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Lingling Tian

New Content ItemLingling has been the Editor of BMC Mechanical Engineering since August 2019. Lingling previously worked on the BMC Series as a Senior Assistant Editor and then as a Manuscript Editor. Prior to joining BMC in 2017, Lingling obtained her doctoral degree from Donghua University, Shanghai, China. Subsequently, she pursued three years of research experience at the National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Walter Herzog

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Herzog,Walter_July2013Dr. Herzog did his undergraduate training in Physical Education at the Federal Technical Institute in Zurich, Switzerland (1979), completed his doctoral research in Biomechanics at the University of Iowa (USA) in 1985, and completed postdoctoral fellowships in Neuroscience and Biomechanics in Calgary, Canada in 1987. Currently, Dr. Herzog is a Professor of Biomechanics with appointments in Kinesiology, Medicine, Engineering, and Veterinary Medicine, holds the Canada Research Chair for Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics, and is appointed the Killam Memorial Chair for Inter-Disciplinary Research at the University of Calgary. His research interests are in musculoskeletal biomechanics with emphasis on mechanisms of muscle contraction focusing on the role of the structural protein titin, and the biomechanics of joints focusing on mechanisms of onset and progression of osteoarthritis. Dr. Herzog is the recipient of the Borelli Award from the American Society of Biomechanics, the Career Award from the Canadian Society for Biomechanics, the Dyson Award from the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports, the Muybridge Award from the International Society of Biomechanics, and recently received the Killam Prize in Engineering from the Canada Council for the Arts for his contributions to Biomedical research. He is the past president of the International, American and Canadian Societies for Biomechanics. He was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada in 2013.

John H. Challis

John H Challis

John H. Challis is Professor at The Pennsylvania State University, and Director of the Biomechanics Laboratory.  John received both his Bachelor of Science (Honors) and PhD degrees from Loughborough University of Technology, England.  After a post-doctoral position at Loughborough, he became Lecturer in Human Biomechanics at the University of Birmingham before moving to Penn State University. He has been President of both the American Society of Biomechanics and the International Society of Biomechanics; he is a fellow of both societies.

His research focuses on two areas: the coordination and function of the musculo-skeletal system, and improved measurement and processing techniques in biomechanics.  John has served on the editorial board on a number of journals, and has been a reviewer for over 60 journals.

He is one of the founding Editors for BMC Mechanical Engineering, where he serves as Section Editor since 2018.

Joseph N. Grima

Joseph Grima

Joseph N. Grima is Full Professor at the University of Malta within the Faculty of Science (Department of Chemistry and Metamaterials Unit) and Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter (UK). His academic work ranges from mechanical metamaterials to biomechanics and focuses on the strong relationship between geometry and function. He has published more than 100 research articles on materials and structures exhibiting negative properties such as negative Poisson’s ratios (auxetic), negative thermal expansion and negative compressibility and co-edited various international journal special issues on these novel systems. The research carried out by Grima’s group entails the testing, modelling and/or simulation of the mechanical properties of materials in an attempt to discover or design materials with these unusual properties. Particularly interesting results include the discovery of negative Poisson’s ratios in graphene, tendons, the zeolite class of materials, the design of various networked polymeric auxetics and, the development of models for predicting the mechanical properties of auxetic foams and of microporous polymers. Some of these discoveries have a number of very important implications (e.g. the discovery that tendons have a negative Poisson’s ratio may necessitate a rethink of how injured tendons are treated).

In addition to this, Professor Grima is involved in a number of biomechanics research projects which range from the biomechanics of the chest to sports biomechanics, with particular emphasis on rowing, a sport which he practices. His fundamental work on auxetic mechanisms has found applications in the design of various products including high-end sports apparel which are already on the market. He is the founding President of the Malta Paralympic Committee and Council Member of the Malta Chamber of Scientists.

He is one of the founding Editors for BMC Mechanical Engineering, where he serves as Section Editor since 2018.

Peter Hehenberger

Hehenberger_2018Peter Hehenberger is Professor for Integrated Product Development at the School of Engineering, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Wels/Austria.

His core competencies cover “Model-based Mechatronic System Design” and he has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and served as Guest Editor for numerous special issues. In addition, he authored and co-authored 5 books related to this field. He is member of IFAC TC4.1 “Mechatronics”, IFIP WG5.1 “Global Product development for the whole life-cycle”, Austrian representative IFIP TC 5 “Information Technology Applications” and Design Society, where he co-chairs a Special Interest Group (SIG) on Methodologies for Design, Integration, Modelling and Simulation of Cyber Physical Systems.

He is one of the founding Editors for BMC Mechanical Engineering, where he serves as Section Editor since 2018.

Limin Jia

Limin JiaLimin Jia, born in the January 1963, got his Ph.D in Transportation Automation and Control from the China Academy of Railway Sciences in 1991. He is Professor at Beijing Jiaotong University, the Chair Professor of The State Key Lab of Rail Traffic Control and Safety and the Chief Scientist of The National Collaborative Innovation Center for Rail Safety.

He is the Head of Expert Group of the Dedicated Program on Advanced Rail Transportation of the National Key R&D Program for the 13th Five-Year Plan,Distinguished Consulting Expert of The Ministry of Transport of China, Vice-Chairman of the Expert Committee of the State Railway Administration.

He is the Chairman of Rail Electrical and Information Technologies Committee and the Standing Director of China Electrotechnical Society, the Vice Chairman of Intelligent Automation Committee of China Society of Automation, the Chairman of Rail Intelligent Transportation Systems Committee and the Standing Director of China Society of Intelligent Transportation Systems, the Executive Vice President of China Association of High Speed Railway Technological and Industrial Innovation, the Member of National Consulting Committee for Intelligent Transportation Systems of China.

He is one of the founding Editors for BMC Mechanical Engineering, where he serves as Section Editor since 2018.

Yongsheng Ma

Yongsheng Ma

Dr. Yongsheng Ma joined the University of Alberta in 2007, and has been Full Professor with the faculty of engineering since 2013. Dr. Ma is a member of ASEE, SME, SPE, CSME and an Alberta registered Professional Engineer. His main research areas include feature-based design, automation, system engineering, manufacturing modeling, CADCAM, and product lifecycle management.

Dr. Ma received his B.Eng. from Tsinghua University, Beijing (1986), both M.Sc. (1990) and Ph.D. (1994) from UMIST, UK. In 2000-2007, he was a faculty with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Dr. Ma has published more than 160 internationally recognized top journal and conference papers, and book chapters. He is an expert of engineering informatics. He has also published a specialty book, Semantic Modeling for Product and Process Engineering. Dr. Ma had been an Associate Editor of IEEE Transaction of Automation Science and Engineering (2009-2013). Since 2012, he has served as an Editor of Advanced Engineering Informatics.

He believes strongly in industrial collaboration and engagement for teaching engineering students. Jointly with a local plastic manufacturer, in 2012, they won the prestigious ASTech award sponsored by The Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Foundation. Dr. Ma started his career as a polytechnic Lecturer in Singapore (1993); and then a senior research fellow and group manager (1996-2000) at Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology. Dr. Ma also served in department selection committee (2012), faculty nominating (2009-2011) and evaluation committees (2011). More recently, Dr. Ma had been a member of General Faculty Council (GFC) and a University Senator from 2013 to 2016. From 2014 to 2017, Dr. Ma had been engaged as an Adjunct Professor at Tsinghua University as well as a visiting Pengcheng Scholar of Shenzhen City. Since 2017, he has also been Adjunct Professor of Beijing Institute of Technology.

He is one of the founding Editors for BMC Mechanical Engineering, where he serves as Section Editor since 2018.

Ezio Mancaruso


Dr. Ezio Mancaruso completed his Ph.D. in Mechanical Systems Engineering. Shortly after, Ezio became a researcher for the National Research Council (CNR) and commenced his research activities at the Istituto Motori, Naples, Italy.

Ezio has focused his research activity on the application of optical diagnostics to the combustion process in internal combustion engines. He has carried out intensive experimental research on the fluid dynamics, injection and combustion fields of the internal combustion engines and on the characterization of the after treatment system. He is reviewer for several ISI journals. He is co-author of more than 70 publications on peer reviewed journals and book chapters.

He is one of the founding Editors for BMC Mechanical Engineering, where he serves as Section Editor since 2018.

Antonina Pirrotta

pirrottaAntonina Pirrotta graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Palermo in 1987. She completed her PhD in Structural Engineering in 1996 and her post-doctoral studies in 1998. In 2000, she became a Researcher, in 2001 Associate Professor and in 2016 Full Professor in the Structural Engineering department at the University of Palermo.

Antonina is the author and co-author of approximately 100 scientific papers focusing in the fields of stochastic dynamics, active and passive control and stochastic differential calculus. Since 2014, she has been serving as Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK.

She is one of the founding Editors for BMC Mechanical Engineering, where she serves as Section Editor since 2018.