Keynote Speakers 



Keynote Speaker I



Prof. Reza Abbaschian,

Dean and Distinguished Professor, William R. Johnson, Jr. Family Professor,
Bourns College of Engineering, University of California, USA


Reza Abbaschian's tenure as Dean of the Bourns College of Engineering and Distinguished Professor and William R.  Johnson, Jr. Professor was from  September 2005 to July 2016.  Prior to his appointment at UCR, Dr. Abbaschian was the Vladimir A. Grodsky Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Florida, where he also served as Chair of the Department for 16 years. During his tenure, the Department rose to a U.S. News & World Report top-ten ranking for both undergraduate and graduate education. 

 Dr. Abbaschian received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, M.S. in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Technological University, and BSc in mining and metallurgy from Tehran University.  He has published more than 250 scientific articles on subjects ranging from metal processing to composites, solidification and high temperature-high pressure growth of jewelry diamonds, which led to the formation of Gemesis Diamond Company.  He holds five patents and eight patent disclosures and has authored eight books, including the recently published fourth edition of Physical Metallurgy Principles.

 Dr. Abbaschian is a past President of ASM International, the largest materials society.  His awards include the TMS Educator Award, Structural Material Division’s Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award, TMS Leadership Award, ASEE Donald E. Marlowe Award, Davis Productivity Award of the State of Florida, and the Albert Sauveur Achievement Award which he received on October 2013 in Montreal, Canada.  The award recognized him as "outstanding scientist and researcher in solidification fundamentals and materials processing, educator and leader in advancing the materials profession." He has been elected a Fellow of ASM, TMS and AAAS.

Research Areas: The emphasis of Dr. Abbaschian's research is the fundamental understanding of the role of interfaces on the processing and/or properties of material. Current projects involve investigations in solidification, high pressure-high temperature growth of diamond crystals, and electromagnetic levitation processing of alloys.


Keynote Speaker II


Prof. Jimmy C. M. YU, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong




Keynote Speaker III


Prof. Richard G. Haverkamp, Massey University, New Zealand

Speech title: Modifying collagen fibril structural arrangement to increase strength


School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Professor of Nanotechnology

BSc(Hons) VUW, PhD Akld



Research Interests: Collagen materials – structure of leather and materials for medical applications; Nanoparticles–for electrocatalysts and from phytosynthesis; Surface reactions – in electrochemistry and catalysis; Single molecule stretching – using scanning probe techniques; High value products from mineral resources; Applications of synchrotron techniques


Invited Positions at other Institutions:

Visiting Researcher, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, 2015 (Prof Robert Langer labs)

Visiting Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway, 2014, 2010 (Prof Svein Sunde, Prof Reidar Tunold,A/Prof Frode Seland)

Visiting Professor, Manchester University, UK, 2006 (Prof John E. Scott.)

Visiting Research Fellow, SINTEF, Norway, 2003, 2000, 1999, 1997. (Dr Sverre Rolseth, Prof Jomar Thonstad)

Visiting Research Fellow, Aluminium Pechiney, Grenoble, France, 1997 (Dr Pierre Homsi)


Keynote Speaker IV

Prof. Li Pei, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong