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Plenary Speakers

(The following speakers are updated on Apr. 13, 2022)

Prof. Harry Bhadeshia

Cambridge University, United Kingdom

Harry Bhadeshia is the Tata Steel Professor of Physical Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge and Professor of Computational Metallurgy at POSTECH. He graduated with a BSc from the City of London Polytechnic, followed by a PhD at the University of Cambridge. His research is concerned with the theory of solid-state transformations in metals, particularly multicomponent steels, with the goal of creating novel alloys and processes with the minimum use of resources. Harry Bhadeshia has carried out important work on the theory of solid state phase transformations, in particular the prediction and verification of microstructural development in multicomponent steels. He has made a major contribution to the understanding of the complex bainitic transformation by developing and using thermodynamic theory to show that different modes of transformation have measurable influences on the final microstructure. He is the author or coauthor of more than 500 research papers and six books on the subject. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Engineering (India) and the American Welding Society.

Dr. Sedon Choo

POSCO, Korea

Sedon Choo has been the Executive Vice President of POSCO since 2016 and is currently the head of Steel Solution Research Lab. After graduating from Seoul National University(Metallurgy, BS) and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology(Mat Sci. & Eng., MS & PhD) began working as a researcher at POSLAB(POSCO Technical Research Lab) in 1993. In 2003, he led the Thick-plate Design team in Marketing Division and in 2009 became Group Leader of Technical Planning Group.

In 2011, he returned to POSLAB in Gwangyang as a Group Leader of Thin-plate Research Group and became the Head of Gwangyang Research Lab(Senior Vice President) in 2015. Later, he also served as the Head of Pohang Research Lab and became the Head(Executive Vice President) of Energy and Shipbuilding Steel Marketing Office in 2016. After working as the Head of Steel Solution Marketing Office in 2018 he is currently the Head of Steel Solution Research Lab in Incheon.


He was awarded the official commendation from the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Energy in 2007. He was also awarded the Steel Technical Creative Award by POSCO in 2012 and Steel Technical Innovation Award in 2013. In 2014, he won the Technical Award from the Korean Institute of Metals and Materials.

Prof. Peter Hodgson

Deakin University, Australia

Professor Hodgson's research includes steel processing and the development of new alloys, and downstream ferrous and non-ferrous manufacturing processes associated with the automotive industry. He currently holds several ARC Discovery and Linkage grants, all related to metal processing. In 2004 he was made an Alfred Deakin Professor of the University for outstanding contributions to research and awarded an ARC Federation Fellow by the Australian Research Council. The University of Valenciennes award made him an Honoris Doctoris Causa in 2005 for contributions to metal forming research, while in 2006 AGH in Poland (EU) awarded him an Honorary Medal for contributions to materials science.


Prof. Matthias Militzer

University of British Columbia, Canada

Matthias Militzer is the ArcelorMittal Dofasco Chair in Advanced Steel Processing and the Director of the Centre for Metallurgical Process Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He received a Diploma in Physics from the University of Technology in Dresden, Germany in 1983 and a Ph.D. in Metal Physics from the Academy of Sciences in East Germany in 1987. He moved to Canada in 1990 where he was first a Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University before joining the University of British Columbia in 1993. He has published more than 200 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. His primary field of research is modelling the microstructure evolution during thermo-mechanical processing of steels and other metals. Currently, his major research activities include multi-scale modelling of phase transformations in steels, accelerated cooling of steels and in-situ measurements of microstructures using laser ultrasonics for metallurgy. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and received the ASM Henry Marion Howe Medal 2010 and the Canadian Metal Physics Award in 2014.


Prof. Fusheng Pan

Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering

Chongqing University, China

Fusheng Pan is an Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, professor in Chongqing University, China. He received his Doctor’s degree in Materials Science & Engineering at Northwestern Polytechnical University in 1995. Prof. Dr. Pan also studied and/or worked in Oxford University, Stuttgart University, Chiba University, University of California, Queen Mary, and University of Queensland. He is an honorary professor in University of Queensland, foreign member of Academy of Mining Sciences in Russia, member of Asian Pacific Academy of Materials. He also serves as chairman of Chongqing Association for Science & Technology, director of National Engineering Research Center for Magnesium Alloys (CCMg), vice president of Chinese Material Research Society.


Prof. Pan’s research mainly focus on the magnesium alloy, aluminum alloy, and high speed steel. He was awarded 4 National Awards, over 10 Provincial Awards, HLHL Prize, and USA Dupont S&T Innovation Prize. He holds over 130 authorized patents, and has published over 500 SCI journal papers and over 10 national and industrial standards, 16 of his developed magnesium alloys are included in the national standards (GB/T). Prof. Pan is now the chairman of ISO/TC 79/SC 5 (Magnesium and Magnesium Alloys), editor in chief of Journal of Magnesium and Alloys (JMA, IF in 2019 is 7.115), chairman of the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th International Conference on Magnesium Alloys, chairman of the 1st and 2nd UK-China Advanced Materials Symposium.

Prof. Dierk Raabe

Max-Planck-Institut fur Eisenforschung GmbH (MPIE)

Professor Dierk Raabe studied music (conservatorium Wuppertal), metallurgy and metal physics (RWTH Aachen). After his doctorate 1992 and habilitation 1997 at RWTH Aachen he worked at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh) and at the National High Magnet Field Lab (Tallahassee) and joined Max Planck Society as a director in 1999. His interests are in computational materials science, phase transformation, alloy design, hydrogen, sustainable metallurgy and atom probe tomography. He received the Leibniz award (highest German Science award), two ERC Advanced Grants (highest European Science grants) and the Acta Materialia Gold Medal Award. He is a member of the German National Science Academy Leopoldina.

Prof. Jose M. Rodriguez-Ibabe

Executive President


Doctor of Engineering (1984) from the University of Navarra (Spain). He is Professor of Materials Science and Metallurgy (University of Navarra). He joined Ceit Technological Center in 1984 as a researcher in the Materials and Manufacturing Division. Its field of research is steel metallurgy and, more specifically, thermomechanical processing of high value-added steels. He has published more than 250 papers in refereed journals and international conference proceedings, 90 in national conferences, 6 books and has graduated 19 doctoral students. He has received the following seven international awards:
-    2000: Meritorious Award, Iron and Steel Society (ISS), USA
-    2001: Vanadium Award, Institute of Material (IoM), UK
-    2003: Charles Hatchett Award, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3), UK
-    2012: Gilbert R. Speich Award, Association for Iron and Steel Technology, (AIST), USA
-    2013: Gilbert R. Speich Award, Association for Iron and Steel Technology, (AIST), USA
-    2016: Gilbert R. Speich Award, Association for Iron and Steel Technology, (AIST), USA 
-    2018: Henry Meyers Award, Associação Brasileira de Metalurgia, Materiais e Mineração (ABMM), Brazil

He has been the President of Elhuyar Foundation during the period 2002-2012. In 2017, he was appointed a member of the scientific committee of the Gadea Foundation for Science and in 2019, he was elected a member of the Jakiunde Academy. Since May 2017, he has been Executive President of Ceit Technological Center. Last year he received the Gabirel Jauregi Award for his contribution to materials science in the Basque Country.

Prof. Nobuhiro TSUJI

Dept. Materials Science & Engineering

Kyoto University, Japan

Nobuhiro Tsuji received his Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees from Department of Materials Science and Technology, Kyoto University, Japan in 1989, 1991, and 1994, respectively. He worked as an assistant professor and then an associate professor in Osaka University from 1994 to 2009, during which he developed the accumulative roll bonding (ARB) process with his colleagues that is known as a severe plastic deformation process applicable to continuous production of large bulky materials with ultrafine grained structures.  He has been working as a full professor in charge of physical metallurgy of structural metallic materials at Department of Materials Science and Engineering in Kyoto University since March 2009.  He has been continuously interested in the correlation between micro/nano-structure and mechanical properties in structural metallic materials, and has acquired interesting results on bulk nanostructured metals (ultrafine grained metallic materials). Those results have been published in various international journals ( He has received scientific awards including JIM (Japan Institute of Metals) Tanikawa-Harris Award (2022), Lee Hsun Lecture Award from Chinese Academy of Science, Institute for Metals Research (2018), the 5th JSPS (Japan Society for Promotion of Science) Award (2009), and so on. He has supervised 32 PhD students as the principal supervisor and has worked with 26 post-doctoral fellows by now. Most of them are now working as professors and researchers at universities, research institutes and industries in various countries (Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, India, Iran, Australia, Sweden, US, etc.).

Prof. Guodong Wang

Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering

Northeastern University, China

Guodong WangProfessor and doctoral supervisor in Northeast University, was an internationally renowned expert in steel and iron rolling technology,  he is now a vice president of steel rolling branch in Chinese Society for metals. In 2005, he was elected as an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.


He has been engaged in the research of rolling theory, process, equipment and products of steel materials over a long period of time, and has made innovative achievements in the aspects of TMCP technologies, rolling technology of plate, shape controlling, digitization and smart technologies of rolling process, fundamental research and industrial technology of strip casting, equipment of rolling process R&D platform, etc, which had made a great contribution to the development of iron and steel industry and rolling technology in China.


Mr. Zuo Xu

CITIC Group, China

Mr. Xu Zuo is one of the eleven founder of CITIC Dicastal Co., Ltd, the first manufacturer of aluminum alloy wheel in China’s mainland. With 32 years working experiences in the f front line since 1987, devoted himself to the lightweight design of aluminum auto parts. Centering on fundamental and application fields, such as aluminum alloy material, forming process and equipment, performance evaluation and modular manufacturing, Mr. Xu has undertaken large amounts of research works, and a lot of achievements and explorations have been made, and has been the main promoter for lightweight field of aluminum auto parts in China.


Together with his team, 28 manufacturing bases are under operation across the world with Independent intellectual property technology and innovative management mode. So far CITIC Dicastal has become one of the largest supplier in auto aluminum parts, and has been ranked first in the world for 14 years in aluminum alloy wheels with 88 million units per year. Besides, steering knuckles and other auto parts have reached 100,000 tons per year. 

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