Prof. Changqing Chen is the director of the Institute of Solid Mechanics, School of Aerospace Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He graduated from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China with a bachelor and doctorate degrees in engineering in 1993 and 1997, respectively. His research focuses on the constitutive modeling, fracture, strength, impact, and dynamic behaviors of multifunctional materials and structures, including piezoelectric smart structures, cellular materials and structures, and mechanical metamaterials.
Dr. K. Davey has degrees in engineering and mathematics, obtained his doctorate in 1989, and joined the University of Manchester (UMIST) as a lecturer in 1990 after lecturing for one year at the University of Sheffield. He has over ten years of industrial experience and prior to becoming an academic, he worked in metal processing and heavy construction industries. He has published over 150 papers, mainly in international conferences and journals. His main areas of research relate to the mathematical modelling of physical phenomena with particular focus on models for advanced processes in areas closely related to solid mechanics. In recognition of his research record of accomplishment and work with industry he is was appointed co-Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Mechanical Sciences and was invited to become: a Visiting Professor at the University of Wolverhampton, a Technical Panel Member of the UK Die Casting Centre, and a member of numerous editorial and scientificconference committees. His industrial-research interests looking into scaled experimentation have recently been supported through the auspices of an EPSRC HVM Fellowship to facilitate collaborative work at the AFRC Catapult in Scotland.
Dr. K. Davey has re-focused his research interests in recent years to explore applications, where transport equations play a significant role in solid mechanics. This includes research on shocks, fracture and moving boundary problems but most notably is his work on scaled experimentation and the discovery of finite similitude. This new concept has lead to publications on scaled experimentation in bio-mechanics, metal forming, powder processing, impact mechanics, damage mechanics and presently work is ongoing in the areas of fracture, fatigue, earthquake engineering, electro-mechanical systems, dynamics and 3-D printed models in bio-mechanics.
Stefano Lenci is Professor of Structural Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona, Italy. His research interests are in the area of nonlinear dynamics, vibrations, bifurcations and chaos of various mechanical systems and structures, from nano/micro to macro, by means of analytical, numerical and experimental approaches. His author of more than 350 papers, among which 172 papers on renowned international scientific journals and 4 books. He delivered many keynote lectures in various international conferences. He is associated Editor of Nonlinear Dynamics, European Journal of Mechanics A/Solids, and involved in the editorial board of other 10 International Journals. He is Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), member of the steering committee of European Nonlinear Oscillation Conference, Vice-President of the Technical Committee Multibody System and Nonlinear Dynamics of ASME, and President of the Italian Association for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (AIMeTA).
Michael Thompson graduated from Cambridge University with first class honours in mechanical sciences (1958) and two doctorates, PhD (1962), ScD (1977). After a year in Aeronautics at Stanford, he joining University College London: professor (1977), founder director of Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics (1991). Based on his research, he published 3 books on instabilities, bifurcations and catastrophes. A fourth book in 1986, is in its 2nd edition (Nonlinear Dynamics & Chaos, Wiley, 2002). In 1985 Michael was elected Fellow of the Royal Society, and won the OMAE award of ASME, and Ewing Medal of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He edited (1998-2007) Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, world’s longest running scientific journal. Michael is an Honorary Fellow at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Cambridge and was a Sixth Century Professor in Dynamics at Aberdeen. He was awarded Gold Medal (Institute, Mathematics and Applications, 2004) and Lyapunov Award (ASME, 2013).