Keynote speakers

Prof. Atilla Incecik
University of Strathclyde

Atilla Incecik is Professor of Offshore Engineering and Head of Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at Strathclyde.
Professor Incecik has been responsible for the development of design and analysis tools and model testing of marine and offshore engineering systems during his research activities both in industry and academia. His current research includes development of dynamic load and response prediction tools for the design and installation of floating offshore platforms and marine renewable energy devices; investigation of sources and interaction of potential and viscous origin forces to determine low frequency motions of moored offshore vessels; investigation of low cycle fatigue loading on floating production, storage and offloading systems; transportation of CO2 and decommissioning of offshore platforms. Professor Incecik is Editor-in-Chief of Ocean Engineering.

Prof. Eric G. Paterson
Virginia Tech

Eric G. Paterson, a world-renowned expert in computational fluid dynamics, is Professor and department head of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Tech. His focus areas are ship and submarine hydrodynamics, renewable energy from hydro and wind turbines, cardiovascular fluid dynamics and heart-assist devices, and explosives trace detection. Paterson is a three-time mechanical engineering graduate of the University of Iowa, earning his bachelor’s in 1987, his master’s in 1990 and his doctorate in 1994. He spent two years as a postdoctoral associate at the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research (IIHR) at the University of Iowa after receiving his Ph.D. In 1996, he was promoted to assistant research engineer, and four years later, to associate research engineer. He is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Physical Society, and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Prof. Yousry Welaya
Alexandria University

Yousri Welaya is Emeritus Professor at Alexandria University, Faculty of Engineering. He was a Visiting Professor at College of Technological Studies, Kuwait from Sept. 2002 to June 2007 and he was Head of Marine Tech. Department from Sept. 2006 to June 2007. Professor Yousri research interests are The hydrodynamics of ships and offshore structures, Stability of ships and semi-submersibles, Environmental loading on offshore structures, and Energy management. His duties are Lecturing for the undergraduate and postgraduate students, Supervision of MSc and PhD dissertations, Associate editor, Alexandria Engineering Journal AEJ (Produced and hosted by Elsevier), Member of the Students and Educational Affairs Committee, Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University, Head of Academic Programs Committee at the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

Prof. Richard Birmingham
Universty of Newcastle

Richard Birmingham is Professor of Small Craft Design at the School of Marine Science and Technology in the University of Newcastle.

Dr. Taha Elhaj
University College London

Taha Elhag is a senior lecturer in Project Management at UCL. Previously, he was a lecturer at UMIST and Manchester University. His teaching duties comprise undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and course directorship. Dr. Elhag's academic experience also includes the supervision of MSc dissertations and PhD research and acting as internal and external examiner for various universities. He is also an expert reviewer for many international journals and EPSRC research projects. His research experience incorporates his role as principal investigator in EPSRC research grants.

He was a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Reading, Manchester and the British University in Dubai (BUiD). His experience also involves working as site engineer and project manager with contracting organisations. Dr. Elhag has actively published in international refereed conferences and refereed journals. He is a member of the Association for Project Management (MAPM).