ICEMAT 2023 Plenary Speakers

Prof. Michael Negnevitsky

University of Tasmania, Australia

Speech Title: High Renewable Energy Penetration and Power System Security: New Challenges and Opportunities (Click for abstract)

Professor Michael Negnevitsky is Chair in Power Engineering and Computational Intelligence and Director of the Centre for Renewable Energy and Power Systems, University of Tasmania, Australia. The primary focus of his research is smart grids, power system security, demand response, and isolated and remote area power systems with high renewable energy penetration. Professor Negnevitsky authorised more than 400 research publications including 102 journal papers, more than 300 conference papers, 12 chapters in books, 2 books, 9 edited conference proceedings and received 4 patents for inventions. He is Fellow of Engineers Australia, and Member of the National ITEE College Board. Professor Negnevitsky is Chair of the IEEE PES Working Group on High Renewable Energy Penetration in Remote and Isolated Power Systems, Vice Chair of the IEEE PES Working Group on Asian and Australasian Infrastructure – Smart Grids with Large Penetration of Renewable Energy, Member of CIGRE AP C4 (System Technical Performance) and CIGRE AP C6 (Distribution Systems and Dispersed Generation), Australian Technical Committee, Member of CIGRE Working Group JWG C1/C2/C6.18 (Coping with Limits for Very High Penetrations of Renewable Energy), International Technical Committee, and Member of CIGRE Working Group C6.30 (The Impact of Battery Energy Storage Systems on Distribution Networks), International Technical Committee.

Prof. Mohammad Rasul

Central Queensland University, Australia

Speech Title: Waste to Energy: Production of Automobile Fuels (Diesel and Petrol) from Waste Plastic Pyrolysis Oil (Click for abstract)

Mohammad Rasul obtained his PhD in the area of Energy and Thermodynamics from The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, in 1996. He received his Master of Engineering in Energy Technology from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand, in 1990. His first degree is in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Bangladesh, completed in 1987. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering and Technology, Central Queensland University, Australia. He is specialised and experienced in research, teaching and consultancy in the areas of energy (industrial, building and renewable energy) and thermodynamics (energy intensive process industries). He has published over 240 research articles both in reputed journals and conferences including 7 book chapters. He has edited two books and has supervised a dozen of research higher degree (RHD) students (PhDs and Masters) to completion and attracted about $3 millions research funding. He is recognised in professional communities which he has demonstrated through creating significant impact and the large number of citations of his research by the relevant professionals, both nationally and internationally. He has also made significant contributions in engineering education research and scholarships. He has published several conference papers and book chapters in the area of project based learning and innovative teaching practices, and have edited a book on Developments in Engineering Education Standards: Advanced Curriculum Innovation. His contributions to the profession and national and international communities have been demonstrated through his varied roles and activities, such as membership of national and international technical, scientific and advisory committees, membership of different professional organizations (such as Engineers Australia) and various organising committees.

Prof. Firoz Alam

RMIT university, Australia

Speech Title: Onshore and Offshore Wind Energy for Power Generation- Trends and Prospects (Click for abstract)

Dr Firoz Alam is a Professor in the School of Engineering (Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing) at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He completed his PhD in vehicle aerodynamics from the same university in 2000. He received his Master’s degree (combined with Bachelors) in Aeronautical Engineering with Honours (First Class First) from Riga Civil Aviation Engineers Institute, former Soviet Republic of Latvia in 1991. Prof Alam’s research interest includes aerodynamics and hydrodynamics (aircraft, road vehicles, trains, buildings and structures), energy, engineering education (curriculum design, quality assurance and accreditation).  He has over 250 publications (including scholarly books, book chapters, journal articles and peer reviewed conference papers). He is currently serving as editor in chief and editorial board member for over half a dozen international scientific journals. Prof Alam is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), and APEC Engineer. He is an active member of several other professional societies and associations including American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Society of Automotive Engineers USA & Australia, and International Society of Bionic Engineering. Prof Alam is the recipient of RMIT University’s best Teacher Award in 2004.

Assoc. Prof. Wenming Yang

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Speech Title: Fuel Design for Efficiency Improvement and Pollutions Reduction in Transportation System (Click for abstract)

After obtaining his Ph.D degree in 2000, Wenming Yang has been employed as a research fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, followed by a teaching instructor and assistant professor in 2006 and 2011, respectively. Since 2017, He has been employed as an associate professor in National University of Singapore. His research interests include: Internal combustion engine fueled by biofuels and blend fuels, development of advanced platform for boilers with high efficiency and low emissions, incinerators and micro power generators etc. He is now looking for Ph.D. candidates with interests in IC engines, waste to energy (WTE) incineration power plant, biomass boilers and CFB boilers.