Keynote Speakers

Prof. Ian McAndrew
Capitol Technology University, USA

Dr. Ian McAndrew received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering ; M.Sc. in Manufacturing MA in Education Management ; Pg.D. in Education Training; B.A. (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering; B.A. in Production Engineering Member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers. Dr. McAndrew spent 12 years in industry as a designer before entering academia. He has over 28 years of teaching experience in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Far East. He has supervised over 30 PhD students and published extensively for over 20 years. He is the author of several books and Editor of a new Journal being produced with a focus on Aviation. Currently he is the Dean of Doctoral Programs at Capitol Technology University and responsible for almost 200 doctoral students in Analytics, cybersecurity, technology, aviation and several other specific ones. His research interests are in Aerodynamics and Effective Education, which he has published extensively. He has presented at many Conferences and believes these are critical research meetings for those that are new to research and the experienced to mentor the next generation.

Prof. Simon Barrans
University of Huddersfield, UK

Simon Barrans gained a first degree in Nuclear Engineering at Manchester University and a PhD on ‘enhancing finite element analysis boundary stress predictions’ from the University of Huddersfield. After a period of time working for the UK Atomic Energy Authority at Windscale and Dounraey, he joined the academic staff at the University of Huddersfield in 1989. He has occupied various teaching and management positions including being Subject Area Leader in Mechanical and Automotive Engineering for eight years. He is currently the Reader in Turbocharger Engineering. He is an editor for the Open Engineering journal and a reviewer for seven international journals. He is also a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Academic Standards Panel.

Simon Barrans’ current research is on the structural integrity of turbocharger systems with a particular focus on the methods used to join turbocharger housings together, predicting the stress raising effect of tool marks on machined from solid components and stress analysis of rotors for very high speed electric machines. He has also investigated the use of foil bearings in turbochargers, an extension of his previous research work on air bearings.

Simon Barrans regularly collaborates with industry on research and development projects. He has managed six Knowledge Transfer Partnerships with industrial partners funded by Innovate UK, two of which were graded as ‘outstanding’.

Prof. Adrian Olaru
University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania

Prof. Adrian Olaru finished the University Politehnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Machines and Manufacturing Systems, Romania, in 1974, head of promotion. From 1974 until 1990 he worked as a designing engineer at the "Optica Romana" Enterprise, also being an associate assistant at the Faculty of Machine-Building Technology of the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest. In 1990 Prof. Adrian became an appointed lecturer at the Faculty of Technological Systems Engineering and Management, the Machine-Tools Department. Now, he is university full professor, and teaches the following courses: Industrial Robots Dynamics, LabVIEW application in modeling and simulation of the dynamic behavior of robots, Technological Transport Systems, Electrohydraulic Servosystems, Analyze and Syntese of Electrohydraulic Servosistems for Industrial Robots, Personal and social robots and Vibration of the virtual prototypes of industrial robots. Prof. Adrian Olaru has published over 160 national and international papers concerning modeling and simulation of hydraulic power system, technological transport systems, electrical and hydraulic servo systems and dynamic behavior of industrial robots. For recent relevant details, see the publication list and the web page. He also has substantial contribution for over than ten technical books. Prof. Adrian Olaru was invited professor of the prestigious universities arround the world and the invited speacker at the different international conferences from Slovakie, France, Italy, China, India, Iran, Poland, Autrich, Rusian Federation, United Arab Emirates, Turkie, Croatie. He was coopted each year in the more than 20 International Technical Committees and like general co-chair from the different international conferences arroun the world: USA, Australy, India, United Arab Emirates, Porto Rico, China, Singapore, Malayesia, Japan, Tayland, Slovaky, Czech Republic.

Prof. Wojciech Grega
AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland

Wojciech Grega received his M.Sc. in electrical engineering and Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees in automatic control from AGH University of Mining and Metallurgy in Krakow. Currently, he is a full professor of AGH in Krakow: digital control, optimisation methods, distributed control and industrial control systems. He as a author and co-author of more than 150 papers and books. He has been the coordinator or main researcher in 19 national and international projects; the vice dean of the Faculty in 1994, the head of the Control Laboratory since 2000, the head of the Faculty Commission for Education from 2001 to 2009. He is a elected member of the European Association for Education in Electrical and Information Engineering; IEEE Society Member; European Union Academic Expert; KIC InnoEnergy Poland+ Educational Director.

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