Alicia Prithiraj | Material-life Science Award | Women Researcher Award

Mrs. Alicia Prithiraj | Material-life Science Award | Women Researcher Award

Mrs. Alicia Prithiraj, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Alicia Prithiraj is a seasoned Senior Reliability Engineer and PhD candidate with expertise in chemical engineering, particularly in reliability engineering, data analysis, and risk management. πŸ› οΈ With a background in materials science and environmental engineering, she has made significant contributions to industry, notably in combating biofilm-related corrosion. Alicia’s dedication to solving complex industry challenges is evident in her extensive research, academic publications, and presentations at global conferences. 🌐 Her dynamic approach, coupled with hands-on experience at Sasol Chemicals, reflects her commitment to driving innovation and efficiency in plant operations. πŸŒ±πŸ”¬


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Alicia Prithiraj’s educational journey is marked by a relentless pursuit of knowledge and expertise in chemical engineering. πŸ“š Starting from her secondary education at Hoerskool Secunda, where she excelled academically while actively participating in extramural activities like tennis and science expos. She further honed her skills at Vaal University of Technology, completing a Chemical Engineering Diploma with in-service training. πŸŽ“ Subsequently, she earned a Bachelor’s in Technology and a Master’s degree, graduating with distinction, focusing on materials science, water systems, and microbial corrosion. Currently, she is on the cusp of completing her PhD at the University of Pretoria, specializing in industrial water systems and biofilm-related corrosion. πŸŒ±πŸ”¬


Professional Experience

Alicia Prithiraj served as a dedicated Reliability Engineer, demonstrating exceptional proficiency and leadership. 🏭 Her responsibilities encompassed a wide array of critical tasks, including the use of monitoring tools to devise effective strategies, managing spares studies, and preparing comprehensive monthly reports on reliability engineering. πŸ“Š Alicia’s expertise extended to asset management, risk-based inspections, and root cause failure analysis, contributing significantly to enhancing plant reliability and operational efficiency. πŸ’Ό Additionally, her involvement in chemical engineering tasks, project management, and her groundbreaking PhD work showcases her multifaceted capabilities and commitment to excellence. 🌟

Research Focus

Alicia Prithiraj’s research focus primarily revolves around the intricate interplay between microbiology and materials science in industrial settings, particularly in the context of heat exchangers. πŸ”¬ Her studies delve into multispecies colonization and surface erosion on industry-finished steel, such as A106 GB steel, shedding light on the corrosion mechanisms and metabolic effects of bacterial consortia commonly found in petrochemical processing plants. 🌱 Through her investigations, she aims to develop kinetic growth models, understand corrosion behaviors of various steel types, and propose mitigation strategies to combat biofouling and corrosion, ultimately contributing to the advancement of materials engineering in challenging environments. πŸ› οΈ



Lu Hsiao | Operations-Marketing Interface Award | Best Researcher Award

Prof Dr. Lu Hsiao | Operations-Marketing Interface Award | Best Researcher Award

Prof Dr. Lu Hsiao, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan

Lu Hsiao πŸŽ“ is a Professor of Business Administration at National Chung Hsing University 🏫, specializing in supply chain management and game theory πŸ“Š. With a Ph.D. in marketing from National Taiwan University πŸŽ“, his research focuses on topics like return policy, product line design, and store brands πŸ›οΈ. He has published extensively in reputable journals such as Naval Research Logistics and Transportation Research Part E πŸ“š. Lu serves as a referee for various scholarly journals and contributes significantly to the field of operations management and marketing strategy.


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Dr. Lu Hsiao is a Professor in the Department of Business Administration at National Chung Hsing University 🏫. He obtained his Ph.D. in marketing from National Taiwan University in 2005 πŸŽ“. Specializing in game theory, he investigates optimal strategies for manufacturers and retailers within supply chains πŸ“Š.


Research focus:

Dr. Lu Hsiao πŸŽ“ specializes in the field of supply chain management within the Department of Business Administration at National Chung Hsing University. With a Ph.D. in marketing from National Taiwan University, his research primarily revolves around utilizing game theory to explore optimal strategies for manufacturers and retailers πŸ“Š. His diverse interests span return policy dynamics, agency selling mechanisms, product line design intricacies, and store brand dynamics πŸ›οΈ. Through his publications in esteemed journals like Production and Operations Management and Naval Research Logistics, Dr. Hsiao enriches the academic discourse on supply chain optimization and strategic decision-making processes.


Publication Top Note:
  1. Strategic motive for introducing internet channels in a supply chain πŸ“ˆ
    • Published in 2014, cited 205 times
  2. Returns policy and quality risk in e‐business πŸ”„
    • Published in 2012, cited 131 times
  3. The perils of selling online: Manufacturer competition, channel conflict, and consumer preferences πŸ›’
    • Published in 2013, cited 60 times
  4. Return policy: Hassle‐free or your money‐back guarantee? πŸ’°
    • Published in 2014, cited 58 times
  5. Probabilistic selling, channel structure, and supplier competition 🎲
    • Published in 2013, cited 35 times
  6. Retailer’s rationale to refuse consumer returns in supply chains πŸ›οΈ
    • Published in 2015, cited 29 times
  7. Return window decision in a distribution channel
    • Published in 2020, cited 27 times
  8. Private labels and new product development🏷️
    • Published in 2009, cited 25 times
  9. Supply chain coordination with product line design and a revenue sharing scheme πŸ“Š
    • Published in 2019, cited 17 times
  10. Incentives for disclosing the store brand supplier πŸͺ
    • Published in 2022, cited 15 times