Speakers

Zoltan K Nagy

Zoltan K Nagy, Ph.D.

Professor at Purdue University, Research Professor Position at Loughborough University

Zoltan K Nagy is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University and holds a research professor position at Loughborough University, UK. Dr Nagy has 20 years of experience in advanced process control, process analytical technologies, crystallization modeling and control approaches and advanced control of particulate systems. He has published over 250 peer reviewed journal, 300 conference papers, 5 patents, co-founded 2 companies, and has received awards and best paper prizes for his work in the areas of crystallization and control from IEEE, IFAC, European Federation of Chemical Engineering, Institute of Chemical Engineering, Council of Chemical Research, Royal Academy of Engineering and the European Research Council.

Title of Speech: PAT-based Quality-by-Control (QbC) Framework for the Rapid Design of Pharmaceutical Crystallization Systems

Baabak Ashuri

Baabak Ashuri, Ph.D.

Professor in Schools of Building Construction, and Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Fellow of Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems at Georgia Tech

Dr. Ashuri’s research and teaching occupy a distinctive position in the Georgia Tech landscape, bridging the fields of building construction, civil and environmental engineering, economics, and operations research. His work has focused on Data Analytics and Economic Decision Analysis for the Built Environment with important contributions in the areas of construction analytics, investment evaluation methods, risk analysis, innovative project delivery, and valuation of green-energy investments. Dr. Ashuri has 184 publications in these fields, including 55 refereed journal articles, 82 peer-reviewed conference papers, 44 research reports and guidebooks, 1 co-edited book, and 2 referred book chapters. Dr. Ashuri has given keynotes and invited lectures in England, China, Chile, Croatia, Bolivia, and Scotland, as well as numerous places in the U.S.

Title of Speech: Investment Decision Analysis of Renewable Energy Sources for Existing Buildings

Prasanta Kalita

Prasanta Kalita, Ph.D.

Professor in the Agricultural & Biological Engineering Department,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Presidential Fellow of the University of Illinois System

Dr. Prasanta K. Kalita is a Professor and Distinguished Teacher Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and serves as the leader of Soil & Water Resources Engineering program of the Agricultural & Biological Engineering Department. He is a Presidential Fellow of the University of Illinois System and provides leadership to the UIUC team on “Environment and Water” theme through the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI). He is the Director of the Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium (a multi-institutional research program funded by the USAID). He served as the Associate Dean of Academic Program and the Honors Dean, as well as the Director of the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss. A Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and Indian Society for Agricultural Engineering (ISAE), Dr. Kalita’s areas of research include water resources engineering and management and environmental sustainability, climate change and mitigation, food security, and water quality and non-point pollution control. He is widely recognized for his excellence in teaching, research, and international engagement. He has worked extensively in educational development and capacity building, water resources, food production, and food security issues around the world. He has published more than 150 articles in journals and conferences and served as editor-in-chief and associate editor for three international journals. His career is marked impressively by over 40 honors and awards recognizing educational excellence, research excellence, and outstanding service and leadership.

Title of Speech: Water Resources and Environmental Sustainability – A Global Perspective

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