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Keynote Speakers


Dr Andy Davids, Aurecon

Keynote Presentation: Design and Construction of the Current Tallest Buildings in the World – Lessons for the Next Generation


He is an Australian Engineer by training and passion and holds a PhD in Engineering and an Adjunct Chair in Architecture at the University of Sydney, and serves on several International Code Committees. He received the RW Chapman medal and Engineering Excellence Award from the Institution of Engineers for his work, and was recently cited amongst the 100 most influential Australian Engineers.


Professor Mario Sassone, Department of Architecture and Design, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Keynote Presentation: The Structural Conception in Pier Luigi Nervi’s work


Mario Sassone, PhD, Assistant Professor at Politecnico di Torino is member of the 209 Committee of American Concrete Institute and of the International Association of Spatial and Shell Structures. He developed research mainly on the computational analysis of time dependent effects behavior in concrete and steel concrete composite structures, and on the structural and architectural optimization of RC shells by means of artificial intelligence techniques. His main interest is in bridging the gap between the architectural issues and the computational approaches to structural and physical problems. The members of his research group have been awarded with the Hangai prize and one of them is presently lecturer at the Melbourne University.


Professor Surendra Shah,Walter P. Murphy Professor of Civil Engineering (Emeritus),Centre for Advanced Cement Based Materials,Northwestern University, USA

Keynote Presentation: Controlling Properties of Concrete through Nanomodification


Surendra P. Shah is an Emeritus Walter P. Murphy Professor of Civil Engineering at Northwestern University. He is the former director of the pioneering NSF Science and Technology Center for Advanced Cement-Based Materials. His current research interests include: fracture, fiber reinforced composites, non-destructive evaluation, transport properties, processing, rheology, nanotechnology, and use of solid waste materials. He has co-authored two books: Fiber-Reinforced Cement-Based Composites and Fracture Mechanics of Concrete. He has published more than 400 journal articles and edited more than twenty books. He has served as editor-in-chief of RILEM’s journal Materials and Structures.Professor Shah is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is also a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, as well as of the Indian Academy of Engineering. He is the only civil engineer who is a member of these three academies. He has received many awards including the Swedish Concrete Award, ACI Anderson Award, RILEM Gold Medal, ASTM Thompson Award, ASCE Charles Pankow Award, and Engineering News Record’s News Maker Award. He was named one the Most Influential People in the industry by Concrete Construction Magazine. He spent time recently as an Honorary Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay under a Fulbright grant. Most recently, he was awarded an honorary membership in American Concrete Institute and RILEM (based in Paris).Besides teaching at Northwestern, he has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago and served as a visiting professor at MIT, University of Sidney, Denmark Technical University, University of Singapore, Darmstadt Technical University, LCPC in Paris, Hong Kong Polytechnical University and L’Aquilla University in Italy.