ACAM10 Plenary Speakers

Plenary presentations will be streamed virtually on the online platform. 


Professor Elena Pasternak

President of the Australian Fracture Group School of Engineering
University of Western Australia, Australia

Prof Elena Pasternak

Professor Elena Pasternak received BSc and MSc in Mechanics and Applied Mathematics in 1997 from Dnepropetrovsk State University, Ukraine and PhD in 2002 from the University of Western Australia. In 2002 she became a Humboldt Fellow at Technical University of Clausthal. In 2003-2006 Elena was an Australian Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Western Australia. Currently, she is a professor at the School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Western Australia.

Professor Pasternak’s research interests cover different areas in fracture mechanics, rock mechanics, wave propagation and vibrations, topological interlocking, auxetics and negative stiffness. This determines a wide range of leading journals she publishes in such as fracture mechanics journals Int. J of Fracture and Engineering Fracture Mechanics, rock mechanics journals: Int. J. of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences and Rock Mechanic sand Rock Engineering, engineering journals: Int. J. Engineering Science, Solids and Structures and J. of Sound and Vibrations. Elena is the current President of the Australian Fracture Group.

Professor Filippo Berto 

Chair of Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue Design
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Filippo Berto

Filippo Berto is international chair in fracture mechanics, fatigue, and structural integrity at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology of Trondheim, Norway, since beginning of 2016. He was professor of machine design at the University of Padua, Italy, between 2006 and 2015. He is chairman of the technical committee ESIS TC15 on Structural Integrity of additive manufactured components of European Structural Integrity Society.

Filippo Berto received several awards and distinctions, such as Award of Merit (2018) and Wohler medal (2020) from the European Structural Integrity Society. He has received the Stephen Timoshenko Fellow (2018) given by University of Stanford (USA). He is editor-in-chief or Editor of several scientific journals, such as, Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials & Structures, Material Design & Processing Communications and Materials. Filippo Berto has a major role in the Italian Group of Fracture being president since May 2021 and co-editor in chief of the associated journal.


Professor Hoon Sohn

Director of Center for 3D Printing Non-destructive Testing
Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea


Prof Sohn is Professor at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology). He is an international highly recognised research in the area of smart materials and structures. To date, Prof Sohn has published over 150 refereed journal articles, over 300 conference proceedings, and 10 book & book chapters. He has delivered more than 20 plenary/keynote in different international conferences worldwide. His h-index is 64 and has 19k+ citations (Google Scholar). He was selected as one of 100 most promising individuals in Korea in 2012 by Donga Daily Newspaper, which is one of the three major newspapers in Korea.

His work  has  been  funded  by  the  Boeing  Company,  Samsun  Electronics,  US  Air  Force  Research  Laboratory,  US  Air  Force  Office  of  Scientific Research  (US  AFOSR),  US  National Science  Foundation,  National  Research  Foundation  of  Korea,  Korea  Agency  for  Defence  Development, Hyundai & KIA Motors, Hyundai Heavy Industry, Bombardier, POSCO, Daewoo Construction.


Professor Chun Wang

Head of School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
University of New South Wales, Australia

Professor Chun Wang

Chun-Hui Wang is currently a professor and the Head of School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. Previously he held leadership appointments in government and university sectors.

Currently he leads a research group to develop multifunctional composite materials for sensors, actuators, energy storage, and high-performance structures under extreme environments. Over the past five years at UNSW, he has secured over $20 million external research income to support discovery research and to translate research into practical outcomes through strong partnerships with a diverse range of companies. In 2018 he was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering in recognition of his achievements and leadership in research and impact.

Alfonso H.W. Ngan

Kingboard Endowed Professor in Materials Engineering
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, P.R. China

Alfonso H.W. Ngan

Alfonso Ngan is currently Kingboard Professor in Materials Engineering at the University of Hong Kong. He previously held administrative positions including Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research), Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean of Engineering. He obtained his PhD from the University of Birmingham in the U.K. in 1992. After postdoctoral training at Oxford University, he joined HKU in 1993, and was promoted through the ranks to Chair Professorship in 2011. 

Ngan’s interest includes novel stimuli-responsive materials, material defects and their modeling, and nanomechanics. His research-related honours include the Rosenhain Medal from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, DSc from the University of Birmingham, Croucher Senior Research Fellowship, elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FEng) in the U.K. and the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences (FHKEng), and Guanghua Engineering Science and Technology Prize. He is currently Honorary Secretary of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences.