GEDC 2015 Adelaide | Speakers

GEDC 2015 Adelaide


Dr. Ugurhan Akyuz is a full time faculty member at the Department of Civil Engineering at Middle East Technical University (METU). He served as director of Structural Engineering Laboratory of Civil Engineering Department from 2000 to 2005, and was associate dean for research and physical resources of the Faculty of Engineering from 2009 to 2012. Since 2012, he serves as Dean at Faculty of Engineering. He is executive board member of Engineering Deans Council of Turkey. He is an expert on seismic isolation of new and existing buildings, and strengthening of existing building as well as historical monuments. He is the co-founder of SismoLab Const. Project Software R&D Industrial and Trading LLC.

Professor Theo Andrew initially qualified in electrical engineering and worked, lectured, and consulted in this field for over 29 years, most of these having been in academia. He is a Fellow of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE), and served as its KZN provincial branch chair and as one of its national vice-presidents. He is also a member of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) and a founding member of the Board of the South African Society for Engineering Educators (SASEE), and served as its vice president. Theo is a member of the Higher Education Quality Council of South Africa, and chairs its National Program Review Committee. He is also a member of the education committee of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and a member of the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Urban Quality and Culture. Theo holds a PhD in the area of rural telecommunications planning from the University of Natal, and serves as a specialist reviewer for the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the EU funded EUROSA project. He was the leader of the NRF funded Research Unit in ICT and Development, and the manager of the Telkom-Ericsson Centre of Excellence in Rural Telecommunications at the Durban Institute of Technology. Theo has served a total of over 16 years as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) at four institutions. He is the current Executive Dean at the Durban University of Technology, which has an EBE School of approximately 7000 students.

Dr. Alaa Ashmawy is Professor and Dean of the School of Engineering at the American University in Dubai.  He also held teaching and research appointments at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and Georgia Tech in Atlanta, USA.  He served on the GEDC Executive Committee between 2009 and 2015, and was recently elected Chair of the UAE Engineering Deans Council.  Alaa is a Program Evaluator (PEV) for ABET, and Chair of the Deep Foundations Institute Middle East Committee. He is the recipient of a number of teaching and service awards at the regional and international levels. He authored 3 book chapters, and more than 50 technical papers in refereed journals and conferences. 

Professor Robin Batterham AO is Kernot Professor of Engineering at the University of Melbourne.  He is the former President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and Chairman of the International Energy Agency Expert Group on Science for Energy (IEA-EGSE). 

Professor Batterham was Chief Scientist to the Australian Federal Government from 1999 to 2005.  He has also held positions as the Group Chief Scientist-Rio Tinto Limited, Chief of the Division of Mineral and Process Engineering at CSIRO and President of The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and President (twice) of the International Mineral 

He has had a distinguished career in research and technology, in the public and private sectors in areas such as mining, mineral processing, mineral agglomeration processes, and iron making.  He is inventor on over 20 patent families. Processing Congress (IMPC). 

Professor Batterham’s current research interests centre on energy systems: including geothermal energy, energy reduction in comminution and in dewatering of low grade materials.

Presentation: Engineering Education and Economic Performance at a National Level

For the past decade, Bridget Burns has advised American university presidents, chancellors, and state policy leaders on strategies and practices to expand access to higher education, address costs, and promote completion for students of all backgrounds. As Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, Burns leads a national consortium of large American public research universities collaborating to improve outcomes for students across the socioeconomic spectrum through innovation, scale, and diffusion of best practices. She was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow, and previously served as Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor for the Oregon University System.

Charles Champion was appointed Président of Airbus Operations SAS, effective March 1st 2015 in addition to hisposition as Executive Vice President Engineering in April 2010. In his role as Executive Vice President Engineering Mr Champion is responsible for research and technology, overall product architecture and concept development, the design office, integration and flight-testing and continued product airworthiness. Mr Champion is a member of the Airbus Executive Committee. Additionally, Charles Champion was appointed the Chairman of the fully owned subsidiary Airbus India created in 2014.


R. Sekhar Chivukula is a Professor in the Michigan State University Department of Physics and Astronomy. He received his PhD from Harvard University. Subsequently he was a postdoc and faculty member at Boston University before moving to Michigan State University in 2003. Chivukula’s research is in theoretical particle physics. Since 2010, Chivukula has served as the Associate Dean for Faculty Development in the MSU College of Natural Science. In this role he oversees faculty development policies and programs, and has led efforts to use learning analytics in the college. Since 2013 he has coordinated efforts to use data on student learning and success at MSU.

Presentation: Data-Driven Education Models: Learning Analytics at MSU

Uriel Cukierman is President of IFEES, member of the GEDC Executive Committee and Director of the Center for Educational Research and Innovation at the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional (UTN) in Argentina. He has served as the Dean of Engineering at the Universidad de Palermo and, previously, as the Information & Communications Technologies Secretary at UTN for more than 15 years. Recently awarded as “Distinguished Educator” by the IOEM, “Honorary Professor” by the Universidad Ricardo Palma in Lima, Peru and International Engineering Educator Honoris Causa “Ing.Paed.IGIP h.c." Produced three books about Learning Technologies and Engineering Education, one of which was published by Pearson. Authored 5 book chapters and more than 50 papers in refereed journals and conferences.

Dr. Wayne T. Davis is Dean of Engineering and Endowed Dean’s Chair at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville TN (USA) and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prior to that appointment, he served as Associate Dean for Research and Technology in the college from 2003 to 2008.  He is author/co-author/editor of a number of research publications and reference/textbooks including The Air Pollution Control Engineering Manual published by John Wiley Publishers; the graduate textbook, Air Pollution: Its Origin and control, published by Elsevier; and the recently published textbook Air Quality published in 2014 by Taylor and Francis.  He serves on the editorial review boards of the Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association (JAWMA) and Engineering, a journal recently established by the Chinese Academy of Engineering.  He was elected as a Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member (BCEEM) of the American Academy of Environmental Engineering and Science in 2014 and is the current Secretary/Treasurer of the Global Engineering Deans Council.

Dr. Delphine Dean is the Gregg-Graniteville Associate Professor of Bioengineering at Clemson University. She earned her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005 and started her faculty position at Clemson in January 2007. She is the recipient of the 2011 Phil and Mary Bradley Award for Mentoring in Creative Inquiry for her work in mentoring undergraduates at Clemson, where she currently mentors 12 undergraduate research and design teams on multi-semester projects. Working with collaborators in country, her students have created new sustainable technological solutions for Tanzanian clinical settings. The teams have been recognized with several awards, including 2014 Lemelson-MIT Undergraduate Cure-It prize.

Dr. Jamal Deen is a Distinguished University Professor and Senior Canada Research Chair at McMaster University. He has published more than 500 peer-evaluated archival papers, two textbooks - “Silicon Photonics – Fundamentals and Devices” and “Fiber Optic Communications: Fundamentals and Applications”, and 17 invited book chapters. He was awarded 6 patents that have been extensively used in industry. He is also elected by my peers as a Fellow of ten national academies and professional societies including the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) – this highest honor for scholars, artists and scientists in Canada, IEEE, the American Physical Society, and the Electrochemical Society. Over his career, he has won more than fifty awards including the  the RSC’s Eadie Medal and the McNaughton Gold Medal (this is the highest award for engineers from IEEE Canada), and thirteen best paper/presentation/poster awards. He was also awarded three honorary doctorates in recognition of his exceptional scholarly achievements and service contributions, and exemplary professionalism.

Presentation: Engineering Education's Contribution to Economic Development

Professor Uzi de Haan is founder of the Bronica Entrepreneurship Center (BEC) at the Technion and director of the Runway Startup Postdoc Program at the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute in NYC.. Prof. de Haan conducts research on technology transfer and emerging ventures, established a minor track in Entrepreneurship at the Technion and was involved as advisor/mentor in numerous student initiated startups. In February 2014 he launched the Runway Program. This program enables postdoctoral students to work on the application and commercialization of their research through a startup and an innovative IP model. Prof. de Haan holds a MSc in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Delft and a Doctorate in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Technion. Following postdoctoral work at UCLA, he joined Philips Electronics, where he served in a number of business development and general management positions in various countries. His founded Philips in Israel, growing it to a $350 million company. He also served on the boards of several startup companies.

Presentation: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Engineering School: Why; What; How

Richard DeMillo is the Charlotte B. and Roger C. Warren Professor of Computing and Professor of Management, former John P. Imlay Dean of Computing, and Director of the Center for 21st Century Universities at the Georgia Institute of Technology.Author of over 100 articles, books, and patents, he has held academic positions at Purdue University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Padua. He directed the Computer and Computation Research Division of the National Science Foundation and was Hewlett-Packard's first Chief Technology Officer. He is the 2013 Lumina Foundation Inaugural Fellow which recognized his founding of the Center for 21st Century Universities as a “unique institution.” He is also a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association for Computing Machinery. He is the author of the influential 2011 book “Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities” and a 2015 sequel entitled “Revolution in Higher Education: How a Small Band of Innovators will Make College Accessible and Affordable. ” Both books were published by MIT Press.

Maureen Dougherty is President, Boeing Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific.  As Boeing’s senior executive in the region, she has oversight over all Boeing business and leads government affairs.  During her thirty year career, Dougherty has led several military aircraft development programs. Dougherty is Chairman, American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, member of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council Leadership Group, the Business Council of Australia, and on the Chairman’s Panel, The Great Barrier Reef Foundation.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. She earned her master’s degree in engineering from the University of Washington, and her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.


As the MathWorks’ Asia Pacific Education and Channel Business Manager, Ken Dunstan is responsible for fostering the adoption and use of MathWorks products in academic, governmental, and commercial institutions throughout the Asia Pacific region. Ken has more than 20 years’ experience  promoting and applying the use of MATLAB, Simulink, and other MathWorks software in numerous fields including the academic (teaching and research), automotive, semiconductor, and electronics sectors. Prior to working with MathWorks, Ken worked as a consulting mechanical engineer for 10 years, providing services to commercial and government organisations. Ken holds a B.E.(Hons). in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Presentation: New Tools for Engineering Education

Professor Elanor Huntington received herPhD in experimental quantum optics from the ANU in April 2000. From early 1999, she spent 18 months at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation working in science policy before taking a Lecturing position with the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy campus in Canberra in mid-2000. Since her returntoacademiaProf Huntington has been a full-time employee of UNSW at Canberra, and a teaching academic for the duration of that period. She was Head of the School of Engineering and Information Technology for four years until she returned to the ANU to become Dean of CECS in September 2014.

Professor Feigin was appointed in 2013 as Vice President for Strategic Projects to plan and oversee international projects – in particular the Technion Guangdong project. 
2007-13 Senior Executive Vice President working with Cornell University to win the bid to build the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute in NYC. 
1999-2002 Dean of the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management.
1972 BSc (Hons) Statistics – University of Melbourne 
1975 PhD Statistics – Australian National University 
Consulted for Teva Pharmaceuticals and served as the scientific director of TechnoSTAT. 
Published over 50 scientific papers, past president of the Israel Statistical Association, and an elected fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the International Statistical Institute.  

An Industrial Engineer, former Science Attaché in Vienna, Xavier Fouger joined Dassault Systemes in 1990. He developed new innovation processes for various automotive manufacturers and created the corporate organization in charge of global academia. He designed cutting edge learning initiatives for secondary and vocational education in the USA, Malaysia, Canada and France where he introduced in a STEM program for 11,500 high school students. He initiated PLM competency centres in India, China, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, South Africa, Vietnam and Argentina. He manages research funded by US and European agencies on virtual labs, collaborative engineering, 3D in MOOCs and textbook virtualization. He helps institutions and governments in transferring into educational programs emerging industry practices such as social innovation, precision agriculture, the Internet of Things or systems engineering. A founding member of IFEES and GEDC, Director of SEFI, he provides lectures and seminars on innovation management.

 Peter Kilpatrick is the Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame and Professor of Chemical Engineering, positions he has held since January 2008.  He served on the faculty of North Carolina State University in Chemical Engineering from 1983 to 2007, as Department Head from 1999 to 2007, and as Founding Director of the North Carolina Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center. The author of more than 90 refereed journal articles in the areas of colloid and interfacial science, and molecular self assembly, Kilpatrick also holds 13 patents.  At Notre Dame, the College has grown by more than 40% in number of faculty members, and more than doubled in external research funding.

Presentation: International Partnerships for Grand Challenge Problems and the "Citizen Engineer"

Les Kirkup is a professor in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney. Many of his educational development activities have focused on enhancing the student experience in laboratories. His contributions to teaching and learning nationally have been recognized by the award of national fellowships, the latest being, in 2011, an ALTC National Teaching Fellowship. In recognition of his contribution to physics education in Australia, Les was awarded the AIP Education Medal in 2014.

Presentation: Inquiry-Oriented Learning

Dr. Yuguo Li is Professor and Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong.  He studied at Shanghai Jiaotong University, Tsinghua and KTH in Stockholm, and was a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO.  His main research is on built environment engineering (indoor air quality, urban climate, and environmental studies of infection). He led the development of 2009 WHO guidelines on natural ventilation.  He currently serves as an Associate Editor of Indoor Air, and Vice-President of ISIAQ Academy of Fellows. He received John Rydberg Gold Medal from SCANVAC in 2014, and an Honorary Doctor Degree from Aalborg University, Denmark, 2015. 

Professor Indranil Manna, currently the Director of IIT Kanpur, is an academic andmaterials engineer with wide ranging research interests covering structure-propertycorrelation and modeling in amorphous/nanometric metals and nano-composites,laser/plasma assisted surface engineered components, sensors, nano-fluid andODS/bainitic steel. He teaches subjects related to Physical Metallurgy including phasetransformation, characterization and surface engineering. Before moving to IIT Kanpur, heheaded Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, a CSIR laboratory in Kolkataduring 2010-2012. Earlier, he served at IIT Kharagpur for 25 years (1985-2010) includingone year on leave at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He received hisbachelor’s degree from B.E. College, Calcutta University (1983), master’s degree from IITKanpur (1984) and Ph.D from IIT Kharagpur (1990). While serving at IIT Kharagpur, heworked as a guest scientist in different renowned Institutions/Universities abroad like MaxPlanck Institute at Stuttgart, Technical University of Clausthal, Liverpool University, andUniversity of Ulm. Prof Manna has over 250 journal publications, supervised 20 PhDthesis, completed over Rs 16 crore worth sponsored research at IIT-Kharagpur andreceived several awards including Humboldt and DAAD Fellowship, GD Birla Gold Medalof IIM, Platinum Jubilee Medal of ISCA, INSA Young Scientist Award, Young Metallurgistand Metallurgist of the Year.

Presentation: Relevance and Impact of Engineering Education in India

Gary S. May is the Dean and Southern Company Chair of the College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In that capacity, he serves as the chief academic officer of the college and provides leadership to over 400 faculty members and to more than 13,000 students. The College of Engineering at Georgia Tech is the largest producer of engineering graduates in the United States. In the most recent rankings by U.S. News & World Report, Georgia Tech’s engineering program ranked fifth in the nation and ninth in the world.


Michael K. J. Milligan is Executive Director and CEO of ABET, a nonprofit organization that accredits almost 3,500 college and university programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology located in 28 countries. In this role, Milligan leads a full-time staff headquartered in Baltimore supporting the operations of over 2,200 accreditation experts. Milligan is responsible for all aspects of ABET’s global operations and reports directly to the Board of Directors. 

Khairiyah Mohd-Yusof is the Director of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Centre for Engineering Education.  She is the Vice President for Asia and Oceania for IFEES, Secretary for the Society of Engineering Education Malaysia, and board member of the International Research in Engineering Education Network.  A master trainer for the Malaysian Higher Education Leadership Academy, she was an invited speakerin conferences and workshops in Asia, Europe and North America.  Her engineering education research focuses on innovative teaching and learning practices, curriculum design, faculty development, talent pipeline and sustainable development.  She is an editor for several journals including the Journal of Engineering Education, ASEAN Journal of Engineering Education and Journal of Education for Chemical Engineers.

Prof Adagbonyin Obiazi was elected into the Exco of GEDC in August 2014, becoming the first Dean from Africa to be in GEDC Exco, while inDec, 2014 he was unanimously made the President of African Engineering Deans Council [AEDC]. Chairman, Committee of Deans of Engineering and Technology of Nigerian Universities [2012-2015]. Born in Agbor, Nigeria, he obtained distinction in High School in 1979 and Bachelors in Electrical/Electronics Engineering (UniBen) in 1984, MSc (Unilag), andPhD (AAU-Ekpoma) in Electrical Power,Machines and Drives. A resident Professor in Ambrose Alli University [AAU], Prof Obiazi has supervised several undergraduate and postgraduate students including M.ENG,PhD and has served as external examiner to many Universities and Polytechnics. He was Conference Chair of the just concluded GEDC-AEDC Engineering Education Summit held in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, Sept 17-18, 2015 attended by over 140 delegates from 19 countries spread across six continents. 

Liliana Cuenca Pletsch is the Dean of the Facultad Regional Resistencia at the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional (UTN) and member of Federal Council of Engineering Deans (CONFEDI) in Argentina. Her research on engineering education is focused on technology applied to education, State-University-Industry Linkage and Software Quality. She is the author of 4 book chapters and more than 50 articles in refereed journals and conferences.

Presentation: Two Experiences of Student-Centered Learning

Ishwar Puri is dean of engineering at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in Canada. He is a Fellow of ASME and of AAAS, secretary of the American Academy of Mechanics, and serves on the executive committee of the Global Engineering Dean's Council. His scholarship is recognized through over 3600 citations and an h-index of 32.



Sarah Rajala serves as dean of the Iowa State University College of Engineering and holds the James & Katherine Melsa Professorship in Engineering. Prior to this, Rajala served as the named dean of Mississippi State University's Bagley College of Engineering and head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She was a faculty member at North Carolina State University, and served as a center director, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs.

She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers; she served as president and is a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education. She served as the chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council and is currently Chair of the Engineering Accreditation Council of ABET. 

During nine years with Airbus in North America, Rachel Schroeder worked in Strategic & Business Planning and Investor Relations. She moved to Toulouse in 1995 to join Airbus S.A.S. working in Technical Marketing and supporting the Chief Commercial Officer.  In 2003 Rachel became Head of A380 Communications, during the A380’s roll-out, first flight and first customer deliveries. From 2007 to 2009 Rachel combined A380 and Environmental Communications within the Strategic Communications department, notably launching the first edition of Airbus‘s Fly Your Ideas challenge - a global student competition about aviation and the environment attracting over 15,000 students from around the world and receiving UNESCO patronage.  
Rachel is now Head of Employment Marketing for Airbus and Airbus Group, leading a transnational and cross-Divisional team of Employment Marketing managers in 7 countries. In this role Rachel has recently launched the third edition of the GEDC Airbus Diversity Award, an Airbus Group initiative created to reward and encourage more diversity among the Engineering student body and a more diverse Engineering workforce.  

Monique Simon is head of Total’s Corporate University Relations department.  In this capacity her role is to create and maintain a talent pipeline for short, medium and long-term recruitment needs globally, and increase awareness of employer brand worldwide with students, educators, and industry professionals.  Her previous roles with Total include Diversity Manager for the Exploration &Production Branch.   Prior to Total, Monique worked for 11 years as a management consultant with Arthur D. Little’s Energy Practice, based in Houston then Paris.  In her role as consultant Monique worked with industry players, focusing on strategy, portfolio management, privatizations, mergers and acquisitions, business process reengineering, organizational design and organizational effectiveness.   She is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and represented Total on the SPE Talent Council from 2007-2010. 
Monique has a BSc in International Business Administration with a major in Finance from USIU’s Mexico City campus (now Alliant).
Elizabeth Taylor AO BE(Civil) LLB(Hons) HonFIEAust CPEng FAICD 
10 years with the Maritime Services Board of NSW in design then construction management.Joined University of Technology, Sydney as an academic and completed a law degree. Resigned from the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, Faculty of Sciences,Engineering and Health, CQUniversity in 2009. Now consulting as an External Member, Gate Reviews, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Defence. Currently Chair, RedR (Registered Engineers for Disaster Relief) Australia and RedR International. Also Chair, EA Accreditation Board and elected Deputy Chair, Washington Accord, International Engineering Alliance in June 2015. Appointed Officer of the Order of Australia in 2004. Included in Engineers Australia's list of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Engineers every year from 2004 to 2011, 2013 to 2015.

Professor Sirin Tekinay is the Rector of Işık University, Professor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. After a twenty year career in the USA, she returned to her home country to serve as the firstVice Rector for Research and Technology. She has also served as the Dean of Engineering and Natural Sciences. Previously, she was tenured faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology, during which, in 2005,  she joined the United States National Science Foundation as Program Director of Communications Area and served as the founding chair of the 750 M USD program called “Cyber Enabled Discovery and Innovation,” in addition to other multi-disciplinary  and inter-agency programs. She holds thePhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from George Mason University, Virginia, and MS and BS degrees in Electrical-Electronics Engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul. Prof. Tekinay holds nine patents and has authored numerous publications in her field. She has graduated six doctoral students. Her areas of interest include network science, mobile networks, sensor networks, and applications. She has founded the first digital local fabrication laboratory in Turkey; “FabLab Istanbul.” She also started the first comprehensive program in Urban Engineering research and education.

Professor Norman C. Tien is the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Hong Kong (HKU).  He is the key advocate of building a contemporary Faculty of Engineering incubating students for the competitive global world and undertaking high-impact interdisciplinary and collaborative research addressing the needs of the society. 
Prior to joining HKU, he was Dean and Nord Professor of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.  He has also previously held faculty positions at UC Davis, UC Berkeley and Cornell University.  He has also received the distinction of honorary Professor of Tianjin University. 
Prof. Tien's research interests are in the area of micro and nanotechnology-including microelectromechanical (MEMS) and microsystems technologies.  He received his Doctor of Philosophy from University of California, San Diego, Master of Science from University of Illinois, and Bachelor of Science from University of California, Berkeley.

Christina White completed her doctoral degree from Columbia University where she studied humanitarian engineering education. Dr. White is currently a postdoctoral research fellow with the Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology where she is exploring global competencies and 21st century skills in engineering education. Dr. White is the founding director of the Grand Challenges Scholars and K12 Partners Program at The University of Texas at Austin; an interdisciplinary program where students from all majors can earn a formal certificate for their research and work with Grand Challenges. Much of her interests are in developing design-based curriculum and entrepreneurial opportunities with Grand Challenges. Dr. White serves as a mentor in an incubator for student-based startup companies and hopes to continue to help universities encourage engineering as an engine for economic growth. Recently, she joined the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars Program committee and is the Global Chair who works with universities around the world to design Grand Challenges Scholars Programs. 

Shelley Willsmore is a highly effective Senior Human Resources Leader with more than 20 years experience in the UK, US and Australia. Her passion is improving performance and driving growth through people. She utilises her inherent understanding of people and organisations to engage with customers and employees and  develop and deliver key business strategies. Shelley has proven success in improving business performance through the enhancement of leadership capability and organisation design and culture.  
Shelley has worked for BAE Systems for 20 years and during that time has held a number of senior roles within the UK, US and Australia. 
She started her career in Communications and Media Relations and held a number of Communication Manager roles across the company. Shelley then moved to Washington DC, where she held the role of Marketing & Government Relations Manager. 
Shelley joined BAE Systems Australia in 2004 as Communications and Corporate Affairs Manager. She transitioned to the Human Resources function in 2006 as Learning & Development Manager and has since held numerous senior HR leadership roles. 
Shelley was appointed as HR Director for BAE Systems Australia in June 2015.

Presentation: BAE Systems Diversity and Inclusion Panel

As Vice President of Product Marketing for Academics, Dave Wilson leads the global team responsible for ensuring adoption, proficiency, and growth of NI’s academic business. 
Since joining NI in 1991, Wilson has held roles across sales and marketing, including serving as a District Sales Manager, Director of Data Acquisition Marketing, International Sales Director for NI Japan, and the Director of International Marketing. Wilson serves on the ASEE Corporate Member Council, as an advisor to the Southern Regional Education Board, and as a member of several corporate boards. He is an avid maker, inventor and evangelist for STEM activities, and holds two patents. Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from The State University of New York.

Dr. Lincoln Wood graduated from the University of New South Wales in Sydney with the degree of Bachelor of Engineering in Aeronautical Engineering. After completing a Master of Science degree in the USA, he returned to Australia where he completed a PhD program. He has extensive experience in the aerospace, defence and automotive sectors of industry, as well as in academe. His most recent role in industry was as Engineering Director for a large defence company in Australia. Currently, Lincoln is National Manager Accreditation at Engineers Australia where he is responsible for managing accreditation of Australian engineering programs at the levels of the Washington, Sydney and Dublin Accords.  

Hong Yan received his Ph.D. degree from Yale University. He was Professor of Imaging Science at the University of Sydney and is currently Professor of Computer Engineering and the Dean of College of Science and Engineering at City University of Hong Kong. His research interests include image processing, pattern recognition and bioinformatics. He has over 400 journal and conference publications in these areas. Professor Yan was elected an IAPR Fellow for contributions to document image analysis and an IEEE Fellow for contributions to image recognition techniques and applications. He is currently an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer.