AMAE 2019 Speakers


Prof. Ramesh Agarwal (Keynote Speaker)

Washington University in St. Louis, USA


Prof.Youmin Zhang (Keynote Speaker)

Concordia University, Canada

Keynote Lecture: 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 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.



Keynote Lecture: Challenges and New Developments on Practical and Reliable Applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Abstract: Benefited from technical advances in materials, mechatronics, communication, computation, control, sensors, actuators and new/smart designs, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are gaining more and more attention and rapid development during the last a few years due to their relatively easy and cost-effective uses in various application tasks such as surveillance, sensing, search and rescue, agriculture, forest, environment, pipelines, powerlines, military and security applications. In this talk, brief overall view on the challenges and latest developments on Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) of UAVs integrating with Remote Sensing (RS) techniques for autonomous, efficient and reliable applications to forest and environment monitoring and fires/damages/risks detection will be presented first, then some of new developments and current research works being carried out at presenter’s group will be introduced as the second part of the presentation. In particular, new developments on Fault Detection and Diagnosis (FDD), Fault-Tolerant Control (FTC), and Fault-Tolerant Cooperative Control (FTCC) techniques towards autonomous and reliable applications to the above-mentioned tasks, and the new technical developments for efficient and reliable detection of fires/damages/risks based on remotely sensed signals/images from onboard UAVs will be presented.

Biography: Youmin Zhang is a Professor with the Department of Mechanical, Industrial & Aerospace Engineering and the Concordia Institute of Aerospace Design and Innovation (CIADI) at Concordia University, Canada. His main research interests include fault detection and diagnosis (FDD), fault-tolerant control (FTC), fault-tolerant cooperative control (FTCC) of single and multiple unmanned aerial/space/ground/surface vehicles, smart grids, and applications of unmanned systems to forest fires, power lines, environment, natural resources and disasters monitoring, detection, and protection by combining with remote sensing techniques. He has authored four books, over 500 journal and conference papers, and book chapters. Dr. Zhang is a Fellow of CSME, a Senior Member of AIAA and IEEE, A Member of ASME, Vice-President of International Society of Intelligent Unmanned Systems, and a Member of the Technical Committee for several scientific societies. He has been an Editorial Board Member, Editor-in-Chief, Editor-at-Large, Editor or Associate Editor of several international journals. He has regularly served as the General Chair, Program Chair, and IPC Member of several international conferences, particularly in the field of unmanned systems. More detailed information can be found at




Prof. Mesbah Uddin ( Invited Speaker)

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA


Invited Lecture : 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)

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.