Dr. Amélia Loja is presently Adjunct Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Engineering Institute of Lisbon (ISEL/IPL), and Senior Researcher of the Mechanical Engineering Institute (IDMEC/IST). Her academic background integrates a BSc with honours in Marine Engineering from the Portuguese Nautical School and a BSc in Computer Science. Her MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering was conferred by the Technical University of Lisbon, and later she obtained her PhD in Mechanical Engineering also from this University. Her major areas of interest include the scientific areas of Computational Solids Mechanics, Optimization and Reverse Engineering. Until now she published 41 papers in scientific international journals. Amélia Loja is also Chairperson of the ECCOMAS thematic conference SYMCOMP (International Conference on Numerical and Symbolic Computation: Developments and Applications) and since 2017, she has been invited by the European Commission to evaluate project proposals in different subjects related to her competences.
Dr. Krishna Reddy is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Director of Sustainable Engineering Research Laboratory, and also the Director of the Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering Laboratory in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering at the University of Illinois, Chicago, USA. Dr. Reddy received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA. He received gold medals for being first in his class of B.E. (Civil Engineering) at Osmania University and M.E. (Civil Engineering) at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.
Dr. Reddy has over 25 years of teaching, consulting and research experience within the fields of geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, and sustainable engineering. Specifically, his expertise includes: (1) remediation of polluted soils, sediments, groundwater and stormwater, (2) waste management and landfill engineering; (3) life cycle assessment and sustainable engineering; and (4) geotechnical engineering (foundations, earth structures, etc.). His research is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, several prominent state and local government agencies, and industries. He has published 4 books, 206 journal papers, and 182 full conference papers (with h-index of 52). Dr. Reddy has given 185 invited presentations in the USA and 18 other countries (Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Macedonia, Spain, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Turkey, Thailand, and U.K.). Dr. Reddy is an Associate Editor or Editorial Board Member of over 10 different journals. He has been an active member of various professional societies, including the ASCE.
Dr. Reddy has received several awards for excellence in research and teaching, including the ASTM Hogentogler Award, the University Distinguished Researcher Award, the University of Illinois Scholar Award, and the University of Illinois Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a Diplomate of Geotechnical Engineering.
Dr. Vinyas M is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology (NMIT), Bangalore, India. He received his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal in 2018. He received the university medal in his Masters of Technology at Visvesvaraya Technological University. He is also a visiting research faculty in foreign universities and founder of Composite Research: Experimentation, Analysis and Design (CREAM) lab, NMIT, Bangalore. He has published more than 60 articles in reputed international journals and is also serving as a reviewer for many refereed journals . Recently, considering his research achievements, Dr. Vinyas received the CV Raman post-doctoral award from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. His research areas include finite element analysis, composite structures, coupled structural analysis, and vibration control.