Our line-up of speakers will include:
Director of strategic and cross-functional projects of the Hydro-Québec research institute
Gaétan Lantagne is currently Director of strategic and cross-functional projects of the
Institut Nordique du Québec and and part of the scientific counsel of the Institut Robert-
Gaétan Lantagne is a member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec and holds a Ph.D in
Director, Scientific Research – Grid and Customers of the Hydro-Québec research institute
In 2016, Dr. Belanger joined HQ Research Institute as Director, Scientific Research, Grid and Customers. Since May 2017 he manages the HQ Business Unit R&D project portfolios. From 2013 to 2016, he worked in Europe as Director of R&D EU for L&L Products, a technology driven leader in the automotive industry in the fields of sealing, acoustics, and structural adhesives. Prior to this, he worked for the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada from 2005 to 2013. At NRC, he has been Group Leader of the Bioproducts group and Director of the Advanced Materials Design section where he was in charge of the Polymer Biomaterial and Nano-Composites, Structural Polymer Composites, Functional Polymers, Process Modeling and Nano-Imprint on polymer activities. From 2002 to 2005, Dr. Belanger was Director of R&D for Stratek Plastics, a start-up in the field of polymer processing, based in USA. After his graduate studies, he worked in Europe for ATOFINA, the Polymer Division, of the French Group Total for 10 years where he had different positions: R&D scientist, Process Development scientist, and Plant Production Manager. Dr. Christian Belanger received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from McGill University in 1992 and a Bachelor degree in Engineering in Physics from École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1986. Dr. Belanger has extensive experience in the management of innovation in either the public or the private sector.
Zahid Ayub holds Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University. He is Technical Director at Isotherm, Inc., a manufacturer of heat transfer equipment in Arlington, Texas. He has extensive experience in the area of applied heat transfer and has successfully designed, fabricated and installed several thousand heat exchangers, pressure vessels, and refrigeration/heat transfer systems worldwide. He is recognized as one of the pioneers in the field of enhanced heat transfer for ammonia applications and is actively involved in “Green Refrigeration”. He holds several U.S. patents and author of over 130 international journal and conference papers. He has served as the Technology Editor for the International Journal of Enhanced Heat Transfer and Associate Editor of ASME Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications and is currently Executive Editor of the Journal of Heat Transfer Engineering. He also serves as a reviewer to several other heat transfer journals. Amongst the honors Dr. Ayub has received are the Michigan New Product Award, ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award, ASHRAE Research Service Award, ASHRAE Exceptional Service Award, ASHRAE Louise and Bill Holladay Award and ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award. He is Fellow of ASME and ASHRAE. He currently serves as a member of the Scientific Council – International Center for Heat and Mass Transfer and Heat Pump Association representing United States of America. He is also an active member of ASME, ASHRAE, IIAR, AIChE, IoR (UK), IIR, RETA, Eurammon and Sigma Xi Honor Research Society. He served as Chair of ASHRAE standing committee on Refrigeration and member
President of Tecnea sas, president company of Cemafroid sas
Gérald Cavalier graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and ENGREF-AgroParistech. He began his career at the French Ministry of Agriculture as Deputy Director and then as Director of International Relations at Cemagref, a research organization. After leading the development of the Ruas group, an SME specializing in water and sanitation, he took charge of Cemafroid in 2005.
Since 2010, Gérald Cavalier has been chairing the Tecnea-Cemafroid Group, an independent technical center specializing in the cold chain, refrigeration and air conditioning that provides professionals with a guarantee of conformity and performance.
Gérald Cavalier is also president of the Association Française du Froid (French association of refrigeration) since 2013. He is also a director and president of the transport storage section of the International Institute of Refrigeration. As a recognized expert, Gérald works with CEN, AFNOR, WHO, UNECE and numerous technical and professional associations. He is the author of many scientific and technical articles.
Professor, School of Engineering & Advanced Technology, Massey University
Professor Cleland is Professor of Process Engineering in the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology at Massey University, New Zealand. His research interests are industrial refrigeration, heat pumping, energy efficiency and food processing. He is theme leader of Materials, Manufacturing and Design for the Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge. He is an Honorary Member of the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning and Heating and the Science and Technology Council of the International Institute of Refrigeration, and a Fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers, the Institution of Professional Engineers of NZ, the Institute of Refrigerating, Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers of NZ and the NZ Institute of Food Science and Technology. He is a Board member of the MacDiarmid Institute, the NZ Robotics Charitable Trust and the Manawatu Cricket Association.
Professor, Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Prof. Alberto Coronas obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Barcelona University (Barcelona, Spain) in 1974 and 1979, respectively. He received his Ph.D. in 1983 from the Barcelona University (Barcelona, Spain). He started his research into absorption refrigeration and heat pumps during a postdoctoral stay under the supervision of Prof. Robert Bugarel in the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs en Génie Chimique (Toulouse, France) in 1985. He worked as lecturer at the Chemistry Faculty (Tarragona) of the Barcelona University until 1994. He worked as lecturer at the Mechanical Engineering Department of Rovira i Virgili University until 2001 and since then as full professor on Thermal Engineering. In the period 2008-15, he was the academic coordinator of the postgraduate program on Air Conditioning Technologies and Energy Efficiency in Buildings, and from 2009 coordinates at the Rovira i Virgili University the master and doctorate program in Thermodynamics Engineering of Fluids. He is the head and founder of the Research Group on Applied Thermal Engineering (CREVER) since 1994.
His research activity covers the field of absorption technology for industrial refrigeration, heat pumps and chillers, heat and mass transfer in sorption processes and thermophysical properties of new working mixtures, and polygeneration technologies. He has supervised more than 30 Ph.D. theses and published around 250-refereed technical publications. He has participated and coordinated many national and international projects related with the development of absorption chillers and the energy efficiency monitoring and analysis of cooling plants. He has a very good knowledge on cooling applications in industries (agrofood, petrochemicals, plastics manufacturing, etc) and the recent developments in the cooling market from new systems to advances in existing technologies. The research group is also internationally recognized by its knowledge on the development of new configurations of advanced absorption chillers using conventional and new working fluids.
Research Assistant Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Stefan Elbel received his MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where he currently holds an appointment as Research Assistant Professor. He is also an Associate Director of the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Center (ACRC), where he and his students conduct fundamental and applied research on HVAC&R systems. Since 2007 he has also been the Chief Engineer at Creative Thermal Solutions, Inc. (CTS).
Researcher, Irstea-National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture
Laurence Fournaison, Ph. D. is an energy engineer and accredited research director in the field of refrigeration. She currently works at Irstea (National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture) where she has managed the laboratories of refrigeration process engineering from 2010 to 2018. Her work has mainly focused on the use of phase-change materials for cold storage. After finishing her Ph. D. on storage with eutectic nodules, she developed an expertise in the field of ice slurries as well as salt and gas hydrate slurries. Member of the IIR’s B1 Commission, she’s been leading IIR’s working group on “Phase-Change Materials and Slurries for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning” since 2006. She is also a member of the French Association of Refrigeration (AFF) where she led a working group on refrigerant fluids and currently presides over a training commission. She has authored 50 publications in international industry journals and has participated in more than 90 conferences on refrigeration worldwide. She has mentored 20 Ph.D. candidates on thermal energy storage, slurries and condenser misting.
Managing Director, MF Conseil
French delegate to the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) and President of section C “Biology and Food technology” of the IIR
Jacques Guilpart is an agronomist and a refrigeration engineer.
After an early career in rural development in West Africa and in the cattle feed industry, he joined the Refrigeration Processes Engineering Research Unit of Cemagref in 1990. Whilst there, he carried out research on efficiency in refrigeration equipment and systems; and on applications of refrigeration for food products. In 1999, he became head of this research unit and deputy director of a joint research unit which carried out research on Food Process Engineering.
As French delegate to the IIR and as head of IIR Section C (Biology and Food technology), he actively participates in IIR activities. From 2004 to 2010, he was on the editorial board of the International Journal of Refrigeration.
Mr Guilpart is also active in the French Association of Refrigeration (AFF) both as a member of the management board and as president of the orientation committee. He teaches industrial refrigeration at the French Institute of Industrial Refrigeration and is a member of the French academy of agriculture (AAF).
He has authored and co-authored more than 120 papers and conference presentations, including 50 peer-reviewed publications.
In 2009 he joined the consulting firm MF Conseil, specialized in the field of energy efficiency and energy management for industry, specifically the food industry. Since 2010, he has been the executive director of MF Conseil.
|Pega Hrnjak|| Stoecker Faculty Fellow, Distinguished Res. Professor,
Director Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Center,
Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign & President, Creative Thermal Solutions, Inc.
Dr. Hrnjak is Stoecker Faculty Fellow, Distinguished Res. Professor, and Director of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Center (ACRC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is also a founder and president of 50 engineers strong Creative Thermal Solutions (CTS), a vibrant research company that bridges ACRC activities (precompetitive research in function of education) and industry. He is a fellow of SAE, ASME, ASHRAE, was on the board of Directors of IIAR and is editor or member of the boards of several professional scientific journals. He is recipient of IIR Gustav Lorentzen Medal (ICR Prague 2011), L&B Holladay ASHRAE Distinguished Fellow Award for 2019, an annual award given to an ASHRAE Fellow for continuous preeminence in engineering or research work, J&E Hall (2012) and Rittinger (2008) medals, among other awards. He is academician of AESS (AINS), in his native Serbia.
Pega joined the University of Illinois in 1993. His research focus is on energy conversion systems, microchannel heat exchanges, natural and synthetic refrigerants with applications: space, air, automotive, stationary, unitary, commercial, and industrial.
Pega got formal education from the University of Belgrade where he started academic career from RA to Assist. Professor. He also worked at Technical University of Denmark, University of Missouri Rolla, etc.
He published over 200 archival journal articles, 400 conference papers (h=40, more than 6000 citations), 100 reports, gave over 100 invited lectures, wrote several chapters in books, graduated over 100 PhD and MS students.
Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland
Dr. Yunho Hwang is a worldly-known expert for “energy efficiency and new innovative energy systems research” in the field of refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC). He started his industrial career at Samsung Electronics in 1983, developed energy efficient heat pump systems, and replaced ozone-depleting R12 with R134a in home refrigerators. Since he joined the University of Maryland in 1993, he developed R-22 alternative refrigerants for air-conditioning systems, and then started his research on enhanced CO2 systems. From 1997, he started Energy Efficiency and Heat Pumps Consortium as a director and successfully developed multiple innovative energy efficient and sustainable RAC technologies. In addition to developing energy efficient technologies such as two-stage CO2 split cycle, saturation cycle, and hybrid separate sensible and latent cooling technology, he has initiated new innovative researches on “not-in-kind” refrigeration systems beyond sorption technologies such as elastocaloric cooling systems and electrochemical compression for natural refrigerants. As an educator and researcher, he advised UMD students teams for multiple design competitions, introduced innovative thermal systems concepts, and helped team win either First or Second place. His innovative research during last 35 years has resulted in 270 publications and 10 patents. His very high research impact is proven by Scopus data: h_index 29 with 2,761 citations. Since 1999, he has dedicated actively for IIR such as serving for Commission B1 and B2, and chairing the IIR working group on LCCP. He has also helped the International Journal of Refrigeration by reviewing more than 100 papers and publishing high quality 35 articles with 2 articles listed as most cited since 2013.
Professor, Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Dr. Yongchan Kim received BE and MS from Department of Mechanical Engineering, Korea University, Korea, in 1985 and 1987, respectively, and PhD from Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, USA, in 1993. He has been a professor at School of Mechanical Engineering, Korea University since 1995. He was an Associate Dean for Planning of College of Engineering (2011-2012), and a Vice President of Research Planning (2015-2019), Korea University. He currently serves as a President of SAREK (Society of Air-conditioning and Refrigerating Engineers of Korea). He served as an Editor-in-Chief of Internal Journal of Air-conditioning and Refrigeration (IJACR) (2012-2018), and an Associate Editor of STBE (2010-present). His research interests include renewable energy systems, advanced HVAC systems, and electronic cooling systems. He has been awarded the Namheon Academic Award from KSME, the Academic Awards from SAREK and KSME, and the Asian Academic Award from JSRAE, CAR, and SAREK.
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana
Professor Dr. Andrej Kitanovski (Mech.Eng) is a head of the research group in the field of magnetocalorics at the University of Ljubljana and a Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. He is an active member of the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR), and a co-founder of the IIR Magnetic Cooling Working party. His research activities mainly involve investigations and development of new Caloric Energy Conversion technologies, Advanced heat transfer mechanisms and Thermal Storage Systems. Besides of his scientific career, he was a Director General for the Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness at the Ministry of the Economy of Slovenia and a member of related High-Level group at the EU Commission. He was a leader of the group »Energy Sources« of the Slovenian Competence Center for Sustainable Buildings, member of the Expert Council for Lisbon Strategy of the Slovenian Government, member of the Working Group for the Slovenian National Research Program, and today, he is a leading person in the expert group of the Slovenian Strategic Research And Innovation Partnerships (Srip) of the Smart buildings and homes, including wood chain. For his research achievements in Calorics, he has been awarded by the prestige Zois Certificate of Recognition of the Republic of Slovenia, has obtained three recognitions by the International Institute of Refrigeration, and was a winner of the Swiss Technology Award in 2006.
Professor, DTG, University of Padova
Renato Lazzarin graduated in Mechanical Engineering and in Statistical and Economical Sciences at the University of Padova. He is full professor of Energy Management and Renewable Energies Management at the University of Padova for the degree in Management Engineering. He operates in the Department of Management and Engineering in Vicenza.
Chemical Engineer, Applied Chemicals and Materials Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Dr. McLinden holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin and joined the National Institute of Standards and Technology in 1984. His research in the NIST Applied Chemicals and Materials Division focuses on highly accurate measurements of fluid properties over wide ranges of temperature and pressure and the design and fabrication of instruments for such measurements. Throughout his career, Dr. McLinden has researched “new” refrigerants; in the 1990s replacements for the ozone-depleting CFC and HCFC refrigerants were the focus, and more recently, his attention has turned to fluids having low global warming potential (GWP). He is the author or coauthor of more than 120 peer-reviewed publications and has received several awards related to his refrigerants research.
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland
Reinhard Radermacher holds a PhD in physics and conducts research in heat transfer and working fluids for energy conversion systems — in particular heat pumps, air-conditioners, refrigeration systems, and integrated cooling heating and power systems. His work resulted in more than 400 publications, numerous invention records and 12 patents. He has co-authored three books. His research includes the development of software for the design and optimization of heat pumps and air-conditioners which is now in use at more than 80 companies worldwide.
|Ruzhu Wang|| Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Director of Institute of Refrigeration and Cryogenics of SJTU
Director, Engineering Research Center of Solar Energy, MOE China
WANG Ruzhu (R. Z. Wang), born in Dec.1964, graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in 1984, 1987 and 1990 for his bachelor , master and PhD degrees. He was promoted as associate professor in 1992, full professor in 1994 in SJTU.
He has written 10 Books and about 500 co-authored international journal papers, his ISI h index is 62. His contributions include Sorption heat pumps, CCHPs, solar heating and cooling, and green building energy systems. He has won Chinese National Research Awards in 2010 and 2014 respectively. Prof. Wang received the J & E Hall International Gold Medal from the Institute of Refrigeration (UK) in 2013, Asia Refrigeration Academic Award in 2017, the Nukiyama Memorial Award from the Japanese Society of Heat Transfer in 2018. He was honored to be the Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
He had been appointed as the director of Institute of Refrigeration and Cryogenics of SJTU since 1993. Currently he is also the Director- Engineering Research Center of Solar Energy, MOE China, Vice dean of SJTU Energy Institute. His research group has awarded as Excellent Innovative Team of Energy Research from MOST China in 2014 and NSFC in 2015.
Prof. Wang is currently the vice president of Chinese Association of Refrigeration, vice president of Chinese Society of Heat and Mass Transfer. Deputy editor-in-chief of Energy, Regional editor-International Journal of Refrigeration.
Professor, Institute of Energy Engineering, Technische Universitaet Berlin
born on November 20, 1955, Hamburg, Germany
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