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Plenary Speakers

Peter Cawley

Peter Cawley

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Imperial College, London, SW7 2AZ, UK | Tel: +44 20 7594 7000

Peter Cawley received his BSc and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from University of Bristol in 1975 and 1979 respectively.

He worked in industry from 1979-1981 and then joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at Imperial College, London initially as a lecturer and then successively senior lecturer, reader and professor. He served as head of the Imperial College Mechanical Engineering department for 7 years to October 2019 and is now Engineering Associate Dean for Enterprise, encouraging technology transfer activity across the faculty. He founded the Imperial NDE research group and was also the principal investigator of the UK Research Centre for NDE (RCNDE) from its formation in 2003 to March 2020. He has published over 200 refereed journal papers in this field.

Peter Cawley is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Royal Society. He is a director of Guided Ultrasonics Ltd that was set up to exploit the guided wave inspection and monitoring technology that was developed in his lab. From 2009-2016 he was chairman of Permasense Ltd that was set up to exploit his group’s work on wall thickness monitoring at high temperatures; the company was acquired by Emerson Inc. in 2016.

Lecture Title: Structural Health Monitoring – Opportunities for NDE Research and Industry


Li Cheng

Dr. Eric Lindgren

U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory

Dr. Lindgren is currently the Nondestructive Evaluation Technology Lead in the Materials State Awareness Branch of the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory. Before joining AFRL in 2006, Eric worked as the Director of Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Sciences at SAIC Ultra Image. He has over 35 years of experience in NDE research, development, transition, and deployment, including efforts to develop and deploy advanced inspection methods for aerospace applications, transitioning basic research to inspections used on USAF aircraft structures, and developing materials characterization and process monitoring/control methods using NDE technology. He earned a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Lecture Title: Challenges and Future Directions for NDE R&D: an USAF Perspective


Li Cheng

Li Cheng

Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Dr. Li Cheng is currently a Chair Professor and the Director of Consortium for Sound and Vibration Research (CSVR) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He received his BSc degree from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China and Ph.D. degree from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (INSA-Lyon), France. He became a faculty member at Laval University, Canada in 1992, rising from an assistant professor to Associate/Full Professor, before joining Hong Kong PolyU in 2000. He was the Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering from 2011 to 2014. Dr. Cheng published extensively in the field of sound and vibration, structural health monitoring, smart structure and fluid-structure interaction. He currently serves as Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Sound and Vibration, Associate Editor of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Associate Editor of Structural Health Monitoring: An International Journal and an editorial board member of a few other journals.

Dr. Cheng has been a Plenary/Keynote speaker in various conferences for 30+ times, including some of the most prestigious conferences in his field such as 47th Inter-noise, 23rd ICSV, 13th RASD, 15th APVC and 12th ICOVP. He also served as the general Chair of the 46th Inter-noise and the14th and 17th Asia Pacific Vibration Conference. He is an elected fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, Acoustical Society of China, International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration, IMechE, Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and Hong Kong Institute of Acoustics. Dr. Cheng was the President of the Hong Kong Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. He is now serving as a board director of both IIAV (International Institutes of Acoustics and Vibration) and I-INCE (International Institutes of Noise Control Engineering).

Lecture Title: Detection of Incipient Structural Damage and Material Degradation Using Nonlinear Ultrasonic Guided Waves