Keynote Speakers


International Conference on Advances in Energy Research and Applications (ICAERA’20)



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Dr. Wei Lu

Dr. Wei Lu
University of Michigan, USA
Plenary Speaker

Dr. Wei Lu is Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Director of research center: Advanced Battery Coalition for Drivetrains. He uses multi-scale and multi-physics approaches to analyze battery degradation. He has over 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals and over 100 presentations and invited talks in international conferences, universities and national labs including Harvard, MIT and Stanford. He also has plenty of publications in conference proceedings, encyclopedias and book chapters. Prof. Lu was the recipient of many awards including the CAREER award by the US National Science Foundation; the Robert J. McGrattan Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Robert M. Caddell Memorial Research Achievement Award; Faculty Recognition Award; Department Achievement Award; Novelis/CoE Distinguished Professor Award; CoE Ted Kennedy Family Faculty Team Excellence Award; CoE George J. Huebner, Jr. Research Excellence Award; and the Gustus L Larson Memorial Award by American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was invited to the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative Conference multiple times.

Topic of Keynote: Degradation Analysis and Simulation of Li-ion Batteries
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Dr. Xiangbo Meng

Dr. Xiangbo Meng
University of Arkansas, USA
Keynote Speaker

Topic of Keynote: Atomic-scale Modifying Electrode Surfaces for High-performance Lithium-ion Batteries: Challenges and Opportunity


Dr. Kun (Kelvin) Fu

Dr. Kun (Kelvin) Fu
University of Delaware, USA
Keynote Speaker

Kun (Kelvin) Fu is currently an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware (UD), and he is also affiliated to the Center for Composite Materials at UD. Fu received his PhD in Fiber and Polymer Science from North Carolina State University in 2014, after that he worked as postdoctoral research associate and then assistant research scientist at the University of Maryland and Maryland Energy Innovation Institute, working on garnet-type solid-state electrolytes and batteries. Fu’s representative work involves in solid-state electrolyte and batteries including garnet solid electrolyte surface modification (Nature Materials, Science Advances, Angewandte Chemie), three-dimensional garnet solid electrolyte framework (Energy & Environmental Science), garnet nanofiber/polymer composite electrolyte (PNAS, Materials Today, Advanced Energy Materials), additive manufacturing of electrodes and batteries (Advanced Materials), and review articles related to the same (Chemical Reviews, Advanced Materials), with over 7300 citations in total.

Topic of Keynote: Garnet-type solid-state electrolyte and batteries
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Dr. Ngalula S. Mubenga

Dr. Ngalula S. Mubenga
University of Toledo, USA
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Ngalula Sandrine Mubenga, PE is an Assistant Professor at the Engineering Technology Department at the University of Toledo (UT) [1] (www.Drmubenga.com [2]), Ohio, USA where she received her Bachelor’s (2005), Master’s (2008) and Doctorate (2017) degrees in Electrical Engineering with honors. Her research areas include battery management Systems, electric vehicles, and renewable energy systems. Her battery research won the 2018 IEEE National Aerospace & Electronics Conference Best Poster Award in the USA, while her hybrid electric vehicle research won the 2008 University of Toledo EECS Dept. Most Outstanding Thesis award. Prior to this role, Sandrine was the Manager of Electrical Engineering at UT where she helped manage a $65 million budget. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Ohio, USA.

Sandrine is also an entrepreneur. Since 2011, she is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of SMIN Power Group [3] (www.sminpowergroup.com  [4]), a solar developer with offices in the USA and in the D.R.Congo. In 2018, Sandrine founded the STEM DRC Initiative [5], a non-profit organization that aims to encourage Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) in the D.R.Congo (www.stemdrc.com [6]) and offered 63 scholarships in 2019. She is a Member of the Board of Directors at the Société Nationale d’ Eléctricité, the main electric utility company in the D.R.Congo.

Sandrine has been a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) . In 2009, she started and chaired the first IEEE Graduate of the Last Decade Group in the Toledo Section. She chaired the 2017 IEEE PowerAfrica Conference in Ghana with attendees from over 30 countries. Sandrine received many awards including the 2018 IEEE Engineer of the Year Award, the 2017 Africa Most Influential Women award in Engineering and Manufacturing by CEO Magazine, and she was inducted in the 2018-2019 World Association of Cooperative Education Co-op Hall of Fame.

Sandrine was just recently appointed in three different roles within IEEE: she is now serving as the IEEE Power and Energy Society(PES) Women in Power (WiP) representative for Central Africa, IEEE Smart Village director of Business Development-DRC, and Chair of the IEEE PES scholarship Plus Congo Committee.

Topic of Keynote: A Bilevel Equalizer to Boost the Capacity of Second Life Li Ion Batteries.
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Dr. Yuan Weijia

Dr. Yuan Weijia
University of Strathclyde, UK
Keynote Speaker

Topic of Keynote: TBA