The National Innovation Statement was released in December. At the end of 2015, the state of NSW was the leading state in Australia on all key economic indicators. As our nation and economy transform to "A Smarter Country", engineers in NSW play a critical role.
Engineers Australia is the peak body for engineering professionals, with more than 100,000 members. The focus of the forum will be on fostering enterprise in New South Wales.
The Innovation and Education forum will stimulate engagement with the key polices and topics in innovation and education that are directly relevant to engineers. Speakers will invite discussion and input from participants.
Ideas from the forum will be taken forward into our policy work at Engineers Australia, including workforce of the future, women in engineering, continuing professional development, enhancing living standards, sustainability, productivity and innovation.
The forum shall also inform our engagement with the education sector including schools, vocational education and universities, to continue to strengthen engineer's future capabilities.
About the Speakers
Prof Mary O'Kane HonFIEAust FTSE HMIIE CPEng, the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer
Professor Mary O'Kane is the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer. A computer engineer undertaking pioneering research in artificial intelligence, she is a former university vice-chancellor, a member or chair of many Government and private sector boards and committees, an active consultant. She has breadth and depth of experience in the innovation, research, higher education, public policy spheres.
Prof Hugh Durrant-Whyte HonFIEAust FTSE FIEEE FAA FRS Chair of the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council
Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte is Chair of the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council. Known for his pioneering work in robotics, he was named "Professional Engineer of the year" (2008) by Engineers Australia Sydney Division and NSW "Scientist of the Year" (2010). He was previously CEO NICTA, and Research Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems (CAS).
Alex Metelerkamp GradIEAust, technology entrepreneur and engineer, and winner 2014 Sydney Young Professional Engineer of the Year Award
Alex Meterlerkamp is a technology entrepreneur and engineer, and winner of the 2014 Young Professional Engineer of the Year Award, by Engineers Australia Sydney Division. He believes the engineering mindset is becoming increasingly applicable and powerful. Alex is passionate about combining scalable technologies and entrepreneurs into companies of global impact.
Chair and facilitator: Alexandra Meldrum FIEAust CPEng FAICD FIChemE. 2014 Sydney Division President and 2014-2015 Director of Engineers Australia
2014 Division President, Director 2014-2015 Engineers Australia. An experienced facilitator, Alexandra is a Change Management Specialist and she teaches at AGSM UNSW and Macquarie University.