Honorary Academic Committee


George Apostolakis
George Apostolakis (USA)

George Apostolakis is the Head of the Nuclear Risk Research Center in Japan. He is a professor emeritus of the Nuclear Science and Engineering Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a Senior Fellow of the Garrick Institute for Risk Sciences at UCLA. He served as a Commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) from April 23, 2010 until June 30, 2014. From 1995 until 2010, he was a member and Chairman (2001-2002) of the statutory Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards of the NRC. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society and the Society for Risk Analysis. He is the recipient of the Henry DeWolf Smyth Nuclear Statesman Award from the American Nuclear Society and the Nuclear Energy Institute. He is the founder of the PSAM conferences.



Carlos Guedes Soares
Carlos Guedes Soares (Portugal)

Carlos Guedes Soares is a Distinguished Professor of the Engineering Faculty (Instituto Superior Técnico) of the University of Lisbon and the Head of the Centre for Marine Technology and Ocean Engineering (CENTEC), which is a research centre of the University of Lisbon that is recognized and funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. He received the MSc. and Ocean Engineer degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA in 1976, the Ph.D. degree from the Norwegian Institute of Technology of the University of Trondheim, in 1984, and the Doctor of Science degree from the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, in 1991. He is one of the 5 Founding Members of the European Safety and Reliability Association (ESRA), and has been General Secretary, Vice-Chairman and Chairman of ESRA, being now the Editor of the ESRA Newsletter. He has been coordinating the Symposium on Structures, Safety and Reliability of the Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE) Conference since 1989 and has been Chair or Co-Chair of various conferences in the series of OMAE, ESREL, IMAM, MARSTRUCT, MARTECH, RENEW and ICCGS Conferences. He has been Editor (now Editor-in-Chief) of the Reliability Engineering and System Safety Journal (RESS) since 1992 and he belongs to the Editorial board of about 15 Journals. He is a Fellow of ASME, SNAME, RINA, IMarEST, Ordem dos Engenheiros and a Member of the Portuguese Academy of Engineering.

Melinda Hodkiewicz (Australia)
Melinda Hodkiewicz (Australia)

Melinda Hodkiewicz is an engineering academic working on multi-disciplinary projects to improve maintenance, asset management and safety practices. Her academic career started in 2005 after an earlier engineering career in maintenance in the resources industry. She currently has a 5-year A$1.3MFellowship at the University of Western Australia funded by BHP, a major resources company. The aim of the Fellowship is to improve academic-industry collaboration and work to support the communities in which BHP operates. She endeavours to do the latter by research that impacts maintenance to make it more productive and safer. In October 2019 she has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. She has four research areas: ontology and natural language processing of maintenance and safety unstructured records. This work supports validation of remaining useful life models, which in turn assists the maintainer of the future, who will be using MEMS-IIOT sensing systems for industrial maintenance applications. She works with academic and industry collaborators from a wide range of disciplines in a number of different countries.

Organisationally she co-leads the data science program for the $10M ARC funded Offshore Structures Hub, manages the UWA Critical Mass Research group on Engineering System Health, leads the UWA System Health Lab, and has conventional academic and teaching responsibilities. She also holds two external national positions, one as a member of the Board of Australia’s National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) and the other on the advisory committee for the Australian Government's mining equipment, technology and services (METS) Ignited Growth Centre, one of the six Government Growth Centres charged with distributing A$238M of funds 2017-2021. She is currently a visitor at the Alan Turing Institute, this is the national centre for data science in the UK.

In October 2019 she has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. Professor Hodkiewicz is an international leader in asset management through research, education and digitalization.



Paola Girdinio (Italy)
Paola Girdinio (Italy)

President of the National Network of Cyber Security Electricity Networks and Full Professor of Electrotechnics at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Genoa, where he was previously Faculty Dean. He is also a Director of ENEL and of the Costa Crociere Foundation. He previously held the same position at Ansaldo STS, Banca Carige, Ansaldo Energia, D'Appolonia (RINA Group) and the University of Genoa. She is also a member of the scientific committee of the Eurispes Security Observatory and was selected in 2018 European awards short list BCI. For her commitment in the academic and professional field she has been included in the list of experts in technological innovation established by the Ministry of Economic Development.

Rui Kang
Rui Kang (China)

Wang Shaoping (1966—) is a professor and PhD supervisor as well as Deputy Dean of the School of Automation Science and Electrical Engineering, Beihang University. She is a distinguished professor of the Chang Jiang Scholars Program. She is also the director of the Reliability Branch of Operations Research Society of China, and vice-chairman of Society of Capital Women Professors. She was a guest professor at Purdue University, Ecoles Centrales, SMC Research Center in Japan.

Shaoping Wang's research interests are in the area of fault diagnosis and health management, reliability and fault tolerant control, fluid power transmission and control, mechatronic control and simulation, design and optimization of mechatronic system, and big data precision medicine.

Prof. Shaoping Wang had published more than 5 books and 300 papers in journals and international conference, in which more than 200 papers are indexed by SCI/EI.

Shaoping wang (China)
Shaoping wang (China)

Rui Kang received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 1987 and 1990 from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA, Beijing, China), respectively. Now he is Distinguished Professor in School of Reliability and Systems Engineering and Chief Engineer in Reliability Engineering Institute of Beihang University (the original name is BUAA). He is Director of Center for Resilience and Safety of Critical Infrastructure (CRESCI) and Sino-French Risk Science and Engineering Lab. He is the Chairman of the academic committee of National Key Laboratory for Reliability and Environment Engineering Technology. He is the founder of Belief Reliability Theory. His main research interests include reliability and resilience for critical infrastructures, system prognosis and health management. He published eight books and more than 200 papers. He received several awards from the China government for his outstanding scientific contributions such as Chang Jiang Scholars Program of Ministry of Education of China and China’s National Science and Technology Advancement Prizes.

Way Kuo
Way Kuo (Hong Kong)

Way Kuo is President of City University of Hong Kong. He is a Member of US National Academy of Engineering and Academia Sinica in Taiwan, a Foreign Member of Chinese Academy of Engineering and Russian Academy of Engineering.
Professor Kuo specializes in design for reliability of electronics and energy systems. He is the author and co-author of eight academic books and over 200 high impact papers.
His first popular science book Critical Reflections on Nuclear and Renewable Energy has created an impact since its publication in 2013 in Taiwan. The book has been translated into English, Japanese,French and Russian and published in Massachusetts, Tokyo, Paris, and Moscow, respectively. His new book on higher education, The American Way in China's Higher Education, has been jointly published by Wiley-Scrivener in May 2019.