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Plenary Speakers

Yuri BazilevsYuri Bazilevs, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, Brown University
Title: Recent Advances and Breakthroughs in the Modeling and Simulation of Extreme Events

Yuri Bazilevs is the E. Paul Sorensen Professor in the School of Engineering at Brown University, where he was the Lead and Executive Committee representative of the Mechanics of Solids and Structures group. He was previously a Professor and Vice Chair in the Structural Engineering Department at the University of California, San Diego. Yuri’s research interests lie in the broad field of computational science and engineering, with emphasis on the modeling and simulation in solids and structures, fluids, and their coupling in HPC environments. For his research contributions Yuri received many awards and honors, including the 2018 Walter E. Huber Research Prize from the ASCE, the 2020 Gustus L. Larson Award from the ASME, the inaugural 2021 Centennial Mid-Career Award from the Materials Division of the ASME, and the Computational Mechanics Award from the International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM). He is included in the lists of Highly Cited Researchers, both in the Engineering (2015-2018) and Computer Science (2014-2019) categories. Yuri recently completed his service as the President of the US Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM) and as the Chairman of the Applied Mechanics Division of the ASME. He currently serves on the US National Committee for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (USNCTAM).

Eleni Chatzi Eleni Chatzi, Ph.D.,M.ASCE, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich(Switzerland)
Title: Nurturing Digital Twins; From First Principles, to Learning, to Real-time
Virtualization

Eleni Chatzi is an Associate Professor and Chair of Structural Mechanics and Monitoring at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering of ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Her research interests include the fields of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and structural dynamics, nonlinear system identification, and intelligent life-cycle assessment for engineered systems. She has authored more than 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and further serves as an editor for international journals in the domains of Dynamics and SHM. She led the recently completed ERC Starting Grant WINDMIL on the topic of "Smart Monitoring, Inspection and Life-Cycle Assessment of Wind Turbines". Her work in the domain of self-aware infrastructure was recognized with the 2020 Walter L. Huber Research prize, awarded by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Genda Chen  Genda Chen, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Missouri Science & Technology University
  Title: Engineering Mechanics Role in Robot-enabled, Data-driven Infrastructure
  Preservation

Dr. Genda Chen is Professor and Abbett Distinguished Chair in Civil Engineering, Director of the Center for Intelligent Infrastructure, and Director of INSPIRE University Transportation Center at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He has authored or co-authored over 400 technical publications and delivered 28 keynote/invited presentations at international conferences. He received the international 2019 Structural Health Monitoring Person of the Year Award and the 1998 National Science Foundation CAREER Award. He is a Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers and the International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure. He serves as Vice President of the U.S. Panel on Structural Control and Monitoring.

Chad Landis
Chad M. Landis
, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Title: Modeling and Simulation of Shape Memory Alloy Materials and Structures

Professor Landis has a broad range of interests in the mechanics of materials, including fracture mechanics, plasticity, micromechanics, composites, and finite element methods. He has made contributions to the constitutive modeling and fracture mechanics of ferroelectrics, ferromagnetic materials, and shape memory alloys. He has also made significant contributions to phase-field modeling of fracture where he has applied and extended this approach to dynamic crack propagation, ductile failure, hydraulic fracture, and fatigue crack growth. His work is highly collaborative and he is always looking to cooperate with other researchers both in his own department, nationally, and internationally. Professor Landis serves as an Associate Edito r for the International Journal of Solids and Structures, a Regional Editor for the International Journal of Fracture, Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Ceramics Society, and in the past as Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Mechanics. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Computational Methods in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. Additionally, he is as a member of the U.S. National Committee for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, and in the summer of 2022, he served as the co-Chair of the 19th U.S. National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.

Catherine O'Sullivan
  Catherine O’SullivanPh.D., Imperial College London (UK)
  Title: Particle Scale Modelling of Clay: Challenges and Opportunities

Catherine O’Sullivan is a Professor in Particulate Soil Mechanics at Imperial College London. Originally from Ireland, she obtained her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2002. Her research has examined soil behaviour focussing on the particulate scale.  Catherine has authored a textbook on the use of discrete element modelling in geomechanics and has authored/co-authored over 100 contributions to international journals. In 2015 she delivered the Géotechnique lecture. Funding for her post-graduate studies and research has been provided by the Fulbright Programme, the O’Reilly Foundation, IRCSET, the EPSRC, the ICE, the Leverhulme Trust and ARUP. Catherine is currently a member of the editorial boards of Soils and Foundations, Computers and Geotechnics, Granular Matter and an Editor of the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering.

Daniel Straub Daniel Straub, Ph.D., Technical University of Munich (Germany)
Title: Sensitivity Analysis in Engineering Mechanics with a Focus on Optimal Decision
Support

Daniel Straub is Associate Professor for engineering risk and reliability analysis at Technical University of Munich (TUM). His developes physics-based stochastic models and methods for decision support and safety analysis of engineering systems, with a particular focus on Bayesian techniques and AI methods. Daniel obtained his Dipl.-Ing. degree in civil engineering in 2000 and his PhD in 2004 from ETH Zürich and was a postdoc and adjunct faculty at UC Berkeley before joining TUM in 2009. He is also active as a consultant to the industry on reliability and risk assessments and decision making under uncertainty. His awards include the ETH Silbermedaille, the Early Achievement Research Award of IASSAR and the SAE Ralph H. Isbrandt Automotive Safety Engineering Award.

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