Dr. Sauro Succi holds a degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Bologna and a PhD in Plasma Physics from the EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. He has held a research staff position at the IBM European Center for Scientific and Engineering Computing, Rome. Till 2018 he served as a Director of Research at the Istituto Applicazioni Calcolo of the Italian National Research Council in Rome and he is also a Research Associate of the Physics Department of Harvard University and a regular Visiting Professor at the Institute of Applied Computational Science at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences of Harvard University. Since 2019 he is a senior research executive and principal investigator at the Center for Life Nanosciences of the Italian Institute of Technology at La sapienza, Rome.

He has published extensively on a broad range of topics in computational statistical physics, including thermonuclear plasmas, fluid turbulence and combustion, micro and nano-biofluidics, as well as quantum-relativistic flows.

He is the author of the highly cited monograph ”The lattice Boltzmann equation for fluid dynamics and beyond”, (Oxford Univ. Press, 2001) and ”The
Lattice Boltzmann Equation for Complex States of Flowing Matter” (OUP, 2018).

Dr. Succi is an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (1998), a member of the European Physical Society and an elected member of the
Academia Europaea (2015). He has received the Humboldt Prize in physics (2002), the Killam Award of the the University of Calgary (2005) and the Raman Chair of the Indian Academy of Sciences (2011). In 2017, he has been awarded a European Research Council Advanced Grant on computational design of mesoscale porous materials. He is the recipient of the 2017 APS Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics for seminal contributions to the development and application of the Lattice Boltzmann method and the 2019 Bernie J. Alder CECAM prize for exceptional contributions to the microscopic simulation of matter.

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).


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