Keynote Speakers

Professor Aleksandar Subic

Professor Aleksandar Subic currently holds the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Development) at Swinburne University of Technology. Prior to this appointment, Professor Subic was the Dean of Engineering and the Head of School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at RMIT University. He is internationally recognised for his research in engineering design and advanced manufacturing, having led numerous global R&D projects in collaboration with industry leading to important translational research outcomes and impact.

Professor Subic holds positions on the Prime Ministers Industry 4.0 Taskforce, the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council leaders group, Deputy Chair of the National Aerospace and Aviation Industries Association, Director of Oceania Cybersecurity Centre and Director of SAE-A. He served on the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) National Assessment Committee for Engineering and Environmental Sciences and on the research advisory panels of the Defence Materials Technology Centre and the European Engineering Research Council.

Prof Subic is an honorary Professor of Tsinghua University, Tianjin University and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia (IEAust), Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and Fellow of the International Energy Federation (IEF).


Associate Professor Sarat Singamneni

Sarat Singamneni is currently an Associate Professor at the Auckland University of Technology, leading a team of researchers, pursuing different lines of inquiry in additive manufacturing. Process evaluation, enhancement, and alternative materials are the main themes of the AM research ongoing under his supervision.

Curved and mixed layer slicing for fused deposition modelling, polymer, biopolymer and polymer composite alternatives for both fused deposition and selective laser sintering and alloys such as duplex stainless steels as new metal choices for selective laser melting are the significant contributions from his team. Considering the thermally sensitive structures resulting from selective laser melting, he took the binder-jet route to harness different ceramic compositions for 3D printing. Conventional consolidation mechanisms of both civil and foundry engineering materials are used to successfully develop plaster-based and plaster-less ceramic compositions for 3D printing. While these are mainly used for rapid casting at present, extending their applications in civil construction and architecture is currently under investigation.

Apart from fundamental research in both materials and processes, Sarat Singamneni also strives significantly helping the uptake of additive manufacturing by the end users, closely working with numerous New Zealand industries; Air new Zealand, Airwork, Henley’s Propellers, and NueNZ are notable examples.


Distinguished Professor Dietmar W. Hutmacher

Distinguished Professor Dietmar W. Hutmacher is the Director of the Centre in Regenerative Medicine and Director of the Australian Research Council Centre in Additive Biomanufacturing at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He holds a MBA from the Royal Henley Management College and a PhD from the National University of Singapore. He has a distinctive research record, educational and scholarly career combined with a former leadership position and industry experience.

He has world renown expertise in biomaterials & biomedical engineering and tissue engineering & regenerative medicine (TE&RM). He is not only among the pioneers in the field of 3D printing in Medicine yet also developed an outstanding track record in two new cutting-edge research areas, namely ‘3D in vitro cancer models’ and ‘humanized animal models’ via the translation of tissue engineering technologies into cancer research. His international standing and impact on the field are illustrated by his publication record, with more than 300 journal articles, 24 book chapters, 14 edited books; and outstanding citation record: more than 25, 000 citations and an h-index of 76.

In 2012 he was, 1) elected to join the highly esteemed International College of Fellows Biomaterials Science and Engineering; 2) elected to become one of the 23 founding members of the International Fellows of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society (TERMIS); 3) presented the Research Excellence Award from the Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering.  In 2013, he received the highly prestigious Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship from the Technical University in Munich. In 2017 he was 1) given the most prestigious award of the European Society for Biomaterials; 2) QUT awarded him the title Distinguished Professor.  In 2018 he received the Humboldt Research Award.

He is an Adjunct Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology for more than one decade. Over the past 20 years in academia, he has been a lead CI, Co-CI or collaborator on research and infrastructure grants totaling more than AU$50M. Over the last 10 years at QUT, he has been an investigator on external grants totaling more than AU$25M. He serves on the editorial boards of leading journals in his fields. He maintains strong relationships within the global biomaterials, TE&RM and cancer research community. Over the last 20 years, he has been invited to give more than 50 plenary & keynote lectures at national and international conferences, has served on 30 organizing committees for international conferences, chaired more than 80 sessions. A number of medical device and tissue engineering projects have been patented and commercialized under his mandate; he is a founder of 5 spin off companies. Over the last two decades Prof Hutmacher research has featured many times in mainstream media formats including newspapers, radio and television.

Dr. U. Chandrasekhar

Dr. U. Chandrasekhar, Pro Vice Chancellor of Vel Tech University, is a researcher and an academician with insights in gas turbine engineering and additive manufacturing. After his early education in NIT Suratkal and IIT, Madras he worked in DRDO in various capacities rising to the rank of the Technical Director – GTRE, Bangalore. He set up the India’s first-ever AM lab at GTRE in 1997 and carried out several projects related to rapid prototyping of UAVs and other aero systems. In 2011, he led a large group of scientists in flight testing of a turbojet engine at the Central Institute of Aviation Motors, Moscow. For his works in additive manufacturing, he received a commendation medal from the ministry of defence. During 2013-2015, he served the Institution of Engineers (India) as the Secretary & Director General and fostered several teaching-learning methods based on 3D printing. He serves on the editorial board of the Internal Journal of Rapid Prototyping and also the Springer Journal for Mechanical Engineering. He carried out several projects on rapid prototyping of aeronautical systems. He is a member of the academic committee of National Board of Accreditation and task group of the Karnataka Knowledge Commission on machine learning. He mentors a few startups in 3DP through the DST supported entrepreneurship development centre.