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International Conference on Science, Technology, Engineering and Management 2017 (ICSTEM 2017) keynote speaker includes


Dr. Sinoj Abraham is a Research Faculty at the Chemical and Materials Engineering Department of University of Alberta and a Group Leader in Ingenuity Lab at the University of Alberta. Ingenuity Lab is a research program launched by the Province of Alberta, the University of Alberta and the National Institute for Nanotechnology. Dr. Abraham, after receiving his Ph. D. in August 2007 (Macromolecular Design and Engineering), joined the Alberta Lipid Utilization Program at University of Alberta for investigating value-added materials from renewable resources and become part with commissioning the scale-up pilot plant production facility for making polyols from canola oil. He is interested in the relationship between the structure of the materials at atomic or molecular scales and their properties, all with an eye towards real-world applications. During this post-doctoral tenure, Dr. Abraham was actively involved in fabricating anti-biofouling materials for medical implants and biomimicing growth factors, ECM’s etc. from renewable resources. He expects the research in biomaterials research helps to develop effective, affordable and safe products that would improve the quality of life of a large number of people, and help achieve sustainability. Spending several years in Industry (Hy-Power Nano Inc.) as a senior research officer, Dr. Abraham led the team that developed a new method for making transparent conducting oxides (TCO) for various photo-electro-mechanical applications, including green coating for windows, antibacterial formulations for sterile atmospheres and so on. Currently, he is the team leader of chemistry and materials with Ingenuity Lab, designing nano-biological materials. The team consists of a mixture of graduate students, technicians, post-doctoral fellows and research faculties and takes part in highly collaborative research with leading groups in the university and around the world. The on-going research activities include biomimics, 4D printing, regenerative medicine, membranes, water purifications, oil-water separations, etc. Dr. Abraham is currently working on various projects funded by organizations such as Natural Resources Canada, J&J Vistakon, Inc., Alberta Innovates and Juvenile Diabetic Research Fund. Dr. Abraham is a co-inventor on 9 patents and has co-authored more than 30 research publications. His research interests include Biomaterials, Polymers, Nano Materials, Environmental and Green Materials, Energy harvesting and energy-transfer materials, and Materials-based devices.

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Dr. Kinda Khalaf,received her B.S. (Summa Cum Laude with Distinction) and M.S. (Honors) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Her Ph.D., also from the Ohio State University, is in Biomechanics/Computational Biomechanics with two minors in Biomaterials, and Dynamic modeling and control. Dr. Khalaf has held faculty appointments in Engineering and Medicine at the University of Miami (Coral Gables, Florida), American University of Beirut (AUB), where she held the first joint appointment between the faculties of Engineering and Medicine, American University of Sharjah (AUS), and most recently Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research in Abu Dhabi where she serves as associate chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Khalaf is on the list of International Who Is Who of Professionals. She has been awarded the LAMME Scholarship for most outstanding senior, the Woman of Engineering Award for outstanding Academic Achievement multiple times, the Presidential Fellowship Award, the prestigious National Merit Scholar, the University of Miami College of Engineering Teaching Award, and the Khalifa University Faculty Excellence award. She has been conducting research in the areas of Orthopedic Biomechanics, Computational Biomechanics, and Biomedical Devices and Biomaterials. Her research record is reflected in various national and international research grants, collaborations and awards, numerous journal publications, multidisciplinary lectures and conference proceedings. She is also passionate about improving engineering education including the design and implementation of curricular innovative pedagogies and quantitative assessment instruments. She has been invited as keynote speaker to several education conferences and has written several journal articles and book chapters on the subject. Dr. Khalaf is currently the chairperson of the UAE branch of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE, EMBS), a founding member of the IEEE education chapter in the UAE (IEEE EDUCON), a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society of Biomechanics (ASB), American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Tau Beta Pi (Honorary Engineering Society), Pi Tau Sigma (Honorary Mechanical Engineering Society), Alpha Eta Mu Beta (Honorary Biomedical Engineering Society), the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and the International Institute of Women Engineers (IIWE).

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