Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

4 November 2020 3:00pm to 4:00pm


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Alumni, industry and friends of UQ are invited to join us for an engaging Leaders of Influence Webinar: 'Performing under pressure - advanced materials for extreme environments', presented by leading researchers from UQ's Centre for Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing (AMPAM). 

In a race for better performance, higher efficiency and more durability, materials are being pushed to the extreme. Materials that can withstand high temperatures, aggressive wear and fires are critical enablers of breakthrough technologies in sectors such as Defence, Oil and Gas, Medical or Mining and Mineral processing industries. The Centre for Advanced materials Processing and Manufacturing brings together not only the ability to develop new materials but also to test these materials under extreme conditions.

In this webinar our leading researchers will provide an engaging introduction to the manufacture and testing of materials for extreme environments. The webinar will cover wear material development and manufacturing, composite materials for high temperature aerospace applications and the research into the fire response of materials. The webinar will be broadcasted directly from the research laboratories at The University of Queensland not only showcasing industry leading research but also demonstrating testing capabilities live.

About the presenters

Dr Michael Heitzmann

Dr. Michael Heitzmann is the Co-Director Centre for Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing with an expertise in advanced composite materials & processes and new product development. The centre brings together over 50 researchers and 120 PhD students working on the Materials, design and manufacturing solutions for our future economies.

The expertise and passion, Dr. Heitzmann has for composite materials & processes and new product development is manifested through a number of high profile projects, such as the Fight Food Waste CRC, Blue economy CRC, Defence Materials Technology Centre, The Queensland Government Cladding Material Library development or the development of the Australian Standard for Cricket balls. Dr. Heitzmann also has keen interest in supporting local SMEs and has supported a large number of projects ranging from the mining and resource sector, aerospace to the construction industry. His research and leadership have resulted in two start-ups and he is the inventor of three patents.

Professor Paul Meehan

Professor Paul Meehan's research interests are in: Smart Machines; Railway Engineering and Technology, Analysis and Control of Nonlinear Instabilities and chaos in rolling processes, spacecraft systems and biological/human body processes, advanced manufacturing modelling and analysis.

Paul Meehan is an expert in modelling, analysis and control in non-linear mechanics applied to engineering systems. He has over 20 years experience in engineering research, development, commercialization and consulting in the areas of non-linear dynamics, vibrations, controls, rolling contact, elastoplastic and wear phenomena, with applications to manufacturing, mining, railway, spacecraft and biomedical systems. He has initiated and led many successful large collaborative R&D projects in this area.

Paul is currently leading major projects in prediction and control of non-linear phenomena in railway, mining and manufacturing systems, including novel Chatter Control, Advanced Duty Detection and Millipede Technology. He has organised three international conferences in various areas of non-linear mechanics and has authored over 80 internationally refereed publications and three international patents in this area. He also teaches several intermediate and advanced level courses in mechanics at the University of Queensland, and consults regularly to high technology industries.

Dr Juan P. Hidalgo 

Dr Juan P. Hidalgo is a Senior Lecturer in Timber and Fire Safety Engineering within the School of Civil Engineering. His background is in fire safety engineering, building systems and timber construction. His field of expertise comprises material thermal degradation and flammability, heat transfer, and fire dynamics, highlighting his vast experience in multi-scale fire testing. 

Juan is actively involved in multiple research projects focused on sustainable construction such as timber, insulation materials, or composites, and studying the fire dynamics in modern buildings. He has become a key researcher in the ARC Future Timber Hub, currently delivering the most critical research project on fire safety of mass timber structures and acting as the interface between UQ and the main industry partners with a strong interest in fire research.