AAEE2017 Conference Program

The current program will consist of the following themed sessions:

Conference Themes:

C1: Integration of theory and practice in the learning and teaching process  

C2: Interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary engineering programs and learning environments

C3: Integration of teaching and research in the engineering training process

C4: The role and impact of engineering students and educators in the wider community

C5: Systems perspectives on engineering education

Focus Sessions:

S1: Is Integrated Engineering Education Necessary?

| Moderators: Dawn Bennett (Curtin University) and Sally Male (The University of Western Australia)

S2: Educating the Edisons of the 21st Century: integrating thinking heuristics (including TRIZ) into the engineering curriculum. 

| Moderator: Iouri Belski (RMIT) 

S3: Integrating Humanitarianism in Engineering Education

| Moderators: Jeremy Smith (Australian National University) and Andrea Mazzurco (The University of Queensland)



Keynote speakers include:

Lindie Clark (Academic and Programs director, PACE, Macquarie University)

Lindie Clark is the Academic and Programs Director of Macquarie University’s unique Professional and Community Engagement program (PACE).  PACE provides work integrated learning experiences to all undergraduate students at Macquarie as an integral part of their study program. Prior to taking up this role she was the Director of the University’s Health Studies program, where she ran a PACE unit for many years. With two other colleagues, she was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for 'Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning' for efforts in building Sustainable Work-Integrated-Learning programs in the Faculty of Science. Prior to joining Macquarie University Lindie worked in a range of regulatory agencies in the health, employment and industrial relations fields. As a Harkness Fellow she completed a Master of Public Administration at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in the mid-1990s. Lindie is also a Trustee of the Dusseldorp Skills Forum, a not-for-profit organisation that works to enhance the opportunities for education, skills and employment for all young people, particularly those who don't succeed in the 'mainstream'. Seeing students apply their university learning in real world settings, and in so doing realise the valuable contribution they can make to the broader community, is one of the most rewarding Learning and Teaching experiences Lindie has had in her career.  PACE extends such opportunities to all Macquarie students.


Dr. Brian Frank (Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada)

Dr. Brian Frank received the B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1997, 1999 and 2002 respectively. He is the Director of Program Development and the DuPont Canada Chair in Engineering Education Research and Development in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, and an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. From 2004-2006 he was an Educational Development Faculty Associate in the Instructional Development Centre, now the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL).  

Dr. Frank coordinates APSC-100, Engineering Practice, the first of the four year sequence of Engineering Design and Practice courses. APSC-100 is a full year required course that develops complex problem solving, critical thinking, design, and investigation skills. This course includes client-based team design projects in partnership with local community groups. He received the Queen's Engineering Society's Golden Pillar award, given  "to faculty [or] staff members who have made an outstanding contribution to the quality of students' education." In 2011 he received the Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Teaching Award.   Most of the projects are service learning projects developed in collaboration with local community groups used as the primary vehicle for problem solving and professional skill development.



Professor James Trevelyan (UWA) 

Emeritus Professor James Trevelyan is a practicing professional engineer, engineering educator and researcher with 45 years of experience and has recently become a start-up entrepreneur.  In 2002, he was elected a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

He is best known internationally for pioneering research that resulted in sheep shearing robots from 1975 till 1993.  He and his students produced the first industrial robot that could be remotely operated via the internet in 1994.

From 1996 till 2002 he researched landmine clearance methods and since 2002 he has researched engineering practice and recently published significant new findings in his book "The Making of an Expert Engineer" challenging many conventional assumptions among engineers and educators.  Using his research, James helped define the current professional competency standards used by Engineers Australia.


Professor Trevelyan's web pages are at:





The following is the program at a glance.