of Civil Engineers, London, UK. He has been appointed Honorary Professor at several universities overseas, serves on the Editorial Board of several international journals and has recently co-authored two books.

    He is an elected Member of the US National Academy of Engineering and foreign member of the Indian Academy of Engineering and the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
  • Chongam Kim is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the Seoul National University, Korea (R.O.K.), where he has been a faculty member since 2008. He lectures CFD, numerical analysis and aerodynamics, and also directs research groups for the study of Aerodynamic Simulation & Design with leading works in CFD methods for aerospace-related applications.

    Prior to joining the position, he spent some time at Supercomputing Center of KISTI, Korea, and at CTR (Center for Turbulence Research) of NASA Ames Research Center & Stanford University in the USA as a research fellow. After undergraduate and master degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Seoul National University, he completed his master and Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Princeton University, USA. His research interests include numerical methods for conservation laws & high-order methods, compressible multiphase flows, multi-physics computations of liquid and solid rockets, bio-mimetic aerodynamics and fluid-structure interaction, aerodynamic shape optimization & flow control, and computational code development for HPC.

    He has published over 65 international SCI journal articles and over 200 international conference papers. He has been an associate fellow of the AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) and a board member of the KSASS (Korean Society of Aeronautical and Space Sciences) and KSCFE (Korean Society of Computational Fluid Engineering).
  • Takashi Nomura is a Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, College of Science and Technology, Nihon University, Tokyo Japan.
    Professor Takashi Nomura has been working on application of finite element flow simulation. He is specially interested in fluid-structure interaction problems in wind engineering such as wind-induced vibration of structure as well as flight motion of wind-borne debris.

  • Giovanni Solari is a Professor of Structural and Wind Engineering at the University of Genoa. He was awarded with Scanlan Medal 2017, Reese Research Prize 2014, Flachsbart Medal 2013, Davenport Medal 2011, and Cermak Medal 2006. He was President of the International and Italian Associations for Wind Engineering, and Founding Co-Editor of Wind & Structures.
    He is member of the Liguria Academy of Science and Letters, ASCE-EMI Fellow, Doctor Honoris Causa at the Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest, author of nearly 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals, responsible of three major European projects including THUNDERR.

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