Atheer Hameed- ICSAE 2016

Atheer next to Wall of Fame

The First International Conference for Students on Applied Engineering (ICSAE 2016) was successfully held in Newcastle upon Tyne from 20 to 21 October 2016. More than 90 papers were scheduled for oral and poster presentations over the two days of the conference and will be published by IEEEXplore. University of Exeter (UK) PhD student Atheer Hameed of the Vibration Engineering Section,  did an exceptional job, not only initiating, but also  co-chairing  the conference as well.

The event hosted Professor Masayoshi Esashi (Tohoku University, Japan) and Professor Kenneth Dalgarno (Newcastle University, UK) as keynote speakers, who inspired the audience with their outstanding ideas and informative speeches

Nearly 150 participants on each of the two days of the conference, who included authors, non-authors, exhibitors, sponsors and invited guests, witnessed the Opening and Closing Remarks on the 20 and 21 October. One highlight was the opening speech of Professor Phillip Wright (Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering, Newcastle University, UK) who addressed the attendees with a very warm welcome message on the first day. Another highlight was the presentation of the Best Paper Awards for the best 12 papers (as scored by a panel of 30 international experts), Best Poster Awards for the best 12 posters (as scored by three experienced judges), and Women in Science Awards (for female authors).

Atheer said: “Right from the early stages of preparations this conference had attracted more than 160 researchers from 62 different institutions from 15 countries. This reflects the diversity of this conference, which we are very proud of. Each paper went through a rigorous reviewing process, which was made possible by the help of more than 30 esteemed reviewers, which we really appreciate.. We worked tirelessly as a diverse team, for more than 10 months, to bring this event to life. The team comprises 21 postgraduate students from eight different universities. Here, I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who participated in the success of this event”.

Atheer added: “The impact of this event is evident from the successful collaboration between related institutions and academia, improving postgraduate researchers’ abilities by putting them in contact with like-minded peers, and ultimately a contribution to the field of engineering by means of published conference proceedings.”

Atheer concluded: “Since the conference was very successful, we are considering making it an annual event – especially as there are few bodies who are interested in sponsoring it.”

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