Professor Wing Kam Liu

Professor Wing Kam Liu

Walter P. Murphy Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Civil and Environmental Engineering

Northwestern University, USA

Prof Wing Kam Liu has been developing theoretical and modelling and simulation methodologies that are able to connect multiscale mechanics to microstructural design parameters and for the modelling of microfluidic electrokinetic assembly of bio-molecules and drug delivery.

He made fundamental, innovative contributions that have benefitted the understanding and design of additive manufacturing materials, engineering material systems, biological processes, and the use of organic and inorganic materials for drug delivery applications.

Liu is elected as the President of IACM, the Chair of USNCTAM within the US National Academies, and a member of the Board of International Scientific Organization within the US National Academies. In 2014, Liu is selected as a highly cited researcher in Computer Science and a member of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds by Thompson Reuters for the period 2002 through 2012. Liu chaired the ASME AMD and is a past president of USACM.

He was the founding Director of the NSF Summer Institute on Nano Mechanics & Materials, Founding Chairman of the ASME NanoEngineering Council, Founding Co-Director of the NU PSED Program and Founding Director of the MS in SdX specialization ME and CEE program.

He is the editor of two International Journals and honorary editor of two journals and has been a consultant for more than 20 organizations. Liu has written four books; and he is a Fellow of ASME, ASCE, USACM, AAM, and IACM. 

Professor Spencer Sherwin

Professor Spencer Sherwin


Professor of Computational Fluid Mechanics

Imperial College



Professor Spencer Sherwin is the McLaren Racing/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London. He received his MSE and PhD from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Princeton University. Prior to this he received his BEng from the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London.

Prof Sherwin leads an active research group focusing on the development and application of parallel spectral/hp element techniques for solving partial differential equations using Nektar++. These methods are being applied to direct numerical simulation and stability analysis to a range of applications including vortex flows of relevance to offshore engineering and vehicle aerodynamics and biomedical problems associated with arterial atherosclerosis and atrial arrhythmias.

Currently Prof Sherwin is an associate director of EPSRC/EADS funded Laminar Flow Control Centre and Principal Investigator on the EPSRC funded Platform for Research In Simulation Methods. Professor Sherwin is also the academic lead to the Joint PhD programme with the University of São Paulo.

Mr Duncan Nicholson

Mr Duncan Nicholson

Arup Fellow, Director of Arup

Ove Arup and Partners Ltd.


Mr. Nicholson has extensive international experience of geotechnical design for major projects involving foundations, deep basements, retaining walls, tunnels and earthworks.

He started his Civil Engineering career with George Wimpey and Co Ltd and then gained an MSc in Soil Mechanics at Imperial College in 1977. He then joined the geotechnical section of Ove Arup and Partners Limited, becoming a Director in 1996. He was made an Arup Fellow in 2014.

For many years Mr Nicholson has been involved with the design of deep basements and assessing the effects of perimeter wall movements on adjacent structures. He has been responsible for most of the Canary Wharf Development basements over the last 20 years. He has been involved Expert Advice work including Nicoll Highway Collapse. He currently serves on the Singapore LTA – International Panel of Advisors for the Metro system. In 2015 he was awarded the BGA - Skempton Medal.

He has an interest in guides and improving design guidance. In 1999 he was author of the Ciria Report 185 - Observational Method and has input into the update in the New Ciria Retaining Wall Guide C760. In 2016 he assisted with the ICE Specification for Piles and Embedded Retained Walls as well as the EFFC /DFI Tremie Concrete Guide.