Dr. Fu-Kuo Chang (University of Stanford)

Dr. Fu-Kuo Chang is professor of aeronautics and astronautics of Stanford University. His primary research interest is in the areas of multi-functional materials and intelligent structures with particular emphases on structural health monitoring, intelligent self-sensing diagnostics, and multifunctional energy storage composites for transportation vehicles as well as safety-critical assets and medical devices. His specialties include embedded sensors and stretchable sensor networks with built-in self-diagnostics, integrated diagnostics and prognostics, damage tolerance and failure analysis for composite materials, and advanced multi-physics computational methods for multi-functional structures. Professor Chang was honored with the Life-Time Achievement Award, Society of Prognostic Health Management (2018), Life-Time Achievement Award, SPIE NDE/SHM (2010), Best Paper Award, 7th International National Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring (2009), Best Paper Award, 3rd European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring (2006), Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) Lifetime Achievement Award, The Boeing Company (2004) and Presidential Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation (1988). He is also the Editor-in-Chief, Int. J. of Structural Health Monitoring (2012 - Present).

Dr. Leonard Bond (Iowa State University)

Dr. Leonard Bond received his Ph.D. in physics from the City University, London. After completing his postdoc, Dr. Bond held faculty positions at University College London (UCL). He moved to the USA in 1990 and become a Research Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He subsequently moved to the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where he was a Laboratory Fellow. During this time there he took a 2 year assignment as founding director of the Idaho National Laboratory’s Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES), before returning to PNNL. In 2012, he joined Iowa State University as Director of the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) and as a Professor of Aerospace Engineering and a Professor Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Bond’s research has focused on the use of ultrasonics and fundamental physical acoustics mostly considering Non Destructive Evaluation to address measurements in harsh environments, including in-process for additive manufacturing, characterize materials for aging energy and defense systems. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the UK’s Institute of Physics and a past-Director IEEE Region 6. He has been author or co-author on more than 350 publications. He holds 10 patents. With Aquil Ahmad he is co-editor of the “ASM Handbook, Vol 17 Nondestructive Evaluation of Materials, 2018.”

Dr. Roberto Mendes Finzi Neto (Universidade Federal de Uberlândia - UFU).

Dr. Finzi graduated in Electrical / Electronic / Computer Engineering from Federal University of Uberlândia (UFU), Master in Electrical Engineering from Federal University of Uberlândia (UFU), PhD in Electrical Engineering from Federal University of Uberlândia and post-doctorate by the Mechanical Engineering College (FEMEC) from Federal University of Uberlândia (UFU). He is currently Professor at Mechanical Engineering College (FEMEC) at the Federal University of Uberlândia (UFU). Prof. Finzi develops R&D projects through the National Institute of Science and Technology for Intelligent Structures in Engineering (INCT-EIE). The main partner companies in the R&D projects have been EMBRAER (2009 to 2020) and Petrobras (2018 to the present).

Holger Speckmann (Testia - Airbus)

Holger Speckmann has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bremen University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and was a visiting researcher at Stanford University. For over 25 years he has worked at AIRBUS, in the area of Structural Engineering, Materials, Processes, Non-Destructive Testing and SHM (Structure Health Monitoring). He currently holds the position of CEO of Testia GmbH, an Airbus group company focused on Non-Destructive Testing, Destructive Testing and SHM. He has held this position since the company's founding in 2013. Holger holds several patents in the field of Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) and SHM (Structure Health Monitoring). He is chairman and organizer of SHM conferences in the United States (Stanford-IWSHM), Europe (EWSHM) and Asia (APWSHM) and speaker at international conferences.

Dr. Fernando Teixeira Mendes Abrahão (ITA)

Dr. Fernando Teixeira Mendes Abrahão is a retired colonel of the Brazilian Air Force, having been a fighter pilot and instructor at the Brazilian Air Force Academy (FAB). He holds a Master of Sciences (MSc) in Logistics Management, Maintenance Management and Acquisition logistics Management by the United States Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) and Doctor of Sciences (DSc) Transport Engineering by the Escola Politécnica da USP (University of São Paulo). He was Pro-Rector of Administration at Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA) and is currently Professor and Chief Coordinator of the Logistics Engineering Laboratory (AeroLogLab) at Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA). His main research interest is in the areas of logistics engineering, acquisition logistics, ILS / IPS development, optimization / meta-heuristics / swarm intelligence, e-maintenance, fleet readiness assurance, intelligent operations, digital twins and AeroLogLabTOOL ®.

Dr. Tim J. Barden

Dr. Barden moved to Rolls-Royce having carried out a post-doctoral position at Bath University researching thermal methods for non-destructive evaluation. His role at Rolls-Royce primarily involves the development and introduction of new NDE technologies. Currently He is the Industrial Chair of the UK Research Centre in Non-Destructive Evaluation.

Tobias Gautzsch (SONOTEC)

Tobias Gautzsch is the Air-Coupled Ultrasonic Testing Application Engineer at SONOTEC® GmbH in Germany. He has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Technology in Chemnitz, Germany. After graduating, he joined the Porsche Leipzig GmbH as a research engineer for NDT in car body construction. After three years at Porsche, he joined SONOTEC. He has given presentations and training seminars all over the world including at the ASNT Annual Conference and for NASA.

Gavin Dao

Gavin Dao is the Director of Business Development for AOS/TPAC Group. Gavin’s background is in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and has been a part of R&D of multiple generations of phased array equipment in last 15 years. He now actively collaborates with various NDT companies in creating new inspection tools and applying FMC/TFM technology to various applications.

Rafael Ribeiro Cunha (EMBRAER)

Rafael R. Cunha is a Mechanical Engineer and technician in Mechatronics, Robotics and Control and Automation Engineering at Centro Universitário ETEP in São José dos Campos. He has been working for more than 7 years with the development and testing of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) technologies at EMBRAER. Currently holds the position of Product Development Engineer.