2018 Keynote Speaker

Topic: “Cultivating Global Engineering Skills: Challenges in Higher Engineering Education”

Higher engineering education faces various challenges in our globalized world. Due to the increasingly large numbers of international students in their institutions, one of the major problems educators face is cultivating so-called "global skills", dealing with aspects like adaptability, cultural-sensitivity, multilingualism etc.

Why are global skills more important today than they were 25 years ago? What are the key differences and similarities between engineering education and other education areas? How do different cultural backgrounds influence students and educators in engineering fields?

This talk will attempt to answer these questions and highlight the overall importance of cultivating global engineering skills in today’s engineering education.

Name: Simona Vasilache

Affiliation: Dept. of Computer Science, Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Short bio:
Simona Vasilache is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering at the University of Tsukuba in
Japan. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Politechnica University of Bucharest, Romania, and she obtained her PhD from the University of Tsukuba in Japan. Her research interests include software
engineering, formal methods, human computer interaction, cultural aspects of e-learning, as well as intercultural communication. For the
past 7 years she has been teaching a culturally diverse group of international students in Japan.

Keynote Speaker #2

Topic: "Annular Fin Design Problems"


By means of finned surfaces of heat exchanger to transmit the amount of heat energy from hot vapor to the cooling flow by convection and by radiation is widely used as the energy part in our life and regarded as the role of many industries such as a power supply of the marine, a refrigerator, an air conditioner, a waste heat recovery and a petro-chemistry industry.

For refrigerator and air conditioner, the evaporator is an important part among the refrigerating processes, and they go with a compressor, a condenser, a thermal expansion valve and an evaporator. It turns liquid refrigerant which has two states of the low pressure and the normal temperature into gas refrigerant under the low pressure and the low temperature with the heat exchanger. Since the ambient air passes through the equipment of the evaporator, lots of heat from the ambient air is then be captured in the refrigerant and causes temperature of the ambient air to descend. Thus, the annular fins adhered to the bare tube to possess a larger area of the fin surface is needed in order to enhance the cooling effect of the evaporator.

The dew point temperature determines the critical point between dry and wet region on the annular fin surface. The discussion will therefore be focused on the influence of the dew point temperature on the fully wet and partially wet conditions.

It should be noted that the shape of annular fin can affect greatly the fin efficiency under the conditions of same fin material and volume for use in the industry applications. So the main purpose of this presentation is how to design the optimal shape of the annular fin that has the highest fin efficiency adhere to bare tube in an evaporator.

Introduction of Dr. Cheng-Hung Huang, Chair Professor

Dr. Cheng-Hung Huang is the Chair Professor at the Department of Systems and Naval Mechatronic Engineering of National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Taiwan. He received his B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering Department from National Cheng Kung University in 1983 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from North Carolina State University of USA in 1988 and 1991, respectively. He joined NCKU in 1991 and served as Department Chairperson, Associate VP for International Affairs and VP for International Affairs of NCKU during his services to NCKU. He is now the Executive VP of NCKU.

Prof. Huang worked on the research fields of “Inverse Problems”, “Inverse Design Problems” and “System Optimization Problems” for more than twenty years. He has received three times the Distinguish Research Award from the Ministry of Science and technology which is the highest honor for the university professors and institution researchers who can receive in Taiwan. He is also the Associate Editor of International Journal “Inverse Problems in Science and Engineering” and the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal “Recent Patents on Engineering”, “The Open Nanoscience Journal”, “The Open Chemical Engineering Journal” and “The Open Ocean Engineering Journal”.

He has published more than 160 SCI papers in the international journals and his current research focuses on heat sink design, solar still design, fan blade design and fin shape design. 

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