Professor Carlos Brebbia was the Founder and Director of the Wessex Institute of Technology. He 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 Southampton University in England for a high degree, arranging to carry out his research partly at MIT.

To read more about Carlos please see his obituary.


Jeng-Tzong Chen, born in 1962, received a BS degree in Civil Engineering, an M.S. in Applied Mechanics, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, respectively, in 1984, 1986 and 1994, from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.

He worked as a research assistant in the Structural Division of the Department of Rocket and Missile System, Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology, from 1986 to 1990.

Dr. George D. Manolis is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Earthquake Engineering at the Department of Civil Engineering at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece.

He was educated at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where he received his PhD in 1980. During the period 1980-1990 he was a faculty member (assistant and then associate professor) at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Dr Robert Adey is the Head of the Industrial Research Division. He is also Director of Strategic Developemnt at CM BEASY Ltd and editor of the International Journal Advances in Engineering Software. During the academic year he presented a series of seminars, short courses and lectures at different establishments across Europe and the USA. Dr Adey is involved with a number of industrial projects.

Prof Alex Galybin obtained his PhD from Moscow State University and served as Head of the Damage Mechanics Division at WIT. He has over 20 years of research experience in the areas of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids. Dr Galybin has spent more than 10 years working in different research positions at the University of Western Australia where he had a successful record with the Australian Research Council.

Dr Andres Peratta received his MSc in Physics in 2001 from the University of  Buenos Aires, Argentina, and his PhD in 2004 from the Wessex Institute of  Technology (WIT) - University of Wales, UK. During 2005 he has been a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer at the Wessex  Institute of Technology, Southampton, UK, and became a member of the  Editorial Board of the Journal of Communications, Software and Systems  (JCOMSS) sponsored by the IEEE and SoftCom Society.

Prof Jerry J Connor is WIT's representative in the Boston office and adjunct Professor of Ashurst Lodge. He is Professor of Civil Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is internationally renowned for his work in Software Engineering and Analytical Techniques. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of WIT.

Dr. John Baynham's graduate research focused on the use of finite element methods to investigate metal forming processes. This involved extensive development and use of numerical methods to solve engineering problems. Dr. Baynham also completed a period of post doctoral work where he developed a variety of numerical modelling routines to solve fluid-structure interaction problems with particular study on the dynamic behaviour of immersed structures. He is highly skilled in the areas of both finite element and boundary element technology.

Prof Huamin Zhou received his PhD in 2001 from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. Currently, he is a professor and vice chairman of Material Science and Engineering Department at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, vice-director of the State Key Laboratory of Material Processing and Die & Mold Technology.

Dr Jure Ravnik, born in 1973, received a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Physics form the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1997. He received a Master of Science degree in Environmental protection in 2003 and a Ph. D. in mechanical engineering in 2006 for the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Maribor, Slovenia.

Dr Stavros Syngellakis was born in Ayios Nikolaos, Greece, in 1946. He holds a Diploma in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and a PhD from Princeton University, USA. After three years of postdoctoral research at University College London, UK, he joined University of Southampton in 1979, originally as a lecturer in Civil Engineering. He is currently a senior lecturer in the School of Engineering Sciences and a member of the Computational Engineering and Design research group within the School.

Prof Dragan Poljak was born in Split, Croatia in 1965. He  received his BSc in 1990, his MSc in 1994 and PhD in electrical engineering in 1996 from the University of Split, Croatia. He is the Full Professor at the Department of Electronics at the University of Split, and he is also Adjunct Professor at Wessex Institute of Technology. His research interests include frequency and time domain computational methods in electromagnetics, particularly in the numerical modeling of wire antenna structures, and recently numerical modeling applied to environmental aspects of electromagnetic fields.