The Executive

President's Message

Hello to all our current and future members across Australasia! It is with great excitement that I step into the role of President from 2016-2018.

I have been closely connected with this community for over a decade and established my professional career as an Engineering Educator in no small part due to the support I have received from AAEE. I attended my first conference in Melbourne in 2007, nervously presenting my earliest work fresh out of my undergraduate Mechanical Engineering degree. I was met with smiles, fascinating conversations, and the inspiring work of others, which spurred me on to continue in this field.

Since then, I have met and collaborated with many others who shared similar experiences of engaging with the AAEE community. We are welcoming, we are supportive, we are rigorous in our work and we share a passion for educating future engineers.

It is my goal as President to ensure that AAEE continues to support the work of its members by growing connections with aligned bodies and societies, providing platforms for collaboration and recognition beyond the annual conference, and increasing the visibility of our scholarly activities.

Dr Tom Goldfinch

President, 2016-2018

Australasian Association for Engineering Education

The 2018 Executive Committee

The Executive guides the direction of AAEE and undertakes the day-to-day operations of the Association. The Executive consists of 9 members elected by the membership, plus representatives of aligned bodies including the Australian Council of Engineering Deans, Engineers Australia, Chair of the next AAEE Annual Conference Organising Committee, and the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand. Office bearers are elected from within the Executive. The executive is elected by a vote of members at the annual general meeting held during the AAEE annual conference each year.

Dr Tom Goldfinch, President

Associate Professor Prue Howard, Immediate Past President

Dr Mark Symes, Vice-president

Dr Steven Goh, Secretary

Dr Llewellyn Mann, Treasurer

Dr Jo Devine

Associate Professor Anne Gardner

Dr Trudy Harris (committee member and 2018 conference chair)

Associate Professor Sally Male


Co-opted and aligned body representatives

Mechelina Bradley (EA Support)

Professor Scott Smith (ACED)

Dr Lyn Brodie (Engineers Australia)

Brett Williams (IPENZ)

Governance Roles

The Executive has a number of roles and portfolios in which members serve:

  • Leadership (President, vice-president, and past-president)
  • Finance and executive operations
  • Conferences 
  • Excellence and Education
  • Communications
  • Australasian Journal for Engineering Education (AJEE) Coordinator

Finance portfolio

The financial portfolio includes a treasury role which oversees the fiscal strategies and operations of AAEE. This role comprises financial reporting, budgeting and planning for the varied activities of the association and ensuring appropriate financial systems and controls are in place. The treasurer works closely with the EA finance department in managing the association’s finances. Additionally this portfolio also includes a sponsorship coordinator who oversees fund raising activities including seeking alternative funding streams. This is an essential portfolio to the successful running of the organisation.

Conference Portfolio

The conference portfolio oversees all aspects of AAEE conferences, including support of the current conference, awarding of future conferences and overseeing quality processes. The conference coordinator oversees the portfolio, and provides strategic direction to the portfolio, serves as a liaison and mentor to the current year’s organising committee, and facilitator of the bidding process for future conferences.

Education and Excellence

The Member Education and Excellence portfolio oversees AAEE affiliated capacity building initiatives and AAEE run recognition and reward programs. This portfolio is about promoting excellence in the field and providing pathways for professional development. There are generally two coordinators within this portfolio with one overseeing awards and other recognition activities and the other managing professional development activities. Specific responsibilities include:

  • AAEE annual conference awards – setting criteria, coordinating application assessment panels and presenting awards at the conference
  • Goal setting – liaising with the AAEE executive, ACED and EA to set directions for professional development programs and recognition programs.
  • Coordination of professional development programs – working with individual program/course/workshop organisers and EA staff/systems to manage funding and enrolment, fielding and distributing PD program requests, advertising available programs in collaboration with member communication coordinators.
  • Coordination of recognition programs – working with the AAEE executive to establish and promote recognition programs outside the annual conference awards.

Communication Portfolio

The communication portfolio oversees the internal and external engagement of the society with its members, AaeE Champions, EA community, academic community and the community at large. Communication channels include online quarterly newsletters, website, facebook, AAEE Journal, EA Magazine, EA online news and when opportunity arises the wider external media sources.

AJEE Coordinator

The AJEE coordinator is the link between the Executive of AAEE and the Editorial Board and the Editor of the AJEE.  The Editor report s to the executive through the coordinator. As the executive of AAEE is responsible for appointing the Editor of the journal, members of the Editorial panel and the members of the Editorial Board, the coordinator's role is to ensure that recommendations are made to the executive and ensure that positions are filled in a timely manner.  The coordinator will also discuss with the editor any requirements or suggestions from the Executive of AAEE which may include but is not limited to items such as the theme of special issues.