Dr. Michael K. J. Milligan
Michael K. J. Milligan is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in the STEM disciplines. In this role, Milligan is responsible for all aspects of ABET global operations and reports directly to the Board of Directors.”Read
Dr. Stephanie Farrell
Dr. Stephanie Farrell is Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Experiential Engineering Education at Rowan University (USA) and the 2017-18 President-Elect of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).”Read
Lueny Morell, MS, PE, Ing.Paed.IGIP is Founder & Director of InnovaHiEd, a world-class team of experts with extensive academic and industry experience offering services to help higher education leaders in transforming their institutions to better respond to their stakeholders’ needs and the socioeconomic development challenges they face. ”Read
With a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and Stanford University, Lueny is co-founder of NEU, a new school of engineering established in Silicon Valley, California in 2012. From 2002 to 2012 she was part of the, Strategy, Open Innovation and University Relations teams at HP Labs Strategy and a full professor of Chemical Engineering at University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez for 24 years, where she had various academic and administrative positions, including Director of R&D. She is an IEEE Senior Member, an ASEE Fellow and ABET Program Evaluator, member of the Advisory Board of the International Centre for Engineering Education (ICEE) of the UNESCO-Chinese Academy of Engineering and has received various awards for her work, including the prestigious US National Academy of Engineering Gordon Prize for innovations in engineering education in 2006. Recognized as one of the Engineering Education Pioneers in the US in 2014, Lueny is passionate about engineering education and innovation as fundamental pillars for economic and social well-being. She is co-founder of IFEES (Past President), GEDC and SPEED. Lueny maintains a blog on topics associated with innovation and engineering education and her team consulting/mentoring activities (www.luenymorell.com; www.innovahied.com).
Dr. Michael E. Auer
Prof. Dr. (mult) Michael E. Auer is Vice-Rector and Professor of Electrical Engineering at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences Villach and Professor for Microelectronics at University of Klagenfurt, Austria.His current research is directed to technology enhanced learning and remote working environments especially in engineering.”Read
Michael Auer is founder and chair of the annual international IEEE EDUCON, ICL and REV conferences and chair or member of the Program Committees of several international conferences and workshops.
He works as an evaluator and coordinator of European Union funded research projects and is member in expert groups of the European Commission as well as US NSF.
He is an IEEE member since 1999 and has the grade of a Senior member.
Michael Auer is Founding-President and CEO of the “International Association of Online Engineering” (IAOE) since 2006, a non-governmental organization that promotes the vision of new engineering working environments worldwide. In 2009 he was appointed as member of the Advisory Board of the European Learning Industry Group (ELIG).
Furthermore he is one of the founders and Secretary General of the “Global Online Laboratory Consortium” (GOLC). GOLC is the result of an initiative started in 2009 at MIT to coordinate the work on educational Online Laboratories worldwide.
From 2010 – 2016 he served as President of the “International Society of Engineering Education” (IGIP).
During the World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF2015) he was elected as President of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES).
Dr. Sohum Sohoni
Dr. Sohum Sohoni is an Assistant Professor in the Polytechnic School at Arizona State University. He received the B.E. degree in Electrical Engineering from Pune University, India, in 1998 and a Ph. D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2004.He has published over 35 peer-reviewed papers in journals and conferences including papers in ACM SIGMETRICS, IEEE Transactions on Computers, the International Journal of Engineering Education”Read
Dr. Sohoni is a member of the IEEE, ACM and ASEE. He has reviewed for various journals and conferences, and served as session chair at a number of conferences (FIE, SIGCSE, ICTIEE, and ASEE’s annual and regional conferences). He has served as the past Secretary/Treasurer and Program Chair for ASEE’s ECE division, and currently serves as the division’s Chair-Elect. He is IUCEE’s Associate Director, and he serves as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Engineering Education Transformations.
Anil K. Kulkarni
Professor Kulkarni joined as a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University in 1980. Prior to that, he completed B. Tech. from IIT Bombay, India, and Sc. M. and Ph. D. from Brown University, USA.His academic and research areas of interest are, engineering education, energy, materials processing, heat transfer, computational fluid mechanics, combustion, and professional ethics.”Read
He has served as the Professor-in-charge of Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program for eight years, project director for an NSF-funded Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing Graduate Research Traineeship program at Penn State, and as an elected Faculty Senator and Graduate Council member at Penn State University, among other positions.
Recently, Dr. Kulkarni was awarded US – Norway Fulbright Scholarship by the U. S. government for working on Indoor and Outdoor Fugitive Emissions in the Materials Processing Industry in Trondheim, Norway. He also spent a semester at the Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA) at IIT Bombay in 2013. He has had international collaborative activities with Australia, China, Germany, India, Japan, Norway, and (former) USSR. . He has presented numerous lectures on Professional Ethics in US, Norway and India (including in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, Chennai and Gandhinagar). Currently he is also the co-director of the joint Penn State – SP Pune University (India) center.
Dr. Neeraj Buch
Neeraj Buch is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Engineering at Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D. degree from Texas A&M University, College Station in 1995 and the MS degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1988. ”Read
As a faculty member, Prof. Buch collaborates with a number of colleagues both at MSU and at other institutions, as well as a number of talented students. His research is in the general area of concrete pavement analysis, design and performance prediction. He has secured in excess of $7 million in total research funding, advised 25 graduate students (MS and PhD) and 23 undergraduate students (Honors College, summer research experience and undergraduate research assistants). He has received research funding from the Michigan Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Strategic Highway Research Program and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Buch has disseminated his research through publishing over 100 papers (journal and conference) and 24 research reports. The research has also attracted attention of agencies overseas. In the last five years Dr. Buch has been invited by highway agencies and universities in South Africa, China, Australia, Chile, India Colombia, and Brazil to share the research findings from the various projects. In recognition of his contributions to the field of concrete pavement engineering Dr. Buch was elected as a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute.
Dr. Buch teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in concrete materials and pavement engineering. He is also involved in teaching short courses on pavement design and rehabilitation and pavement materials for practicing engineers in various locations in the United States and overseas. He has also served as an instructor for the Portland Cement Concrete (PCC) Overlays: State of The Technology Workshops sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and the American Concrete Institute. Throughout his career Dr. Buch has consistently been recognized for his sustained excellence in teaching. This is evidenced by the fact that he has received several teaching awards (university, regional and national). He has been a co-PI on three National Science Foundation grants in the areas of integration of computation in engineering curricula and in the area of retention of early engineering students.
Dr. Buch has served (is serving) on several national and international technical committees such as TRB committees of Properties of Concrete, Rigid Pavements and Pavement Rehabilitation, and the AASHTO TIG on Precast Concrete Pavements. He is also a member of the ASCE/T&DI highway pavements committee, ASCE LTPP Task Committee and former chairperson of ACI committee 325 on rigid pavements. He is the president of the International Society Concrete Pavements (ISCP).
Dr. Hans Hoyer
Hans-Jürgen Hoyer, Ph.D. Secretary General of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies Executive Secretary of the Global Engineering Deans Council. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Hoyer serves as the Secretary General of the International Federation for Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) ”Read
Dr. Hoyer initially became involved with IFEES and the GEDC when he served as the Director of International Programs and Strategy for the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Prior to 2006, Hans J. Hoyer was CEO of World Links, a spin-off of the World Bank. In this capacity, he worked globally on issues related to secondary education, teachers’ education, and on-line collaborative learning focusing on science and social studies among high school students across the globe. Dr. Hoyer has led several international development programs, including CARE, Plan International, and Heifer International. He was the executive responsible for Plan International’s regional strategy for South Asia and resided in India and Sri Lanka leading the programs and staff in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. In these latter roles, he held executive leadership positions such as Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, and Regional Executive and was responsible, among others, for raising large financial resources from a multitude of donors including government agencies, the World Bank, IAB, several foundations, corporations and private donors. He also represented the largest U.S. farming membership association as a spokesperson at the European Union and European Parliament in Brussels and also represented them in Mexico and Central America.
Dr. Hoyer has served on the board of directors with Nelson Mandela of El Taller, a global civil society network headquartered in Tunisia as well as on several social-action community groups. He was also on the staff of the Inter American Foundation, created by the U.S. Congress to support socio-economic development throughout Latin America/Caribbean. He was on the advisory board of Hewlett Packard’s e-Inclusion Global Advisory Board related to their work in South Africa and Founding member of the Board of the Engineering for the Americas (EftA) initiative under the umbrella of the OAS. He serves on the Editorial Committee of the Argentinean Journal of Engineering Education, Science and Technology and is a member of the Consultative Committee at Aalborg University and UNESCO and is on the Governing Board of Directors of UNESCO/Tsinghua University and the International Center for Engineering Education.
Dr. Hoyer has been a Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Studies at MIT, a Fellow at Harvard’s School of Education and Visitor at the Kennedy School of Government. He was dean of the graduate program at the School for International Training, World Learning and Executive Director of the Executive Training Program for global governmental and NGO leaders in Brattleboro, Vermont. He also taught at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and Montgomery College, Takoma Park, Maryland. Presently, he is an Honorary Professor at universities in Hungary, Kazakhstan and Peru.
Born in Berlin, Germany, he immigrated to the United States of America as a teenager. He earned his Ph.D. at American University in Washington, D.C. As a post-doctoral fellow with the Organization of American States (OAS), Dr. Hoyer carried out research in the Rio de la Plata region of South America. He started his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer and high school teacher in Linares and Talca, Chile and has lived in over twenty countries including India, Sri Lanka, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Argentina, Mexico, South Asia, Belgium, Kenya and Zimbabwe. Over his extensive career he has visited more than 140 countries, is fluent in four languages and conversant in an additional five languages. He has written and published on a broad range of subjects related to international development, politics, health, education, and engineering education.
Dr. Subramaniam Dharma Rajan
Dr. Rajan is a Professor of Civil Engineering in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE) as well as Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy (SEMTE) at Arizona State University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Technology (Hons) degree ”Read
Dr. Rajan’s research interests include a wide variety of areas such as structural analysis via finite element method, design via numerical optimization techniques, understanding material behavior via experimental methods and constitutive modeling, and software development via object-oriented programming and parallel processing. He has worked on a variety of sponsored projects from such government agencies as the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), US Army Research Laboratories (ARL), Arizona Department of Transportation and private companies such as Honeywell, Motorola, Raytheon, Orbital ATK, ATS Armor, etc. with applications in aerospace, civil, mechanical, semiconductor packaging, biomechanics, and the defense industries. He has published over 100 journal and conference papers with his students and colleagues and has received several best paper awards.
Dr. Rajan teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in structural mechanics, computational mechanics and design optimization. He enjoys teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate courses. He has mentored and graduated over 75 master’s and doctoral students. He is the author of textbooks in structural analysis and design, and object-oriented numerical methods, and has been recognized for this teaching with numerous teaching awards.
Dr. Rajan has served in various administrative positions in academia. He is a member of various professional organizations such as ASCE, ASME, AIAA etc. and is an associate editor of an ASCE journal. He enjoys interacting with local schools helping students and teachers with STEM-related activities.
Dr. Veena Kumar
Dr. Veena Kumar is currently online-professor at the University of Maryland University College and the Executive Director of the IUCEE international Educators’ Certification Program. Her areas of specialization include ESL, education technology, teacher training and international project management. ”Read
Veena has over 30 years’ experience of teaching, research and teacher training in France, India and USA. Before joining university of Maryland university College, she served for 10 years as the Director of the International English Program at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Before that she was Professor and Head, Education Technology at IIT, Delhi where she was associated with the initiative of designing and developing video courses (now made available digitally under the NPTL Project).
Veena has substantial experience in the e-learning space. During her career, she has coordinated prestigious academic, research and teacher training projects sponsored by The World Bank; The European Commission; The Ministry of Interior, Turkey; Ministry of External affairs, Japan; Government of Brazil; Ministry of Human Resources, India; and The British Council.
Having studied and worked in Europe, Asia and USA, Veena describes herself as a true ‘citizen of the world’ and is always eager to interact with people, share and learn.
Dr. Claire Komives
Dr. Komives obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh in 1993 in Chemical Engineering. She carried out an NSF International Research project at ETH-Zurich at the Institute for Biotechnology. She returned to the US for a one year AAAS International Diplomacy Fellowship with the U. S. Agency for International Development focusing on Child Health Research. ”Read
She began on the faculty at San Jose State University in 1999. She has taught 10 different courses and advised over twenty Masters students for research projects. She has obtained $825,000 from the National Science Foundation for Engineering Education projects and has published in Chemical Engineering Education and Journal of Engineering Education Transformations. Her current technical research targets the development of snake antivenom in bacteria. She was awarded a Fulbright-Nehru award to spend a sabbatical year at IIT Delhi in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Most recently she has obtained an Indo-US Collaboration grant from the National Institutes of Health in collaboration with IIT Delhi for Development of Low Cost Therapy for Biological Toxins in Rural India.
Dr. Prathiba Nagabhushan
Prathiba Nagabhushan is an educational psychologist who has a PhD from the Australian National University, Canberra, Master of English from Madras University and Master of Education from Bangalore University. She is currently teaching Psychology to senior secondary students and Methods of Teaching English and Humanities to Master of Teaching students at the Australian Catholic University,”Read
A Gold-Medallist from Madras and Bangalore Universities, Prathiba has won the National Award for ‘Innovations in Teaching’ from the NCERT, New Delhi and recently received an International Award for the Best Research Paper at the International Conference on Cognitive & Behavioural Psychology, Singapore. She is a member of Global Science & Technology Forum, Singapore. Prathiba was the Cultural Ambassador of India to Mexico, sponsored by the Rotary International, Evanston, Illinois, USA. She is a reviewer for The International Journal of Socio-technology & Knowledge Development (IJSKD).
Prathiba’s publications include research articles on student motivation and engagement in learning, global trends in education and pre-service teachers’ emotional well-being. Her current research interests are self-efficacy in students, ICT in education and educational practices and research in engineering education. She has also published a number of book chapters on senior secondary and pre-service teacher education. In addition, she has recently published a book on “Engaging Adolescent Students in Contemporary Classrooms: Emerging Research and Opportunities”, a compendium of her valuable research on adolescents’ motivation to and engagement in their learning.
Prathiba is an accomplished Indian Carnatic Classical Violinist, who had accompanied several artists from India, Singapore and Canada. She also had the privilege of performing exclusively for Sri Morarji Desai, the then Prime Minister of India, and Her Excellency Dame Quintine Bryce, the former Governor-General of Australia. She lives with her husband Nagabhushan, a mechanical engineer, working for the Federal Government of Australia, in Canberra. They have a daughter, Samyuktha, who also lives in Canberra with her husband and children.