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2019 Plenary Speakers



Dr. Gert-willem Römer
University of Twente, Faculty of Engineering Technology

Topic: Laser Processing Gert‐willem Römer holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (1999) of the University of Twente in The Netherlands. He holds the Chair of Laser Processing, hosted by the department of Mechanics of Solids, Surfaces & Systems (MS3) at the same university. He has over 20 years of experience in executing, as well as managing, international research projects in the field of laser-material processing, for a large number of public bodies and companies. He has a broad experience in knowledge transfer to the private sector. His scientific focus is on the fundamental physical phenomena occurring during laser‐material inter¬action, in order to optimize laser‐material processing for laser‐based manufacturing. The main two processes studied are micro‐ and nano‐machining using ultra short pulsed laser sources, and laser-based additive manufacturing (3D printing) using high power laser sources. Moreover, he develops sensors and strategies for real‐time control of laser‐material processes.

Khershed Cooper


Dr. Khershed Cooper
National Science Foundation

Topic: Nanomanufacturing Research and Advanced Manufacturing at NSF

Dr. Khershed P. Cooper is a Program Director for Advanced Manufacturing in the CMMI Division of the Engineering Directorate at NSF. He directs basic research activities in advanced manufacturing, specifically, nanomanufacturing-related projects. He is a disciplinary program officer for the ERC program, where he directs research in systems-based nanomanufacturing. He is an NSF representative for NSTC’s Nano Science Engineering & Technology (NSET) Sub-committee. He contributes to the development of the Manufacturing USA Institutes, specifically, NextFlex. Prior to joining NSF, Dr. Cooper was a Program Officer for the Manufacturing Science program at ONR. Concurrently, he was a Senior Research Metallurgist at NRL. He received his MS and PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has nearly 200 invited talks, 70 contributed presentations, 150 publications, one book and one patent. He has sponsored and participated in symposia and workshops in additive and nano manufacturing. He is a Fellow of ASM International and a recipient of its prestigious Burgess Memorial Award.



Dr. Marc Madou
Chancellor’s Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC Irvine

Topic: Controlling Carbon 3D Shapes, Microstructure and Function

Before joining UCI as the Chancellor’s Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MEA), Dr. Madou was Vice President of Advanced Technology at Nanogen in San Diego, California. He specializes in the application of miniaturization technology to chemical and biological problems (BIO-MEMS). He is the author of several books in this burgeoning field he helped pioneer both in Academia and in Industry. He founded several micromachining companies and has been on the board of many more. Many of his colleagues became well know in their own right in academia and through successful MEMS start-ups. Madou was the founder of the SRI International’s Microsensor Department, founder and President of Teknekron Sensor Development Corporation (TSDC), Visiting Miller Professor at UC Berkeley and Endowed Chair at the Ohio State University (Professor in Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering). The third edition of “Fundamentals of Microfabrication,” an introduction to MEMS and NEMS, which has become known as the “bible” of micromachining, was published in July of last year ( Dr. Madou currently leads UCI’s efforts in Advanced Manufacturing and in Educational Outreach in Advanced Manufacturing.

Some of Dr. Madou’s recent research work involves artificial muscle for responsive drug delivery, a compact disc-based fluidic platform and carbon MEMS, the two latter fields were pioneered by Dr. Madou. To find out more about those recent research projects, visit At UCI Dr. Madou works on carbon-MEMS, a CD based fluidic platform, artificial muscle for responsive drug delivery and integrating fluidics with DNA arrays as well as researching label–free assays for the Molecular Diagnostics platform of the future.

Mingwang Fu


Dr. Mingwang Fu
Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Mechanical Engineering Department

Topic: Size effects in Micro-manufacturing

Dr. Mingwang Fu (M.W. Fu) is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HK PolyU). Before he left for Singapore for his career development in 1995, he had worked in China as a faculty member. In 1997, he joined the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology as a senior research engineer. In 2006, he joined the HK PolyU as a faculty member. Prof Fu has an abiding passion for exploring advanced materials processing, numerical modeling and simulation, product design and development, size effect based micro-mechanics, and damage and fracture in deformation-based manufacturing and product service by using state-of-the-art modeling, experiment and measurement technologies to seek an epistemological understanding and scientific insight into these disciplines, advance the knowledge in these arenas, and address a plethora of challenges and bottleneck issues in the exploration faces.

Professor Fu has more than 185 SCI journal publications and 5 monographs published in English by a few well known publishers including Springer-Verlag London Ltd, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, and Elsevier. He is serving as an invited reviewer for many SCI journals, prestigious project awards and funding applications. In the past a few years, He gave many plenary/keynote talks for a number of international conferences or invited presentations/lectures for universities and industries.