• Moe Khaleel (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory):
    Recent Development in High Temperature Fuel Cell System

    About the speaker: Dr. Khaleel is the Director of the Computational Sciences and Mathematics Division with capabilities in high performance computing, computational physical and biological sciences, scientific computing environments, informatics analytics, applied mathematics, and statistical and quantitative Sciences. Dr. Khaleel is an international leader in multiphysics and multiscale modeling of solid oxide fuel cells and lightweight materials. Dr. Khaleel's national coordinator for the modeling and simulation of solid oxide fuels for the Department of Energy Solid Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA). Dr. Khaleel published over 100 referred journal article and has received the award for Excellence in Technology Transfer of superplastic forming of aluminum to General Motor Company, Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer, May 10, 2000; the ASME International, McGrattan Literature Award for authoring the outstanding paper in the Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology in 1998 “Effects of Flaw Sizing on Reliability of Piping;” Battelle Memorial Institute Technical Network Leader of the Year (2001); Suksdorf Fellowship at Washington State University (WSU), 1990-1992.

  • Saeid Nahavandi (Deakin University):
    Knowledge management in product design and process control through simulation modelling and analysis

    Abstract: Knowledge often gets lost if it is not captured in a timely manner and managed adequately and appropriately in many industries. This talk will focus on embedding knowledge in processes and products through the use of simulation based optimization to streamline production systems while improving product quality. New tools and techniques developed to achieve an integrated rapid modelling of product and processes will be examined. Industry based case studies will be used to demonstrate the mechanism of knowledge capture on a series of processes and products. State of the art simulation tools are used to show how product design and process simulation can be integrated to increase the system profitably while improving the product quality.
    About the speaker: Saeid Nahavandi is Alfred Deakin Professor in the School of Engineering and IT, Deakin University, Australia. Saeid is a graduate of Durham University in the UK. He is a Fellow member of IET, IEAust and senior member of IEEE. Professor Nahavandi has published over 270 refereed papers and been awarded 13 competitive Australian Research Council (ARC) grants in the past five years. He received the Research collaboration / initiatives award from Japan (2000) and Prince & Princess of Wales Science Award in 1994. He won the title of Young Engineer of the Year Award in 1996 and holds one patent. In 2002 Professor Nahavandi served as a consultant to Jet Propulsion Lab (NASA) during his visit to JPL Labs. In 2006 he received the title of Alfred Deakin Professor, the highest honour at Deakin University for his contribution to fundamental research. Professor Nahavandi is the founder and the leader for the Intelligent Systems Research Lab. with 51 full time researchers at Deakin University. He actively contributes and leads four major research projects in three Cooperative Research Centres with over 50 major international companies as partners. In modelling and simulation of complex systems he received awards from several organisations to focus on simulation based optimization manufacturing processes, of airport operations and logistics and distributions. He has carried out industry based research with major international companies such as Ford, Nissan, General Motors, Bocsh, FUTURiS, FESTO, Omron just to name a few. Professor Nahavandi was the designer of the control / electronics and drive system for the World’s first largest (6x8 meters) 3-dimensional Intelligent Interactive Surface which appeared at the Hanover CIBIT International Electronics Trade Show in Germany and at the IMTS in Chicago (2006). For his expertise and contribution in modelling, robotics and counter terrorism he was selected by the Australian Army / DSTO to deliver a Haptically Operated Counterexplosive mobile Platform in 2006. He also holds a research project with the Joint Strike Force (F-35) developing haptics and Augmented Reality. Professor Nahavandi has been the chairman of six International conferences and the General Chair for World Manufacturing Congress series and the International Congress on Autonomous Intelligent Systems. He also holds the position of Editor for the International Journal Intelligent Automation and Soft Computing (South Pacific region), International Journal of Computational Intelligence and Associate Editor - IEEE Systems Journal.

  • Arno Evers (Arno A. Evers FAIR-PR):
    Nano Technologies: The needed accelerator for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

    About the speaker: Arno A. Evers FAIR-PR is the founder of the Group Exhibit Hydrogen + Fuel Cells at the annual HANNOVER FAIR since 1995. In 2006, Arno Evers sold his unique fair concept to Deutsche Messe AG. His former employee, Tobias Renz founded his own company Tobias Renz FAIR-PR; he and his team will now be operating the Group Exhibit Hydrogen + Fuel Cells, as of the HANNOVER FAIR 2007. While he began his career in oil exploration in the Persian/Arabian Gulf, his main background lies in the European aircraft industry. For 23 years he led the PR department of the German Messerschmitt- Boelkow-Blohm GmbH (MBB) Company and was specifically engaged in implementing the European Airbus aircraft into the worldwide market from 1969 and onwards. In the beginning of the 1990's, Arno Evers founded his own company with the target to make new technologies understandable for the public, media and politicians at international trade fairs such as the world's biggest computer fair CeBIT and others. He is now engaged worldwide at H2/FC conferences and other events in informing audiences about the possibilities to attend the Group Exhibit Hydrogen + Fuel Cells at the annual HANNOVER FAIR. Here he invites potential and existing exhibitors and trade show visitors to attend.

  • Bernd Emonts (Research Centre Jülich):
    Fuel Cells – Status and Development Demands of a Future Energy Conversion Technology

    About the speaker: Dr.-Ing. Bernd Emonts, age group 1957, studied mechanical engineering at the University of Aachen. After completing his doctoral thesis in the year 1988, he took on scientific functions in the field of “Catalytic Comustion” at the Research Centre Jülich (Institute for Energy Process Engineering). In 1996 Dr.-Ing. Emonts took on responsibility as Project manager for the field of “Low-temperature Fuel Cells”. In 1999 he became Head of the Department “Plant and Systems Technology” and in 2001 Project manager “Low-Temperature Fuel Cells” at the Institute of Energy Research. Since 2005 Dr.- Ing. Emonts is Deputy Head of the Institute of Energy Research – Fuel Cells (IEF-3).

  • Robert L. Snyder (Georgia Institute of Technology):
    The Microstructure of Ceramic Nanostructures

    Astract: The many developments in nanotechnology in recent years have opened the door to a great number of nano-scale applications. The very high surface free energy of these materials offers unique properties as well as unique challenges. The sensing properties of nano-materials are markedly influenced by their microstructure, as nano-materials with different microstructure will consequently exhibit different physical properties. In this talk I will start with a fundamental examination of the structure of nano-materials and the various tools we have for elucidating this structure. The disordered shell around a periodic Bragg type core structure presents the biggest challenge to our understanding and ability to model properties. Next we need to examine the impact of nanostructure on microstructure and again the tools we have to determine these effects. The microstructure of materials is given by fundamental features, such as: (i) the crystallite size, (ii) size distribution, (iii) the defect structure/distribution, (iv) texture, etc. The two principal tools for describing the microstructure of nano-particles are electron and X-ray probes. The shadow images of the TEM give information about overall structure while electron diffraction provides information about the primary nanostructure in a very small region. X-ray diffraction provides complimentary information about the defect structure by showing the average coherence length as a function of direction. This talk will review of the applications of X-ray diffraction methods to determining the microstructure features of nano-materials and a recently developed X-ray diffraction method for characterization of single nano-objects.
    About the speaker: Robert L. Snyder is Professor and Chair of the School of Materials and Engineering at The Georgia Institute of Technology. He is the author of two textbooks, has edited nine technical books and has contributed chapters to nine books and encyclopedias. He holds eight patents and has published over 280 papers on materials and materials characterization which have been cited by other authors more than 2000 times. He has presented over 1,000 talks around the world with over thirty plenary and keynote lectures. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Metals, The American Ceramic Society and Distinguished Fellow of The International Centre for Diffraction Data. He is a Principal Editor for the Journal Materials Research and the Journal of the American Ceramic Society. He serves on the organizing committees of a number of international conferences and chairs the annual Denver X-ray Conference. He has been named the American Ceramic Society Outstanding Educator and has received the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2002 TMS Award for Materials Leadership and the 2004 Hanawalt Award for X-ray analysis and the 2008 TMS Educator Award.

  • Lutz-Eike Elend (AUDI AG):
    Key technologies and materials for future automotive applications

    About the speaker: Dr.-Ing. Lutz-Eike Elend, age group 1971, studied mechanical engineering in the field of production technology and production engineering at the University of Hanover. After completing his doctoral thesis at the institute of metal forming and metal forming machines in the year 2001, he took on executive functions as program manager and key account manager in the automotive field of the Alcan Aluminium Valais SA in Sierre/Switzerland. In 2004 Dr.-Ing. Lutz-Eike Elend joined the Audi AG, where he took on responsibility for the field of light construction technology for the Audi Space Frame principle. Since May 2007 he is head of light construction technology and process development in the “Aluminium- and Leichtbauzentrum” of Audi AG in Neckarsulm, Germany.

  • Bernhard Sepeur-Zeitz (Volkswagen AG):
    Nanotechnology in Automotive Engineering