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2014 Tribology Frontiers Conference Invited Speaker Bios

1. Tribology Advanced Methods: Invited Speaker - Dr. Janet Wong
2. Tribology Micro & Nano Scales: Invited Speaker - Dr. Mark C. Hersam
3. Tribology Macro Scales: Invited Speaker - Dr. Michael D. Bryant
4. Tribology Medical Applications: Invited Speaker - Dr. Brett Levine
5. Tribology Natural Processes: Invited Speaker - Dr. Emily Brodsky
6. Tribology Energy Economy & Sustainability: Invited Speaker Dr. Selda Gunsel
7. Tribology in Manufacturing Processes: Invited Speaker - Dr. Pierre Montmitonnet

Speaker Bios

Track: Tribology Advanced Methods
Invited Speaker: Dr. Janet Wong - Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College of London

Bio: Dr. Janet Wong received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008 with a dissertation on the physics of confined polymers. She then joined the Tribology group, Mechanical Engineering Department, Imperial College London as Lecturer. Dr Wong is a specialist in interface phenomena, polymer dynamics and nano-tribology and has pioneered the application of fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging to in-situ measurements of velocity profiles, surface reaction rates, additive interaction and phase stabilities of fluids at tribological contacts and under extreme conditions.

The Wong research group focuses on establishing relationships among (1) properties of lubricants in bulk, and at the contact; (2) contact conditions, and (3) the resultant mechanical response, i.e. friction and wear of the lubricated system. Her group works closely with numerical analysts towards fundamental understanding and the development of effective tribological strategies.

Her work is funded by governmental agencies and industry from Europe, Asia and the US.

Ph.D. University of Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

Track: Tribology Micro & Nano Scale
Invited Speaker: Dr. Mark C. Hersam - Faculty of Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University

Bio: Dr. Mark C. Hersam is a professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. He earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana –Champaign and later went back to earn his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. His research interests include Nanomaterials for Electronics, Sensing and Energy. Dr. Mark Hersam also started The Hersam Research Group.

The Hersam Research Group specializes in the processing, characterization, and application of nanoelectronic materials including graphene, carbon nanotubes, and silicon. Of specific interest are strategies for producing monodisperse nanomaterials and organically/biologically functionalizing semiconductor surfaces. Experimental techniques range from atomic-resolution ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy to macroscopic charge transport and optical property measurements. A wide range of applications are being explored including integrated circuits, optoelectronic devices, biosensors, drug delivery, photovoltaics, catalysis, and batteries

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign, IL
M.Phil. Microeletronic Engineeringand Semiconductor Phycis, University of Cambridge, Cambridge UK
B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign, IL

Track: Tribology Natural Processes
Invited Speaker: Dr. Emily Brodsky - Professor of Seismology, Department of Earth & Marine Science at The University of California at Santa Cruz

Bio: Dr. Emily Brodsky is a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 2000. Her research interests include Seismology. She is currently studying earthquake triggering, fault zone structure and friction; in order to determine why earthquakes start, what makes them get big and why they stop? These studies require using tools from a variety of disciplines including seismology, hydrogeology, structural geology, geodesy, reheology and rock mechanics.

California Institute of Technology, Sep. 95 – Oct. 00, Ph.D.
Harvard university, Sep 91 – Jun. 95, B.A. Magna Cum Laude

2010 National Science Board Distinguished Lecturer
2010 Geo-Prism Distinguished Lecturer
2009 Earthscope Distinguished Lecturer

Track: Tribology Macro Scales
Invited Speaker: Dr. Michael D. Bryant - Professor of Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin

Bio: Dr. Michael Bryant is a professor working in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his Ph.D. in Engineering Science & Applied Mathematics in 1981. Dr. Michael Bryant specializes in tribology (study of friction, wear, lubrication and associated devices such as bearing, brushes, and brakes), the design of mechatronic systems (integrated mechanical and electronic systems), system diagnostics of machinery, and is developing a new class of computers for solution of differential equations. His research interests include Model-Based Diagnostics, Tribology, Mechatronics, Manufacturing, Bond Graphs, Contact Mechanics.

He has served on the Cockrell School of Engineering faculty since 1988 and previously taught at North Carolina State University. He has one year of industrial experience and has published more than 100 technical articles and reports. In 2005 he was appointed Editor in Chief of the ASME Journal of Tribology and Series Editor for Dynamic Systems & Control and Mechatronics, Springer Mechanical Engineering Series. He was awarded the Innovative Research Award for 2005, ASME tribology Division, for Design & Tetsing of Micro Gas Bearings. Dr. Bryant’s tribology expertise was featured in a Newhouse News Service article “Five-blade razor: Exactly how may do you need?”, Among his many other awards, he received the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award in 1985.

Ph.D. Engineering sciences and Applied Mathematics Northwestern University

Track: Tribology Medical Applications
Invited Speaker: Dr. Brett Levine - Hip & Knee Reconstruction and Replacement Orthopedic Surgeon for Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush

Bio: Dr. Brett Levine joined Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush August 1, 2008 his practice focuses on complex primary and revision hip and knee reconstructions, as well as less invasive total joint replacement surgery.

A medical graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Levine complete his orthopedic residency at the NYU Hospital for Join Diseases. Combines with his Adult Reconstructive Fellowship at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Levine has trained at two of the top ten orthopedic hospitals in the nation.

Through his continued affiliation with Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Dr. Levine looks to advance his research in joint replacement technology including the latest minimally invasive techniques, porous biomaterials, and partial knee replacement technology.

Georgetown University School of Medicine

Track: Tribology Energy Economy & Sustainability
Invited Speaker: Dr. Selda Gunsel – Vice President, Global Commercial Technology, Shell

In her role, Dr Selda Gunsel is responsible for leading a global group of scientists and engineers, and delivering a broad range of technology programmes, including innovation, R&D and technical services to Shell Lubricants and B2B businesses including Marine, Aviation, Commercial Fuels and Specialties. Previously, Dr Gunsel was responsible for leading Shell's Lubricants Technology Group in the USA. She re-located to Shanghai, China late in 2012 to oversee the establishment of a new Lubricants Technical Centre for Shell.

Track: Tribology in Manufacturing Processes
Invited Speaker: Dr. Pierre Montmitonnet - Head of Research Deputy Director of CEMEF

Dr. Pierre Montmitonnet is currently Head of Research & Deputy Director for Centre De Mise En Forme Des Materiaux (Cemef). He received his Ph.D. from Universite de Besancon in 1985. His research interests include Surfaces & Tribology.

Basic purpose of Cemef is to build friction models and laws starting from a detailed understanding of elementary microscopic phenomena behind friction forces. But tribology means a systemic approach of the behavior of sliding interfaces. Therefore, in forming and bonding processes, understanding the transformations at interfaces and their impact on adhesion or friction is intimately connected to the mechanical analysis of the system as a whole. If necessary, the elastic tool deformation is coupled to the elastic or plastic deformation of the work pieces to form or join. This leads from the microscopic, even nanometric scale of elementary interactions between the first and third bodies, to the millimetric or metric scale of the work piece or machine tool.

A major part of his activities consists of developing macroscopic, predictive thermomechanical models of forming processes, mainly rolling processes (of strips, bars, rings, tubes).

Ph.D. Universite de Besancon
Doctor Ingineer, Ecoles des mines de Paris

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