Sylvie Lorente is the Associate Dean for Research & Innovation in the College of Engineering at Villanova University, PA, USA. She is the College of Engineering Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Villanova, and Professor (Exceptional Class) at the National
Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA), University of Toulouse, France.
She is also Hung Hing-Ying Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Science and Technology at Hong Kong University (Hong Kong), Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria (South Africa), and Adjunct Professor at Duke University (USA). She is a member of the
Academy of Europe.
Sylvie has a passion for flow architectures, and works on thermal design, energy storage, vascularized structures, porous media, biological flow networks, urban design and organizations, among other things. She is the author of 7 books, 10 book chapters and 200+ peer-reviewed international journal papers. She is listed among the 2% most cited scientists worldwide

Dr. Xinwei Wang is a full professor at Iowa State University ( He obtained his Ph.D. from the School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University in 2001, M.S. (1996) and B.S. (1994) from the University of Science and Technology of China. Over the past 20 years, he has led his laboratory to develop new techniques for characterizing thermal transport at the micro/nanoscale, including the TET, ET-Raman, TD-Raman, and FR-Raman techniques. His lab reported the first work on distinguishing the optical and acoustic phonon temperatures under intense photon excitation, and determining their energy coupling factor. His work on conjugated phonon and hot carrier transport represents the first accomplishment in distinguishing these two physical processes and quantifying their transport diffusivities. The thermal reffusivity theory developed in his lab provides a novel way to characterizing material’s structure domain size, similar to that measured by x-ray diffraction, but has unique applications for nanomaterials. He received the inaugural Viskanta Fellow Award of Purdue University in recognition of his pioneering and independent work in thermal sciences. He is the recipient of the 2014 Mid-career Award for Research of Iowa State University (ISU) and 2018 ISU Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research. He is the Fellow of ASME and Associate Fellow of AIAA. He serves as the Senior Editor of International Journal of Thermophysics and Journal of Laser Applications, and associate editor of Heat Transfer Research.


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