Sushanta Mitra is the Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology and a Professor in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering and also cross-appointed as a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Before joining UW, he was the Associate Vice-President Research and Kaneff Professor in Micro & Nanotechnology for Social Innovation at the York University. His research interests are in the fundamental understanding of fluid transport in micro and nano-scale confinements with applications in energy, water, and bio-systems. He has authored and co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed journal papers, which includes publications in Nature Publishing Group, American Physical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, American Chemical Society and Elsevier journals. His research has been featured by a number of media outlets including Maclean’s, Vancouver Sun, Edmonton Journal, Times of India. He has delivered over 100 invited lectures across the world including the 2012 Lester Pearson Lecture.

He is equally passionate about teaching and has implemented experiential learning for first-year undergraduate engineering curriculum through public-private partnerships. He has implemented a “Mobile First” learning platform to improve preparedness for post-secondary STEM programs in partnership with K-12 school and industry.

He was the Associate Scientific Director for the Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence, IC-IMPACTS, the first bi-national Network Centres of Excellence created by the federal government of Canada. He contributed significantly to the community and technical societies through his role as past President of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, a member of the Committee on International Scientific Affairs, American Physical Society and many others. For his contributions in engineering and sciences, he has been elected as the Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME), the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), the Canadian Academy for Engineering (CAE), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC, UK), the American Physical Society (APS), the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE – Foreign Fellow), National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI – Foreign Fellow) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is also a Fellow of the National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) and the recipient of 2015 Engineering Excellence Medal from the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers.

Professor Alexander Korsunsky is a world-leader in engineering microscopy of materials for optimisation of design, durability and performance. He leads the MBLEM lab (Multi-Beam Laboratory for Engineering Microscopy) at Oxford, and the Centre for In situ Processing Science (CIPS) at the Research Complex, Harwell. He consults Rolls-Royce plc on matters of residual stress and structural integrity, and is Editor-in-Chief of Materials & Design, a major Elsevier journal (2018 impact factor 5.770).

Alexander holds the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) from Merton College, Oxford. He was Junior Research Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and Lecturer at Newcastle University, before returning to Oxford. Each year he gives several keynote and plenary lectures at major international conferences. He has extensive links that include visiting appointments in Italy (Roma Tre), France (ENSICAEN) and Singapore (NUS, NTU, A*Star).

Prof Korsunsky’s research interests concern improved understanding of integrity and reliability of engineered and natural structures and systems, from high-performance metallic alloys to polycrystalline ceramics to natural hard tissue such as human dentin and seashell nacre. He co-authored books on fracture mechanics (Springer), elasticity (CUP) residual stress (Elsevier), and published ~350 papers in scholarly periodicals on subjects ranging from multi-modal microscopy, neutron and synchrotron X-ray analysis, contact mechanics and structural integrity to micro-cantilever bio-sensors, size effects and scaling transitions. His h-index is 38, with his top publications cited over 500 times.

Support for Prof Korsunsky’s research comes from EPSRC and STFC (major UK Research Councils, over £2M current funding) and the EU (~€6M project iStress), as well as from Rolls-Royce (~£0.5M current funding), Oxford Instruments, the Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), NRF (South Africa), DFG (Germany), etc. He is
member of editorial boards of the Journal of Strain Analysis, FFEMS, TAML.

Prof Korsunsky plays an important role in the development of large-scale research facilities in the UK and Europe. He was member of UK delegation to ESRF Council and Chair of the Science Advisory Committee at Diamond Light Source (2010-14), where in 2017 he was also named a Leading Light in UK synchrotron science. His activities expand the range of applications of large-scale facilities to real engineering problems.

Members of Prof Korsunsky’s research team at Oxford came from every part of the globe (UK, FR, DE, IT, DE, BE, GR, China, India, Korea, Turkey, Malaysia, Argentina, S. Africa).

Daria Andreeva is a Assoc. Professor, at the Materials Science and Engineering Department, the National University of Singapore. She is a physical chemist who now applies her knowledge in the context of development and investigation of dynamic stimuli responsive materials, materials that can change properties on demand. Daria has authored more than 80 research papers and received various fellowships (e.g. AvH, DAAD, DFG, UNESCO, etc.). In the past, Daria has studied self-adaptive polymer membranes, dynamic properties of polyelectrolyte multilayers, layer-by-layer assemblies of charged macromolecules. She leaded a physical chemistry group at the University of Bayreuth, Germany in 2009-2016. Having finishing her habilitation, she joined the Centre for Soft and Living Matter, South Korea, in 2016, and the Centre for Advanced 2D Materials, Singapore, in 2017. Daria currently focuses on the design of 2D membranes with programmable functionalities. She explores electrochemical phenomena in self-assembled polyelectrolytes and 2D materials for smart ionic transport and energy harvesting.


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