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Dr. Gopinath Chattopadhyay

Gopi is currently working as Post Graduate Program Coordinators for Maintenance and Reliability Engineee4irgn Programs for Federation University, Australia since 2016. He has extensive experience in the Universities and Industries in asset management, maintenance and reliability engineering, operations management, project management and quality engineering. Before joining Federation University in 2016, he has worked in University of Queensland as Researcher and lecturer, Qld University of Technology as senior lecturer and head of engineering management programs and Central Qld University in Australia as Professor and Head of Post Graduate Programs, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India as Visiting Professor, University of Natural Resources and Environment, PNG as Visiting Professor, Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology and Central Queensland University as Adjunct Professor and Global Consulting Company, Cardno as Principal Consultant. He has delivered his courses in Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Malaysia and India.

Gopi has secured more that 2 million dollars of research and industry funding in asset management, maintenance, reliability, warranty, lifecycle cost and risk modelling. In Australia, Rail CRC and Asset Management CRC along with Qld Rail, QR National, ARTC, QLD Health, Mackay Regional Council, Sun Water, Unity Water, Macquarie Generation, Gladstone Power, Lulea University of Technology along with Swedish Rail and LKAB and in India, Tata Steel and Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur funded some of his own and collaborative projects. He has supervised more than 12 higher research degree candidates and published more than 150 high quality scholarly articles in reputed International journals and conferences including one prizewinning best paper in emerald publication.

Gopi is actively involved with Asset Management Council (earlier Maintenance Engineering Society of Australia, MESA, professional body and technical society of Engineers Australia). He was industry reviewer of International Standard for Asset Management ISO55000, ISO55001, ISO55002 and Total Asset Management Plan for Queensland Government. He was Vice president of Maintenance Engineering Society (Qld Chapter), President of Australian Society of Operations Research (Qld Chapter) and Chair of Asset Management Council, Brisbane Chapter.

Topic for Lecture: “Maintenance, Reliability and Asset Management for informed decision-making”

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Dave Daines

Dave Daines is the National Chair of the Asset Management Council of Australia and the representative on GFMAM (Global Forum in Maintenance and Asset Management) and WPiAM (World Partners in Asset Management). He is also the Chair of the Australian MB19 Mirror Committee for TC251/ISO55000 International Committee which is at the forefront of design and maintenance of the ISO55000 series of codes. Dave is a seasoned Asset Management professional with significant experience in all aspects of Asset Management within the Resource Industry and as a Lead Auditor in Asset Management

Topic for Lecture: "Asset Management Challenges and Opportunities around the World and the use of ISO 55000 Standard"

• Global asset management challenges and issues.
• Uptake of the ISO55000 series codes by various countries
• How the ISO55001 standard can assist an organisation in achieving its objectives
• Implementing a balanced asset management approach using successful asset management systems

Comment Author

John Hardwick

John commenced as Executive Director Sydney in April 2017. Prior to joining Roads and Maritime, John was Head of Asset Management for Ausgrid, where he delivered ongoing savings of over $30 million per annum and the successful lease of the network business. Previously John held a number of senior management positions including Head of Network Strategy at Networks NSW, where he led key transformations and cost savings for three electricity distribution businesses (Ausgrid, Endeavour and Essential Energy). He did this by developing and implementing consistent frameworks and strategies for asset management and safety.
John is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and serves as a board member for numerous global and Australian asset management organisations and co-authored the book Living Asset Management. In 2018 John was awarded the MESA medal by the Asset Management Council. The MESA Medal is awarded to an individual who has personally contributed at the highest level to the advancement of the science and/or practice of asset management.
John is accountable for the end-to-end management of the Sydney road network. This includes investment prioritisation, planning, asset management, operations, maintenance and performance. In 2017/18 John successfully implemented a new structure for Sydney Division to align to the OneRMS operating model which commenced in April 2017. The new structure enables better outcomes for Sydney customers, increases Divisional productivity and reduces duplication.

The Sydney Division consists of North West and South East Precincts, Sydney Planning, Sydney Maintenance, Easing Sydney’s Congestion and Program Controls.
Key responsibilities of the division include:
• The customer and community outcomes from investments in the Sydney road network
• planning and managing the Sydney road network to achieve the safe, efficient and reliable movement of people and goods that effectively integrates with the transport system
• delivering high benefit programs and projects through low impact, smart solutions
• delivering infrastructure programs and traffic operations services that meet customer expectations safely and sustainably
• enabling network resilience by managing risks to critical infrastructure across NSW, and effectively ‘prevent, prepare, respond and recover’ from ‘all hazard’ risk events.

Topic for Lecture: "The Value of Implementing Asset Management in Organisations"

• Value and benefits of implementing asset management
• How can an organisation manage their assets in a way that maximises usage and return
• Frameworks to assist in implementation of asset management at all levels of a business
• How compliance with the ISO55000 series of standards benefits an organisation and who can they transform their organisation to realise these benefits

Comment Author


Dr. Alok K. Verma is Ray Ferrari Professor in the Engineering Technology Department at Old Dominion University. Dr. Verma received his B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from IIT Kanpur, MS in Engineering Mechanics and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from ODU. Prof. Verma is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Virginia, a certified manufacturing engineer and has certifications in Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma. He has organized several international conferences and serves as associate editor for three International Journals. Dr. Verma’s scholarly publications include more than 87 journal articles and papers in conference proceedings and over 50 technical reports. He has obtained external grants exceeding $4.0 million. Dr. Verma has developed and delivered training program in Lean Enterprise & Design for Manufacturing for Northrop Grumman Newport News, STIHL and several other companies in U.S. He has developed simulation-based training programs for shipbuilding and repair industry under a grant from the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP). He is an internationally recognized expert in the area of Lean and Agile manufacturing and has been invited to deliver keynote addresses at several national and international conferences. Dr. Verma has received the Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Center for Inclusive Community, Isadore T. Davis award from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the Regional Alumni Award for Excellence for his contribution to Lean Manufacturing research, International Education Award at ODU and Ben Sparks Medal by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is active in ASME, ASEE, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). Dr. Verma continues to serve the Hampton Roads community in various leadership positions.

Topic for Lecture: "Lean Maintenance Implementation Models & Training with Physical Simulations"

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Dr. Khanindra Pathak,

Dr. Khanindra Pathak was born in 1960 at Abhayapuri, Assam is currently Professor and Ex-HOD of the Department of Mining Engineering, IIT Kharagpur. Graduating in Mining Machinery from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad in 1983 he served Neyveli Lignite Corporation, Tamilnadu before joining as a postgraduate student of Open-cast Mining at ISM. Prof. Pathak served in the Surface Mining Division of CMPDIL for a brief period before returning back to his almamater in 1987 as Lecturer for teaching Drilling Technology at the Dept. of Mining Machinery, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. ISM sent Prof. Pathak for training at OIL, Duliajan in 1988, to teach oil and gas well drilling in Applied Geology and Applied Geophysics. On receiving the prestigious Commonwealth Academic Staff fellowship, Prof Pathak surrendered his nearly completed research on Drillability of Indian Coal Measure Rocks under late-Prof. A. K. Ghose and joined Royal School of Mines, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in 1993. His PhD research was in Modelling and Prediction of Environmental Noise due to Surface Mining and Quarrying and completed his period in 1996. In 1998 Prof. Pathak became Assistant Professor in the Department of Mining Engineering, ISM Dhanbad and in 2000 he was selected as Associate Professor in the Department of Mining Engineering of Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. In July 2003, Dr Pathak was elevated to the Position of Professor. Prof. Pathak has published more than 100 national and international papers on interdisciplinary subjects including surface mining, mining machinery and mine environment and also authored two technical books and contributed chapters in books published by reputed publishers. His research areas include application of Remote Sensing and GIS for resource and environmental management. Passionately involved in Pedagogic research project with the Centre of Educational Technology, IIT Kharagpur, Prof. Pathak has also contributed a chapter of Encyclopedia of Life Support System (EOLSS) published under a UNESCO project.

Well-travelled in the UK, US, Australia, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Turkey, France and Italy, Fiji, Singapur, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, China, Russia, Prof. Pathak is interested in social work and was actively involved in NSS at Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad from his student life.

Prof Pathak has received different scholarship and awards e.g.:
• Recipient of National Scholarship (India) from 1976-1983 (received after standing Xth in HSLC of SEBA in 1976)
• Recipient of Commonwealth Academic Staff Scholarship during 1993-1996
• Smt Bala Tandan award for the year 2007-2008 for contribution in upgrading the quality of life in the mining environment by Mining, Geological and Metallurgical Institute of India (MGMI)
• Sir John Dunn Medal from MGMI for 2008-2009
• Life Time Achievement Award for teaching and research from Indian Mining and Engineering Journal June 2014.
• National Geoscience Award 2014 (awarded on April 3, 2016 by the President of India, a citation and Rs 5 lakh)
Prof. Pathak was also a member of the Standardization Committee formed by MoEF for Environmental Clearance of Mining Projects and currently Chairman of Eastern Regional Committee of the AICTE.

Topic for Lecture: “Advanced Asset Management for Capacity Utilization in Mining Industry. ”

Comment Author

D.Uma Maheshwar

Uma Maheshwar is the Executive Chief Consulting Engineer for 700+ member GE Aviation India engineering team at Bangalore. The team is involved in design & development of next generation propulsion systems, support of aircraft engine fleet and development of customized digital and engineering software. Uma has ~ 27years of experience in setting up & leading large organizations in Research & Technology, Advanced Design, Engineering, Manufacturing, and CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM domains.

Uma joined GE Aviation in 2001 and since then held many leadership positions in Aviation Engineering. He was instrumental in setting up & leading 200+ member world-class Advanced Technology teams at Bangalore for GE Aviation. Uma played key role in design & development of 7 new aircraft engine programs covering full life cycle particularly in Architectural evaluation, Cycles, Mechanical, Rotor Dynamics, Thermal systems, Combustion Aero, Turbine Aero, Acoustics disciplines.

Prior to GE, Uma held positions with Larsen & Toubro (L&T) for 8years. During his association with L&T, Uma lead engineering of 25 mega plants for Oil& Gas, Fertilizer, Power, Petro-chemical, Defense, Nuclear sectors involving design, manufacturing and commissioning. Uma has set up and lead Advanced Design & CAE team at L&T’s largest manufacturing plant-Hazira works. He was one of the Management Representative to set up Engineering Services Company for L&T.

Uma holds Master’s in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace MBA from Toulouse Business School- France. He has presented papers/publications/key note sessions in 100+ National & International conferences. Uma was recognized with many awards and is a member of SAE Aerospace Board, NAFEMS Board, NACCOM ER&D Council and academic/industry bodies.

Topic for Lecture: “Digital Transformation in Engineering”

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Professor Syed Islam,

The speaker, Professor Syed Islam, is now the Dean of School of Science Engineering and Information Technology at Federation University. He has been the John Curtin Distinguished Professor of Electrical Power Engineering at Curtin University where he worked for 21 years prior to joining Federation University. He is an IEEE Fellow and affiliated to of PES/DEIS and IAS societies. He is also a Fellow of the IET and Engineers Australia. He is a member of the PES Long range planning committee and extended PES governing board and a communicating member of PES Society to the IEEE Fin-com. He was a member of the IEEE TAB Periodicals Review and Advisory Committee 2014-2017. He was the founding editor of the IEEE Transaction on Sustainable Energy and Guest Editor in Chief of IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion and Sustainable Energy. He is also an Associate Editor of IET Renewable Power Generation. He has been a keynote speaker in many international conferences. He has published over 300 peer reviewed research articles.

Topic for Lecture: “Frequency Response Analysis for Power Transformer Fault Detection – Modelling, Experimental and Field Experiences”

Comment Author

Nalinaksh S. Vyas

Prof. Nalinaksh S. Vyas has been at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur since 1987 and also currently functions the Chairman of the Technology Mission for Indian Railways of the Government of India. At IIT Kanpur, he been the Head of Mechanical Engineering Department, Nuclear Engineering Department, Centre for Mechatronics and the Innovation Laboratory. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Virginia Tech, USA; INSA Lyon, France; Lulea University Sweden and National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan. He served as the Vice Chancellor of Rajasthan Technical University between 2013-­‐ 15. His research interests lie in Turbomachinery Dynamics, Nonlinear Parameter Estimation, Instrumentation and Integrated Health Monitoring of Machinery. He has executed major projects for organisations like the Aeronautical Research & Development Board, Department of Science & Technology, Indian Space Research Organisation, Ministry of Railways, TATA Consultancy Services, Larson & Toubro, Scooters India, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Gas Turbine Research Establishment, among others. He has been the National Coordinator for an earlier Technology Mission on Railway Safety, Govt of India; Chairman, Automotive Parc, National Program on Smart Matls & Structures, Govt of India; Project Coordinator, Nano-­‐Satellite, JUGNU Project with ISRO; Consortium Leader, Automotive Electronic Stability Program, Core Group on Automotive Research; Member, Expert Task Force on IVHM of LCA (Light Combat Aircraft); Editor, ISSS Journal (International Society of Smart Systems); Editor, Advances in Vibration Engineering; Member, Indo-­‐US Task Force on Embedded Systems; Founding Director, International Society on Asset Management, Australia. He is, currently, also on the Board of Governors of IIT Jodhpur and on the Executive Council of the All India Council for Technical Education.

Topic for Lecture: Deep Learning Paradigm for Asset Management

Comment Author

Alex Mathew

Alex is a passionate product manager in the Digital Enterprise Assets space working on SAP AIN and building next generation Equipment Performance & Strategy systems. He is a big believer that Assets and related maintenance processes will experience a positive paradigm shift with a networked business cloud.

With over 20 years of experience in the software industry spanning across multiple domains – (EAM, HCM , EDA in the PCB / Chip industry among others), he is comfortable with discussing business models as well as complex technical architecture. Prior to joining SAP, Alex was building products for Oracle, Cadence Design Systems and ARISGlobal.

With his versatile experience in functional, technical and compliance areas, Alex brings a diverse perspective to the table. Having worked with different vendors and cloud software, he understands the challenges and benefits that turnkey solutions provide to a market segment. Alex holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Software Enterprise Management from IIM, Bangalore and a Bachelor’s Engineering degree in CS.

Alex is an active participant in the IoT community and is a frequent writer, presenter and panelist at industry events.

Outside work Alex enjoys family life, is an avid reader of science fiction, takes keen interest in traveling and is an automobile enthusiast.

Topic for Lecture: Defining a “Continuously Optimized” Dynamic Maintenance Strategy for your Industrial Assets and executing them successfully to meet corporate maintenance KPIs.

Comment Author

Dr Debdutt Patro

Dr. Debdutt Patro completed his PhD in Material Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2007 specializing in the manufacturing and properties of metal and ceramic matrix composites. One of the products, an Al-SiC metal matrix composite has been tested at ISRO space application center as a promising candidate for heat sink for RF chips.

He joined the Global Research and Development center at General Electric, India soon after and worked for 10 years with the Manufacturing and Materials Technology Organization. During this period he conceptualized and matured several technologies across diverse applications. To name a few, these are

(a) stiction-resistant MEMS devices
(b) high temperature materials for gas turbines applications
(c) novel designs for low cost desalination of seawater
(d) reducing manufacturing defects in wind blades

He has been granted 2 patents and several management awards for business impact, the most recent being the ceramic matrix composite blade for the GE 9X engine, the largest commercial engine ever built. He has published several articles related to high performance materials and test method development.

As product specialist (tribology) at Ducom Instruments, he works closely with industry and academia to establish knowledge partnerships in tribological characterization of materials. He hosts workshops and specialized courses on industry-relevant topics for creating technology awareness. As a subject matter expert (SME) he is passionate in using tribology as an enabler of materials and systems innovations which power, move and cure the world.

He is also a certified Six Sigma Green Belt and TRIZ (Inventive Problem Solving) Level 1 & 2 Expert

Topic for Lecture: Tribotesting under Extreme Conditions - Enabling Solutions for Transportation and Power Generation

Comment Author

Dr S. Gopalakrishnan

Prof. Gopalakrishnan received his Master’s Degree in Engineering Mechanics from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Chennai and Ph.D from School of Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University, USA in the year December 1992. Subsequently, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the department of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. In the year November 1997, he joined the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, where currently he is the Chairperson. His main areas of interest are Wave Propagation in complex media, Computational Mechanics, Smart Structures, Structural Health Monitoring, MEMS and Nano Composite Structures.

Prof. Gopalakrishnan has extensively published his work on many top rated international journals. He has a total of 200 international journal papers, 6 graduate level textbooks, two undergraduate books, 11 book chapters, and 145 international conference papers. He has an h-index of 45 in Google scholar with nearly 7400 citations. He is in the editorial board of 5 international journals and is the Associate editor for Smart Materials and Structures and Structural Health Monitoring international journals. Prof. Gopalakrishnan is decorated with many awards and honors, which include, Structural Health Monitoring person of the year award-2016, Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences, Associate Fellow-AIAA, Distinguished Alumnus Award, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Chennai, Satish Dhawan Young Scientist Award by Government of Karnataka, Biren Roy Trust award of Aeronautical society of India, Alumni Award of excellence in research at IISc in the year 2013 and the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK Distinguished visiting Fellowship.

Topic for Lecture: Recent Advances in Structural Health Monitoring and Health Management of Aircrafts.

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  • Member of the committee constituted by high court to redress the problems of poura karmikas in Karnataka
  • Advisor Municipal Corporation Vishakhapatnam for implementing French funded projects.
  • Panel member of doctoral committees in ISEC Bangalore for Phd on supply of 1)recycled water in the extended areas of Bangalore and also 2)demand management of residential water supply in Bangalore
  • Member of scientific committee of water loss conference2016 with IWA& IWWA
  • Adviser Namma Bangalore foundation on various water and wastewater issues including lakes
  • Advisor for BPAC (Bangalore public action committee) for water supply &wastewater issues
  • Appointed as member of specialist group on recycling of waste water in Australian water association (AWA)

  • Advisor to CH2M ,IIHS ,IDck, ETC
  • Advisor IIHS,faculty in L&T, FACULTY IN ESCI,Advisor Senapathy whitelay,Advisor Velankiny group
  • Adviser IDFC for water and wastewater projects
  • Advisor CH2mill on master plan of water supply &sewerage for 2050.
  • Faculty in Water Digest new Delhi for training


  • BWSSB Engineers Association
  • Samaja Seva Sanga
  • Bangalore International Airport Authorities
  • Everything about water institution
In addition to above more than 750 presentations have been made in India and Overseas. On water and waste water.

Topic for Lecture: Sustaining and improving quality of life by proactive asset management of water and waste water infrastructure and –A case study of Bengaluru city & a few other cities around the world.