REES AAEE 2O21 Research in Engineering Education Symposium & Australasian Association for Engineering Education 1

Keynote Speakers


Emeritus Professor James Trevelyan - REES AAEE 2O21 Research in Engineering Education Symposium & Australasian Association for Engineering Education

Emeritus Professor James Trevelyan

School of Engineering, The University of Western Australia

Emeritus Professor James Trevelyan is an engineer, educator, researcher and has recently become a start-up entrepreneur.

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 large 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. Another book, “30 Second Engineering”, is helping to build greater awareness of the key importance of engineering and will reach a global audience. His latest book “Learning Engineering Practice” is helping graduates transitioning to professional practice.

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 in 1993, the Joseph Engelberger Award for Robotics Science and Technology development, 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.

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Dr Cecelia Chan - REES AAEE 2O21 Research in Engineering Education Symposium & Australasian Association for Engineering Education

Dr. Cecilia Chan

President of The Asian Society for Engineering Education (AsiaSEE).
Head of Professional Development/Associate Professor, The University of Hong Kong

Dr. Cecilia Chan is the Head of Professional Development in the Centre of the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). Cecilia has a dual cultural background; she was born in Hong Kong but grew up in Ireland. In addition to her dual cultural background, she also has a dual discipline expertise in engineering and education; she has been playing a key role in enhancing engineering, and science education as well as teaching and learning in higher education. Her combined expertise in these fields and multi-cultural experience enabled her to lead and conduct research on topics such as assessment and feedback, experiential learning, technology enhanced learning and the development and assessment of 21st century skills spanning in education from east to west.

Dr. Chan also has substantial experience in holistic competency development and assessment in higher education and has been researching in this area for over ten years. She has developed a framework to assist teachers to integrate competency into the university curriculum and is also researching in approaches to assess these competencies.

Her work is employed in many parts of the world. She has been invited as keynote speaker and panel speaker to many international educational conferences in Korea, Singapore, United States, Estonia, United Kingdom, Macau, Thailand, Malaysia and Switzerland on teaching, learning and the assessment of generic competency including the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Cecilia holds a PhD in Engineering from Trinity College, a postgraduate diploma and a MA in Higher Education. She also held a Fellowship from King’s College London. Dr. Chan is involved in over 40 research/projects worldwide and was awarded the University of Hong Kong’s Young Outstanding Researcher Award and Knowledge Exchange award. She is the Chair for the Engineering Education Community in Hong Kong and the President for the Asian Society for Engineering Education (AsiaSEE) –

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