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The keynote information for the International Conference on New Trends in Transport Phenomena (NTTP'14) can be found below.



Dr. Boguslaw Kruczek

     Boguslaw Kruczek obtained his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of New Brunswick in 1993. He then did his graduate studies at the University of Ottawa working and on development, modification and characterization of polymeric gas separation membranes. After earning his PhD, he joined the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Ottawa in 1999. He was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Physical Chemistry at the Silesian University of Technology and worked in the ABB Corporate Research Center in Poland in 2008-09. His research interests include development of polymeric, zeolite and emulsion polymerized mixed matrix (EPMM) membranes for gas separation, transport phenomena in membranes, and membrane characterization by dynamic gas permeation.

Topic of Keynote: Challenges in Membrane Characterization Due to Microflow Measurements


Dr. Jules Thibault

     Jules Thibault obtained his bachelor of chemical engineering at the Royal Military College. He later obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering from McMaster where he worked on the topic of heat transfer in nuclear reactors. He then spent four years in the Canadian Armed Forces including two six-month postings to Egypt and Cyprus with the United Nations. From 1981 to 1984, he taught in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the Royal military College. In 1984, he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering of Laval University. In 2000, he moved to the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Ottawa. His research interests are in biochemical engineering, transport phenomena and process simulation, control and optimization.

Topic of Keynote: Modelling as a Tool for Sustainable Research in Transport Phenomena


Dr. Tarik Kaya

     Tarik Kaya received his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from ENSAE, Toulouse in 1993. In 2002, he joined the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of Carleton University. Before joining Carleton, he worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre. His research interests are mathematical modeling of two-phase heat transfer systems (heat pipes and loop heat pipes) for spacecraft thermal control and stability of liquid films.



Topic of Keynote: Stability of Evaporating Liquid Films


Dr. Krishnaswamy Nandakumar

     Dr. K. Nandakumar is currently Gordon A and Mary Cain Chair Professor at Louisiana State University. Prior to this he was the GASCO Chair Professor at The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi. Formerly he was in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada for nearly 25 years. Dr. Nandakumar received his B. Tech from Madras University in 1973, M. Sc from University of Saskatchewan in 1975 and his PhD from Princeton University in 1979. He has received the Alexander von Humnboldt research fellowship from the German government in 1989-90 and the Albright & Wilson Americas Award from the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering in 1991 for distinguished contributions to chemical engineering before reaching the age of 40. Dr. Nandakumar was elected as Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada in 1991 and a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada in 2006 and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2007. He has received, from the University of Alberta, the McCalla Professorship (1992), the Killam Annual professorship (2001) for excellence in research and the Rutherford Award (2001) for excellence in teaching. He has also received the Excellence in Education award (2002) from APEGGA, the professional engineering association in Alberta. He was Editor-in-Chief of The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering during 2005-2009. Dr. Nandakumar is also the recipient of the premier award of The Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering, called the R.S. Jane Memorial Award in 2008.

Topic of Keynote: EPIC-Enabling Process Innovation through Computation


Dr. Pierre Proulx

     Pierre Proulx is currently professor of chemical engineering at the University of Sherbrooke. He has been involved in the development of mathematical models of strongly coupled multiphase reacting flows with a special interest in the production of nanoparticles using thermal plasmas since the early 1990's. He has been invited scientist in 2008 at the institute of Fluid Science of the University of Tohoku (Sendai, Japan) and in 2013 at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Belgium. His research interests involve using Population Balance Modelling (PBM) methods to simulate bubbly flows in reactors (biological, electrochemical) as well as particulate flows in thermal plasmas.

Topic of Keynote: Development and Application of a Model for Metallic Nanopowders Production in a Thermal Plasma Reactor


Dr. Patrick H. Oosthuizen

     Patrick Oosthuizen was born and educated in South Africa. He received his B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and an M.A.Sc. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Queen's University in 1968 after having taught for several years at the University of Cape Town. His primary research interests are in the area of Convective Heat Transfer and its applications in Energy Systems. He has undertaken many studies concerned with fundamental aspects of natural and combined convection. He has also undertaken research concerned with the applications of heat transfer. Typical of such research are his studies of the freezing of coal during rail transportation, of the design of solar crop dryers for use in developing countries, of the design of solar energy systems, of the prediction of heat transfer through windows, of the natural ventilation of buildings, and of the heat transfer in fuel cell and reformer systems. He has received several awards for his research including the 2001 Jules Stachiewicz Medal for outstanding contributions to research in heat transfer in Canada, and the CANCAM Award in recognition of outstanding achievement and technical excellence in thermofluids engineering. He has also received a number of teaching awards. He has been awarded the title of Fellow from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and from the Engineering Institute of Canada. He has also published textbooks on Compressible Fluid Flow and on Convective Heat Transfer Analysis.

Topic of Keynote: Mixed Convective Heat Transfer in Transitional and Turbulent Flows


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