Dr. Ica Manas-Zloczower is the Thomas W. and Nancy P. Seitz Professor of Advanced Materials
and Energy in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering and the Distinguished
University Professor at Case Western Reserve University. She received BS and MS degrees in
Chemical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute Jassy, Romania and a Doctor of Science in
Chemical Engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota.
Professor Manas-Zloczower is the recipient of the 2017 SPE Fred E. Schwab Education Award and
the 2012 George S. Whitby Award for Distinguished Teaching and Research awarded by American
Chemical Society Rubber Division. She was elected and served as the President of the International
Polymer Processing Society in 2011-2013. She is also a fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers and was elected to the Board of Directors of Extrusion Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers
in May 2000.
Professor Manas-Zloczower has more than 180 publications in peer-reviewed journals, more than 100 published conference proceedings, and a number of book chapters and patents.
Professor Oladele Osibanjo has a PhD degree in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Birmingham , Edgbaston, United Kingdom in 1976. He won the Elwell Award also in 1976 of the Royal Society of Chemistry; Midlands Region; United Kingdom for contribution to the development of analytical chemistry. He was a Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria’s premier university until retirement in December 2015 from the institution. He was the pioneer Executive Director, since inception in 1994; of the Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Training and Technological Transfer for the Africa Region (BCCC--Africa in Nigeria) on Hazardous Waste and Toxic Chemicals Management. BCCC--Africa in Nigeria is a Federal Ministry of Environment – University of Ibadan Linkage Centre and Federal Ministry of Environment/ GEF/UNIDO designated Regional Geo-environmental Centre, until his retirement in early 2016. .
Dr. Dillip Kumar Bisoyi has completed his PhD on the Topic “ Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) study on cellulose (cotton) – Using correlation functions” from NIT Rourkela affiliated to Sambalpur University, Odisha, India in the year 1991 and engaged with postdoctoral studies at Department of Physiics & Astronomy, NIT Rourkela(Earlier called REC Rourkela), Rourkela, India since then along with his teaching job some where else. He was the Head for the Department of Physics & Astronomy National Institute of Technology Rourkela (NIT Rourkela), Rourkela, INDIA during 2012 to 2015. He works as an Associate Professor, Departemnt of Physics & Astronomy, NIT Rourkela, Rourkela, India . He has published more than 40 papers in Internationally reputed journals. He had done the research on “Conformational study of alpha-Lactalbumin and beta-Lactalbumin mediated by Metal and Metal Oxide nanoparticles” sanctioned by Department of Biotechnology as Co-PI. He got a CSIR Travel Grant Award for attending RAPID DATA 2013 course work in Brookhaven National Laboratory, New-York and IUCR- Young Scientist Award to attend 8th BCA (British Crystallography Association) intensive course in X-ray structural analysis held at Durhum University (U.K). He done research work on Polymer Composites, Nano-Biocomposites, Metal – Oxide Nano Particles, Small Angle X-Ray Scattering, Structural Biology, Macromolecular X-ray crystallography etc.
TRINE A. SOGN is a professor in environmental chemistry at The Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management. She has long experience in utilizing organic waste products in agronomic plant production. She is investigating the potitive effects of organic waste products on soil physical and biological characteristic, as well as the fertilizer potential. However, also the negative consequences of a potential content of environmental harmful constituents as unwanted trace metals and organic pollutants in organic waste products have been of concern.
Dr. Fini is the Director of the International Innovation Network for Construction Materials, Methods and Management (ICM3), Senior Sustainability Scientist and, Associate professor of School of Sustainable Engineering and Built Environment at Arizona State University. She is also J. W. Fulbright Scholar of Aalborg University of Denmark. She is currently serving as an AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador working to promote culture of invention and innovation in academia. She is also the co-founder of Bio-Adhesive Alliance Inc., a spin-off company from her research group. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has been a research affiliate at MIT’s Center for Materials Science and Engineering and an Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Materials. She has served as the president of ASCE’s North Carolina Northern Branch and a program director of the National Science Foundation. She has been an invited speaker at Kavli Frontiers of Science at the National Academy of Science. Her achievements were recognized via multiple awards including an NSF CAREER award, ASEE Gerald Seeley award, BEYA Emerald STEM Innovation award, and NC BioTech Research Excellence award.