Ephraim Suhir is on the faculty of the Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA, Technical University, Vienna, Austria and James Cook University, Queensland, Australia. He is also CEO of a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) ERS Co. in Los Altos, CA, USA, is Foreign Full Member (Academician) of the National Academy of Engineering, Ukraine (he was born in that country); Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Society of Optical Engineers (SPIE), and the International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS); Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), the Institute of Physics (IoP), UK, and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE); and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Ephraim has authored 400+ publications (patents, technical papers, book chapters, books), presented numerous keynote and invited talks worldwide, and received many professional awards, including 1996 Bell Laboratories Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS) Award (for developing effective methods for predicting the reliability of complex structures used in AT&T and Lucent Technologies products), and 2004 ASME Worcester Read Warner Medal (for outstanding contributions to the permanent literature of engineering and laying the foundation of a new discipline “Structural Analysis of Electronic Systems”). Ephraim is the third “Russian American”, after S. Timoshenko and I. Sikorsky, who received this prestigious award. This year he received the 2019 IEEE Electronic Packaging Society (EPS) Field award for seminal contributions to mechanical reliability engineering and modeling of electronic and photonic packages and systems.
Moustafa H. Aly has completed his PhD at the age of 34 years from Alexandria University and postdoctoral studies from Stracthclyde University (Scotland). He is professor of Optical Communications at College of Engineering, a former dean of engineering, Arab Academy. He has published more than 245 papers in reputed journals and specialized conferences. He is a co-supervisor for more than 125 M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, who already obtained their degrees. He has been serving as a reviewer of many ranked journals.
Professor Ibrahim Abdulhalim is with the Electro-optics and Photonics Engineering Unit at Ben Gurion University since 2005. He worked in academic institutions and companies such as OCSC in UC at Boulder, the ORC at Southampton University, the Thin Films Center of the University of Western Scotland, in KLA-Tencor, Nova and GWS Photonics. His current research activities involve plasmonic and photonic biosensors, liquid crystal devices for imaging, biomedical imaging, optical metrology and energy devices. Published over 200 articles, 2 books, 10 chapters and inventor on 20 patents. He is a fellow of IoP and SPIE and an associate editor for the Journal of NanoPhotonics and for the Journal of Imaging. In 2014 he established Photonicsys Ltd., a company specialized in developing miniature plasmonic and photonic biosensor.
Dr. Mahadevappa Y. Kariduraganavar obtained his Master degree in 1988 and Doctoral degree in 1993 from Karnataka University, Dharwad. He joined Flora International Ltd., Bangalore as Manager (Operation). Prior to this, he was also working as Research Assistant Grade-I in the Institute of Wood Science & Technology, Bangalore. In 1997, he joined Department of Chemistry, Karnatak University, Dharwad as Lecturer and was subsequently appointed as Professor of Physical Chemistry in 2007. He did his Post-Doctoral study during 2007-2008 under the prestigious Commonwealth Fellowship Program at J. J. Thomson Physical Laboratory, Polymer Science Centre, University of Reading, UK. He has also established a Collaborative Research Programme with the University of Reading, UK.
Dr. Kariduraganavar has participated as a Panel Expert at the International Conference held at Bangkok, Thailand in 2011. In 2002, he presented a paper in International Euro membrane Conference held at London, UK. During this period, he also gave a special lecture on Ion-Exchange Membranes for Electrodialysis Applications at Imperial College, London. In 2013, he presented a paper in International Conference held at Dubai. During 2015, he worked for two months on Tissue Engineering for Bone Regeneration and Shape Memory Polymers at Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development (CDRSP), Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPL), Portugal along with 3 of his Ph.D. students as a Visiting Professor. He was the instrumental and Convener of an International Conference on Direct Digital Manufacturing and Polymers (ICDDMAP- 2015) held at Karnatak University, Dharwad and also he gave an Invited Talk during the same conference. Recently, he has visited Charite University and Max Planck Institute, Germany; Center for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development (CDRSP), Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPL), Portugal along with Vice-Chancellor, Dean Faculty of Science and Director of HRDC, Karnatak University, Dharwad to established the collaborations with these institutes. Very recently, he has given a Keynote Lecture on Smart Biopolymers at International Conference on Advanced Research in Sustainable and Intelligent Manufacturing (RESIM- 2016) held at Center for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development (CDRSP), Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal in December 2016.
Dr. Kariduraganavar has got two US Patents to his credit on Ion-exchange Membranes for Electrodialysis Applications. One of his patents has got first rank in US patent rankings. He has published around 110 papers in international journals of high repute and 10 book chapters in reputed international books. He also contributed a report on Food, Water, Energy Nexus to be published in UNESCO reports in association with Prof. Seeram Ramakrishna, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore. Of late, he is working as Coordinators of UPE-FAR-I and DST-PURSE-Phase-II Programs. The grant of UPE-FAR-I is 11 crores and DST-PURSE-Phase II program is of 16 crores. Also, he is a Subject Coordinator of CPEPA Program, which has grant of Rs. 8 crores. He has already completed 5 major research projects funded by the DST, AICTE and UGC, New Delhi. He is working as Consultant to Padmini Aromatics Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore. His major research fields are: Ion–exchange Membranes for Electrodialysis and Fuel Cell Applications, Composite and Dense Membranes for Pervaporation Applications, Polymeric Nonlinear Optical (NLO) Materials for Optonic Devices, Liquid Crystalline Polymers for Optical Devices and Development of Nanofibers for Tissue Engineering Applications, Development of Polymeric Carriers for Tumor Targeted Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) and Supercapacitors. So far, he has guided 13 students for Ph. D. degree and two students for M. Phil degree. Presently 9 students are pursuing Ph. D. degree under his guidance and one student is doing Post-Doctoral study.
Considering his research contribution Department of Science and Technology, Government of Karnataka conferred him Sir C. V. Raman Young Scientist State Award in 2010. He was awarded the Best research publication Award in 2011 form Vision Group of Science and Technology, Government of Karnataka. Also, he has received the Best Research Publication Award from Karnatak University, Dharwad in 2015 among the Science Faculty. Very recently, he was awarded the Adhayapaka Bhushana Award by Karnatak Adhyapak Parishad (KAP) and Karnataka Rajya Madhyamik Shikshaka Sangha.