Keynote Speakers:


Prof Akinwale Coker

Akinwale Coker started his working career as a Lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Ibadan in 1991 and rose to Professorship in 2010. He was a Visiting Scholar to the School of Engineering and Built Environment, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK in 2007 and later served as a Ph.D Research Advisor from 2012 till 2017 at the same university. He served as a Visiting Professor in 2017 at the Faculty of Environment and Technology, the University of West of England, Bristol. Akinwale has been from 2014 till date, an Affiliate Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA and a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Urban and Rural Research, Alabama A&M University, Alabama, USA. Professor Coker has concentrated his research works on Environmental and Biomedical Engineering. To date, he has successfully supervised 10 Ph.D. Theses, 57 M.Sc. and 81 B.Sc. projects. He has to his credit four patents, and over ninety publications in peer-reviewed journals, books and refereed conference proceedings. He has presented several papers in international conferences in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Akinwale is a member of several professional societies in Nigeria and overseas (Nigeria Society of Engineers, Nigeria Institute of Environmental Engineers and The American Society for Engineering Education, Biomedical Engineering Society, just to mention a few). He is the Director of the Nigerian Awareness and Action for Environmental Health (NINAAFEH), an NGO devoted to Environmental Sustainability.


Prof Surendra M. Gupta

Surendra M. Gupta, Ph.D., P.E., is a Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the Director of the Laboratory for Responsible Manufacturing at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He received his BE in Electronics Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, MBA from Bryant University, and MSIE and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Massachusetts, USA. Dr. Gupta’s research interests span the areas of Production/Manufacturing Systems and Operations Research. He is mostly interested in Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing, Reverse and Closed-Loop Supply Chains, Disassembly Modeling and Remanufacturing. He has authored or coauthored twelve books and over 600 technical papers published in edited books, journals and international conference proceedings. His publications have received over twelve thousand citations (with an h-index of 54) from researchers all over the world in journals, proceedings, books, and dissertations. He has traveled to all seven continents viz., Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America and presented his work at international conferences on six continents. Dr. Gupta has taught over 150 courses in such areas as operations research, inventory theory, queuing theory, engineering economy, supply chain management, and production planning and control. Among the many recognitions received, he is the recipient of outstanding research award and outstanding industrial engineering professor award (in recognition of teaching excellence) from Northeastern University as well as a national outstanding doctoral dissertation advisor award.


Prof John W. Sutherland

Dr. John W. Sutherland is Professor and Fehsenfeld Family Head of Environmental and Ecological Engineering (EEE) at Purdue University. As Head, he has led the development of EEE into one of the largest environmental engineering programs in the U.S. Sutherland received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is one of the world’s leading authorities on the application of sustainability principles to design, manufacturing, and other industrial issues. He has mentored nearly 100 students to the completion of their graduate degrees, and published over 300 papers in various journals and conference proceedings. His honors include the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award (1992), Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (1996), SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award (1999), SME Education Award (2009), SAE International John Connor Environmental Award (2010), ASME William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award (2013), and SME Gold Medal (2018). Sutherland is a Fellow of SME, ASME, and CIRP.


Prof Peggy Zwolinski

Peggy Zwolinski is professor of engineering design and sustainable engineering at Univ. Grenoble Alpes since 1999. She has been head of the G-SCOP laboratory research group on design for environment from 2007 to 2015. Peggy Zwolinski is now leading a large project focused on creating an agile remanufacturing system aimed at streamlining the process of repurposing used products within the scope of circular economy law. As part of this initiative, she is collaborating with key stakeholders including consumers, company representatives, and data scientists to gain a holistic understanding of how to develop a means to optimize recovering value from existing products.


Industry Keynote:


Michael Hague-Morgan 

Michael Hague-Morgan is a co-owner of Autocraft Solutions Group in the UK, which is Europe's largest independent engine remanufacturer and assembler, and provider of Electric Vehicle battery assembly and remanufacturing solutions, component machining and engineering services to the global OEMs. A keen off-road enthusiast, Mike followed his hobby of rebuilding old Land Rovers into a Mechanical Engineering degree. Having initially started his career at Ford, Mike moved into the automotive tier 1 supply base working in the casting, forging and machining sector where he had roles in operations, engineering and sales at sites across the UK. Mike joined Autocraft in 2008, with a brief to turn the loss-making company around. Mike led the management buy-out of the company in 2010, and under his commercial and engineering leadership Autocraft has grown from £8m to £25m turnover, added two more sites in the UK and is a profitable company with a strong balance sheet and a bright future.