Keynote & Plenary Speakers


Prof. William C. Tang (FInstP, FAIMBE)
University of California, Irvine, USA

William C. Tang received his BS (1980), MS (1982), and PhD (1990) degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley. His seminal thesis and invention of the electrostatic comb drive has been internationally recognized as one of the key building blocks of Micro-electromechanical Systems (MEMS) sensors and actuators, and is the most widely-cited work in the field for over two decades. Since his graduation, Dr. Tang contributed to the automotive industry at Ford Motor Company and space exploration at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Subsequently, he served as the DARPA Program Manager for various MEMS programs, the single largest federal funding source for MEMS at the time. In 2002, he was appointed a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine. Later, he was also jointly appointed with the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the Materials Science and Engineering Departments. He was the first Associate Dean for Research in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering from 2008 to 2013. His research interests include micro- and nano-scale biomedical engineering, neural engineering, neuropathology and clinical applications. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Fellow and Chartered Physicist with the Institute of Physics, and a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.



Prof. Hideaki Tsukamoto
Hosei University, Japan

Prof. Hideaki Tsukamoto is currently a full Professor in Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Hosei University, Japan. Prof. Tsukamoto received his bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan in 1988, and his master’s degree in Materials Science from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan in 1990. He received his PhD in Materials Science from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan in 2002, and another PhD in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Adelaide, Australia in 2008. He was working as an assistant professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan from 1990 to 2003. He moved to Australia in 2005 and was working at The University of Queensland from 2008 to 2011. Since 2016, he has been working as a full professor at Hosei University, Japan. His research targets and interests include metal matrix composites (MMCs), ceramic matrix composites (CMCs), functionally graded materials (FGMs), high temperature materials, and their thermo-mechanical behavior. He has been also engaging in micromechanics of the composites.



Prof. Qingsong Yu
University of Missouri, USA

Dr. Qingsong Yu is a Full Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at University of Missouri in the United States. Dr. Yu’s research has been focusing on non-thermal gas plasma technology and its applications in materials processing, surface modification, thin film deposition, and recently in plasma medicine and plasma dentistry.
Dr. Yu received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tianjin University of China, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Missouri (1995, 1998). Since then, Dr. Yu has worked in microelectronics industry at Silicon Valley in California. In 2002, he joined the faculty in the Department of Chemical Engineering at University of Missouri and now he is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at University of Missouri. Dr. Yu has published over 100 refereed research papers in major international journals and holds a few US patents.