Keynote Speeches

Professor Béla Pukánszky

Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary

Dr. Béla Pukánszky graduated from the technical University of Budapest (Hungary) in chemical engineering, where he also received his PhD in 1976. From 1973 to 1978 he worked as a researcher at the Industrial Research Institute for Organic Chemistry (Hungary) and from 1978 he joined the Central Research Institute for Chemistry of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) as an assistant scientific co-worker, latter scientific co-worker and finally as the head of a Department.
In 1993 he was invited to the Technical University of Budapest where he became the head of the Department of Plastics and Rubber Technology. Latter the Department was merged with the Department of Physical Chemistry to create the Department of Physical Chemistry and Materials Science and he was the head of the merged unit for more than 10 years. He is still employed also at the research institute of HAS. He has produced more than 270 scientific publications, book chapters and several patents. His papers have been cited more than 5000 times and he has an h index of 48.
Prof. Pukánszky is the member of numerous committees, is on the editorial panels of several scientific journals, and he is the full member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He organized several international conferences with great success in the past; the last one was the third International Conference on Bio-based Polymers and Composites in 2016. He has many industrial contacts and has been consulting international and Hungarian companies like Borealis, General Electric, Clariant, TVK, etc.

Professor Dr. Walter L. Bradley, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, Baylor University, Texas, USA (2012)
Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, Texas, USA (2000)

Walter Bradley earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science and his Ph.D. in Materials Science, both from the University of Texas in Austin. He taught for eight years (1968-1976) at the Colorado School of Mines as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. He subsequently served for 24 years (1976-2000) as Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University (TAMU). While at TAMU, Bradley served as Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Director of TAMU’s Polymer Technology Center, and Director of the Materials Division of the National Science Foundation sponsored Offshore Technology Center at TAMU. Dr. Bradley subsequently served as Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Baylor University from 2002-2012, where he provided leadership in the initiation of M.S. and Ph.D. programs.
Dr. Bradley’s research and consulting in polymers and polymeric composites have focused on failure mechanisms, visco-elastic fracture mechanics, life prediction and failure analysis. His seminal research at TAMU earned him more than $6 million in research grants from NSF, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, NASA, Department of Energy, 3M, Dow Chemical, DuPont, Phillips Petroleum and Chevron Chemical. During his ten years at Baylor, he has received more than $1.3 million in research grants, primarily from the National Science Foundation and from industry. He has published more than 150 refereed journal articles and conference proceeding and more than 10 book chapters.
Bradley’s seminal research has been recognized by his election to Fellow of the American Society for Materials and his winning the Fred Schwab Award of the Society of Plastics Engineers as the outstanding Professor/Educator in the United States, Canada and England in 2011. In 1996, he received the Crawford Award for Outstanding Contributions that have made the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. TAMU also honored him as a Senior TEES Research Fellow (1984-2000). He has served as a consultant for many Fortune 500 companies including Exxon, 3M, Dupont, Dow Chemical, Shell, Mobil Chemical, and Chevron-Phillips, helping them to increase the performance of their materials and to assist in failure analysis investigations. He has been involved in ~100+ failure analyses involving litigation (>10 multi-million dollar cases) and has provided reports, depositions and court testimony as needed in these cases.

Professor Sunaryo

University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia

Prof. Sunaryo was born on August 3, 1954. He got his Bachelor degree in Naval Architecture from Universitas Indonesia in 1982 and obtained his Ph.D. in Ship Production Technology from Strathclyde University in 1993. He is also professionally qualified as Chartered Engineer from Engineering Council UK and Insinyur Profesional Utama from the Institution of Engineers in Indonesia.
He has published more than 45 peer-reviewed papers. Currently, Prof. Sunaryo is a faculty member of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Study Programme, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Indonesia (UI). Some of his major research projects are in the field of Maritime Safety, Maritime Cluster, Marine transportation, and Port Management that are mainly sponsored by Ministry of Research, Technology and the Higher Education of Republic of Indonesia.
His professional knowledge and experiences also led him to become a member of several professional associations including Institution of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (Honorary Chairman 2008 – 2010; Honorary Secretary 2011 – 2017); Royal Institution of Naval Architects; Institution of Engineers Indonesia.
Research areas and interests are : Maritime Industry Development, Maritime Safety, Maritime Logistic System, and Natural Fiber Composites for Marine Use.

Professor Kung-Jeng Wang

Distinguished Professor, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan

Prof. Kung-Jeng Wang became an associate researcher at Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology, Taiwan, from 1986 until 1992. He obtained his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from UW-Madison in 1997. His valuable academic performance and research ability have led him to get the opportunity as a visiting scholar at TU Dresden, Germany in 2002. His professional skills are enhanced by completing some training and certification such as Certificate of Program on Case Method and Participant-Centered Learning from Harvard Business School (Boston, USA); Program on Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Babson College (Massachusetts, USA); Program on Industry 4.0 from RWTH (Germany); and Program on Industry 4.0 from TU (Singapore). He also served as Advisory Board in Tai-Shin Co. Consulting in III, Primax/Inventec/TXC. In 2009, he was appointed as the Head of Industrial Management Department at Taiwan Tech until 2011 and then proceeded to a larger service that is as the Dean of the School of Management at Taiwan Tech in 2012 – 2016.
Currently, Professor Kung-Jeng Wang is a faculty member of Industrial Management Department, School of Management, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech).
Prof. Kung-Jeng Wang has published more than 100 referred journal papers including 70+ SCI/SSCI papers (IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, IIE Transaction, European Journal of Operational Research etc.). He currently holds 3 US patents and 5 Taiwan patents. His outstanding quality as an educator and a researcher has been proven through several awards such as NTUST outstanding research award, NTUST excellence teaching award, CIIE paper award.
Research areas and interests are Supply Chain Management, Computational Intelligence in Production Economics, Medical Informatics, Service Science and Innovation, Technology and Operations Management