Keynote Speakers

Jian-Guo DAI
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Topic: Geopolymer Concrete Sandwich Wall Panels Enabled by FRP Connectors for Prefabricated Construction

Jian-Guo Dai, Ir Professor of Structural Engineering at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). He obtained his Ph.D. from Hokkaido University, respectively, in 2003. His major research fields include FRP composites in construction, durability, surface protection and life cycle maintenance of concrete infrastructures, and low-carbon and green cementitious composites. He is an Editor of Advances in Structural Engineering, an Associate Editor of Journal of Advanced Concrete Technology and a Vice Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Asian Concrete Federation. He is the Chair of Technical Board of Asian Concrete Federation and a Vice President of the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC). He is a Fellow of IIFC, Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) and Hong Kong Concrete Institute (HKCI). He has published more than 250 technical papers (including some 100 SCI papers) in the above-mentioned fields with a h-index of 24 at Web of Science.

Bishwajit Bhattacharjee
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India
Topic: Some Issues Related to Planning & Design of Sustainable Built Environment

Bishwajit Bhattacharjee is an Emeritus Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. He completed his B. Tech. (1978) from I.I.T. Kharagpur M. Tech. (1982) and Ph.D. (1990) degree from I.I.T. Delhi. His research and teaching interests are Concrete Technology, Building Engineering, Construction Technology, and Management. Prof. Bhattacharjee has developed several video courses which are available online on NPTEL and “YouTube”. He is a Fellow of Indian Association of Structural Engineers and Life member of several professional societies. He has authored more than 185 journal and conference papers. He has supervised over 170 M. Tech. theses and 24 Ph.D. theses with 8 Ph.D. in progress. He held a visiting position at EPFL Switzerland and was involved in research programs with German and Belgian Universities and also with the University of Dundee UK and coordinated a video teaching program for Govt. of Ethiopia. He has been involved in the restoration and conservation project of Vat Phou temple in Laos, CLIMON project funded by the European Union, various UKIERI projects. Recently, he was a part of the LC3 project funded by the Swiss Development Agency and an Indo-US project in collaboration with CBRI and Michigan State University. Prof. Bhattacharjee is a recipient of ICI life time achievement award (North) 2012, Structural Engineering Forum of India (SEFI) featured him “Gem of Structural Engineering”. He is an elected fellow of IAStructE and was a member, editorial board of “Magazine of Concrete Research” from the UK and “International Journal of 3R’s”. Indian concrete journal published a bio-sketch of Prof. Bhattacharjee titled “A Teacher and a Research worker ” under the feature “People” in the August 2012 issue.   

Shamsher Bahadur Singh
Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India
Topic: Advance Composite Materials and its Applications for Masonry Structures

S.B. Singh is a Professor of Civil Engineering Department at Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani. His current areas of research are the development of design guidelines for Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) reinforced prestressed concrete structures in particular and composite structures in general including nonlinear finite element modeling. He has 29 years of teaching and research experience. He has been an Indian Team Leader for the prestigious UKIERI (UK-India Education Research Initiatives) collaborative research project on sustainable concrete Infrastructure. He has been awarded Professional Engineering (P.E.) license from the State of Michigan, USA and Post-doctoral fellowship at Lawrence Technological University Southfield, Michigan, the USA during 1999-2004. He is also a member of various committees and serving as an editorial board member of various Journals. Currently, he is representing BITS Pilani on the committee of Ireland-India Concrete Research Initiatives (IICRI). He has been awarded Fellow of Institution of Engineers. He has authored more than 173 research papers, one textbook (published in USA and India), One Textbook published online, 13 research reports in addition to being Who is Who of various organizations. Prof. Singh has had an opportunity to teach in India and the USA such as at MNNIT Allahabad, NIT Warangal, BITS Pilani, and Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan, USA.

Abdul Rashid Dar
National Institute of Technology Srinagar, India
Topic: Implications of the structural failures on the Socio-economic development of the region

A R Dar works as the senior-most professor at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar. He served as the past director and the head of the civil engineering department in the same institute. He received his Ph.D. in earthquake engineering from the University of Bristol under the Commonwealth Scholarship scheme. His research areas include nonlinear behaviour, seismic assessment, and rehabilitation of structures. He has published numerous papers on the various problems associated with steel structures in refereed journals and conferences. He is the life member of several structural engineering professional bodies. He has served as the expert advisor to Divisional Commissioner Kashmir for the mitigation of earthquake-related disasters. He has also served as the technical expert of the State Technical Agency for Structural evaluation of PMGSY Projects in J&K. He has conducted three short term courses on Earthquake Resistant Construction for in-service field engineers and skilled workers in collaboration with National Disaster Management Authority, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India. He was appointed as the advisor in the UPSC Board for conducting interviews of IES candidates during 2011 and 2015. He has significantly contributed in modernizing the structural engineering laboratories which also includes establishing the earthquake engineering lab (which includes procuring of a 3-d shaking table) at NIT Srinagar.

And many more to come!