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Plenary Speakers

Dr. Kenichi Yoshioka

Kenichi Yoshioka is currently the General Manager of the Composite Materials Research Laboratories at Toray Industries, Inc. which includes labs in Japan, the United States and Europe. He has thirty years of career experience researching and developing carbon fibre and advanced composite materials for the Toray group companies in Japan and the U.S.

During his career he spent two years as a visiting scientist at the University of Washington, where he studied resin infusion processes for advanced composite materials.  He also led an R&D group at Toray Composite Materials America for over six years on the development of advanced prepreg products.

Kenichi is also involved with several government R&D projects in Japan, closely working with worldwide academia.

Mr Mark Braniff

Mark Braniff, Head of Strategic Technology at Spirit AeroSystems Inc, BSC (Hons) and MSc in Mechanical Engineering, Queens University Belfast. Research and Development professional with over thirty years’ experience in aerospace materials, processes and composite structures. Previous research highlights include- a cocured, tape-laid, horizontal stabilizer for the original Global Express 5000 business jet in 1994. A resin transfer moulded one piece outboard flap and aileron for the CRJ aircraft family in 2003. A novel application of the Belfast site’s patented “Resin Transfer Infusion” process in 2007, to V2500 fan cowl doors, leading to the current KC390 Embraer derivative. The last ten years have been dedicated to refining the RTI process, working as the “Integrated Product Development Team lead” for the “composite” manufacturing elements of the A220 wing. Mark was also a member of the Belfast team which won the prestigious 2019 Royal Academy of Engineering, MacRobert award, for Engineering Innovation, as demonstrated by the success of the A220 Resin Transfer Infused wing manufacturing process.

Mrs Chantal FUALDES

Chantal FUALDES, AIRBUS Head of Airframe CertificationExecutive Expert Composite Airframe Integrity
Chantal Fualdes is the Head of Airframe certification in AIRBUS Commercial and Executive expert in Composite Airframe engineering. She joined  Airbus in 1986 and was involved in the development of composite structure on various  Airbus programs from  A320 to A350 and A400M supporting the introduction of composite materials on Airframe new applications. She has worked on the development of different components, movables, Keel Beam panel, Centre Wing Box, Wing at various stage of development, production and in service. On A350  she was leading the development of all composite components, from materials qualification, design selection, method analysis development, and she was responsible for the certification of the composite component. Speaker in European & US Forum since 2000, in support of  FAA /EASA sharing ‘best practices’ in composite airframe development,  she has contributed to a WG set up with Boeing/ Bombardier under the sponsorship of the FAA and EASA.  Nominated  Airbus Executive Expert in May 2011she is involved in different programs on composite development in Airbus and Academia.

Ass. Prof. Luke P. Djukic

Dr Luke Djukic is the CTO and an Executive Manager at Omni Tanker, an Australian engineering and technology company specialising in advanced Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) pressure vessels. He is also an Associate Professor (Adjunct) with the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He has a BE and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from UNSW.

Dr Djukic joined Omni Tanker in 2014 where he is responsible for the engineering and quality of all products, existing and emerging, including pressure vessels for the transport and aerospace markets. In this role he led the development of multiple world first products, including a CFRP United Nations (UN) Portable Tank container, a revolutionary baffle system wherein surge plates are integrated into tank walls, and CFRP tanks for cryogenic cargoes.

As a member of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts for the Transport of Dangerous Goods (SCE-TDG) FRP Working Group, he contributed to development of the FRP Portable Tank Chapter within the UN Model Regulations. In 2022 he was the recipient of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) Solomon Award.

Prior to working with Omni Tanker, Dr. Djukic was a Senior Engineer and Project Manager with Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures (CRC-ACS) and Advanced Composite Structures Australia (ACS-A).

Prof. Pedro Camanho

Prof. Pedro Camanho, FRAeS (MSc in Mechanical Engineering, UPorto, 1995) received his PhD in Composite Materials from the Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London, UK, in 1999. He is currently  Full Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Porto. Pedro Camanho is the President of the Associated Laboratory in Energy, Transportation and Aeronautics, and member of the Editorial Board of multiple international journals. The main research interests of Pedro Camanho are the mechanics of deformation and fracture of advanced polymer composite materials, and new concepts for lightweight composite materials and structures for aerospace applications such as hybrid, nano-structured, multi-functional, variable-stiffness, morphing, energy-storage and ultra-thin composites.

Pedro Camanho was Visiting Scientist at NASA-Langley Research Center and at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. He was Visiting Professor at Imperial College London, École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, and Brown University. Pedro Camanho is the recipient of the 2006 NASA – H.J.E. Reid Award for Outstanding Scientific Paper. He also received the 2020 Excellence in Research Award of the University of Porto, and the Career Award from the Portuguese Society of Fatigue and Structural Integrity.

Prof Michael Hinton

Mike’s career spans 40 years of R&D conducted for the UK Ministry of Defence (and latterly QinetiQ) followed by 8 years (so far !) in support of the UK High-Value Manufacturing Catapult, which has been created to transition the fruits of academic research into industrial applications. In addition, Mike is the CEO of a company which develops, manufactures and sells innovative structural health monitoring systems for asset management.
A specialist in advanced composites and a strong contributor to ICCM over many years, Mike has a breadth of experience, covering the full TRL1-9 spectrum, the associated business drivers and the influences resulting from Government policy..

Dr Phillip J Crothers

Phil Crothers has 24 years experience with Boeing, mainly in the research field, including automation and composites development and deployment for which he is a Technical Fellow.  He has also served in Europe, setting up BR&T offices in Munich, Germany, and Sheffield, UK.  He has a PhD from RMIT University and has co-authored the Australian Robotics Roadmap (Manufacturing).

Phil’s most recent assignment was as the Domain Leader for Materials and Manufacturing (MMG) within Enterprise Technology Strategy. During that time, Phil led technology capability planning for the entire MMG Domain and several initiatives including: wiring design for manufacturing, production hardening, and manufacturing computer vision.

Currently, Phil is leading Affordability and New Technology on the Airpower Teaming System (ATS), integrating 40+ roadmaps, including 15 PhDs in the area of affordable production systems.

Prof. Suresh G. Advani

Suresh G. Advani is George W. Laird Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Director, Center for Composite Materials at the University of Delaware. He received his Ph. D from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987. His research interests are in rheology; fluid mechanics and heat transfer as applied to composite processing and alternate energy sources such as fuel cells and hydrogen storage.

Advani has published over 350 journal papers and delivered over 200 invited lectures. He is the lead author of a text on Process Modeling in Composite Manufacturing Processes. Professor Advani is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers and is the North American Editor for the journal Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing. Professor Advani received the Outstanding Researcher Award for 2015 from American Society of Composites and the Educator of the Year award from Society of Plastic Engineers.

Professor Advani is also the co-creator of Liquid Mold Filling Software called LIMS which is used by many industries and academic institutions to advance the manufacturing science of composites. Professor Advani was selected to chair the 24th International Conference on Composite Materials in 2023.









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