We are pleased to announce the following keynote speakers:

Ruth Graham

Higher Education Consultant

A Mechanical Engineer by training, Dr Ruth Graham specialized in aeronautical fatigue, working with BAE SYSTEMS for a number of years. In 2002 she moved to Imperial College London and later became Director of the EnVision project, which sought to transform the undergraduate education across all nine departments in the Faculty of Engineering and improve its culture of support and reward for teaching excellence.
Ruth has worked as an independent higher education consultant since 2008. Her work is focused on fostering change in higher education across the world; helping to improve engineering teaching and learning worldwide and supporting the emergence of technology-driven entrepreneurship within universities. Ruth’s recent projects have included: (i) a global benchmarking study on the future of engineering education, on behalf of MIT; and (ii) the development of a new framework for evaluating and rewarding university teaching achievement, sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering, which is currently being adopted at universities across the world. Further details can be found on Ruth’s website, which provides an outline of recent projects as well as copies of her published reports.

Marcela Angulo González

Head of Technological Capabilities Division at CORFO, the Chilean Economic Development and Innovation Agency

Marcela Angulo is a Civil Engineer and Doctor in Environmental Sciences from University of Concepción, Chile. She has 20 years of professional experience in technology transfer and innovation in public and private organizations.

She is currently Head of the Technological Capabilities Division at CORFO, responsible for designing and implementing programs aimed to strength technological capabilities for innovation and competitiveness in key strategic sectors, as well as enhancing technology development and commercialization skills in the local innovation ecosystem. The Division is supporting programmes for 20 R&D+i Centers, more than 30 university-industry Consortia, 30 Technology Transfer Offices and 3 tech transfer collaborative Hubs.

Marcela is currently leading the Engineering 2030 initiative, a government-funded programme of curricula reform in Chilean engineering schools, designed to nurture a new generation of technology-based innovators and entrepreneurs. The programme includes 13 universities, impacting around 75% of the civil engineering students at national level.

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Pey Kin-Leong

Associate Provost Education, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

Kin-Leong Pey is currently the Associate Provost (Education, SUTD Academy and Digital Learning) and a Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Kin-Leong was appointed by the Singapore Ministry of Education to take up the current position in setting up SUTD in January 2010. He was previously the Head of the Microelectronics Division, Director of the Nanyang NanoFabrication Center and Director of the Microelectronic Centre in the School of EEE at the Nanyang Technological University. A senior member of IEEE and an IEEE Electron Devices Society Distinguished Lecturer, Kin-Leong was the General Chair of IPFA2001, Singapore and the co-General Chair of IPFA2004, Taiwan. Kin Leong is a Fellow of the ASEAN Academy of Engineering & Technology. He is an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Devices and Materials Reliability. Kin-Leong has published more than 175 international refereed publications, 185 technical papers at international meetings or conferences and 3 book chapters, and holds 38 US patents. Kin-Leong has supervised 32 PhD and more than 15 Master theses.

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John Mitchell

Associate Vice-Dean Education, UCL Engineering

Professor John Mitchell is Vice-Dean, Education in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at UCL, Professor of Communications Systems Engineering and Co-director of the Centre for Engineering Education (CEE). He recently led a major undergraduate curriculum development programme across the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences. The revised programmes, called the Integrated Engineering Programme (IEP) launched in September 2014 and introduced a connected curriculum emphasising practical, research-based activities in all programmes with an integrated development of key skills. The programme has introduced a common framework across all departments and developed a set of core modules, which are being delivered to over 650 first year students. He has published on curriculum development within engineering education. Professor Mitchell is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the IET, a Senior Member of the IEEE, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Board Member of SEFI. 

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Anne Sofie Larsen

Master student, DTU

Anne Sofie is a student at DTU. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Aalborg University in Copenhagen (AAU CPH) in 2017 and subsequently began her Master’s degree at DTU, studying Design & Innovation. Anne Sofie specialises in different focus areas such as sustainability, humanitarian aid and entrepreneurship. Her focus on entrepreneurship comes from different perspectives in her student life; curricular courses/earning credits through courses at DTU, extra-curricular activities such as SDG Student Ambassadors Copenhagen, being a Climate-KIC Master Label student and working as a student assistant at Open Entrepreneurship.

A highlight in Anne Sofie’s Master programme was taking part of the curricular course, Hardtech Entrepreneurship; a 10 ECTS point course, that works as an incubator, focusing on creating a spin-out from an existing invention or patent with focus on the business plan through learning about prototyping, product development, market analysis, pitching, finances and more. This course got her team in the Venture Cup Copenhagen finals and earned her a trip to UC Berkeley for the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship bootcamp as part of the courses’ top 10 techpreneurs.

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Eva Smeets

Masters student, TU Delft

Eva is from Belgium, where she completed her pre-university education and moved to The Netherlands in 2012 for a Bachelor degree at TU Delft. She is a full-time member of the Eco-Runner team for which she was the team manager in the academic year 2015-2016. She started her Master degree in 2016 and she enrolled in the Master track "Aerospace Structures and Materials". She has been a student representative on the TU Delft's Board of Studies of the faculty of Aerospace Engineering, which oversees the evaluation of specific master courses and organizes activities for students and teachers.

The Eco-Runner Team is a highly innovative and creative team that is entirely student-run. The team consists of around 30 students, of which 5 are full-time members. It is one of the 12 "dream teams" based at TU Delft. The goal is to build a highly efficient hydrogen car to participate in the Shell Eco-Marathon, a European race with around 200 other universities and high school teams. Eva´s team realized a mileage of 671 km/m3 hydrogen, which corresponds to about 2000 km/l gasoline. The car is the one with the lowest aerodynamic drag in the world.

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Stephanie Farrell

Professor and Founding Chair of Experiential Engineering Education at Rowan University (USA) and the 2018-19 President of the American Society for Engineering Education


Dr. Farrell has been recognized nationally and internationally for contributions to engineering education through her work in experiential learning and promoting diversity and inclusion.  Stephanie was the 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar in Engineering Education at Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland). She was awarded Honoris Causa in Engineering Education from the Internationale Gesellschaft für Inginieurpädagogik (IGIP).  She has been honored by the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) with several teaching awards such as the National Outstanding Teaching Medal and the Quinn Award for experiential learning.  Her research interests include inductive teaching methods and the development of spatial visualization skills.

Keynote talk:

"Revolutionizing Engineering Diversity"

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The engineering profession today is practiced in a world where society and technology are changing faster than ever - where population growth, limited natural resources and global warming create enormous challenges, and technological breakthroughs present an abundance of opportunities. To solve these 21st century technological challenges, society will rely upon today's undergraduate engineering and computer science programs and their ability to prepare communities of students with professional skills. In 2015, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) launched a new program called REvolutionizing engineering and computer science Departments (RED). Over three years, NSF granted 19 RED awards totaling $38 million to departments across the U.S. in a variety of engineering disciplines as well as computer science. The goal of these projects is to effect cultural and organizational change to address a wide array of enduring challenges in engineering education; these projects are changing the landscape of engineering education in the U.S.
This talk will examine Revolutionizing Engineering Diversity, an exciting RED project at Rowan University which will redefine and expand our traditional conceptions of diversity. It aims to increase participation of all underrepresented and underserved groups in engineering such as LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities, and low income / first generation to college students.

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Charlotte Mark

Managing Director at Microsoft Development Center Copenhagen

Charlotte Mark is the Managing Director at Microsoft Development Center Copenhagen, focusing on the development of (Dynamics 365) Business Applications for the global market. Charlotte joined Microsoft in 2004 following a career with Accenture leading significant transformation projects in Danish and International companies. She earned her Cand. phil. in Human Centered Informatics from Aalborg University in 1990. Charlotte holds several trusted positions focusing on how we can increase the STEM talent pool to position Denmark in the global competition, including Engineer the Future, TEKTANKEN, DI Research & Education and DI Global Talent.

Keynote talk:


"How can we build the right competencies for the future when 65% of today’s students will have jobs that don’t even exist yet?

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The potential of IT is tremendous. Technologies like the Cloud, AI, VR and Quantum open a completely new world of business opportunities. Companies that were traditionally defined as banking, transportation, retail, etc. now define themselves as IT companies. IT is in everything. Moreover, the demand for STEM capabilities is enormous and continually increasing. In fact, more and more companies are struggling so much to find the right ICT specialists that the European Commission predicts the gap between demand and supply to be 500.000 in Europe by 2020. However, how do we build the right competencies when 65% of today's students will have jobs that do not exist yet?

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Andre´ Rogaczewski

CEO, Netcompany

André Rogaczewski founded Netcompany back in 2000. Today, 18 years later, he is leading one of the most successful international IT companies in the Nordics with more than 1,700 passionate IT talents and offices in 5 countries. With his technical background, a master's degree in computer science from Aalborg University and a true vision for Denmark's digital future, he has led the company through tremendous growth and built a delivery model that no one in the IT industry has ever matched. André is a strong advocate for digitization and digital competencies and has several influential positions, among these chairman of DI Digital and member of the Government’s Disruption Council where he influences the agenda for the benefit of society's growth. André feels strongly for Denmark's digital foundation, and in particular IT talents, whom he calls the heroes of our future.

Keynote talk:

"How do we build successful companies and sustainable societies driven by the right talent?"

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The world is currently in the middle of one of the most significant changes as digital transformation is fundamentally changing societies, businesses and the way we live our lives. Until now Denmark has been particularly successful in driving the digital agenda. Recently Denmark was ranked number 1 country for digital public services by United Nations for e-Government Survey 2018.

But we know that retaining this frontrunner position requires talent and skills. The journey ahead is definitely a people agenda.

We have much to gain as a country from the digital transformation. If we want to create the right conditions for Danish business, utilizing the newest technologies we need to educate, attract and maintain the right talent. We must balance the need for specific competencies in the industry with those that our educational institutions foster.

At Netcompany we have our own way of attracting, educating and maintaining talent.

This keynote will focus on: how do we build successful companies and sustainable societies driven by the right talent?


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