International Scientific Council

International Scientific Council was established at SUSU to coordinate science and research in accordance with the best world practices.

Establishment of the Council is one of the most important initiatives under the University Roadmap. The Council members are the leading scientists with rich research experience in fundamental and computer sciences, engineering and medicine: Prof Thomas Ludwig; Prof Earl H. Dowell; Prof Ashokkumar Muthupandian; Prof Panayotis A. Koutentis; Prof Jack Dongarra, Prof Santiago García-Granda; Prof Ron de Kloet; Prof María Josefa Yzuel; Prof Jaewan Kim; Dr Mohammed Milad; Edward L.Monser.

On October 10-12, the Council is to evaluate the University performance and agree on the University development directions for 2018-2020. The International Scientific Council will not only contribute to the improvement of research and education quality but will also help SUSU to strengthen its position in the international academic world.

Edward L. Monser

Edward L. Monser has served as president of Emerson from 2010 to 2018. In this role, he drives the company’s international growth opportunities and global shared service organizations. He has more than 30 years of experience in senior operational positions at Emerson and has played key roles in globalizing the company. Monser is a member of the company’s Office of the Chief Executive and served as Emerson’s chief operating officer from 2001-2015.

Monser began his career as a senior engineer at Rosemount in 1981. After serving in several engineering management positions, he was named Rosemount’s director of technology in 1987. Two years later, he became director of new products and technology. Monser went on to hold vice president positions overseeing several critical operations at Rosemount before becoming its executive vice president and general manager, and then president.

From 1996 until becoming COO in 2001, Edward Monser was president of Emerson’s Rosemount business unit. Under his leadership, Rosemount developed a range of innovative “smart” measurement and analytical devices for the process industry, expanded its service and solutions capabilities, and implemented significant operational efficiencies.

Active in promoting international understanding and trade, Monser is a member and a current vice chairman of the U.S.-India Business Council, and he serves on the advisory Economic Development Board for China’s Guangdong Province and the board of advisors for South Ural State University in Chelyabinsk, Russia. He is a past board member and past vice chairman of the U.S.-China Business Council.

In the St. Louis community, Edward Monser has served on the boards of directors or trustees for several educational, civic and charitable organizations, including Ranken Technical College (current chairman) and the Midwest Cargo Hub Commission (vice chairman). In addition, he is a member of the boards of trustees of Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and its Armour College of Engineering (chairman).

Additionally, Edward Monser serves on the board of directors for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., a company that provides gases and related services for the energy, electronics and manufacturing sectors.

Edward Monser received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1980. He also has a bachelor's degree in education from Eastern Michigan University and is an alumnus of the executive education program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. 


Prof Earl H. Dowell

Duke University; expert in aerospace engineering. Hirsch index – 45.

Prof Earl H. Dowell is a William Holland Hall Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering; he is an honored member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; and he is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics has awarded Prof Dowell the Daniel Guggenheim Medal. He is also a recipient of the Von Karman Lectureship award, Crichlow Trust Prize, the Reed Aeronautics Award, Spirit of St. Louis Medal, the Den Hartog Award and Lyapunov Medal, as well as the Guggenheim awarded by AIAA, ASME, AHS and SAE.

Mr. Dowell studies aeroelasticity, aerodynamics, nonlinear dynamics and structure. Prof Dowell is the author of more than 300 research papers, and the author and co-author of four books: Aeroelasticity of Plates and Shells, A Modern Course in Aeroelasticity, Studies in Nonlinear Aeroelasticity and Dynamics of Very High Dimensional Systems.

Prof Dowel has received his bachelor degree at Illinois State University and doctoral degree in Biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before he became the Dean of Engineering School at Duke University, he had taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Princeton. He has also worked in The Boeing Company.


Prof Jack Dongarra

Tennessee University; expert in supercomputing.

Jack Dongarra is an American University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Tennessee. He holds the position of a Distinguished Research Staff member in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Computer Science Department at Rice University. Prof  Dongarra holds the Turing Fellowship in the schools of Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Manchester

Prof Dongarra received his bachelor degree in Mathematics from Chicago State University in 1972 and a Master of Science in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1973. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Mathematics from the University of New Mexico in 1980 under the supervision of Cleve Moler.

He worked at the Argonne National Laboratory until 1989, becoming a senior scientist. Prof Dongarra specializes in numerical algorithms in linear algebraparallel computing, the use of advanced-computer architectures, programming methodology, and tools for parallel computers. His research includes the development, testing and documentation of high quality mathematical software.

Prof Dongarra has contributed to the design and implementation of the following open source software packages and systems: EISPACK, LINPACK, BLAS, LAPACK, ScaLAPACK, Netlib, PVM, MPI, ATLAS, HPCG, PAPI.

Prof Dongarra is also one of the TOP-500 ranking founders which ranks the most 500 powerful non-distributed computer systems in the world. He is the author of more than 300 research papers. He was awarded the IEEE Sid Fernbach Award in 2004 for his contributions in the application of high performance computers using innovative approaches; and in 2008, he was the recipient of the first IEEE Medal of Excellence in Scalable Computing

In 2004, he was awarded IEEE Sid Fernbach Award for the contribution to the development of high-performance computers using innovative approach; in 2008 he honored the First IEEE Medal of Excellence for scalable computations (developments in software engineering). In 2010, he was the first SIAM Special Interest Group on Supercomputing Award holder for professional achievements in academic career.

In 2011, Prof Dongarra was the recipient of the IEEE IPDPS Charles Babbage Award; and in 2013 he was the recipient of the ACM/IEEE Ken Kennedy Award for his leadership in designing and promoting standards for mathematical software used to solve numerical problems common to high performance computing. He is a Fellow of the AAASACMSIAM, and the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.


Prof Thomas Ludwig

Hamburg University; expert in supercomputing. Hirsch index – 31.

Thomas Ludwig received his doctoral degree and the German habilitation degree at the Technische Universität München, where he conducted research on HPC from 1988 to 2001. From 2001 to 2009 he had a chair for parallel computing at the Universität Heidelberg. 2009 he moved to Hamburg. 

He is now director of the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ) and professor at the Universität Hamburg. His research activity is in the fields of high volume data storage, energy efficiency, and performance analysis concepts and tools for parallel systems. 


Prof Ashokkumar Muthupandian

University of Melbourne; expert in physical chemistry. Hirsch index – 34.

Prof Ashokkumar Muthupandian is a physical chemist specialized in sonochemistry. He teaches special chemistry disciplines to students and post-graduates at the Chemistry Faculty, University of Melbourne.

He is also one of the Associate Deans in the Faculty of Science. 

Prof Ashokkumar Muthupandian is famous development of a number of novel techniques for characterizing acoustic cavitation bubbles. He has made major contributions of applied sonochemistry to the Materials, Food and Dairy industry. 

For instance, his research team has developed a novel ultrasonic processing technology for improving the functional properties of dairy ingredients. Recent research also involves the ultrasonic synthesis of functional nano- and biomaterials that can be used in energy production, environmental remediation and diagnostic and therapeutic medicine. He has received about $15 million research grants to support his research work that includes several industry projects. 

Prof Muthupandian has edited several books and special issues for journals; published about 320 refereed papers in high impact international journals and books; and delivered over 150 lectures at international conferences and academic institutions. 

Prof Ashokkumar Muthupandian has successfully organised 10 international scientific conferences and managed a number of national and international competitive research grants. 

He has been a fellow of since 2007.


Prof Santiago Garcia-Granda

University of Oviedo; expert in nanomaterials. Hirsch index – 44.

Santiago García-Granda is a professor at Physical Chemistry Department and Physical and Analytical Chemistry Department at the University of Oviedo (Spain). He is a professor at Nanotechnology Institute CINN.

Prof Santiago García-Granda heads X-ray Team and SYSTAM Research Groups. He has been Vice-Chancellor, Executive Secretary and the President of the European Crystallographic Association. At the moment, he is the Rector of the University of Oviedo.

He has published more than 500 scientific articles.


Prof Panayotis Koutentis

University of Cyprus; expert in is organic chemistry. Hirsch index – 21.

Research interests: the synthesis and reactivity of novel and unusual S,N-heterocyclic compounds; the design and synthesis of organic magnets based on radical and diradical polyazaheterocyclic systems; the design and synthesis of novel conjugated and non conjugated polymers, oligomers and small molecules; the design and synthesis of biologically active heteroarenes.

Prof Panayotis A. Koutentis is a Professor of Chemistry Faculty at the University of Nicosia (Cyprus). He was born in Bristol in Great Britain in 1969; he received his bachelor degree in 1992. In 1997, he received his doctoral degree at Imperial College London under Prof Charles U. Reeves’s supervision.

Then Prof Koutentis started collaboration with Prof Roger Alder from the University of Bristol. After Prof Panayotis A. Koutentis defended his doctoral thesis, he continued doing research work together with Prof Fred Wudl at the University of California in Los Angeles and Prof Robert Haddon at the University of Kentucky, Lexington.

In 1999, Prof Koutentis became a teacher at the University of Cyprus.

Prof Panayutis Koutentis is an author of four chapters in the peer-reviewed paper on dedicated to thiasol, 1,2,5-thiadiazole and 1,3,4-thiadiazole. Thiasol articles were published in Synthesis Science journal. Prof Panayotis A. Koutentis has published more than 100 magazine articles and presented reports at 20 international conferences on heterocyclic chemistry. He is a scientific editor and the national representative of ARKIVOC magazine as well as the editor of «Development in Heterocyclic Chemistry» periodical and a guest editor of «Molecules».


Prof María Josefa Yzuel

University of Barcelona; expert in optics. Hirsch index – 22.

María Josefa Yzuel started her academic career at the University of Zaragoza, where she received her bachelor and doctoral degrees in physics in 1966. She received the title of Associate Professor in physics in 1971 at the University of Barcelona. She was he first woman in Spain with the qualification of that kind. In 1982, she became a professor.

Maria Josefa Yzuel has worked at Autonomous University of Barcelona since 1983 and received the title of distinguished professor. Her research into the image and liquid crystal processing is famous all over the world.

Prof María Josefa Yzuel contributes to the publication activity of the University of Barcelona. She published more than 250 scientific articles and acts as a scientific supervisor for more than 20 doctoral candidates.

Maria Josefa is a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts in Barcelona and Granada Academy and the Royal Academy of Sciences in Zaragoza. She has been awarded numerous national and international prizes. She was Chairman and the Vice-President of the Spanish Optical Society.

During 1999-2007, she was the Vice-President of Real Sociedad Española de Óptica. In 2012, she became the distinguished doctor of Universidad Miguel Hernandez. In 2015, she became Chairman of the Spanish Committee on Conduct of the International Year of Light. Professor Maria Josefa Yuzel is a board member of various scientific associations: the US Optical Society; the Advisory Group for Triestre System Optical Sciences and Applications (since 2003); Board of Directors of the International Society for Optics and Photonics; the European Optical Society, the Institute of Physics (IOP); and the International Commission for Optics. She is the winner of the ICO Galileo Galilei Award. In 2015, she was awarded the medal of the Royal Spanish Physical Society (RSEF).

Throughout her career, Prof Yzuel has been an advocate for women in science. She is an active partner of AMIT Association. She was granted an award for active support of women in science in 2011.


Prof Jaewan Kim

Korea Institute for Advanced Study; expert in quantum informatics. Hirsch index – 16.

Since 1993 – Teaches at the Department of Physics, University of Houston;

Since 1994 – 2002 - Principal Researcher, Computational Science and Engineering Lab, SAIT;

Since 2002 – 2012 - Research Associate Professor of Physics, KAIST;

Since 2002 - KIAS Assistant Professor, Korea Institute for Advanced Study;

Since 2007 – 2008 - Chair of School of Computational Sciences, Korea Institute for Advanced Study;

Since 2012 - Professor of Computational Sciences, Korea Institute for Advanced Study.


Prof Ron de Kloet

University of Leiden; expert in biomedicine. Hirsch index – 90.

Ron de Kloet is an Academy professor of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, 

(em) professor of Medical Pharmacology Division of Endocrinology, Leiden University Medical Center.

For fifty years, Prof de Kloet has studied stress hormones and how they can change their action in the brain from protective to harmful, while enhancing vulnerability to stress-related disorders. He proved that this switch from a resilient to a vulnerable brain depends on the balance between activation and suppression of stress reactions which is under control of one single hormone: cortisol. This discovery has provided leads towards biomarkers and a novel treatment strategy of stress-related mental disorders aimed to promote a mechanism of resilience present in the brain.  The research has been published in more than 600 research papers and received several awards.

From 1990, he has been Professor of Medical Pharmacology at Leiden University Medical Center. He reached emeritus status in 2009. Since 2004, Prof de Kloet has been appointed an Academy Professor of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Dr. Mohammed Milad

Harvard Medical School; expert in biomedicine. Hirsch index – 31.

Dr Mohammed Milad serves as an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Animal Models and Behavioral Neuroscience Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Milad Mohammed defended his doctoral thesis in Ponce, Puerto Rico. His work focused on studying the effect of sex differences and sex hormones on fear disappearance in extreme situations.



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