Keynote speakers

Prof. Dr. Roberto Kobeh González

Professor of Aeronautical Electronics at the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico and Lifetime Goodwill Ambassador of ICAO.

Dr. Roberto Kobeh González is a professor of aeronautical electronics at the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico. Beginning in 1966, he held a number of posts of increasing responsibility with his Government’s Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics. As Deputy Director General in the areas of Administration and Air Transport, he took part in negotiations on bilateral agreements with various countries. From 1978 to 1997, he served as Director General of the Air Navigation Services of Mexico (SENEAM), the agency responsible for providing navigation, air traffic control, meteorology, and aeronautical communications services. After that, Mr. Roberto Kobeh González served as President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) from 2006 to 2013. He was elected to the position after serving eight years as the Representative of Mexico on the Council. During that time, he served as First Vice-President of the Council, Chairman of the Finance Committee, and as a Member of the Air Transport Committee. Upon his retirement, in December 2013, the Organization’s governing body conferred on Mr. Kobeh the honorary title of “Lifetime Goodwill Ambassador of ICAO” in recognition of his outstanding contribution to international civil aviation.

Prof. Dr. Pablo Mendes de Leon

Professor of Air and Space Law and Director of the International Institute of Air and Space Law of Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Prof. Dr. Pier Marzocca is a Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Engineering (Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Discipline) at RMIT University, Melbourne Australia. Professor Marzocca also holds a Research Professorial position from Clarkson University in USA, and academic fellowships from Virginia Tech, University of South California, and the US Naval Research Laboratory and PhD and Master in Aerospace Engineering from Politecnico di Torino Italy. Professor Marzocca has been working in multi-physics modeling and characterization of advanced materials and structures since 1996. His expertise is in structural dynamics and controls of advanced aerospace systems, including active flow and aeroelastic controls of flexible structures, nonlinear system identification, diagnostics, prognostics, and health management. He leads/co-leads a number of projects in Aerospace and Aviation, totaling more than $20M in research funding from several government agencies, including Australian Federal and State Government, Defence Science and Technology, Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, Lockheed Martin, etc, and strategic partnerships including the Australian Defence Aviation Safety Authority, Australian Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. Dr. Marzocca’s received several awards including the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award and the Forest R. McFarland Award from SAE, the ONR ASEE Senior Faculty Fellowship Award, the Inaugural Research Excellence Award and the Outstanding New Teacher Award of Clarkson University. He is an Associate Fellow of AIAA, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Aeronautical and Space Sciences, Associate Editor of ASCE Journal of Aerospace Engineering, and Journal of Thermal Stresses and chaired the Unmanned Aircraft System Technical Committee for SAE International. Pier Marzocca is the author and/or co-author of over 400 papers and has supervised more than 40 PhD and Master students to completion.