Dr. Amr Elnashai fellow of the British Royal Academy of Engineering Amr Elnashai is Vice Chancellor and Vice President for Research and
Technology Transfer at the University of Houston System and the University of Houston, respectively. He was previously head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign (June 2009 to December 2013) and the Bill and Elaine Hall endowed professor. Prior to his current position, he was Dean of Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, and the Harold and Inge
Marcus Endowed Chair of Engineering. As dean, Amr was responsible for all aspects of operation and leadership of the
College of Engineering. In 2017, the college had 11,000 students, 300 professors, 400 staff, $240M total budget, $137M
research expenditure, over $210M endowment, 12 departments, 2 institutes and 20 research centers. He was responsible for
undergraduate and graduate curricula, the research enterprise, alumni relations (76,000 living alumni) as well as communications and fundraising.He was previously head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign (June 2009 to December 2013) and the Bill and Elaine Hall endowed professor.Before moving to the USA, Amr was division head at Imperial College, London, and a chaired professor. He created a
new masters degree in earthquake engineering that became the leading graduate degree in the subject in Europe, created a
large team of researchers and educators in the subject, and attracted exceptionally high levels of funding from industry and
government research agencies.
Prof. Thomas Ng is Associate Dean (Student Development) of the Faculty of Engineering and Professor in the Department Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong. Thomasâ€™s research interests cover a wide range of topics including sustainable built environment, smart city, community resilience, infrastructure asset management, digital transformation, construction informatics, construction productivity and performance, project delivery systems, etc. Over the years, he has secured more than USD 14 million of research grants and published over 400 scholarly items. Thomas is a Member of Technical Committee of Thermal Performance and Energy Use in the Built Environment set up by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO/TC163) and Editor of Journal of Built Environment Project and Asset Management. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, Chartered Institute of Building, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, etc.