Keynote Speakers


Keynote speaker Affiliation Country
Denis Benasciutti University of Udine Italy
Stefano Beretta
Politecnico di Milano Italy
Ali Fatemi University of Toledo USA
Jan Papuga Czech Technical University in Prague Czech Republic
Jaroslav Polak Institute of Physics of Materials Academy of Sciences
of the Czech Republic
Czech Republic
Narayanaswami Ranganathan Université Francois Rabelais de Tours France
Cetin Morris Sonsino Fraunhofer-Institut LBF Germany

Denis Benasciutti

University of Udine, Italy

Denis Benasciutti was born in 1975. In 2001, he graduated in Materials Engineering at the University of Ferrara (Italy), where he also obtained a PhD in "Civil and Industrial Engineering" in 2005, with a thesis entitled "Fatigue analysis of random loadings". In 2006, he obtained a Master on "Welding Engineering" held by the Italian Institute of Welding (IIS) and he then certified as European/International Welding Engineer (EWE/IWE). From 2005 to 2006 he was post-doc research fellow at the Engineering Department at the University of Ferrara. Since 2006 he has been Assistant professor at the University of Udine (Italy).

His research interest is mainly devoted to the structural durability under variable amplitude and random uniaxial and multiaxial loadings, with particular focus on spectral methods in the frequency-domain. Since 2007, his research has also been focused on thermo-mechanical analysis and low-cycle fatigue of mechanical components used in steelmaking plants.

Stefano Beretta

Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Full Professor of Machine Design and Reliability of Machines at Politecnico di Milano, Department of Mechanical Engineering.

- MSc Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano;
1997 - Doctoral Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Kyushu University (Fukuoka, Japan), tutor Prof. Y. Murakami.

Career & Academic Roles
November 1990 - Researcher at Department of Mechanical Engineering of Politecnico di Milano;
November 1998 - Associate Professor at Department of Mechanical Engineering of Politecnico di Milano;
December 2002 - Full Professor at Department of Mechanical Engineering of Politecnico di Milano.
2004 - 2012  -  Deputy Director of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Politecnico di Milano;
2013 -          -  Member of the Academic Senate.

Scientific affiliations and international activities (other than ESIS)

  • 2003 - 2011  -  Member of the Board of IGF (Italian Group on Fracture).
  • Member of Organizing Committee of ICF11 (2005).
  • 2007 - 2011  -  Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit (ImechE Trans.).
  • 2014 -          -  Member of the Editorial Board of Engineering Fracture Mechanics.

Detailed biography is available here.

Ali Fatemi

University of Toledo, USA

Dr. Fatemi received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in structural analysis and design and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 1985, all from The University of Iowa. He has been on the faculty of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Toledo since 1987 where he is currently a Distinguished University Professor. Dr. Fatemi has published about 200 papers dealing with fatigue and fracture, both at the basic level helping to understand fundamental fatigue damage mechanisms, as well as in the applied areas facilitating applications of the knowledge learned to the design and life prediction of engineering components and structures. He has co-authored the second edition of a fatigue textbook entitled "Metal Fatigue in Engineering" published by Wiley in 2000. He has had sponsored research projects from many companies, foundations, and government agencies. Dr. Fatemi is a Fellow of ASME, member of ASTM Committee E-8 on Fatigue and Fracture, and a member of the American Academy of Mechanics. He is on the editorial board of International Journal of Fatigue, Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics, and Advances in Mechanical Engineering.

Jan Papuga

Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic

Jan Papuga finished his Ph.D. thesis in 2006 at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague.

Before that he worked as engineer and fatigue analyst in various companies - Kappa 77, ŠKODA VÝZKUM s.r.o., Evektor, spol. s r.o.. He continues to join academic and industrial sectors by being employed at the CTU in Prague and Evektor (a company focused on development of small aircrafts and delivering engineering analyses to various customers).

Jan Papuga focuses in his research and engineering work on multiaxial fatigue and fatigue computation methods above all. He is developer of PragTic fatigue freeware, which continuously grew up to the commercial version, which should be released in 2015. Project FADOFF (Fatigue Analysis Documentation OFFice) led by him in 2011-2014 was the major impetus for this change. In addition to PragTic development, it resulted in website, collecting vast information about fatigue related data.

Jan Papuga organized five volumes of Workshop on Computational Fatigue Analysis & PragTic Users' Meeting, and two extensive workshops on damage tolerance. He is a member of the Czech Society for Mechanics and of ESIS.

Detailed biography is available here.

Jaroslav Polak

Institute of Physics of Materials Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

Present position: senior scientist in the Institute of Physics of Materials, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, member of the CEITEC group.

Main scientific activities: Study of mechanical properties of materials, namely fatigue behavior, cyclic plastic stress-strain response, thermal fatigue and fatigue-creep interactions in materials. Computer controlled testing. Study of the internal structures, surface relief formation, the mechanisms of damage and fracture processes in materials. Multiscale approach. Over 400 original papers in scientific journals and 5 monographs. h-index = 25. Participation in numerous international conferences often as an invited speaker. Chairman of the Scientific and Organization committees of the “16th International Colloquium Mechanical Fatigue of Metals” held September 24-26, 2012 in Brno. Editor of Special Issue IJF.

Detailed biography is available here.

Narayanaswami Ranganathan

Université Francois Rabelais de Tours, France

Head of Laboratory of Mechanics and Rheology, Polytechnics Engineering School
University of Tours

Professor Narayanaswami Ranganathan was born and schooled in New Delhi He later attended IIT Madras (1965 – 1970) where he graduated as an aeronautical engineer. He worked with the Indian Civil Aviation Department (R&D Directorate) in New Delhi until 1976 when he migrated to Poitiers, France.

He completed his Docteur-Ingénieur qualification in 1979, and was awarded the Doctor of Sciences degree from the University of Poitiers in the field of Solid State Mechanics in 1985. Following this he stayed in Poitiers until 1996, working as an associate Professor at the E.N.S.M.A aeronautics school.
Professor Ranganathan is currently the head of the laboratory of mechanics and rheology at the university.In 2005 he created CEROC, a hybrid research center split between university and industrial research focusing on cutting tools. This was followed be a second hybrid center, CERMEL in 2007 which is a center on elastomers.

His research interests are in materials fatigue, nanocharacterization of material behavior and fracture mechanics and he has more than 100 research publications in these fields. He has given talks in related fields all over Europe and the United states, and also at prestigious universities like Cambridge University, University of Trondheim, Chalmer’s University, University of Lodz, University of Opolé, Columbia University, University George Washington in Missouri, University of Waterloo, IIT Madras, IIT Delhi, SRM University, Anna University and Vellore Institute of Technology to name a few.

He was visiting professor at Ecole Polytechnique Montréal, Canada in 1993 and currently he is overseas Professor at Anna University, Chennai.

Detailed biography is available here.

Cetin Morris Sonsino

Fraunhofer-Institut LBF, Germany

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Cetin Morris Sonsino studied Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University Darmstadt (TUD) and, since 1973, has been with the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability (LBF) in Darmstadt. He received his doctoral degree 1982 in the field of cold working and low-cycle fatigue at the Technical University Darmstadt.

His main professional fields are random amplitude fatigue, low-cycle fatigue, high-temperature fatigue, corrosion fatigue, development and fatigue life evaluation of welded, cast, forged, sintered and fibre reinforced plastic components and structures under service loading.

Since 1990, he has lectured at the Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, and since 2002, at the Technical University Darmstadt the course “Structural Durability – Component Related Material Behaviour”. He is still lecturing in different universities abroad and giving industrial seminars on structural durability. He has about 450 publications, 4 books, 150 seminars and lectures at conferences, universities and companies in Europe, USA and Far East and 3 patents.

Prof. Sonsino was chairman of the DVM Working Group Structural Durability, vice director of the LBF, and headed the Business Unit Industry and Associations. He has been awarded with several national and international prices. Since his retirement end of 2011, he acts as a scientific-technical advisor of LBF.



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