Keynote & Plenary Speakers

Prof. Sujan Debnath, the Head of Mechanical Engineering, Curtin University, Malaysia

Biography: Dr. Sujan (CEng MIMechE) Joined Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia in October 2008 after completion of two years tenure in Multimedia University, Malaysia. Since 2014, he has been appointed as the Head of Mechanical Engineering, Curtin Sarawak. Dr. Sujan obtained his PhD Degree from the University of Science Malaysia in 2006 majoring applied mechanics with specific research focuses on interfacial thermal mismatch stress analysis in layered structure. 
Over the years, he has been working in the area of thermo-mechanical stress analysis, green composite materials, and polymer composite materials. He has more than 65 publications in reputable international journals and conference proceedings. 
At present, Dr. Sujan is supervising four PhD and three MPhil students. Dr. Sujan is a Chartered Engineer and member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, UK.

Assoc. Prof. Vincent Lee Chieng Chen, Curtin University, Malaysia

Biography: Dr. Lee is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Curtin University Malaysia. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) registered with the Engineering Council (UK), Chartered Scientist (CSci) with the Science Council (UK), and a Project Management Professional (PMP). He received his Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, and Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Nottingham in 2009 and 2013, respectively.  He joined Curtin University Malaysia in 2013.  Prior joining Curtin University Sarawak Malaysia, he served as a Research Engineer at Daikin Malaysia.  Dr. Lee’s research focuses on the use of numerical and experimental methods of non-linear dynamics to solve engineering problems.  Dr. Lee has received more than RM 200 thousands research grants from government to develop his research.

Prof. Erween Abd Rahim, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Malaysia

Biography: Dr. Erween Abd. Rahim is a Associate Professor in the Faculty of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in manufacturing engineering. Dr. Erween holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan, with specialization in machining process. Prior to joining academe, Dr. Erween spent 5 years with several manufacturing and business enterprises.

Dr. Erween has numerous publications in the areas of machining processes. He held the position of Head of Precision Machining Research Center since 2016. He is also the author of the Laser Dan Aplikasi Terkini ( Laser and Recent application) and Minyak Pelincir Berasaskan Tumbuhan (Vegetable-based Lubricant) books, both written in Malaysian language.

Assoc. Prof. Petr Valasek, Czech University of Life Science Prague, Czech Republic

Biography: Petr Valášek is associate professor in the field Technology and mechanization of agriculture on Faculty of Engineering – Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CULS), Czech Republic. Currently he works at the Department of Material Science and Manufacturing Technology and he is Vice-Rector for Quality of Academic Activities on CULS. He defended his dissertation thesis "Polymer particle composite systems" in the doctoral study program Special technology in the field of study quality and reliability of machines and equipment. He attended of more than hundred lectures at European universities in Italy, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Spain, Portugal etc. He has passed several Keynote lectures at international non-European universities as well. As part of research projects, he actively participates in various international conferences, and cooperates with foreign universities (e.g. China, Malaysia, and Indonesia). Assoc. Prof. Ing. Petr Valášek, Ph.D. is the author or co-author of 94 entries in the database Scopus, h-index 15 and 44 entries in the database Web of Science. Professional interests: Composite systems, Biocomposites, Biomass usage in materials engineering, Composites with Natural Fibres, Manufacturing Technology.