Keynote Speakers

Shay Brennan
Lettie McCarthy

Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Dublin, Ireland

Councillor Lettie McCarthy was elected Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council at the Council’s Annual General Meeting on 14th June. Councillor McCarthy, a representative of the Labour Party, was first elected to the County Council in 2004 as a Councillor for the Glencullen-Sandyford Ward. The new Cathaoirleach, who previously served as Cathaoirleach from June 2010 to June 2011, was also Leas-Chathaoirleach of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Dublin Regional Authority in 2008. She has a keen interest in politics and has been particularly involved in trying to make the immediate environment and community a better place to live by clearing litter, planting trees, flowers and shrubs. Living in one of the fastest-growing areas of the city, she was also a founding member of Stepaside Area Residents' Association and the very successful Stepaside Saint Patricks Day Parade.

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Arpad Horvath
Arpad Horvath

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, USA

Arpad Horvath is the Peirano Chaired Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, Head of the Energy, Civil Infrastructure and Climate Graduate Program, and the Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center. He has conducted studies on the environmental implications of various products, systems, and services, in particular, transportation, water and wastewater, buildings, concrete, biofuels, and pavements. He is Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability, and serves on the Executive Board of Environmental Research Letters and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Industrial Ecology. Among other engagements, he is a past member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board, Environmental Engineering Committee.
Keynote Speech Topic: Infrastructure “Mix”: Embracing Variability and Data Needs for More Useful Decision Making

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Prof. Fu Guo
Fu Guo

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, China

Prof. Fu Guo got his B.E. and M.E. degree from Beijing University of Technology and Ph.D. degree from Michigan State University. Currently, he is Vice President of Beijing University of Technology and responsible for Human Resources, Global Affairs, University Outreach, and Lifelong Education. He mainly engaged in research on new interconnect materials for electronic packaging, lead-free solders, waste printed circuit board recycling and new energy materials such as thermoelectric materials. He has undertaken more than 20 national, provincial and ministerial projects, and has published many papers in high-level journals such as Science and Nature.
Keynote Speech Topic: The current status of the development of waste printed circuit boards recycling in China

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Lenny Koh
Lenny Koh

Professor in Operations Management at the University of Sheffield Management School

Professor Lenny Koh is the Founder and Director of the Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC) at The University of Sheffield. Her work contributes to advancing the understanding and resolution of complex supply chain using interdisciplinary approaches crossing supply chain management and information systems domains across industry. Her research is world leading and is recognised for its scientific novelty and has generated significant impacts for society, government and industry from manufacturing to services. This includes the pioneering of digital Cloud based tools (SCEnAT suites) that support transformation of supply chain towards resource efficiency and sustainability; and infusing and digitising supply chain life cycle thinking across sectors, technologies and systems. She is an advisor and on the Board of diverse organisations, such as a Board member of the Sustainability Partnership and BSI on sustainability/resource efficiency. She has established strategic partnerships with industry leaders from automotive to digital sectors on supply chain sustainability and digital transformation, and work closely with the Transport Systems Catapult on intelligent mobility.
Keynote Speech Topic: The role of resources in a circular economy towards a carbon neutral and net zero future

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John W. Sutherland
John W. Sutherland

Professor and Fehsenfeld Family Head Environmental and Ecological Engineering Purdue University

Dr. John W. Sutherland is one of the world’s leading authorities on the application of sustainability principles to industrial issues. He has made pioneering research and education contributions, and provided leadership in establishing/advancing the field of environmentally responsible design and manufacturing. He has served as an investigator on over 90 externally funded projects valued in excess of $60M. He has mentored approximately 100 students to the completion of their graduate degrees, including 27 PhD students. He has published nearly 400 papers in various journals and conference proceedings, and is co-author of the textbook: Statistical Quality Design and Control: Contemporary Concepts and Methods. His honors and recognitions include the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award (1992), Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (1996), SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award (1999), SME Education Award (2009), SAE International John Connor Environmental Award (2010), ASME William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award (2013), and SME Gold Medal (2018). Sutherland is a Fellow of SME, ASME, and CIRP. He received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Keynote Speech Topic: Value Recovery from End-of-Life Products in Support of a Circular Economy

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