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Born in London in 1938 and educated at Bryanston, Dr. Peter Cannon-Brookes studied Natural Sciences at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, receiving his Honours Degree in 1960. He then studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London University, receiving his PhD. He served as Keeper of the Department of Art, Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery, 1965-78, where he was prominent in the introduction of environmental conservation into provincial museums. Working closely with Prof. Nathan Stolow (Founder Director of The Canadian Conservation Institute) and Dr. Garry Thomson (Scientific Adviser to the Trustees and Head of the Scientific Department, National Gallery, London) they refined techniques of packing and transport of works of art and Dr. Cannon-Brookes designed the packing techniques using natural organic materials and supervised the transport of major art exhibitions to Lyon, Prague, and Milan and smaller consignments subsequently.
In 1978-86 he was Keeper of the Department of Art, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, where he continued to develop these increasingly unfashionable techniques. He served as President of the International Art Exhibitions Committee of ICOM (The International Council of Museums), 1977-79, and Vice-President of the ICOM Conservation Committee, 1980-81, and he was elected a Fellow of the Internal Institute of Conservation. At the same time he founded The International Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship in 1981 and edited it, with his wife Caroline, until 2003.
Subsequently Dr. Cannon-Brookes was Museum Services Director of the software house STIPPLE Database Services, 1986-90, and Consultant Curator of The Tabley House Collection, University of Manchester, 1988-2019.
The almost universal acceptance of plastics-based packing of fragile works of art since the 1970s, so that it became the industry standard, made serious consideration of alternative strategies using natural organic materials rarely practicable. Nonetheless, Dr. Cannon-Brookes continued when appropriate to use them until blocked by the insurers in 2019.
Dr. Masato R. Nakamura is an environmental engineering scientist and Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology and Industrial Design at New York City College of Technology (City Tech), The City University of New York (CUNY), located in Brooklyn’s DUMBO area, known as the New York City’s highest concentration of tech start-ups. He obtained his BS in Metallurgical Engineering and MS in Materials Science and Engineering at Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan. After graduated, he worked as a systems engineer in Tokyo until he came to New York City in 2001. He obtained a Doctor of Engineering Science (Eng.Sc.D.) in Earth and Environmental Engineering from Columbia University, New York. After that, he worked for several R&D projects related to electric trading system, green data centers, and cloud/virtualization technologies in the financial services industry as a solutions architect at ITOCHU Technology, Inc, a New York-based solutions consulting firm. In 2010, he joined the Earth Engineering Center of Columbia’s Earth Institute as a postdoctoral research scientist working on renewable energy and environmental simulation. Since he was appointed in 2011 as an assistant professor in New York City Tech, CUNY, he has taught courses in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design Technology, and led a research group, Energy and Environmental Simulation Laboratory (EESL).
Dr. Serpil Guran is the Director of Rutgers EcoComplex “Clean Energy Innovation Center”. She also manages the new EcoIgnite: Clean Technology Proof of Concept Center and Accelerator” program. Her responsibilities include management of the EcoComplex operations, programs, business incubator and facilities, as well as providing vision and leadership in establishing the EcoComplex as a center for the commercialization of environmental and clean energy technologies. She also serves as an Associate Teaching Prof. at Rutgers University’s Plant Biology Program. Dr. Guran is trained on thermochemical conversion (pyrolysis and gasification) of biomass and waste materials for production of fuels and chemicals. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in Fuel and Energy Engineering program at The University of Leeds /United Kingdom. Dr. Guran recently served as the chair of AIChE SPS’17 –Innovations in Transforming Waste to Value-Added Products on December 5-7, 2018 held in New Brunswick, NJ/USA. She also served on Scientific Committees of numerous Clean Energy and Recycling related Conferences and Workshops.
Prof. Guoqian Chen, Founder of Laboratory of Systems Ecology and Sustainability Science at Peking University, China. Prof. Chen has a wide spectrum of research interests including climate thermodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, heat and mass transfer, renewable energy and resources, systems ecological modelling, ecological economics, global and regional sustainability studies, systems input-output technique. With distinguished contributions as marked by around 300 publications in prestigious journals, Prof. Chen has won a series of awards and honors, including Elsevier Atlas Award, Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers Award, Thomson Reuters China Citation Laureate. He served as editor, associate editor or advisory member for 50 international journals.