Distinguished Professor Ivan Marusic

Presentation Title: Active and inactive motions in wall turbulence

Ivan Marusic is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and the Deputy Dean Research in the Melbourne School of Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He received his PhD in 1992 and BE (Hons) Mech in 1987 from the University of Melbourne. From 1998-2006 he was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, and returned to Australia at the end of 2006. His research is primarily in experimental and theoretical studies of turbulence at high Reynolds numbers. This includes studies in atmospheric surface layer flows and aquatic ecosystems. Over his career he has held a number of prestigious fellowships, including an Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellowship (2012-2017), ARC Federation Fellowship (2006-2011), and a Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering (2001-2006). He has been an Associate Editor for the Journal of Fluid Mechanics since 2008, and was the augural President and Founding member of the Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society.

He is a recipient is a number of awards including an NSF Career Award, Woodward Medal at the University of Melbourne, the Stanley Corrsin Award from the American Physical Society. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society. In 2014 he was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and is currently serving as a Council Member of the Academy.

Professor Assaad Masri

Professor Assaad Masri

Presentation Title: The Dynamics of Atomization and Combustion in Turbulent Spray Flows

Assaad Masri is a Professor in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies at the University of Sydney and Chairman of the Australia and New Zealand section of the Combustion Institute.

Professor Masri’s research lies in the broad area of efficient energy conversion with a focus on low carbon fuels. He has led pioneering research in the turbulent combustion of gaseous fuels, dilute and dense spray flames, and atomization processes. His innovations in the design of burners that embody specific research issues such as turbulence-chemistry or droplet-turbulence interactions has advanced knowledge in these fields and continues to serve industry in the development of modern combustors.

Professor Masri’s most recent contribution lies in exploring increasingly dense spray flames and mixed-mode combustion of gaseous fuels. His studies of atomization have led to the identification of key fluid structures that dominate the secondary break-up region.

Professor Lidia Morawska

Presentation Title: The flow physics of COVID-19: implications for infection control

Lidia Morawska is a Professor at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and the Director of the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health (ILAQH) at QUT, which is a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization on Research and Training in the field of Air Quality and Health. She is also a co-director of the Australia-China Centre for Air Quality Science and Management. She conducts fundamental and applied research in the interdisciplinary field of air quality and its impact on human health and the environment, with a specific focus on science of airborne particulate matter.

Professor Morawska is a physicist and received her doctorate at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland for research on radon and its progeny.  Dr Morawska is an author of over eight hundred journal papers, book chapters and refereed conference papers. She has been involved at the executive level with a number of relevant national and international professional bodies, is a member of the Australian Academy of Science and a recipient of numerous scientific awards

Dr Xinqian Leng

Presentation Title: CFD modelling of surface wave breaking in a long channel.

Dr. Xinqian (Sophia) Leng’s research interests include physical and numerical (CFD) modelling of unsteady turbulent flows e.g. breaking waves, bores and positive surges, field investigations of tidal bores, and hydraulic design of fish-friendly culverts.

Graduated in 2018 with a PhD in Civil Engineering (University of Queensland), she has authored/co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications, including 34 international journal papers and 20 conference proceedings.

Dr. Leng is the recipient of the 2018 Institution of Civil Engineers (UK) Baker Medal, 2019 IdEx Post-doctoral Fellowship awarded by Université de Bordeaux (France) and is currently working at lab I2M, TREFLE (SITE ENSCBP), Université de Bordeaux.

She was an invited speaker at Sichuan University International Young Scholars Forum, Water Resource and Hydropower session (May 2019), Chengdu, China, and an invited speaker for the International Symposium of Hydraulic Structures, Chile, 2020.

Dr Sarah Razzaqi

Presentation Title: Australian Excellence in High Mach Number Science.

Sarah Razzaqi is an Aerospace Engineer at the Defence Science and Technology Group, with a focus on hypersonics research, particularly airbreathing propulsion.

Dr Razzaqi is a specialist in hypersonic ground and flight experimentation and has been fortunate to contribute to several launch campaigns under the HIFiRE program.  She received her doctorate from The University of Queensland for research on thrust augmentation of hypervelocity scramjets by means of oxygen enrichment.

Dr Chandan Kumar

Young Professionals Networking Session.

Dr Chandan Kumar is currently working as a Senior Scientist in the Forest Product Innovation (FPI), Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland Government. He completed his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2009 and then worked in the building service industry and power generation industry before joining as a PhD student at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2011. His PhD and postdoc research at QUT was focused on drying technology, mathematical modelling, heat and mass transfer, microfluidic device simulation and transport in porous media. His current research interests are timber drying, heat and mass transfer, timber durability, non-destructive evaluation of timber properties and engineered wood products. He has authored over 20 high quality journal papers and his papers have attracted more than 1300 citations with h-index of 25. He is currently leading two projects with the ARC Future Timber Hub on the impact of continuous drying on timber properties, and the non-destructive evaluation of mass timber panels.

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