Full Name Institution / Company Country
Carlos M. Chang, Ph.D. P.E. Florida International University USA
Dr. Chang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Florida International University (FIU). He is recognized as an international expert on asset management, infrastructure management, knowledge management, pavement management, pavement evaluation and design. His main research interest is on asset management with emphasis on sustainable “smart” infrastructure systems for a better quality of life.

His research work involves the development of advanced decision-making models, methodologies, and tools to apply multi-decision criteria, statistical analysis, simulation processes, optimization techniques, and risk analysis at the strategic and network management level. Dr. Chang has conducted research projects sponsored by the National Highway Cooperative Research Program (NCHRP), Metropolitan Transportation Commission in California (MTC), Accelerated Bridge Construction Center (ABC), Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), and the City of El Paso. His academic work is documented in more than 100 publications in peer- reviewed national and international journals, conference proceedings, books, and technical reports. Dr. Chang also serves as the Chair of the ASCE Infrastructure Systems Committee, Vice President of iSMARTi in the U. S, and Research Coordinator of the TRB Pavement Management Systems Committee (AKT10).

Sinha Kumares C., Ph.D. Purdue University USA
Kumares C. Sinha is an Indian-American engineer, researcher and educator known for contributions to transportation systems analysis, transportation infrastructure economics and management, transportation safety, and the use of emerging technologies in transportation.

Kumares is Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering of the Purdue University, tiene los grados de Ph.D. and M.S.C.E. of the University of Connecticut

Honors and Awards received for their outstanding professional activity: James Laurie Prize (American Society of Civil Engineers, 2011), Member, National Academy of Engineering, (USA 2008), Honorary Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (USA, 2005), Distinguished Award, Council of University Transportation Centers (USA, 2005), National Associate of the National Academies (2004), Emeritus Member, Committee on International Activities, Transportation Research Board (TRB, 2004), Wilbur S. Smith Distinguished Transportation Educator Award, Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE, 2002), Chi Epsilon Chapter Honor Member (Purdue University, 2002), Francis C.


Nizar Lajnef, Dr. Michigan State University USA
Dr. Lajnef is an associate professor of civil engineering at MSU. He holds a B.S degree in Mechanical Engineering and M.S degree in Computational Mechanics from Tunisia Polytechnic School (2004), and M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Civil Engineering from MSU (2008). His current research activities include sensors design for structural health and usage monitoring, damage detection algorithms with application to civil, mechanical and biomechanical structures, nano-watt and self-powered sensors, and smart materials and composites.

He holds three patents in the area of sensor design and advanced materials. Dr. Lajnef is the author of more than 90 peer-reviewed publications in the area of sensors design and energy harvesting. He was a recipient of the Academy of Global Engagement fellowship in 2014, and the Lilly Teaching Fellowship in 2012. Dr. Lajnef is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and serves on the Energy Harvesting committee for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Hosin “David” Lee, Ph.D. University of Iowa USA
Dr. Lee is a Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Director of Laboratory for Advanced Construction Technology (LACT), Iowa Technology Institute, University of Iowa.

Dr. Lee is an internationally recognized expert in pavement engineering and infrastructure asset management. Dr. Lee currently serves Associate Editor of MDPI Infrastructures Journal and Editorial Board of ASCE Journal of Infrastructure System.

He is a Member of National Academy of Engineering of Korea. He served Presidents of iSMARTi, KSEA, KSCEE and KOTAA, Board of Trustees of Seoul Institute of Technology and Chairman of ASCE Highway Pavements Committee. He received the prestigious awards from Ministry of Science and ICT of Korea, KSEA, iSMARTi, KOFST, KSRE, Utah Engineers Council, and ASCE-Utah Section. He received the Otto Monsted Professorship and COWI Foundation Fellowships from Technical University of Denmark.

He served as Chairman of the First International Conference on Smart Cities, First International Conference on Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Constructed Infrastructure Facilities, 24th US-Korea Conference, and Fifth International Conference on Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Pavements.

João Merighi, Ph.D. Federal University of Amazonas, UFAM Department of Construction Brazil
He has a degree in Civil Engineering from Universidade Federal de São Carlos (1984), a degree in Technology in Civil Construction from Faculdade de Tecnologia de São Paulo (1977), a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo (1991), and a doctorate in Civil Engineering from Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo (1999). He is currently Adjunct Professor II at the School of Engineering of Mackenzie Presbyterian University and Guest Professor at the Post-Graduation Program in Transportation Engineering of the State University of Campinas. He has experience in the Transportation Engineering field, with emphasis on Highways, Airports, Railways; Project and Construction.
Athanasios Nikolaides, Ph.D. University of Tessaloniki Greece Greece
Dr. Athanasios Nikolaides is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and Director of Highway Engineering Laboratory in the Department of Civil Engineering. He is specialized in highway engineering, highway materials and testing and airport engineering. Apart from his teaching and research he also acts as a consultant specialist and technical advisor to organizations or private companies in Greece, Europe, and Asia. He is the author of four books, he published more than 90 papers and presented more than 35 lectures and seminars in various countries. He is a member of international and national Institutions and a founder of the International Conference ‘Bituminous mixtures & pavements’ (ICONFBMP).
Carlos A. Penin, P.E. Florida Engineering Society / CAP Government USA
Mr. Penin is the President of the Florida Engineering Society and President and founder of C.A.P. Government, Inc.
Mr. Penin is the President and founder of C.A.P. Government, Inc., a privately held, minority-owned consulting firm. Mr. Penin’s professional history includes more than forty (40) years of direct project experience and managerial functions. He is an active participant in industry organizations such as the Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County League of Cities. Mr. Penin has a M.S. in Environmental and Urban Systems from Florida International University and a B.S. in Civil Engineering and Construction Management from the University of Florida. Throughout his career, he has played an integral role in the South Florida consulting industry community.