In the last decade, Carlo has given talks around the world on the theme of Smart Cities, while his work has been exhibited in international venues including the Venice Biennale, New York’s MoMA, London’s Science Museum and Barcelona’s Design Museum. Two of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion and the Copenhagen Wheel – were hailed by Time Magazine as “Best Inventions of the Year.”
He has been included in Blueprint Magazine’s “25 People who will Change the World of Design” and in Wired Magazine’s “Smart List: 50 people who will change the world.” He was curator for the Future Food District at Expo Milano 2015, and is currently serving as co-chair of the World Economic Forum Global Council on the Future of Cities and Urbanization
Prof. Carlo Ratti
Director, Senseable City Lab, MIT and Founding Partner, Carlo Ratti Associati
Meredith developed the models that determined the factory’s space requirements and how materials flow within the factory. She designed an automated material delivery system that uses a fleet of autonomous mobile robots to deliver goods to and from the production line.
Meredith has been with Tesla for over four years and was previously with Owens Corning, where she worked in material flow design, developing inventory models, and as a hands-on process engineer on production lines.
Her work at Tesla focuses on material flow & factory design for new products, processes, and future sites.
Senior Industrial Engineer, Tesla
As Chief Scientist, Dr Finkel is leading the development of the national hydrogen strategy at the request of the Council of Australian Governments. He also led the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, the 2017 Review into the National Electricity Market (“Finkel Review”) and the 2018 STEM Industry Partnership Forum report. He serves as the Deputy Chair of Innovation and Science Australia.
Dr Finkel has an extensive science background as an entrepreneur, engineer, neuroscientist and educator. He was awarded his PhD in electrical engineering from Monash University and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in neuroscience at the Australian National University.
In 1983 he founded Axon Instruments, a California-based, ASX-listed company that made precision scientific instruments used at pharmaceutical companies and universities for the discovery of new medicines. After Axon was sold in 2004, Dr Finkel became a director of the acquiring company, NASDAQ-listed Molecular Devices.
In 2006, he focused his career in Australia and undertook a wide range of activities. He led the amalgamation that formed the Florey Neuroscience Institutes; he became Chair of the Australian Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) and was a director of the ASX-listed diagnostics company Cogstate Limited. He was Executive Chair of the educational software company Stile Education, Chair of Manhattan Investment Group, Chief Technology Officer of Better Place Australia and Chair of Speedpanel Australia.
Dr Finkel was the 2016 Victorian of the Year and the recipient of the Mountbatten Medal (UK). A winner of the Clunies Ross Award for facilitating international neuroscience research, Dr Finkel is committed to science education. He co-founded Cosmos Magazine, which in addition to magazine publishing operates a secondary schools science education program. At ATSE, he led the development and implementation of the STELR program for secondary school science, which has been adopted in more than 600 Australian schools. As Chief Scientist he has led the development of the STARportal information web site for extracurricular STEM activities.
Dr Finkel also established the Australian Course in Advanced Neuroscience to train early career neuroscientists.
Dr Alan Finkel AO
Australia’s Chief Scientist
HonFIEAust CPEng EngExec
Operations Regional Director South East Asia and Oceania, Salini Impregilo
Mark’s research interests are in offshore geotechnics and engineering, predominantly in developing models for the analysis of oil and gas platforms, mobile drilling rigs, renewable wave and wind turbines, anchors and pipelines. Mark has published over 280 refereed journal and conference papers and jointly holds three international patents with Singaporean mobile jack-up builders Keppel Offshore and Marine and with Korean shipbuilders DSME. He has supervised over twenty PhD students to completion.
Mark is the 2015 Western Australian Scientist of the Year, an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE) and the 2007 recipient of the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year – one of the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science. He is a three-time recipient of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) David Hislop Award for the best paper on offshore engineering (2003, 2014 and 2017), as well as the 2012 recipient of the ICE’s Geotechnical Research Medal for the best paper on geotechnical engineering.
Mark is passionate about safe and sustainable engineering in the ocean, though he still is failing in teaching himself to surf.
Prof. Mark Cassidy
Dean, Melbourne School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne
Data61’s Engineering and Design group sits in a unique place in the technology ecosystem, partnering with academia, government and industry to help bridge scientific research innovation and outcomes with technology that creates economic, environmental and social impact.”
Director, Engineering & Design CSIRO | Data61
Dr Collette Burke
Victorian Chief Engineer/Office of Projects Victoria & Exner Group
FIEAust CPEng EngExec APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
Krishna initially joined Cyient as a Sales Manager for engineering services in Europe. He later moved to India, where he held dual roles of Marketing Manager, and Key Account Manager for the company's aerospace vertical, as Marketing Manager, he worked with several key aerospace customers and was an integral part of many successful customer engagements. As Key Account Manager, he was responsible for relationship building and account management for several primary customers in engineering services.
Advancing into the role of Chief Operating Office, Krishna contributed significantly to Cyient's consistent growth in terms of revenue, margin, customer and associate satisfaction.
Prior to Cyient, Krishna was with Altera Corporation, a leading semiconductor manufacturer in San Jose, California. He was responsible for the company's flagship product line, APEX.
Krishna holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and a master's degree in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management, at Northwestern University.
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Cyient
Chief Executive Officer, Engineering New Zealand
Prof Veena Sahajwalla became one of Australia’s best-known scientists and inventors through her regular appearances as a judge on the long-running ABC TV series ‘The New Inventors’ and recent guest on the ‘War on Waste’. Some of her recently given talks were: European Materials Research Society Fall Meeting 2018, Warsaw, Poland; Falling Wall Conference 2018, Berline, Germany, Farm2Fork Summit 2019, Sydney; TRANSFORM Conference 2019, Green Building Council of Australia. She continues her community engagement through regular public talks, her mentoring program for girls in science (Science 50:50) and regular media commentary. In 2018 she was elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. In 2016, Veena was named one of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers and in 2015, Veena named Australia’s 100 Most Influential Engineers, both by Engineers Australia. In 2013, Veena received the ‘Howe Memorial Lecture Award’, Pittsburgh, USA in appreciation for her lecture on ‘The Power of Steelmaking – harnessing high temperature reactions to transform waste into raw material resources’. In 2012, she won the Australian Innovation Challenge (Overall Winner) for her innovation for her “ Green Steel”.
Prof. Veena Sahajwalla Hon
Director, Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT), UNSW
He is CEO of Close Comfort, a tech start-up introducing new energy saving, low emissions air conditioning technology to Australia, Indonesia, Pakistan, and other countries with a vast potential global market.
His research on engineering practice helped define the current Engineers Australia professional competencies for chartered engineers. His book “The Making of an Expert Engineer” and advances in understanding how engineers contribute commercial value are influencing the future of engineering education in universities and workplaces. His new book “30 Second Engineering” will help build greater awareness of the key importance of engineering and reach a global audience in about 25 languages.
He is best known internationally for pioneering research that resulted in sheep shearing robots from 1975 till 1993 and for the first industrial robot that could be remotely operated via the internet in 1994. He received the leading international award for robotics research, equivalent to the Fields medal in mathematics.
In 2018 he was awarded West Australian of the Year in the professions category in recognition of his achievements.
Prof. James Trevelyan
Faculty of Engineering, University of WA
Tanya is currently Director of Engagement at the communication agency Science in Public, a member of the executive committee and board of Science & Technology Australia, and and Associate of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne and has recently been appointed to the to the board of Diversity Council Australia.
She is an environmental and science communication specialist. Her work has included reporting for ABC TV’s respected science show Catalyst, answering viewers’ eco questions as the environment presenter for Can We Help?, writing for several magazines and conducting media interviews on environmental issues. Tanya is also a best-selling author. Her books include the best-selling eco-guide book Greeniology and the acclaimed Green Stuff for Kids. In 2010 she won the United Nations Association of Australia Media Award for Environmental Reporting. In addition to her media work, Tanya also develops sustainable living and behaviour change programs. She was an ambassador for National Science Week in 2009.
Tanya now consults on science and environmental engagement and communication for several organisations, companies and research institutions. She is also a regular contributor to ABC Environment and has contributed to the sustainable cities and business section of The Guardian.
Director of Engagement, Science in Public
Vice President and Chair, Committee for Women in Engineering, Federation of African Engineering Organisation
Prof. Daniel Favrat
Professor Emeritus, EPFL
Sam's responsibilities include developing and leading engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), and operations and maintenance (O&M) activities. Develop contracting strategy for executing projects. This included a Qualification Based Selection Process for identifying major contractors and subcontractors. Negotiate EPC and O&M contracts to maximize operability and minimize cost.
Vice President, WFEO
CEO, MBS Engineering
-Vice President of Myanmar Engineering Society (MES)
-Associate professor in West Yangon Technological University, Myanmar
-Ph.D (Electronic), 2017
-supervised more than 30 research theses for Master of Engineering students and Ph.D Engineering students from 2004 up to at present
-Member of Myanmar Engineering Council (MEngC)
-P.E(Electronic), ACPE( Electrical)
-Honorary fellow of ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisation (AFEO)
-Fellow of ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology (AAET)
Dr Khin Sandar Tun
Chairman of Women Engineers Chapter & Vice President of Myanmar Engineering Society (MES), Associate Professor in West Yangon Technological University Myanmar
Education and Degrees
1986 - PhD in Civil Engineering, University of Minho (approved with distinction)
1997 - Agregação, University of Minho (approved unanimously)
1997 - MSc in Sanitary Engineering, IHE - Delft (Holland) (Diploma with distinction)
1997 - Licenciatura (BSc) in Civil Engineering, University of Porto (16/20)
Domain of specialization
Water resources planning and management
Water quality modelling
Drinking-water and public health
Present research interests
Hydrodynamics and dispersion of pollutants in estuaries and coastal zones
River basins water quality management
Water supply and public health
Drinking water safety plans
Water and Wastewater Treatment
Prof Jose Vieira
Centre for Territory, Environment and Construction, University of Minho
Formerly, Trish was Executive Strategic Advisor for WorleyParsons Ltd, working in the global resources and energy industries. That followed a career as a cabinet minister in the South Australian government, where she served in the infrastructure, development, transport, science and education portfolios.
Her early career had been in telecommunications, then in applied research with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation and she managed national infrastructure projects in Canberra. Trish is an experienced professional company director, having served on the boards of several large Australian companies. She is a Fellow of the College for Leadership and Management and the AICD.
National President, Engineers Australia
BE BA FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER
APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus) FAICD
Marlene is a chemical engineer, and has significant experience in process safety and risk engineering in the oil and gas industry in Australia and New Zealand. She is an experienced non-executive director and board member of Sydney Water Corporation Australia’s largest water utility, AirServices Australia providing air navigation services across Australia and the Indian Ocean and other boards involving innovation. She is a director of iOmniscient Pty. Ltd. which has developed artificial intelligence technologies for moving images.
Dr. Kanga is a member of the Australian Academy of Technology Science and Engineering and a Foreign Fellow of the ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK). She is a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers India and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Dr. Kanga has been listed among the Top 100 Women of Influence in Australia and the Top 100 Engineers in Australia. She was the 2014 FEIAP (Federation of Engineers in Asia and the Pacific) Professional Engineer of the Year, the first woman to win this award.
Dr Marlene Kanga AM
International Advisory Committee, President-Elect World Federation of Engineering Organizations, Past President Engineers Australia