Keynote Speakers

Prof. Andrew Carruthers

Faculty of Engineering and Informatics, School of Engineering, University of Bradford, UK

Senior academic at the University of Bradford which over twenty five years of experience in teaching and research in Operations Management with particular interests in the aerospace industry. Previously worked for British Aerospace (BAE) Commercial aircraft and the Rover car company in the UK. Graduated from the University of Bradford which a BSc in Industrial Technology and Management and then gained a “Postgraduate Certificate in Education” from Loughborough University of Technology. Awarded PhD from the University of Aston in Birmingham with a doctoral thesis focussed on the effect of advanced manufacturing on small and medium sized companies. Have collaborated internationally with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the United States, Alstadt-Sigmaringen University and the European University of Applied Sciences Rhein in Germany and the HZ University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.


Prof. T. Hikmet Karakoc

Anadolu University, Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Turkey

T. Hikmet Karakoc is a Full Professor in Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey. He received his MSc and PhD in 1983 and 1987, respectively. He has published many papers at various national and international conferences, while he has authored several books. He is a member of many journals and associations. Professor Karakoc is also in charge of Editor-In Chief role at the International Journal of Sustainable Aviation, the International Journal of Engineering and Technology, the Journal of Sustainable Aviation Researches. He is president of SARES ( Sustainable Aviation Research Society) and Founding Chair of ISSA (International Symposium of Sustainable aviation). His research areas include aviation, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, energy and energy economy, exergy, gas turbine engines, fuels, sustainable development, isolation and installation.


Prof. Chien-Yuan Chen

National Chiayi University, Taiwan

Dr. Chien-Yuan Chen is a Professor at the Department of Civil and Water Resources Engineering, National Chiayi University, Taiwan ROC. He holds MSc in Geotechnical Engineering from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, and PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA, in 2001. He has over 15 years of academic and research experience. He published over 50 peer-reviewed research conference and journal papers. His present academic roles include: Associate Editor of the International Journal of Engineering and Technology (IJET, ISSN: 1793-8236); Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Knowledge Engineering, ISSN: 2382-6185. Dr. Chen is the current Chairman at the Department of Civil and Water Resources Engineering in National Chiayi University, Taiwan. Also, he is member of the Disaster Management Society of Taiwan and The Chinese Soil and Water Conservation Society (CSWCS); and reviewer for more than 15 international journals. His research is focused on the disaster prevention management and system, disaster prevention education, debris flow and landslide hazards prevention and mitigation, geotechnical engineering, GIS application and numerical modeling.