AMAE 2019 Speakers


Prof. Ramesh Agarwal (Keynote Speaker)

Washington University in St. Louis, USA


Prof.Youmin Zhang (Keynote Speaker)

Concordia University, Canada

Biography: Professor Ramesh K. Agarwal is the William Palm Professor of Engineering in the department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Washington University in St. Louis. From 1994 to 2001, he was the Sam Bloomfield Distinguished Professor and Executive Director of the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University in Kansas. From 1978 to 1994, he was the Program Director and McDonnell Douglas Fellow at McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories in St. Louis. Dr. Agarwal received Ph.D in Aeronautical Sciences from Stanford University in 1975, M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1969 and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India in 1968.

Professor Agarwal is a Fellow of eighteen societies: American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Physical Society (APS), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), American Academy of Mechanics (AAM), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics (CSAA), Institute of Pysics (IOP), UK, Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), Energy Institute (EI), Australian Institute of High Energetic Materials, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Academy of Science of St. Louis, Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), and World Innovation Foundation (WIF). He has received many honors and awards for his research contributions including the ASME Fluids Engineering Award (2001), ASME Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award (2006), Royal Aeronautical Society Gold Award (2007), AIAA Aerodynamics Award (2008), AIAA/SAE 2009 William Littlewood Lecture Award (2009), James B. Eads Award of Academy of Science of St. Louis (2009), ASEE/AIAA John Leland Atwood Award (2009), SAE Clarence Kelly Johnson Award (2009), SAE Franklin W. Kolk Award (2009), AIAA Lindbergh Award (2010), SAE Aerospace Engineering Leadership Award (2013), SAE Excellence in Engineering Education Award, SAE International Medal of Honor (2015) and AIAA Reed Aeronatuics Award (2015) among many others.

Title of Speech: Ground Effect Aerodynamics of an Airplane and a Race Car

Abstract:High lift multi-element airfoils/wings are used in airplanes during take-off and landing in the close proximity of the ground. Inverted multi-element airfoils/wings are used in race cars to provide negative lift or downforce to increase the amount of traction between the tires and the ground that ultimately allows the drivers to turn at faster speeds. This paper studies the ground effect aerodynamics of airplanes and race cars by numerical simulations. The influence of ground effect on lift and drag is studied for various angles of attack and heights above the ground by solving the Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations in conjunction with a turbulence model. Details of the flow physics are provided and some conclusions are drawn to assist in the design of multi-element airfoils/wings.


Biography: Professor Youmin Zhang received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China, in 1983, 1986, and 1995, respectively. He is currently a Professor with the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering and the Concordia Institute of Aerospace Design and Innovation, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

His current research interests include condition monitoring, health management, Fault Detection and Diagnosis (FDD), and Fault-Tolerant Control Systems (FTCS), cooperative Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) of single and multiple unmanned aerial/space/ground/surface vehicles and their applications to forest fires, pipelines, power lines, environment, natural resources and natural disasters monitoring, detection, and protection by combining with remote sensing techniques; dynamic systems modeling, estimation, identification, advanced control techniques and signal processing techniques for diagnosis, prognosis, and health management of safety-critical systems, renewable energy systems and smart grids, and intelligent manufacturing processes. He has authored 4 books, over 460 journal and conference papers, and book chapters.

He is a Fellow of Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering (CSME), a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a member of the Technical Committee (TC) for several scientific societies, including the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Technical Committee on Fault Detection, Supervision and Safety for Technical Processes, the AIAA Infotech@Aerospace Program Committee on Unmanned Systems, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society TC on Aerial Robotics and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, the ASME/IEEE TC on Mechatronics and Embedded Systems and Applications, and the International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS) Association Executive Committee. He has been invited to deliver plenary and tutorial talks at international conferences/workshops and research seminars worldwide for over 90 times. He is a founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Instrumentation, Automation and Systems, an Editor-at-Large of the Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems, and an Editorial Board Member/Associate Editor of several other international journals (including three newly launched journals on Unmanned Systems). He has served as General Chair, Program Chair, Program Vice Chair, and IPC Member of many international conferences, including the General Chair of the 10th International Conference on Intelligent Unmanned Systems (ICIUS) in 2014, Montreal, Canada, Program Chair of the International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS) in 2014, Orlando, FL, USA, one of General Chairs of the ICUAS in 2015, Denver, USA, a Co-General Chair of the ICIUS 2016 to be held at Xian, China, Program Chair of the ICUAS 2017 held at Miami, USA, a General Co-Chair of the 2nd Int. Symp. on Autonomous Systems (ISAS’18), Chongqing, May 19-21, 2018, and General Chair of the ICUAS 2018 to held at Dallas, USA in June 12-15, 2018. More detailed information can be found at




Prof. Mesbah Uddin ( Invited Speaker)

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA


Biography: Dr. Mesbah Uddin is the Director of North Carolina Motorsports and Automotive Research Center and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is the current Chair of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International Aerodynamics Forum Committee and a member of AIAA Turbulence Model Benchmarking Working Group. In addition, Dr Uddin also served as a member of North Carolina Governor’s Motorsports Advisory Council during 2012-2017. Dr. Uddin obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, and Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Since 1984, Dr. Uddin served both in industry and in academia in different parts of the world. Prior to joining UNC Charlotte in 2008, he was employed by Exa Corporation of Burlington, MA, at Dodge Motorsports Engineering (DME), Chrysler Technical Center, Auburn Hills, MI, as a Principal Application Engineer where he was involved in DME’s NASCAR and NHRA aerothermal development program. It addition to this primary role at DME, he served also as the assigned Aero-CFD analyst for Chrysler’s Challenger, Charger and 300C model street and passenger cars. Dr. Uddin’s research interest extends from the fundamental fluid dynamics of canonical flows to the flows of applied industrial interest using both experimental and

Title of Speech: Recent Advances and Key Challenges in Road and Race Vehicle Aerodynamic Predictions

Abstract: Aerodynamics is the single most important factor in professional racing that stands between checkered-flag and tail-ender finishes. For passenger vehicles, aerodynamic drag reduction is becoming increasingly important due to the demand for improved fuel efficiency and push by regulations aiming at reducing greenhouse gas emissions....(Learn More)