Keynote Lectures

Professor Thanasis Triantafillou

Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Patras, 26500 Patras, Greece

Lecture title: Seismic Retrofitting of Concrete and Masonry Structures with Textile Reinforced Mortar Jackets

(9:00 am, Dec.14, 2015)

Thanasis  Triantafillou is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at  the University of Patras, Greece, since 1993. He holds MSc (1987) and  PhD (1989) degrees from M.I.T., where he served as Assistant Professor  in the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, during the period  1990-93. He has 25 years of research and consulting activity in the  field of strengthening and seismic retrofitting of concrete, masonry and  timber structures with FRP and cement-based composites reinforced with  textiles. He has received two medals (IIFC and Mirko Ros) and three best  paper awards from ASCE journals. Prof. Triantafillou is member of  various fib and RILEM committees. More details can be found in

Professor Charles E. Bakis

Distinguished Professor of Engineering Science & Mechanics, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA

Lecture title: Epoxy and Its Role in the Long-term Performance of Bonded FRP Material Systems

(9:40 am Dec 14, 2015)

Prof. Charles E. Bakis has  been a member of the graduate faculty at Penn State since 1988 and  currently holds the rank of University Distinguished Professor.He has  also worked in the aerospace industry, at NASA Glenn Research Center,  and at the US Army Research Laboratory.He received a BS in Mechanical  Engineering from Lehigh University, and MS and PhD degrees in  Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech.He is a fellow of ASME, the  Intl. Inst. for Fiber Reinforced Polymers in Construction (IIFC), and  the American Society for Composites (ASC).He has received outstanding  research and teaching awards from the Penn State College of Engineering  and the ASC Award in Composites from the American Society for  Composites.His research focuses on the design, manufacture, and  evaluation of fiber reinforced polymer composites across many fields,  including civil engineering, aerospace engineering, and mechanical  engineering.Recently, he has worked on the durability of external and  internal reinforcements for concrete, composite materials with adaptive  stiffness and shape, composites with simultaneous structural and energy  storage functions, and nano-reinforced composites. Prof. Bakis has  advised or co-advised the theses of 34 MS students and 17 PhD  students.He has edited 4 conference proceedings, over 150 refereed  journal and conference papers and over 140 non-refereed conference  papers. He has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator  on roughly 90 externally funded research projects. Prof. Bakis directs  the Composites Manufacturing Technology Center at Penn State, and has  served as Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE J. Composites for Construction since  2003.He serves as President of ASC and Executive Committee  Member-at-Large of IIFC.He chairs ACI subcommittee 440K on Fiber  Reinforced Polymer Material Characteristics and is vice-chair of ASTM  subcommittee D30.10 on Composites for Civil Structures. He has been a  principal organizer of eight major conferences and symposia—most  recently the technical chair of the 16th US National Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics in 2010 and the Chair of the 28th Annual Technical Conference of the American Society for Composites in 2013.

Professor Tamon Ueda

Professor, Division of Engineering and Policy for Sustainable Environment, Hokkaido University, Kita 13, Nishi 8, Kita-ku, Sapporo, Japan

Lecture title: General Design Approach for Ultimate Deformation of Members with FRP Strengthening

(8:30 am Dec 15, 2015)

UEDA Tamon is  a Professor at Division of Engineering and Policy for Sustainable  Environment of Hokkaido University. He obtained his Doctor of  Engineering from University of Tokyo in 1982. His research interests are  in numerical analysis of concrete and hybrid structures, prediction of  life cycle of structures, upgrading of structures, seismic design and  structural design methodology. He has received various national and  international awards on his research achievements, such as Japan Society  of Civil Engineers (JSCE) Awards, Japan Concrete Institute (JCI)  Awards, Japan Prestressed Concrete Institute (JPCI) Awards, The fib Medal  of Merit and Awards from international journals (American Society of  Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Composites in Construction, Journal of  Advanced Concrete Technology, and Advances in Structural  Engineering).He is currently Technical Council Member of the International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib), Advisory Committee Chair of International Institute of FRP in Construction (IIFC), Immediate-past President of Asian Concrete Federation (ACF),Chairman of  ISO/TC71/SC7 (Maintenance and Repair of Concrete Structures), Chief  Advisor of AUN/SEED-Net (ASEAN University Network/Southeast Asia  Engineering Education Development Network), Chairman of Concrete  Committee of Association for Civil Engineering Technology of Hokkaido,  and Senior Director of International Activities Center of JSCE.

Professor Yufei Wu

Professor, School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, RMIT University, GPO Box 2476V Melbourne 3001, Victoria, Australia

Lecture title: Development of Constitutive Models for FRP Confined Concrete Structures

(9:10 am Dec 15, 2015)

Yufei  Wu is currently a Professor in Infrastructure Engineering and Metro  Chair in the School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering at  RMIT University. He received his BSc in 1983 and MSc in 1986 from  Zhejiang University, China. He received MEng in 1994 from National  University of Singapore and completed his PhD in 2002 from the  University of Adelaide, Australia. He has more than ten years of  industrial working experience in structural engineering as a  professional engineer in consulting firms in China, Singapore and  Australia and is a chartered professional engineer of New Zealand and  Australia (MIPENZ, MIEAust, CPEng). He worked in Shanghai Jiao Tong  University from 1989 to 1992 as a lecturer. Before joining RMIT  University, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of  Architecture and Civil Engineering at City University of Hong Kong from  2004-2015. His teaching and research involve concrete structures,  structural design, composite structures, FRP structures and structural  rehabilitation. Dr Wu has published more than 100 technical works,  including 83 SCI indexed journal papers. He is the sole or 1st named inventor of several new structural technologies with six US patents granted.

Professor Rudolf Seracino

Professor and Associate Head of Department, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7533, USA

Lecture title:Inspection and Monitoring of bond defects, Debonding and Environmental Degredation of Externally Bonded CFRP-to-Concrete Systems

(9:50 am Dec 16, 2015)

Dr Seracino is a Professor and Associate Head in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University, USA. He earned B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada, and a Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide, Australia. His research interests include: the use of FRP systems to strengthen existing concrete or masonry infrastructure; the rapid repair of earthquake damaged concrete infrastructure with all FRP systems; internal FRP reinforcement and prestressing in new concrete construction; and the development of rapid and effective condition assessment of civil infrastructure using NDE techniques. He is a faculty member in the North Carolina State University site of the NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center on Integrating Composites into Infrastructure (CICI). He has developed and teaches a graduate course on FRP Strengthening and Repair of Concrete Structures. Dr Seracino has been a member of the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC) since its inception in 2003. He currently serves as a Vice-President of the IIFC, was elected an IIFC Fellow in 2012, and received the IIFC President’s Award in 2010. Dr Seracino serves on the Editorial Board of the ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction, and is a voting member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Committee 440 on FRP Reinforcement. He is currently also Co-Chair of ACI Subcommittee 440M on FRP Repair of Masonry Structures. He has served as the Chair, or Co-Chair, of three international conferences including CICE2004 in Adelaide, Australia, FRPRCS-9 in Sydney, Australia, and FRPRCS-10 in Tampa, USA. He continues to serve on the International Scientific Committee of several FRP conference series. Dr Seracino has served as an external consultant to Departments of Transportation on the FRP strengthening or repair of several in-service bridges in both Australia and the United States.

Professor Zhishen Wu

Professor, International Institute for Urban Systems Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing, 210096, China

Professor, Department of Urban and Civil Engineering, Ibaraki University, Hitachi, 316-8511, Japan

Lecture title: Performance-based design of civil structures with advanced fiber-reinforced polymers

(10:30 am, Dec.16, 2015)

Zhishen Wu is a professor at Southeast University, China and Ibaraki University, Japan. He received BS and MS from Southeast University, China in 1983 and 1986 respectively and PhD from Nagoya University, Japan in 1990. His research interests include structural/concrete/maintenance engineering, FRP (fiber reinforced polymers) composite technologies, industrial technologies on basalt fibers, advanced sensor technologies, and structural health/risk/disaster monitoring and control. He is the author or co-author of over 600 papers in refereed journals and int. conference proceedings including over 50 keynote or invited papers. He also holds 50 authorized patents of invention. Dr. Wu was awarded the JSCE Research Price from Japan Society of Civil Engineering in 1990, the JSCM Technology Award from the Japan Society for Composite Materials in 2005, 2009 SHM person of the year Award from SHM, An Int. Journal, and National Prize for Progress in Science and Technology(2nd) of China in 2012 etc. He is the chairman or board member of numerous national and int. societies, such as China chemical fibers association committee on basalt fibers as chairman, International Society for Structural health Monitoring of Intelligent InfrastructureISHMII as a vice president.He were elected as follows of ASCE, JSCE, ISHMII, and IIFC (International Institute of FRP in Construction). Moreover, he serves as an editor, associate editor, editorial board member for more than ten int. journals such as Int. J. of Sustainable Materials and Structural Systems as editor. He has led over 10 important research projects in both Japan and China, and is now leading a national 973 research project on “the use of FRP composites to achieve high performance and longevity for major engineering structures (2012-2017)”.

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