keynote speakers


The University of Manchester, United Kingdom

School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

Professor Geoff Levermore, our main keynote speaker on the first day, is one of the lead writers on the International Panel on Climate Change, the UN linked world wide authority on global warming. He and his colleagues on the IPCC were awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace, alongside climate campaigner Al Gore, for their efforts in bringing the subject into the global arena. A professor of the built environment at the University of Manchester, Professor Levermore helped write and edit a chapter on residential and commercial buildings and their impact on climate change.

Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Levermore's research interest is into the urban heat island and climate change related to building performance. He was the head of the Built Environment Research Group in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, University of Manchester (2000 to 2011). He was appointed an Emeritus Professor in 2011 but conducts research on a part-time basis, mostly on urban heat islands (currently with measurement stations in Manchester, UK and Ulsan, South Korea) and weather data, including climate change, for building design. He was a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, (UNEP, WMO)) Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) 2007, Working Group 3 (WG3): Mitigation of Climate Change, Residential / Commercial Buildings. He was a contributor to the award of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2007 to the IPCC and Al Gore. He was Principal Author of the UK Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Guide A External Design Data Chapter published in 2015 which includes climate change and urban heat island data.



UAE University, UAE

Department of Electrical Engineering

Holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona since 1986. The first Emirati to receive a PhD in the field of Engineering. Worked in the field of higher education for the past 30 years. Assistant Professor (1987-1993), Associate Professor (1993-2004), Full Professor (2004-2011) of Electrical Engineering at UAE University. Works as professor and assistant to the president at RIT Dubai since 2011. Held many administrative posts at UAE University including department chair, vice dean, member of the vice chancellor technical board, and advisor to the vice chancellor for IT affairs. Worked as Corporate Manager of Education and Technology at Dubai Silicon Oasis, (2006-2008). Worked as Senior Manager of Science and Technology at UAE Emirates Foundation (2009-2011). Developed and taught many undergraduate and graduate courses in engineering, conventional and renewable energy, control systems, power systems, and IT. Developed and delivered many professional training courses and workshops in energy, power systems, control systems, leadership, innovation, project management for local practicing engineers. Published over 77 technical papers in refereed international and regional journals and conference proceedings. Among which one third in the field of energy and related issues. Published three edited books in energy and related issues. A prime reviewer for local and international Master and Doctoral Thesis. Received several awards and scholarships like the IEEE millennium award, UAE University College of Engineering community service award, Fulbright research scholarship, and Emirates Energy Award. Former member of Shaikh Khaleefah Education Award Review Committee (2009-11). Former member of UAE Ministry of Higher Education Executive Committee (in charge of UAE Higher Education Institutes license and academic programs accreditation, prior to the creation of CAA). Former member of UAE Ministry of Higher Education Certificate Equivalency Committee. Chaired the first UAE Ministry of Higher Education accreditation committee to authorize and accredit a group of private higher education institutions (2000). Former member of UAE University College of Engineering ABET accreditation committee (1996, 2002, and 2008). Member of RIT Dubai ABET Accreditation Committee for Electrical Engineering program. He is a member of Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) University Quality Assurance International Board (UQAIB). Member of Zayed Future Energy Prize Selection Committee and chairman of its Global High School Committee. He is the chair of the Engineering Advisory Council and member of the strategic planning committee at the American University in Ras Alkhaimah (AURAK).


Prof. Dr. Ömer AYDAN

Ryukyu University, Japan

Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture

Ömer AYDAN, study on the relationship between the earthquake and the estimated rate of stress and strain of the crust by GPS, about the mechanism and rock slope destruction in Taiwan Chi-Chi earthquake, studies on the estimation of the generation mechanism of the earthquake and the stress state of the crust from the striations of the fault, studies on the initial stress state of Turkey, Cappadocia region, study on underground space from the current and past underground city of Cappadocia, study on heat, stress and penetration and diffusion coupled behavior of rock, fundamental research on the determination of the swelling potential surface in swelling phenomenon of ground material, the basic research on the model of the crack initiation mechanism due to the swelling phenomenon of ground material, studies on the occurrence of natural potential accompanying the deformation characteristics of the electrical resistivity of the ground material, study on liquefaction judgment method of the ground caused by the earthquake, study on the development and application of the observation system on the stability of Zan-bashira and abandoned mine in Mitake-cho lignite mining area remains, study on failure mechanism of underground cavities in sedimentary soft rock, study on fracture morphology and the vibration of the ground by the earthquake fault, studies on the applicability of multi-parameter measurement method to earthquake prediction, studies on the long-term stability of underground rock structures in sedimentary soft rock.



University of South Wales, England

Department of Civil Engineering

Prof. John Kinuthia is a professor of Innovation and Engagement in Civil Engineering at the University of South Wales (formerly University of Glamorgan), in South Wales, United Kingdom. He holds a BSc. (Hons) Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nairobi (Kenya), MSc. Degree in Highway Engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK, and a PhD from the University of Glamorgan on lime-stabilised sulphate-bearing clay soils. This research study led to the innovative use of blastfurnace slag in the stabilisation of soils, and the first application of lime-slag formulations in roads in the UK. The novel technology has been tested in a road trial on the A421 Tingewick By-pass, west of Buckingham. He is an active researcher into sustainable civil engineering materials. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng), A Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE), and a member of the Chartered Institution of Highway and Transportation (CIHT). Before joining academia, Prof. Kinuthia acquired considerable working experience in design and construction of highways in both public and private sectors in Kenya. He then joined academia, as Head of Department of Civil Engineering at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in Kenya. He has since successfully supervised 14 PhDs, and over 100 publications in journal, book chapter and conference publications (Google Scholar iH10 Index-35; Citations-1,326), perhaps evidenced by the prestigious title of Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) of UK. He is an editorial board member to several peer-reviewed journals, and advisor to numerous research, private and Government institutions at the international level. Esteem highlights include a prestigious Royal Society Brian Mercier Award for innovation, and patented technology on novel cement using industrial wastes - Wastepaper Ash and Blastfurnace Slag. His activities are strongly embedded in industry, as manager of a laboratory that is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and also is a European Commission (EC) NANDO Notified Test Laboratory (Notified Body) for testing materials. His current interest includes addressing challenges in Life Cycle Analysis of sustainable materials, as will be addressed in his key note speech in ISBS 2017.


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Müge Mukaddes Darwish

Texas Tech University, USA

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Dr. Muge Mukaddes Darwish received her Ph.D in Interdisciplinary Engineering and Masters of Science from Texas Tech University in 1991 and 1998 respectively. She received her Graduate diploma, in Bari, Italy in 1982. She received her Bachelors of Science in Agricultural engineering in 1978 at Ataturk University in Turkey. She worked as field engineer from 1978 till 1981 in Turkey as well. She also has consulting experience internationally and she is currently an associate professor at Texas Tech University in Civil, Environmental & Construction Engineering Department. Dr. Darwish’s goal is to advance engineering learning into broader ecosystems through means of innovation, globalization, or sustainability. She incorporates issues of sustainability in all of her course work to aid student’s understandings of the complexities of environmentally sensitive design. Her scholarly pursuits seek to understand and optimize the performance of human and natural systems to reduce environmental impacts while meeting design goals. She teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses with the emphasis of design and construction delivery systems for high performance green buildings, the basis of which is sustainability. Her current research interests are in the technical and educational levels of various engineering topics with the primary research focus being engineering education research. Her other research areas include, but are not limited to, green building techniques, sustainable development, green building materials and sustainable (GREEN) construction. She has intensive experience working in projects of pre-engineering preparation education at schools K-12, mathematics for women in science and engineering, and improvements of enrollment of minorities and women in Science and Engineering programs. She is particularly interested in increasing the achievement and higher education representation of under-represented groups “women and ethnic minorities” in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Dr. Darwish is the author of several technical articles. She has reviewed three technical books, and several journal articles. She is in editorial board of journal of Sustainability, American Society for Engineering Educators (ASEE), Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) and she is a Technical Board Member for Latin American Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI).