Keynote Speech

Advanced technologies to Engineer a Better Sustainable World


The UN Sustainable Development Goals were approved by member nations in September 2015 and provide an integrated approach to development which brings together objectives for people, prosperity and concerns for the planet. The world has 11 years to implement the 17 Goals and 169 targets of this ambitious agenda. There is no time to lose, especially for engineers as every one of the 17 Goals involves engineering.
Dr. Kanga has led the World Federation of Engineering Organisations with a commitment by its members from 100 nations, and its partners, to develop and implement solutions that advance the achievement of the Goals. Her presentation will cover the opportunities for advanced technologies to advance the UN Sustainable Goals and the strategies being used by the Federation to engage with the United Nations and its various agencies such as the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) and UNESCO.She will showcase the UNESCO Engineering Report which will be released in November 2019 and which will also have the strong message of the role of engineering in sustainable development. She will also describe the work being undertaken by various committee of the Federation, especially in the area of advanced technologies and the work of the member and associates of the Federation and projects being undertaken through partnerships between international organisations in engineering, especially for the celebration of the first World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development on 4th March 2020.

 Prof Kanga

Dr Marlene Kanga AM, Hon. FIEAust, Hon. FIChemE, FTSE

Dr. Marlene Kanga is President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), the peak body for engineering institutions internationally representing some 100 engineering institutions and approximately 30 million engineers. She led the proposal to declare 4th March every year as World Engineering Day, the first Day will be celebrated on 4th March 2020. She is the 2018 Engineers Australia Professional Engineer of the Year. She has been listed among the Top 10 Women Engineers in Australia, the Top 100 Women of Influence and the Top 100 Engineers in Australia. She is a Member of the Order of Australia, a national honour, as recognition of her leadership of the engineering profession.
Dr. Kanga was National President of Engineers Australia in 2013. She is a board member of Sydney Water Corporation, Australia's largest utility, AirServices Australia with responsibility for Australia's air navigation services and a member of other boards involving innovation.
Dr. Kanga is a Chemical Engineer and a Fellow of the Academy of Technology Science and Engineering (Australia), a Foreign Fellow of the ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK).

Keynote Speech

Engineering Education in Australia: Current Trends


We live in exciting, if troubling times. Technologies are accelerating, providing undreamed of convenience, the most obvious ones being the mobile phone in your pocket or the smartwatch on your wrist. At the same time, wealth is increasingly concentrated in the hands of the few and climate catastrophe is looming due to global heating.
We need to be preparing graduates for this exciting but uncertain world. Students must learn to unpack complex situations, ask deep questions, and synthesise new solutions to satisfy the social context. Technology, by itself, is not the answer; students must learn to engage with clients and stakeholders. Innovation and entrepreneurship are key skills, not just in commerce but in leading social change.
In Australia, the engineering education landscape is continually growing, with increasing student numbers, both domestic and international, but with fewer resources due to capped funding. Research output has never been more important. There is also pressure for programs to be more multidisciplinary, emphasising social aspects of engineering solutions. Employers want more broadly-capable graduates. Change is inevitable but difficult!
This presentation will review some of the new programs and practices emerging in Australian universities and their fit for this changing world.

 Prof Hadgraft

Professor Roger Hadgraft
Director, Educational Innovation
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Roger Hadgraft is a civil engineer with more than 25 years of experience in improving engineering education through problem- and project-based learning (PBL). He was instrumental in introducing a project-based curriculum in civil engineering at Monash University and in several disciplines at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). Roger was an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Discipline Scholar and co-author of the Threshold Learning Outcomes for Engineering and Information Technology and he has been a member of several national learning and teaching projects. He is currently Director of Educational Innovation at the University of Technology Sydney with a focus on curriculum transformation towards 21st century skills.

Keynote Speech

Augmenting laboratories: improved linking of theory and reality


Laboratory-based education can provide significant benefits in supporting student learning. However whilst other areas of education have benefited from technological innovation, the same is often much less true of laboratories. Augmented reality provides an opportunity to dramatically enhance the learning experience of students. Imagine a magnetics experiment where the view of the equipment is overlayed with a representation of the magnetic field, or a structures experiment where students can �see� the strain in the various structural members. In this talk the opportunities for reshaping laboratory experiences and enhancing student learning will be explored.

 Prof David Lowe

Professor David Lowe
Deputy Dean
Faculty of Engineering
The University Sydney, Australia

Professor David Lowe is Deputy Dean and Professor of Software Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney. He was also previously the CEO of the not-for-profit organisation The LabShare Institute and past-president of the Global Online Laboratory Consortium. He started his career in industry as a control systems engineer, but has subsequently ranged across fields as diverse as computer vision, software engineering, web development and real-time systems. He currently has active research interests in laboratory education and professional practice. He has published widely, including three textbooks. David is also passionate about supporting student learning, educational innovation and promoting interest in STEM careers.

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