Founder: Professor Carlos A. Brebbia
Carlos was born in Argentina where he completed his first engineering degree. He spent two stimulating years after graduation as part of a small team setting up an Institute of Applied Mechanics. Following this, he registered at the University of Southampton in England for a higher degree, arranging to carry out his research partly at MIT. This experience, which he found most rewarding, established the basis for his long and close association with the USA.
After obtaining his PhD at Southampton he worked for the Central Electricity Research Laboratories in the UK, a leading research establishment at the time. He left the Laboratories to take an academic position at the University of Southampton where he rose from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer and Reader. During his time at Southampton he took leave to become Visiting Professor at many other universities, including an academic year at Princeton University. After having been appointed Full Professor of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine, he decided to resign his position and return to the UK to set up the Wessex Institute, of which he was the Founder and Director.
Carlos is renowned throughout the world as the originator of the Boundary Element Method, a technique that generates important research work at Wessex Institute. He has written many scientific papers, is editor of many volumes and is the author or co-author of thirteen books. He founded several international journals.
He established two International prizes, the highly regarded Prigogine Medal for Ecological Systems Research, co-sponsored by the University of Siena; and the George Green Medal, supported by Elsevier and co-sponsored by the University of Mississippi.
Carlos ran a successful WIT programme of international scientific conferences in different locations throughout the world. He helped the Institute to develop academic links with first class institutions around the world, which has resulted in many more research programmes and collaborative projects. He was also responsible for the publishing programme of the Institute which includes, in addition to the conference proceedings, a series of monographs and edited books by some of the foremost scientists in the world.
Chairman: Alexander Carlos Brebbia
Alexander Brebbia graduated as an engineer before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with PwC. Since then he has spent over 20 years as a private equity investor sitting on the Boards of numerous businesses including those in the engineering and manufacturing sectors.
Members of the WIT Board of Directors
Juan Jose Casares Long
Professor Juan Casares Long’s academic career mainly took place at the prestigious University of Santiago de Compostela in his native Galicia, where he started his studies in chemistry. He was Director of the Supercomputing Centre of Galicia and of the Environmental Information and Technology Department of the Galician Regional Government before becoming Rector of the University.
Juan is author and editor of several books and has published many papers in the field of atmospheric sciences, chemical engineering and environmental and ecological problems.
He has collaborated in many WIT activities in the past, including organisation of courses and conferences, publications and EU research projects.
Professor Geoffrey Broadbent has contributed widely to the architectural profession for many years and has written more than 150 papers. He has authored or co-authored eight books on various topics related to architecture and architectural design during his distinguished career. Prof Broadbent has been a member of the WIT Board of Directors for a number of years and, as such, involved in the strategic running of the Institute.
Alexander Cheng is Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Mississippi. He is also a Fellow of the Wessex Institute. He is a renowned expert on Boundary Element Methods and has written numerous books, well over 100 refereed journal papers and a similar number of papers for international conferences. He was awarded the prestigious George Green Medal for his work on Boundary Element Research. The Medal is co-sponsored by Elsevier.
Jerry J Connor
Professor Jerry Connor is WIT’s representative in the Boston (USA) office and Adjunct Professor at Ashurst Lodge. He is Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is internationally renowned for his work in software engineering and analytical techniques. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute.
He collaborates in many of WIT’s activities in addition to research, such as publications and conference scientific and technical organisation.
Patrick De Wilde
Professor Patrick De Wilde from the Free University of Brussels is an expert in Structures and Material Sciences. He has been associated with WIT for many years in addition to being a member of its Board of Directors. He has written many scientific publications in the areas of computer-aided engineering, finite element methods, composite materials and structures. He continues to collaborate closely with WIT, chairing conferences, among other activities.
Daniele De Wrachien
Daniele de Wrachien is Professor of Irrigation and Drainage at the Department of Agricultural Engineering of the State University of Milan from where he graduated in Geology.
His research interests are water resources management; irrigation and drainage technology; modelling of transport processes in porous media; debris and hyperconcentrated flow simulation; flood control and mitigation measures; desertification and environmental impacts of climate change.
Daniele is author of many papers in his field of interest and he has participated in numerous scientific conferences. His activities at WIT have included the organisation of special seminars and conferences on water resources, flood and debris flow.
Among his many distinctions, he has been President of EURAgEng (European Society of Agricultural Engineers) and member of the Executive Board of ICID (International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage).
Professor Santiago Hernandez from the University of A Coruña, Spain, is a leading expert in structural engineering, Bridge Design and Optimisation Techniques. He is Co-Chairman of many WIT conferences, Adjunct Professor, as well as a member of the WIT Board of Directors. Santiago has numerous scientific publications and has written many books.
Ted Hromadka is Professor at West Point and Principal at Hromadka & Associates, Costa Mesa, California. His expertise includes designing master plans for surface water hydrology and the development of computer systems. In addition, he has written plans for water quality enhancement, sediment and debris protection, and run-off management. Dr Hromadka has written more than 20 books on various topics related to hydrology. He is an Adjunct Professor at WIT, as well as a member of the Board of Directors.
Stefano Mambretti is Associate Professor of Hydraulic Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, where he teaches and carries out research.
His field of expertise is hydraulics and hydrological models, topics in which he has numerous publications. Stefano is also internationally renowned for his work on debris flows, urban water flood systems and flood prevention, management and recovery.
He is an Adjunct Professor at the Wessex Institute, has organised several WIT International Conferences and is Associate Editor of two Journals published by WIT Press.
Giorgio Passerini is Associate Professor at the Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale e Scienze Matematiche at the Universita Politecnica delle Marche in Ancona, Italy. His research team has focused on the following three areas: air pollution assessment and remediation; the evaluation of airborne pollutants due to the treatment of organic fraction of municipal solid waste; Smart Cities and management and optimisation of municipalities with special attention to energy consumption. He represents WIT at many of our conferences, and has been associated with many training, research and publishing activities at WIT.
George Pinder is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Vermont in Burlington.
His area of research is the development and application of applied mathematics, especially numerical methods to solve groundwater contamination and supply problems.
George is author of several books and many scientific and technical papers. He has also acted as consultant in many important projects.
He became associated with WIT when it was first started and has participated in many training and publishing activities. One of these initiatives was the launching of the Journal of Water Resources, now published by Elsevier.
Professor Dragan Poljak from the University of Split, Croatia, is an international expert on electromagnetic radiation and carries out research in this field. He is a Member of the WIT Board as well as Adjunct Professor at WIT. Prof Poljak has been awarded the National Prize for Sciences by the Croatian Committee of Science and Technology, sponsored by the National Parliament. He has numerous publications in his field, including several well known books.
George is Professor Emeritus at The Open University, UK, where he develops his research on Complexity Science and was Director of the Centre for the Design of Intelligent Systems.
George is a founder of a network of advanced technologies ventures which include a series of companies throughout the world.
He has published widely and delivered keynote addresses at numerous conferences. Throughout his academic career, George has acted as a consultant for private companies, government administrator and EUR or various issues related to information technologies.
George has collaborated in many WIT initiatives, including the organisation of courses and conferences and WIT Press activities, among them the launching of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence, now published by Elsevier.
Eckart Schnack is Professor of Solid Mechanics at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. He is an expert in numerical methods of continuum mechanics and on experimental methods of mechanics. He has over 200 publications to his name and has obtained many prestigious awards throughout his career. He has been appointed as Adjunct Professor at WIT due to his high level of collaboration with this Institute.
Professor Syngellakis has a long career in teaching and research in solid and structural mechanics. He has published well over 100 papers on advanced applications of analytical and computational techniques to a wide range of structural engineering and material technology problems. His novel numerical work is mainly based on the Boundary Element Method and he also has considerable experience in the use of general purpose finite element codes for advanced micromechanical, bioengineering, fatigue and fracture mechanics simulations. He has supervised many doctoral programmes to completion and participated in various industry-sponsored projects.
Professor Antonio Tadeu from the University of Coimbra has collaborated with the Institute in many conferences and publications. He is an expert in computational modelling and has applied techniques for the solution of structural, acoustic, fluid dynamics and many other problems. He has recently been awarded the prestigious George Green Medal for his research into Boundary Element Methods.