Plenary/Keynote Speakers


4th International Conference on Fluid Flow and Thermal Science (ICFFTS’23)



We a are pleased to announce our Plenary and Keynote Speakers for ICFFTS'23:



Dr. Qasem Al Mdallal

Dr. Qasem Al Mdallal
United Arab Emirates University, UAE
Keynote Speaker

Topic of Keynote:


Dr. Rashid Abu Al-Rub

Dr. Rashid Abu Al-Rub
Khalifa University of Science and Technology, UAE
Keynote Speaker

Topic of Keynote: On The Performance Of Novel Designs And 3D Printed Heat And Mass Transfer Devices


Dr. Gerardo Maria Mauro

Dr. Gerardo Maria Mauro
Università degli Studi del Sannio, Italy
Keynote Speaker

Gerardo Maria Mauro was born in Benevento (Italy) on May 12, 1988. He is Associate Professor at “Università degli Studi del Sannio”, Department of Engineering. His main research topics concern: i) numerical simulation and optimization of building energy design or retrofit; ii) large-scale analysis of building stocks via machine/deep learning; iii) development and optimization of strategies for the model predictive control of energy systems; iv) investigation of innovative building components for 3d printing; iv) advanced modeling and optimization of heat transfer systems via numerical methods and machine/deep learning. He is author of more than 60 scientific publications at international level. Five of them have been “highly cited papers” according to ISI Web of Science. According to SCOPUS database (August 2022) he has H-Index equal to 22 and more than 1700 citations. He is Editorial Board Member of the MDPI Journals “Sustainability”, “Energies” and “Buildings”. He is Reviewer of around 30 international scientific Journals published by Elsevier, Taylor & Francis, MDPI and Springer. He participates to different national and European research projects.

Topic of Keynote: Topology Optimization & Thermal Science: from Heat Sinks to Building Envelope


Dr. Ziad Saghir

Dr. Ziad Saghir
Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University), Canada
Keynote Speaker

Prof M. Ziad Saghir is a Professor at Ryerson University and Canada’s most experienced reduced-gravity researcher. He is Canada’s top performer at leveraging departmental and provincial research funds with national (NSERC, CSA) and international funding agencies to pursue Canadian space science objectives onboard the International Space Station (ISS). His talent as a space scientist and university educator is consistently requested by the international space physical science mission community. He leads a group of very strong graduate students and post-docs that come from academia and industry, with interest in and application to deep hydrocarbon reservoirs. His innovation is recognized internationally through consistent invitations from European researchers that identify him as applying the maximum knowledge gained from long-duration gravity-driven phenomena in fluid physics to industrial processes. He has been PI or Co-I of Foton-M2 and M3 SCCO recoverable satellite missions (2007), the ISS SODI-IVIDIL (2009) and DSC (2010) missions, the ISS SODI-DCMIX mission (2011-15), and was the national coordinator of the CSA discipline working group on the role of gravity in metals and alloys. Canada’s contribution to the SODI-DCMIX mission is to clarify the role of gravity on the movement of hydrocarbons across temperature gradients-important knowledge for Canada’s deep oil reservoir sector (Hybernia Oil field and Northern exploration of oil reservoir deposits). Over the past decade, Prof. Saghir has been working in collaboration with TOTAL and researchers in France to apply innovation to benefit Canada’s competitiveness in hydrocarbon extraction from oil reservoirs, a top priority of the Federal Government. He has published over 200 scientific journal paper related to energy. He is currently the chair of the International conference on Thermal Engineering (www.ictea.ca).

Topic of Keynote: Innovative Approach for Cooling Using Water and Nanofluids in Channels
Keynote Abstract


Dr. Zafar Said

Dr. Zafar Said
University of Sharjah, UAE
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Zafar Said is working as Associate Professor at the Department of Sustainable Renewable Energy Engineering, University of Sharjah. He is also working as Adjunct Faculty at the U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E) National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Pakistan. He also serves as the coordinator of the Functional nanomaterials’ synthesis lab. Dr. Zafar completed his Ph.D. at the University of Malaya, Malaysia. He has graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Hons.) from University Tenaga Nasional, Malaysia. He has a diploma in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Sharjah. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the iSmart group in the Department of Engineering Systems and Management, Masdar Institute, U.A.E. He also worked with industrial collaborative projects which were confidential with Masdar Institute. He works in the field of Renewable Energy, Energy and Exergy Analysis, Solar Energy (Solar Collectors, Energy Efficiency, Efficiency Improvement), Heat Transfer (Heat Transfer, Cooling, and Heating), AI, optimization, and Nanofluids (Thermophysical properties, optical properties, Application of nanofluids). He has published over 200+ papers as per Scopus, including one in Progress in Energy and Combustion (IF: 35.339), One in Physics Reports (IF: 30.105), One in Nano Energy (IF: 19.069), 6 in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (IF: 16.799), 2 books, 20 book chapters, 26 conference papers), with about 8545+ citations and an H-index of 55. He also edited and authored a book titled “Hybrid Nanofluids and applications” with Elsevier as the First Edition. He is currently working on two more books, one with Elsevier and the other with Springer. He is also ranked in World’s Top 2% Scientists 2021 and 2020 by Elsevier BV and Stanford University) in the field of Energy. He is also ranked in the top 100 scientists in the United Arab Emirates, as per adscientificindex:(https://lnkd.in/eJ2QTB2e). He secured more than 2 million AED in research grants.
He was honoured with several prestigious awards, including Sharjah Islamic Bank Award for Distinguished Researchers (2017-2018), Faculty Annual Incentive Research Award for 2018-2019, and Faculty Annual Incentive Research Award for University and Community Service 2020-2021. Dr. Zafar serves as the Editorial Board Member for several ISI Journals. He is also serving as a guest editor for several special issues in Q1 journals with Elsevier, Frontiers, MDPI, etc. Moreover, he is a reviewer in more than 40 Journals.

Topic of Keynote: Nanofluids: Stability and Thermophysical Properties for Heat Transfer
Keynote Abstract


Registration fee includes the following:

  • Publication of 1 accepted paper in the proceedings. Publication of each additional paper requires a $200 USD registration
  • Conference package including a USB of the proceedings with all registered accepted papers
  • Buffet lunch for each day of the conference
  • 2 coffee breaks for each day of the conference
  • 1 banquet dinner OR cruise tour

Important information for accompanying person(s): Please be informed that the accompanying person can NOT be a co-author.
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Virtual registration fee includes the following:

  • Publication of 1 accepted paper in the proceedings. Publication of each additional paper requires a $150 USD registration
  • Access to all the sessions of the conference