Prof. Thomas Kang, Seoul National University, South Korea
Plenary Speech Title: Engineering Education and Innovation for Industry 4.0 (Click here for relevant course development)
Profile: Dr. Kang is a Professor in the Department of Architecture & Architectural Engineering and Director for Engineering Education Innovation Center at Seoul National University, Korea. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Professor in the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA. He has held various affiliated positions in the U.S. and Japan, including Adjunct Professor at the University of Oklahoma, Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Lecturer at UCLA, the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the University of Tokyo. Prof. Kang received his PhD from UCLA, his MS from Michigan State University, and his BS from Seoul National University.
Prof. Kang is a Fellow of Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) and a Fellow of American Concrete Institute (ACI). Prof. Kang received the Kenneth B. Bondy Award for Most Meritorious Technical Paper as Lead Author from PTI in 2012, and the Wason Medal for Most Meritorious Paper as Lead Author from ACI in 2009 with the subject of post-tensioned concrete. He regularly teaches the course of Post-Tensioned Concrete Structures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign every other summer (both on campus and online) and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa every fall (live online lectures). Prof. Kang is an Editor-in-Chief for three journals: International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials, Journal of Structural Integrity and Maintenance, and Advances in Computational Design; and Associate Editor for PTI Journal of Post-Tensioning Institute. He is one of the founding and voting members of PTI DC-20 Committee, Building Design, and has been a voting member for ACI Committee 369, Seismic Repair and Rehabilitation; Joint ACI-ASCE Committees 335, Composite and Hybrid Structures, 352 Joints and Connections in Monolithic Concrete Structures, and Joint ACI-ASCE Committee 423, Prestressed Concrete; and Joint ACI-ASME Committee 359, Concrete Containments for Nuclear Reactors, as well as various committees in Korea.
Prof. Kang published more than a hundred international journal papers and more than a hundred international conference proceedings, including 40 in ACI Structural Journal and 10 in PTI Journal. He has chaired many sessions/symposiums of structural engineering; delivered many keynote/invited speeches; and organized international conferences/workshops as a Chair. Additionally, Dr. Kang has done a lot of practice as a consulting engineer in Korea and the U.S. Prior to joining the academia, he had a working experience in California, USA (e.g., John A. Martin & Associates), and was a licensed Professor Engineer (PE) in California.
Prof. Adnan Ibrahimbegovic, University of Technology of Compiègne, France
Keynote Speech Title: Resilience of Structures and Infrastructure under Extreme Transient Loads (Click here for abstract)
Profile: Dr. Hab. Adnan Ibrahimbegovic is currently a Professor at University of Technology Compiègne – Alliance Sorbonne University, Paris, holder of Chair for Computational Mechanics UTC, and senior member of prestigious Institute Universitaire de France (IUF). Prior to that, he was Professor (Classe Exceptionnelle) and Head of Civil Engineering at one of the elite engineering schools in France, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris-Saclay. He held various affiliated positions as invited professor at many world universities in Europe (TU Braunschweig, Germany; TU Tampere, Finland), Latin America (USP, Brazil; IPN, Mexico) and Asia (KAIST, Korea; TU Istanbul, Turkey).
Prof. Ibrahimbegovic received his PhD from UC Berkeley, California, his Habilitation from Univ. Pierre-Marie-Curie, Paris. He has received many career awards, such as Fellow IACM Award, Humboldt Research Award for Germany, Asgard Award for Norway. He serves as Editor-in-Chief for Coupled Systems Mechanics journal (Techno Press) and as associated editor of more than 15 different scientific journals with Elsevier and Springer. He has organized 5 different scientific conferences and gave more than 30 plenary/keynote lectures in last 10 years. He has graduated more than 50 doctoral students, post-docs and Habilitations.
Prof. Youngjin Lee, Boston Architectural College & Sasaki Associates, Inc., USA
Keynote Speech Title: Architecture + Painting: The Evolutionary Design Paradigm of Zaha Hadid (Click here for relevant article)
Profile: Prof. Lee is currently a faculty of the Boston Architectural College in Massachusetts, US, and a Senior Associate at Sasaki Associates, Inc. in Massachusetts, US as a licensed architect with 15 plus years of experience. He received a BS (1998) in Aeronautical Engineering from Seoul National University, Korea, a BS (2000) in Architecture from the same school, and an M.Arch (2007) from School of Architecture at Yale University, U.S.
Prof. Lee is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a member of Boston Society of Architects (BSA), a member of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and a member of Architectural Institute of Korea (AIK). He is also a peer reviewer of international journals including Nexus Network Journal and Architectural Research, and a research project reviewer of National Research Foundation of Korea.
Prof. Lee has been teaching multiple Master’s Thesis Studios and advanced architectural workshops of design computation and digital fabrication in the Boston Architectural College since 2011 with the unique pedagogy focusing on the integration digital design and between multiple disciplines.
Prof. Lee is also an active part of an emerging generation of designers deeply immersed in the exploration of emanating technologies in architectural practice, with a special interest in design computation and digital fabrication, while maintaining a practical relevancy in their application to professional practice. He explores the reciprocal relationship of computational design and fabrication processes in design methodology, and help students apply algorithmic approach to architectural design context and further re-define the future of practice. As a leader of a design computation group at Sasaki Associates, he explores the diverse digital technologies and workflow to expand design capability.
Prof. Lee’s research stems from his experience in both academia and practice, and efforts to improve design methodology, which offers design possibilities through integrative design media and generative algorithms. He has published in many journals including Architectural Research, Journal of Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering, Automation in Construction, Nexus Network Journal, Advances in Computational Design, and presented his works at International Conference on Sustainable Building Asia 2016, AIA Conference on Architecture 2017, and ASHRAE 2017 Building Performance Analysis Conference.
Prof. Bernhard Egger, Seoul National University, South Korea
Keynote Speech Title: Experiences of Internalization at Seoul National University
Profile: Dr. Bernhard Egger is a Director of International Affairs of the College of Engineering and an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Seoul National University (SNU). Dr. Egger received the Computer Science Engineering Diploma from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) in 2001 and the PhD degree in Computer Science and Engineering from SNU in 2008. After obtaining his PhD, he spent three years as a senior research engineer at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) before re-joining SNU in March of 2011.
Since 2013, Dr. Egger has been serving as the Director of International Affairs of the College of Engineering of SNU. In this function, he has significantly contributed to the internationalization of SNU and improving the situation of foreign nationals at SNU. He established and leads the International Student Welcome Center, a one-stop service center for visitors, guests, students, and faculty of the College of Engineering. Dr. Egger is an active proponent of increasing the female faculty ratio in Engineering and has been serving as the General Program Chair of the ADF 2019 – The Rising Stars Women in Engineering Workshop.
Dr. Egger’s research interests include parallel programming, parallel, distributed, and heterogeneous architectures, and programming language and compiler design. He is a member of the IEEE and ACM. More information can be found at https://csap.snu.ac.kr/.
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