Invited Lectures

Ali Beskok, Prof.
Mechanical Engineering Department, Southern Methodist University, USA
Prof. Ali Beskok received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey in 1988. He received an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis in 1991, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 1994 and 1996, respectively. Dr. Beskok was a Visiting Scholar at Brown University, Center for Fluid Mechanics from 1994 to 1996, and a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Research Laboratory of Electronics from 1996-1998. He joined Texas A&M University Mechanical Engineering Department as an Assistant Professor in 1998, and became an Associate Professor in 2004. In 2007, he moved to Old Dominion University, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department as the Batten Endowed Chair Professor of Computational Engineering. He was also the founding director of the ODU Institute of Micro and Nanotechnology. In August 2013, he moved to Southern Methodist University as the chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department and served at this capacity until June 2019. Currently, he is the Brown Foundation, Inc. Professor of Engineering at SMU. For publications please see Google Scholar:
Andrzej Herczyński, Prof.
Department of Physics, Boston College, USA
Andrzej Herczyński is a Research Professor and Laboratory Director in the Department of Physics at Boston College. He was educated at the University of Warsaw and at Lehigh University (Ph.D. in physics in 1987). His research has been in fluid dynamics and applied mathematics, including linear waves in complex environments. He has also been interested in connections between natural sciences and the arts, and has collaborated with the Honors Program at Boston College and Collegium Artes Liberales at the University of Warsaw. He published on the physics of Jackson Pollock’s painting technique, and developed an interdisciplinary summer course The Art of Physics at the University of Parma. In 2017, he was the principal organizer of the program on Growth, Form, and Self-Organization at the Newton Institute in Cambridge, and the related exhibition Form in Art: Art of Form. A recent crossover project is on Paul Klee Notebooks: Form & Mathematics.
Krzysztof Kempa, Prof.
Department of Physics, Boston College, USA
Krzysztof Kempa is a Professor in the Department of Physics at Boston College. Educated in Poland, he received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Wroclaw, and Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics, from the University of Wroclaw (Poland). His postdoctoral fellowships at the Free University in Berlin (Germany) and the Indiana University (USA) were focused on the theory of plasma effects at the metallic surfaces. After joining Boston College in 1987, his research expanded into plasmonics of quantum dots, semiconductor heterostructures, and metamaterials, with research visits at various prestigious institutions around the world, including sabbaticals at the TU Vienna (1996) and Imperial College London (2005). In 2016 he was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (DCMP): "For pioneering contributions to understanding basic physics of plasmons in condensed matter systems." Prof. Kempa published 173 papers, with 9939 total citations. His h-index is 48.
Nicholas Lawson, Prof.
Faculty of Engineering, School of Aerospace, Mechanicsl & Mechatronic Engineering. The University of Sidney, Australia
Associate Professor Nicholas Lawson joined the Department of Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Sydney in October 2021, after 22 years in the School of Aerospace at Cranfield University. Over this period, he was Head of National Flying Laboratory Centre for 5 years and held a Chair in Aerodynamics and Airborne Measurement. He holds a Commercial Pilots Licence, with over 2500 hours of flying experience in the Cranfield Jetstream 31 flying lab, including flight trials in the BAE Systems Flying Test Bed. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a member of the Society of Flight Test Engineers. Nicholas has extensive experience in laser and fibre optic flow diagnostic methods, applied in wind tunnel and airborne environments. These applications have included high speed, large scale, non-Newtonian and multi-phase flows. His PhD with Rolls-Royce plc (RR) applied PIV to supersonic flows, and his post-doc was at the University of Melbourne developing a PIV and LDA diagnostics lab. Recent work has also involved RR, Airbus UK and Meggitt, as well as EU partners, including DLR, TNO and TU Delft. His current research continues to focus is on advanced instrumentation for aerodynamic measurement, where fibre optic sensors are a key part of this work. He has published over 125 peer reviewed papers including 70 journal papers and is joint author of the Springer book 'Advanced In-Flight Measurement Techniques'.
Duncan Lockerby, Prof.
The University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom
Duncan Lockerby is Professor in the Fluid Dynamics Research Centre at the University of Warwick, where he has been since 2006. His research interests lie in: nanoscale fluid mechanics; multiscale modelling; microscale (rarefied) gas dynamics; flow control and drag reduction; and biological fluid mechanics. He has worked in partnership with a number of UK institutions, over a number of years, on the multiscale modelling of micro and nanoflows ( This collaborative team is currently funded by an EPSRC Programme Grant ( that Lockerby leads. Recent published work includes understanding the role of kinetic effects on the evaporation of nanodroplets (Phys. Rev. Lett. 123, 154501; web article: and a re-evaluation of the Rayleigh-Plateau instability at the nanoscale (J. Fluid. Mech. 861: R3; Physics Today article: Administrative roles at Warwick include Head of Research and Deputy Head for the School of Engineering.
Beverley McKeon, Prof.
Graduate Aerospace Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, USA
Beverley McKeon is Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics at the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories at Caltech (GALCIT) and Deputy Chair of the Division of Engineering & Applied Science. Her research interests include interdisciplinary approaches to manipulation of boundary layer flows using morphing surfaces, fundamental investigations of wall turbulence at high Reynolds number, the development of resolvent analysis for modeling turbulent flows, and assimilation of experimental data for efficient low-order flow modeling. She was the recipient of a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship from the DoD in 2017, the Presidential Early Career Award (PECASE) in 2009 and an NSF CAREER Award in 2008, and is a Fellow of the APS and the AIAA. She currently serves as co-Lead Editor of Physical Review Fluids and on the editorial board of the Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, and is a past editor-in-chief of Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science. She is the current Chair, and APS representative, of the US National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.
Bernd R. Noack, Prof.
Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, P.R. China

Bernd R. Noack is Distinguished Professor at Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, and Honorary Professor and Chair in Turbulence Control at TU Berlin.

He develops closed-loop turbulence control solutions for cars, airplanes and transport systems in an interdisciplinary effort with leading groups in China, Europe and USA/Canada. His team is advancing the frontiers of artificial intelligence in fluid mechanics. He invented and is pioneering machine learning control, the first automated learning of control laws in an experiment. Another focus is placed on nonlinear control-oriented reduced-order models, including the automated development of digital twins from data.

He has co-authored over 250 refereed publications, including over 100 international Journal articles, 2 patents, 2 review articles, 2 Springer textbooks and 2 other books. His work has been honored by numerous awards, e.g., the outstanding faculty award at HIT (2020-2021), the inclusion in the Mendeley/Stanford Highly Cited Researchers (2021), a CNRS Scientific Excellence award (2014-2018), a Fellowship of the American Physical Society (2012), a Senior ANR Chair of Excellence in France (2010-2015), and the von Mises Award of the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (2005).