Keynote Speakers

Professor Hewitt is an Emeritus Professor of Multiphase Flows in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. Following a distinguished career at the UK Atomic Energy Authority, 1957-90, he was appointed Professor of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College in 1990. He was also elected Fellow of the RAEng (1985) and the Royal Society (1990), Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Engineering (1998), and President of the IChemE (1989/90). He received the Donald Q. Kern Award (AIChE), Max Jakob Award (ASME), Luikov Medal (ICHMT), Nusselt-Reynolds Prize (Assembly of World Conferences), Senior Multiphase Flow Award (2007 ICMF), Global Energy Prize from V. Putin (2007 World Economic Forum). Professor Hewitt specialises in the experimental investigation of multiphase flows with broad-ranging applications, e.g. nuclear reactor thermo-hydraulics, process heat exchange. He has published more than 400 papers and books in these areas.
Dr Morgan is a Principle Research Fellow in the Centre for Automotive Engineering at the University of Brighton. He joined Brighton after eighteen years in industry, first with Ricardo, then Ceres Power, and finally as Chief Technical Officer at Highview Power Storage. He graduated from Imperial College London in 1994 and then joined the thermal systems group at Ricardo where he worked on a range of projects including the development of cooling systems for new engines and the research of novel thermodynamic cycles for road transportation and power generation. He was Chief Engineer on the Isoengine project, a highly innovative concept with separate compression and combustion cylinders. He then went on to manage the CHP business at Ceres Power before moving to Highview in 2008, where he led the engineering of the companies liquid air energy storage pilot plant. He joined the University of Brighton in 2011. Dr Morgan’s current research interests focus on advanced concepts for low emissions power generation for on road and stationary applications, and bulk energy storage. He is retained as part time Chief Technical Officer by Highview.
David Wagstaff is the Head of Heat Strategy and Policy at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). David joined the civil service from the retail trade and started his career at the (then) Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) working on national minimum wage and other employment issues. He moved on to audit and accountancy regulation following the Enron crisis, before entering the energy field in 2004. Two years later he moved into the newly established Office of Climate Change (OCC) to oversee delivery of the climate change and energy programme across government. When DECC was formed in 2008, the OCC formed the strategic centre of the new Department, and David played a key role in delivering the Low Carbon Transition Plan six months later. He stepped up to become the Acting Director of Strategy and Head of the Office of Climate Change for a six month period from September to March 2009, and then led the Department’s preparations for the new Government in May 2010, including drafting the Annual Energy Statement given to Parliament at the end of July. In August 2010 he left Strategy to take responsibility for heat, microgeneration and distributed energy. His team has been enlarged and re-focussed since then, and its main priority now is to design the Government’s overall strategy for low carbon heating and cooling.
Professor Cotta received his BSc in Mechanical/Nuclear Engineering from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil, in 1981, and his PhD in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from North Carolina State University (NCSU), USA, in 1985. In 1987 he joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at POLI & COPPE, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, where he became Full Professor in 1994 (COPPE) and in 1997 (POLI). He is the author of more than 430 technical papers, 5 books, and supervisor of 30 PhD and 39 MSc concluded thesis. He serves in the Honorary Editorial Boards of Int. J. Heat Mass Transf. & Int. Comm. Heat Mass Transf., Int. J. Therm. Sci., Int. J. Numer. Methods Heat & Fluid Flow, Comput. Therm. Sci., Waste Biomass Valoris., and J. Aerosp. Technol. & Manag. Prof. Cotta contributed as elected President of the Brazilian Association of Mechanical Sciences in 2000-2001, and has been on the Scientific Council of the ICHMT since 1993, the Executive Committee of ICHMT since 2006, and is an Executive Committee member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences since 2012. He is a recipient of the ICHMT Hartnett-Irvine Award 2010 and was elected member of the National Order of Scientific Merit, Ministry of Science and Technology, Brazil, in 2007.
Professor Younger (FREng, 2007), is the Rankine Chair of Engineering, and a Professor of Energy Engineering at the School of Engineering, University of Glasgow. He is a graduate of Newcastle University (BSc and PhD), and Oklahoma State University (MS). He has extensive industrial experience, with, amongst other, Yorkshire Water, the National Rivers Authority, Centro Yunta (La Paz, Bolivia), NIREX, Northumbrian Water, Project Dewatering Ltd, Cluff Geothermal Ltd, Five-Quarter Energy Ltd. At Newcastle University, he founded and led the HERO research group, which won the University the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for the first time (2005); established the Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research; founded and Directed the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NIReS); and served as the University’s Public Orator and its first-ever Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Engagement. He joined Glasgow University in August 2012. Professor Younger’s current research is focused in the energy sector, with particular emphasis on geothermal energy, the responsible use of fossil fuels, and hydropower.