Invited Speakers


Special Session

Presentation: "Controlled structuring of injection molded parts by modulating mold temperature evolution. Experimental and simulation results"

Prof. Giuseppe Titomanlio
is a full Professor of Transport Phenomena since 1986 was the head of the Polymer Technology Group first at the University of Palermo and since 1992 at the University of Salerno. He was entrusted of many institutional roles within the University of Salerno.
He coordinated over the years research units in several research projects of local, national and European relevance, and was Coordinator of Research Projects of National Interest in 1999 and 2004.
His scientific interests include properties and processing of thermoplastic polymers and in particular: rheology of polymeric melts; crystallization kinetics and morphology evolution under quiescent and processing conditions; analysis and simulation of polymer processing operations and in particular of the injection molding. The results of these activities gave rise to more than 150 papers published in international scientific journals and a very large number of papers published in conferences proceedings.
Prof. Titomanlio is very active in the Polymer Processing Society (PPS) and was the Organizer and Chairman of a Regional Conference held in Palermo in 1992 and of the 24th International Conference of the Polymer Processing Society (PPS), held in Salerno in June 2008. Since 2009 he is in the Executive Committee of the PPS, also as President for the biennium 2013-2015. Since 2015 he is Emeritus at the University of Salerno.
Presentation: "A general overview of polymer processing modelling"

Jean-François Agassant
is graduated from Ecole des Mines de Paris in 1972. He obtained a PhD from Paris VI university in 1980 on the modeling of the PVC calendering process. At the same time he initiated a research team at Cemef (Center for Material Forming) of Ecole des Mines de Paris in Sophia Antipolis devoted to polymer-processing modeling.
He became deputy director of Cemef in 1981 and then Head of the joint research center between CNRS and Ecole des Mines de Paris/Cemef (1989-2000). He was appointed as Head of the Mechanical and Material Engineering Department of MINES-ParisTech (the new name of Ecole des Mines de Paris) between 2008 and 2016 and Head of MINES ParisTech in Sophia-Antipolis between 2011 and 2016. He is now Emeritus Professor.
He is the co-author of a number of reference books on polymer processing modeling and author or co-author of 120 papers devoted to a broad area of subjects (rheology, viscoelastic computations, extrusion and drawing instabilities, calendering, die flow optimization, injection molding, foaming, coating).
Presentation: "Who is afraid of innovation in student learning at university?"

Peter C. Powell holds a master´s degree in Advanced Chemical Engineering from Imperial College in London in 1965. He has spent nine years at the ICI Plastics Division, developing design methods for innovative thermoplastic products and developing machines for their production. He also spent five years at Loughborough University, teaching polymer engineering, and four years in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College, setting up teaching in Polymer engineering, and initiating a collaborative masters program in design between Imperial College and the Royal College of Art.
In this nine year period, he also contributed to the creation and development of Polymer Engineering activities at the University of Minho.
He was Professor of Polymer Engineering in 1984-1991 at Manchester Polytechnic, were he built an integrated graduate development scheme for leading companies in the polymer industries. In 1991 he was professor of Engineering at the University of Twente (UT), Enschede (NL). In 2000, he set up his own company, Engineering Education International, wich advised universities in 36 different countries to improve student´s aptitude and prepare for successful international accreditation.
Between 2004-2008 he was founding and director of Education at University College Roosevelt, Middelburg (NL), wich provides in depth baccalaureate in high-quality education for Dutch and International students. The College was awarded the "Excellent" in 2008. In 2009-2011 he was founder and designer of the University´s Engineering Faculty (ATLAS) of UT, which incorporated the PLE activity.
Over the years he also written several texts, such as: "Plastics for Industrial Designers" (1975); "Engineering with Polymers" (1983 and 1999); "Engineering with Polymer-Fiber Laminates" (1994); "Engineering Education Led by Projects" (2003); "Self-study for accreditation of University Colleges (Middelburg 2007, U Twente 2012).

Plenary Session

Presentation: "Polymers and composites industries in the digital revolution"

António M. Cunha
was born in Braga, Portugal, in 1961. Graduated in Industrial Engineering (1984) and PhD in Polymer Engineering in 1991.
Full Professor of the Polymer Engineering Department (DEP) of University of Minho (UMinho,
Research activity at IPC/I3N (Institute for Polymers and Composites, Associated Laboratory,, developing projects within national and European programmes, in the fields of structure development in polymer processing, non-conventional moulding techniques and tools and natural polymers.
Author of 120 refereed ISI-WoS papers, 3 books (editor) and 4 patents.
Dean of the School of Engineering of UMinho from 2005 to 2009.
Member of the Executive Board of PIEP (Innovation in Polymer Engineering, from 2001 to 2009 and CEIIA (Engineering and Innovation Centre for Automotive Industry, from 2005 to 2009.
Rector of University of Minho from October 2009 to November 2017. President of the Portuguese Rectors Conference,, from 2014 to 2017.
Chairman of COTEC-Portugal Advisory Board,
Chairman of the Curators Board of Fundação Oliveira Frederico. Board member of INL (Iberian Nanotechnology Institute, and MIT-Portugal Program
Co-chairman of the Steering Committee of the HMI (Human Machine Interface) Project Bosch-UMinho.
Chairman of Instituto Internacional Casa de Mateus,, 2010-16.
Chairman of CEER Foundation (consortium Northern Portugal / Galician Universities,, 2010-16. Member of the Conselho Nacional da Educação (Portuguese Education Council), 2010-14 and of the Research Policy Working Group of the European University Association.

Member of the Portuguese Engineering Academy.
Golden Insignia of the University of Santiago de Compostela.
Medal of Scientific Merit of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal.
Gold Medal and Honorary Citizen of Guimarães.