Guldem Utkan | Engineering | Best Researcher Award

Assoc Prof Dr. Guldem Utkan | Engineering | Best Researcher Award

SUNUM, Sabanci University | Turkey

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Guldem Utkan's journey in academia began with her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 1989. She further pursued her education in the United States, obtaining two Master’s degrees. The first, in Materials Science and Engineering, was from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, U.S.A., in 1992, where her thesis focused on the "Chemical Etching Technique for Porous and Fine Grain YBa2Cu3O7-x Superconductors with or without Silver Addition." She continued her studies at Lehigh University, earning another M.Sc. in Polymer Science and Engineering in 1997, with a thesis on "Shear Band Propagations in Different Crosslinked Epoxies." Her academic journey culminated in a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey, in 2006, with a dissertation on the synthesis and characterization of magnetic nanoparticles and their nucleic acid applications.

Professional Endeavors

Dr. Utkan has had an illustrious career spanning several prestigious institutions. She began as a Research Assistant at Lehigh University from 1996 to 1998 and later at Hacettepe University from 1998 to 2007. She then served as Chief Researcher at the TUBITAK Marmara Research Center’s Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Institute from 2008 to 2018. She continued her academic career as an Associate Professor at Marmara University, Faculty of Engineering, Chemical Engineering Department, from 2018 to 2022. Currently, she is a part-time researcher at SUNUM, Sabancı University, in Istanbul, Turkey.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Utkan's research has significantly impacted various fields, particularly in the synthesis and application of nanoparticles and nanotechnology in chemical engineering. Her projects include the TUBITAK 1004 "LignoNANO" project, focusing on sustainable circular economy and advanced nanotechnological materials. She has also led and participated in numerous other projects, such as investigating the effect of biologically produced reduced graphene oxide on wound dressing materials and the development of DNA purification kits based on magnetically loaded polymeric nanoparticles.

Accolades and Recognition

Dr. Utkan's contributions to science have been recognized through several awards and honors. Notably, she received the Turkish Ministry of National Education Scholarship for her graduate studies in the U.S.A. and a High Honor Student award during her undergraduate years at M.E.T.U. Her membership in various prestigious societies, including the World Controlled Release Society and the Turkish Biochemistry Society, further attests to her esteemed position in the scientific community.

Impact and Influence

Dr. Utkan's work has had a profound influence on both academic research and practical applications. Her research on magnetic nanoparticles and their use in biotechnology has paved the way for advancements in DNA purification and medical applications. Her contributions as a reviewer and editorial board member for several high-impact journals, including the Journal of Nanomedicine and the Journal of Biomedical Engineering, underscore her influence in shaping contemporary research in her fields of expertise.

Legacy and Future Contributions

As Dr. Utkan continues her work at SUNUM, Sabancı University, she remains committed to advancing her research and contributing to the scientific community. Her future endeavors are likely to build on her extensive background in nanotechnology and chemical engineering, driving innovations that could lead to significant breakthroughs in medical and industrial applications.

 

Notable Publications

The comparison of contribution of GO and rGO produced by green synthesis to the properties of CMC-based wound dressing material 2024

Production of Reduced Graphene Oxide by Using Three Different Microorganisms and Investigation of Their Cell Interactions 2023 (4)

Microbial Reduction of Graphene Oxide by Lactobacillus Plantarum 2019 (13)

A novel PLED architecture containing biologically synthesized gold nanoparticles and ultra thin silver layer 2015 (11)

Role of biomaterials in prevention of in-stent restenosis 2014 (4)

 

 

 

Mohammed Meddour | Engineering | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Mohammed Meddour | Engineering | Best Researcher Award

Université de Bejaia | Algeria

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Mohammed Meddour began his academic journey with a strong foundation in the sciences, earning his Baccalaureate in Experimental Sciences in 2010. His passion for civil engineering led him to pursue a Master's degree in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Structures, which he completed in 2015. Dr. Meddour's academic excellence and commitment to his field were evident early on, laying the groundwork for his future research and professional endeavors.

Professional Endeavors

Dr. Meddour has a robust teaching background, having served as a teacher in several secondary schools in Algeria. His teaching career began at the Secondary School of Mohamed El Aid Al Khalifa from September 2017 to July 2020. He continued his teaching at the Secondary School of MAAMIR Belkacem until September 2022, and he is currently teaching at the Secondary School of BOUKMICH El Haouas. In the academic year 2023-2024, Dr. Meddour expanded his teaching repertoire to the University of Biskra, where he instructs graduate courses on Strength of Materials and Structural Analysis.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Meddour's research primarily focuses on the experimental analysis and modeling of sandwich panels, specifically those based on Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) waste core and PVC facing. His doctoral thesis, titled "Contribution to the Modeling of the Behavior of Sandwich Panels Based on FRP Composite Material Waste," highlights his dedication to sustainable engineering practices. Dr. Meddour aims to valorize FRP waste to design innovative and efficient sandwich beams, contributing significantly to the field of civil engineering and material science.

Accolades and Recognition

Throughout his academic and professional career, Dr. Meddour has presented his research at numerous prestigious conferences. His work has been featured in international journals and conference proceedings, demonstrating his active engagement with the global scientific community. His research presentations span various international and national conferences, showcasing his expertise in numerical modeling and structural analysis of sandwich panels.

Impact and Influence

Dr. Meddour's research has had a significant impact on the field of civil engineering, particularly in the development of sustainable materials and the modeling of sandwich panel behaviors. His studies on the flexural behavior of GFRP waste core panels and the static bending response of metal foam core sandwich beams have provided valuable insights for both academic researchers and industry professionals. His innovative approach to material utilization and structural modeling is paving the way for more sustainable engineering solutions.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Looking ahead, Dr. Meddour is poised to continue his influential work in civil engineering. His ongoing research projects, including the finite element modeling of double-layer metal foam sandwich beams and the comparative study of numerical analysis of plates under bending, promise to further advance the field. Dr. Meddour's commitment to education, research, and sustainable engineering practices ensures that his contributions will have a lasting impact on future generations of engineers and researchers. His legacy will be marked by his dedication to improving structural materials and fostering sustainable development within the engineering community.

 

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Bending behavior of new composited sandwich panels with GFRP waste based-core and PVC facesheets: Experimental design, modeling and optimization 2024

 

 

Deepesh Bansal | Engineering | Excellence in Environmental Sustainability Research

Dr. Deepesh Bansal | Engineering | Excellence in Environmental Sustainability Research

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi | India

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Deepesh Bansal's academic journey began with a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering from Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science & Technology, Murthal. He further pursued a Master's and a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), Roorkee, and Delhi, respectively.

Professional Endeavors

Dr. Bansal's professional career encompasses a diverse range of roles, from working as an Engineer at Larsen and Toubro Ltd. to serving as an Assistant Professor at various institutions. Currently, he is a Research Associate at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, where he focuses on sustainable geotechnical solutions.

Contributions and Research Focus

His research primarily revolves around utilizing waste materials, such as incineration bottom ash, in civil engineering applications. He has extensively studied the physicochemical and geoenvironmental characteristics of incineration bottom ash, aiming to assess its potential for reuse in flexible pavements, embankments, and reinforced soil structures.

Accolades and Recognition

Dr. Bansal has received numerous awards and accolades for his exemplary research contributions. These include Research Scholar Travel Award, ISSMGE Foundation Award, and Research Excellence Travel Award, showcasing his recognition in the academic community.

Impact and Influence

Through his research publications in esteemed journals and presentations at international conferences, Dr. Bansal has significantly contributed to the field of geotechnical engineering. His work not only addresses crucial environmental challenges but also offers sustainable solutions for infrastructure development.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Dr. Bansal's legacy lies in his dedication to sustainable engineering practices and his commitment to nurturing future talents in the field. With his expertise in geotechnical engineering and waste valorization, he aims to continue making impactful contributions towards building a more sustainable future for the construction industry.

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Sustainable utilization of incineration bottom ash in pavement construction: Environmental impacts and life cycle assessment 2024

Optimizing MSW incineration bottom ash reuse: A study on treated wastewater washing and leaching control 2024

Waste to Resource: Enviro-Mechanical Suitability of MSW Incineration Bottom Ash in Flexible Pavements and Embankments 2024

Characterization of MSW incineration bottom ash for use as structural fill in reinforced soil structures: Geoenvironmental, geotechnical and economical assessment 2023 (4)

Environmentally responsible disposal and reuse of MSW incineration bottom ash: assessment from two Indian plants 2023

 

 

 

Jingrong Zhu | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Assist Prof Dr. Jingrong Zhu | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Yanbian University | China

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Jingrong Zhu embarked on her academic journey with a Bachelor's degree in Biological Engineering from Yanbian University. She pursued her Master's and Ph.D. in Ecological Landscape Architecture and Global Smart Cities, respectively, from Seoul National University, delving into interdisciplinary domains.

Professional Endeavors

Dr. Zhu's professional career has seen him take on various roles, including serving as an Assistant Professor at Yanbian University and Hyupsung University. She also worked as a researcher at Seoul National University's Institute of Agricultural and Life Sciences, contributing significantly to research and academia.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Zhu's research spans Ecological Landscape Architecture, Environmental Impact Assessment, Global Smart Cities, and Sustainable Environmental Protection New Materials. Her publications in peer-reviewed journals highlight her expertise in topics such as micro-grid systems, erosion flooding inundation mapping, and soil organic carbon prediction.

Accolades and Recognition

Dr. Zhu's contributions have garnered recognition, including receiving the First Prize in Scientific Research Achievements from the Quality Culture Professional Committee of the China Association for Cultural Information. She has also been honored with the International Forum on Air Pollution and Climate Change Response Contribution Award by the Korea National Climate Environment Committee.

Impact and Influence

Dr. Zhu's research projects, publications, and involvement in government-funded initiatives reflect her significant impact in environmental and urban studies. Her work contributes to advancing knowledge in environmental sustainability, climate resilience, and urban planning, influencing policies and practices in these fields.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Dr. Zhu's legacy lies in her multidisciplinary approach to addressing pressing environmental challenges. Her future contributions are anticipated to further advance understanding and practices in ecological landscape architecture, smart cities development, and sustainable environmental protection, leaving a lasting impact on academia and society.

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VIS-NIR spectroscopy and environmental factors coupled with PLSR models to predict soil organic carbon and nitrogen 2024

High spatiotemporal-resolution mapping for a seasonal erosion flooding inundation using time-series Landsat and MODIS images 2024

Characterization of Two Main Forest Cover Loss Transitions in North Korea from 1990 to 2020 2023 (1)

 

 

 

Junyi Lv | Engineering | Best Researcher Award

Mr. Junyi Lv | Engineering | Best Researcher Award

Zibo Vocational Institute | China

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Early Academic Pursuits

Mr. Junyi Lv embarked on his academic journey at Zibo Vocational Institute with a fervent interest in Intelligent Construction, Smart City development, and Zero Carbon Building initiatives. His academic endeavors were marked by a zealous pursuit of knowledge and innovation in these domains.

Professional Endeavors

As a dedicated researcher, Mr. Lv actively engaged in various research projects sponsored by the Chinese Government and collaborated on joint initiatives with the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of China and the German Energy Agency. His contributions extended to the formulation of the "Intelligent Construction Training Center Construction Standard," demonstrating his commitment to setting industry benchmarks.

Contributions and Research Focus

Mr. Lv's research focus primarily revolved around Intelligent Construction methodologies, Smart City infrastructure development, and advancements in Zero Carbon Building technologies. His pioneering work in these areas aimed to enhance construction efficiency, promote sustainability, and foster innovation in the built environment.

Accolades and Recognition

Mr. Junyi Lv's dedication and innovation were duly recognized when he was awarded the Grand Prize in the prestigious "Innovation in Intelligent Construction and Management" competition in 2021. This accolade underscored his significant contributions to the field and his exemplary leadership in driving transformative change.

Impact and Influence

Through his research projects, standardization efforts, and innovative methodologies, Mr. Lv has left a profound impact on the construction industry, particularly in the realms of Intelligent Construction and sustainable urban development. His work has not only influenced industry practices but has also inspired future generations of researchers and practitioners.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Mr. Junyi Lv's legacy lies in his unwavering commitment to advancing the frontiers of Intelligent Construction, Smart City development, and Zero Carbon Building technologies. His groundbreaking research, coupled with his passion for innovation, continues to shape the trajectory of the construction industry, paving the way for a more sustainable and technologically advanced built environment. In the future, Mr. Lv aims to further expand his research horizons, driving continued progress and innovation in the field of construction and urban development.

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Improving the performance of prefabricated houses through multi-objective optimization design 2024

 

 

 

 

 

Anika Kozlowski | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Anika Kozlowski | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Toronto Metropolitan University | Canada

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Anika Kozlowski embarked on her academic journey with a Bachelor of Science (BSc. Honours) in Microbiology/Psychology from the University of Manitoba in 2003. She continued her pursuit of knowledge with a Bachelor of Design (BDes.) in Fashion Design from Ryerson University in 2008. Building upon her foundation, she earned a Master of Applied Science (MASc.) in Environmental Applied Science and Management from Ryerson University in 2012, focusing on corporate social responsibility in the apparel industry. Dr. Kozlowski further delved into academia, obtaining her Ph.D. in Environmental Applied Sciences and Management from Ryerson University in 2019, with a dissertation on "The Responsible Fashion System: A Reconceptualization of the Role of Fashion Design."

Professional Endeavors

Dr. Kozlowski's professional journey has been marked by a commitment to sustainability, ethics, and innovation in the realm of fashion. She assumed the role of Assistant Professor of Fashion Design, Ethics & Sustainability at the School of Fashion, Toronto Metropolitan University in 2018, where she continues to inspire and educate students. Throughout her career, she has contributed extensively to academia through research, teaching, and mentorship.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Kozlowski's scholarly contributions span various facets of sustainable fashion, environmental management, and corporate social responsibility. Her research focus revolves around sustainable fashion design, responsible consumption, and the intersection of fashion with environmental and social concerns. Through her publications, Dr. Kozlowski has explored tools for sustainable fashion design, corporate sustainability reporting in the apparel industry, and the role of fashion design in fostering sustainability.

Accolades and Recognition

Dr. Kozlowski's impactful work has garnered recognition and accolades from prestigious institutions and organizations. She has received numerous grants, awards, and honors, including the NSERC New Horizons grant, SSHRC Insight Grant, and Ontario Graduate Scholarship, among others. Her contributions have been acknowledged through invitations to speak at various conferences, universities, and industry events, solidifying her reputation as a thought leader in sustainable fashion.

Impact and Influence

Dr. Kozlowski's influence extends beyond academia, as she actively engages with industry professionals, policymakers, and the general public to advocate for sustainable practices in the fashion industry. Through her media appearances, consultations, and outreach initiatives, she strives to raise awareness about the environmental and social implications of fashion consumption while promoting ethical and sustainable alternatives.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Dr. Kozlowski's legacy lies in her dedication to reshaping the fashion industry towards a more sustainable and ethical future. Her ongoing research, teaching endeavors, and collaborative projects are poised to inspire future generations of designers, scholars, and activists to prioritize sustainability and responsible practices in fashion. As she continues her journey, Dr. Kozlowski remains committed to driving positive change and fostering a more sustainable fashion ecosystem.

Notable Publications

The role of resources in repair practice: Engagement with self, paid and unpaid clothing repair by young consumers 2022

Frugality, style longevity and garment repair – environmental attitudes and consumption behaviour amongst young Canadian fashion consumers 2022 (4)

Recontextualising and Appropriating Second-Hand Western Fashion Items in Non-Western Contexts 2021 (1)

Tools for Sustainable Fashion Design: An Analysis of Their Fitness for Purpose 2019 (29)

The reDesign canvas: Fashion design as a tool for sustainability 2018 (84)

 

 

 

Kun Chang | Materials Science | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Kun Chang | Materials Science | Best Researcher Award

Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics | China

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Kun Chang embarked on his academic journey at Zhejiang University, earning his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2012. His commitment to excellence began during his undergraduate studies at Henan Normal University, culminating in a solid foundation for his future research endeavors.

Professional Endeavors

Dr. Chang's international exposure started with a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Subsequently, he contributed significantly as a researcher at the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan. Currently, he holds the prestigious position of Professor at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, showcasing his diverse and enriching professional journey.

Contributions and Research Focus

Renowned for his expertise in materials science, Dr. Chang's research revolves around innovative composite functional nanomaterials, solar-catalytic conversion materials, and energy storage materials. His pioneering work includes material structure and interface manipulation, catalysis, and the synthesis of functional nano-composite materials. His research impact extends to the development of technologies enhancing solar utilization and energy storage.

Accolades and Recognition

Dr. Chang's stellar contributions have garnered global recognition. As an Academician of the European Academy of Sciences and a member of the Chinese Thousand Young Talents Plan, he exemplifies excellence. His inclusion in the "Six Talent Peaks" High-level Talent Program and the "Changkong Elite" Talent Program reflects his standing as a distinguished professional. Notably, his work has been acknowledged in "China's Top 100 Most Influential International Academic Papers."

Impact and Influence

With an H-index of 52 and over 13,000 citations, Dr. Chang's influence is evident in the scientific community. His over 120 SCI papers in top-tier journals attest to the significance of his contributions. His research has advanced the fields of solar catalysis, energy conversion, and materials science, leaving a lasting impact on the academic landscape.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Dr. Kun Chang's legacy is marked by transformative research in materials science. His pioneering technologies in solar utilization and energy storage are foundational. As he continues to lead projects, mentor future scholars, and innovate in materials science, Dr. Chang's legacy is poised for enduring contributions to sustainable energy and materials research.

Notable Publications

Boost of solar water splitting on SrTiO3 by designing V-ions center for localizing defect charge to suppress deep trap 2023 (2)

Mechanistic Understanding of Alkali‐Metal‐Ion Effect on Defect State in SrTiO3 During the Defect Engineering for Boosting Solar Water Splitting 2023 (7)

Understanding targeted modulation mechanism in SrTiO3 using K+ for solar water splitting 2022 (14)

La,Al-Codoped SrTiO3 as a Photocatalyst in Overall Water Splitting: Significant Surface Engineering Effects on Defect Engineering 2021 (45)

In Situ Assembly of MoSx Thin‐Film through Self‐Reduction on p‐Si for Drastic Enhancement of Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Evolution 2020 (25)

 

Dr. Shi Hyeong KIM | Artificial Muscles | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Shi Hyeong KIM | Materials Science | Best Researcher Award

Korea Institute of Industrial Technology | South Korea

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Early Academic Pursuits

Shi Hyeong Kim began his academic journey at Hanyang University, where he pursued a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering, showcasing a strong interest in this interdisciplinary field. He continued his academic pursuit at the same institution, completing his Master's and Doctoral degrees in Biomedical Engineering, focusing his thesis work on the development of innovative technologies like the conductive tubular bundle for artificial muscle (for his Master's) and environmental-powered artificial muscle for energy harvesting (for his Ph.D.).

Professional Endeavors

Kim's professional journey commenced with postdoctoral positions at various renowned institutions, including Hanyang University, the Nanotech Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas, and the U.S. Army Research Lab. These roles allowed him to further expand his expertise and delve into cutting-edge research within the field of Biomedical Engineering and related areas.

Contributions and Research Focus

Throughout his career, Kim has made significant contributions, emphasizing advancements in biomedical technology, particularly in artificial muscles and energy harvesting from the environment. His research focus has been on developing innovative solutions that bridge the gap between engineering and biology, showcasing the potential for practical applications in various domains.

Accolades and Recognition

Kim's pioneering work has earned him recognition, including potentially awards, patents, or academic distinctions that acknowledge the impact of his contributions to the field of Biomedical Engineering.

Impact and Influence

His research findings and technological innovations have not only contributed to the theoretical advancements in Biomedical Engineering but also have the potential to influence diverse industries, including healthcare, robotics, and sustainable energy, by offering novel solutions and applications.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Kim's legacy is defined by his commitment to pushing the boundaries of Biomedical Engineering and interdisciplinary research. As a Senior Researcher at the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology and an Adjunct Professor at Hanyang University, his current and future contributions are likely to continue inspiring advancements and fostering the next generation of researchers and engineers in this field. Kim's academic journey, coupled with his diverse professional experiences, underscores his significant impact on the field of Biomedical Engineering and signals promising contributions to come in the intersection of engineering and biology.

Notable Publications

High-power biofuel cell textiles from woven biscrolled carbon nanotube yarns 2014 (139)

Hybrid carbon nanotube yarn artificial muscle inspired by spider dragline silk 2014 (116)

Wearable Energy Generating and Storing Textile Based on Carbon Nanotube Yarns 2020 (40)