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.

Rui Kang
Rui Kang (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.