Keynote & Invite Speakers

Professor (Dr.) K. M. Gupta
Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad, India

Professor K.M. Gupta was born at Allahabad, India on July 23, 1948. Dr. K.M. Gupta is a Professor (retd.) in the Department of Applied Mechanics, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad, India. He has over 41 years of teaching, research and consultancy experience. He obtained Diploma (with Honours) in Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering (Gr.I.E.,AMIE) in Mechanical Engineering, Post graduation (M.E. with Honours) in 1977, and completed his Doctorate (Ph.D.) degree from University of Allahabad. Although a Mechanical Engineer, Professor K.M. Gupta has also specialised in Automobile Engineering discipline. He has authored 31 books and edited 2 books on Engineering subjects, Engineering Materials: Research, Applications and Advances by K.M. Gupta, CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, USA and UK; Advanced Electrical and Electronics Materials: Processes and Applications, Scrivener Publishing, Wiley, USA and Canada; and a chapter in Scrivener Wiley published ‘Handbook of Bioplastics and Biocomposites Engineering Applications’. He has also authored 124 research papers in reputed International and National Journals and Conferences to his credit. Professor K.M. Gupta has presented his research papers in 17 International conferences abroad at USA, UK, Japan, China, France, Muscat, Bangkok, South Africa, Hongkong etc. He has also Chaired 9 International Conferences in China, Singapore, Dubai, Bangkok etc. He has acted as Editor-in-Chief of two journals, ‘The International Journal of Materials, Mechanics and Manufacturing’ (IJMMM) Singapore, and ‘International Journal of Materials Science and Engineering’ (IJMSE), San Jose, California, USA, and has edited many International Journals and Conferences. He has worked as reviewer for various International and National Journals, and has acted as Member of several Editorial Boards also. In recognition of his academic contributions at International level, Marquis Publication (USA) has included him in the list of ‘World Who’s Who in Science and Engineering 2007' and ‘Who’s Who in the World 2008'. The International Biographical Centre, a leading research institute (Great Britain) has also selected him as one of the ‘2000 Outstanding Scientists 2009’ from across the world; and Rifacimento International Publisher has included his biographical-note in ‘Reference Asia: Asia’s Who’s Who of Men and Women of Achievement’. Dr. K.M. Gupta has undergone several Industrial Trainings at many reputed Industries and Workshops. He is endowed with vast experience in Curriculum Development activities and consultancy. Earlier, he has served as Dean of Research & Consultancy, and Head of the Applied Mechanics Department at Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad. He has acted as Chairman of various Research Selection Committees, of Research Project Monitoring Committees and other Administrative Committees of his Institute and other Universities. He is consultant for research projects and examiner for many Ph.Ds of various Universities. He has also served as Chairperson, Community Development Cell (CDC) of MNNIT for several years. A recipient of many Gold Medals and Prizes for his outstanding career from Diploma to Doctorate (a rare achievement), Professor K.M. Gupta has served as Head of Automobile Engineering Department at the Institute of Engineering and Rural Technology, Allahabad. He masterminded the development of several laboratories viz. Automobile related Labs, Materials Science Lab., Strength of Materials Lab., Hydraulics Lab. etc. at different Institutes/colleges. He was the trail brazier in establishing an Auto Garage and a Repairing Workshop also. Presently, Dr. Gupta is teaching Materials Science, Engineering Mechanics, Thermodynamics of Materials, Electrical and Electronic Materials etc. His research interests are in the fields of Materials Science, Composite Materials, Stress Analysis and Solid Mechanics.

Prof. Donato Firrao
Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Prof. Donato FIRRAO, born in Bari, Italy, in 1944, got his Laurea in Chemical Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy, in 1968 and his M.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA, in 1970, on a Fulbright scholarship. Assistant Professor of Ferrous Extractive Metallurgy since 1968 and Lecturer of Chemistry at the Politecnico di Torino since 1971, Associate Professor of Technology of Metallic Materials there since 1983, he became Full Professor in the same subject always at the same university in 1986. He has also been visiting fellow at the OSU MSE Dept. in 1978-79. Was named Distinguished Alumnus of the OSU in 2003. Author of more than 220 papers primarily in the fields of Physical and Mechanical Metallurgy and Surface Heat Treatments. He is a member of AIM, ASTM, ESIS, TMS-AIME and of the Turin’s Academy of Sciences. He is Fellow of ASM International. Founding Partner of the Italian Fracture Group (IGF) and its Secretary since its establishment in 1982, he became its President between 1988 and 1994. Co-Chairman of the ESIS Technical Committee I (Elasto-Plastic Fracture Mechanics) dal 1987 al 1996. He has been President of the Federation of European Materials Societies (2000-01) and is, since 1994, the President of the Board of Trustees of the Collegio Universitario di Torino (a private non profit university student housing Foundation) as well as, from 2005 to 2012, Dean of the 1st College of Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino. Expert in "failure analysis", he has acted as technical advisor to the judge in national and international relevant trials (such as, for instance, on the Ustica aircraft crash, on the Mattei affair, on the Sgrena/Calipari case, etc.).

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