Keynote speakers: Frano Barbir


Frano Barbir is Professor and Chair of Thermodynamics at Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Split, Croatia.  He is also teaching a Fuel Cell course at University of Wyoming Mechanical Engineering Department.

He has been actively involved in fuel cell technology R&D, engineering and applications since 1989, working in U.S. as a researcher and R&D manager in both industry (Energy Partners, Proton Energy Systems) and at universities (University of Miami, University of Connecticut), and in Turkey as the Associate Director of Science and Technology of the UNIDO – International Center for Hydrogen Energy Technologies.

His research interests include heat and mass transfer in PEM fuel cells, effects of operational conditions on fuel cell performance and durability, design of fuel cells and fuel cell stacks, fuel cell applications, and hydrogen energy concept and its role in energy future.

He has authored and/or co-authored more than 200 papers on hydrogen and fuel cells published in scientific and technical journals, books, encyclopedias, and conference proceedings, as well as 7 U.S. patents on various aspects fuel cell stack and system design and operation. He is the Emeritus Editor of the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (after serving for 13 years as the Associate Editor).

Prof. Barbir holds a Dipl.-Ing. degree in mechanical engineering and an M.Sc. degree in chemical engineering both from University of Zagreb, Croatia, and a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

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Professor of Mechanical Engineering M.I.T  USAyoucef-toumiKamal

Kamal Youcef-Toumi joined the MIT Mechanical Engineering Department faculty in January 1986 as an Assistant Professor. Prior to his faculty appointment, Professor Youcef-Toumi served as a Research Associate and Lecturer with this Department. He earned his advanced degrees (M.S. 1981 and Sc.D. 1985) in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. His undergraduate degree (B.S. in Mechanical Engineering awarded in 1979) is from the University of Cincinnati.

Professor Youcef-Toumi’s research has focused primarily on design, control theory and its applications to dynamic systems. His research has focused on controller design for systems with unknown dynamics, and in particular, the development of control techniques with fast adaptation, modeling and simulation of dynamic systems. The applications have included manufacturing, robotics, automation, metrology and nano/biotechnology. He teaches courses in the fields of dynamic systems and controls; robotics; and precision machine design and controls.

Professor Youcef-Toumi was selected as a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator « in recognition of research and teaching accomplishments and academic potential. ». This was awarded by President Ronald Reagan. He also held a Carl Richard Soderberg Career Development Chair given by MIT’s School of Engineering.

He has served on several professional committees of The National Science Foundation. Other services include Chairman of the Information Technology program within The Arab Science and Technology Foundation, and Member of the review committee for European Union funded Network of Excellence for Innovative Production Machines and Systems. He is also the Co-Director of the Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy at MIT, the Head of the Controls, Instrumentation and Robotics Area in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT, and Member of the Council for International Programs.

Professor Youcef-Toumi has served as a consultant for a several companies including AT&T Bell Laboratories, EDO Corporation, Varian Radiation Division, Gillette Corp., Delta Search Laboratories, Jentek Sensors and Mitsubishi Electric.

He was elected to Sigma Xi, is a member of the IEEE and the ASME. He served as Chairman of the ASME Dynamics Systems & Control Division Robotics Panel. He was an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems Measurement and Controls. He is the International Program Committee Chairman for the 2010 IFAC Symposium on Mechatronic Systems, and an Associate editor of the ASME’s Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD) Conference Editorial Board. In addition, he has served as Editor several symposia proceedings.

Professor Youcef-Toumi is the author of over 150 publications, including a textbook on the theory and practice of direct-drive robots. He holds 9 patents. He is currently completing an additional textbook on Modeling and Control Systems. Professor Youcef-Toumi has been an invited lecturer at over 120 seminars at companies and universities throughout the world.

Professor and Chair of Thermal Machines University of Pisa, ItalyUD

Umberto Desideri joined the University of Pisa in November 2014 as a Full Professor of Thermal Machines and Applied Energy. Since 1992 he has served as Assistant, Associate and Full Professor at the University of Perugia. He earned his M.S. in 1988 in Mechanical Engineering and his PhD in 1993 in Energy Engineering at the University of Florence.
Professor Desideri’s research topics have been the following: Innovative and high efficiency fossil fired power generation systems, renewable energy systems, hydrogen and fuel cells, carbon capture and storage, energy saving in industry and residential buildings, tri- and polygeneration, energy efficiency in buildings, LCA and carbon footprint.
Professor Desideri is member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is Editor of Applied Energy and member of the editorial board of Applied Thermal Engineering, and Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Fuel cell Science and Technology.
He has been in the scientific committee and organization committees of the ICAE and ECOS conferences and conference chair of one edition of both conferences and he has served as session organizer for several session at the ASME Turbo Expo. He was chair of the Coal Biomass and Alternative Fuels of the ASME/IGTI from 2006 to 2008.
He is member of the ASME Codes and Standard Committee PTC48 « Overall Plant Performance with Carbon Capture, and member of the EU Zero Emission Platform (Taskforce Technology).
He has been founder of two spin-off companies with his former students.
He was mmeber of the Administration board and the Senate of the University of Perugia and Director of the Department of Engineering of the same University.
He is referee for several scientific journals and expert reviewer for different international institutions.
He was scientific responsible for several national and international research projects.
Professor Desideri is author of over 200 scientific papers, 173 indexed on Scopus, in Journals and Conference Proceedings.

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