AAEE2017 Conference Program

Softcopy of Conference Handbook (Click here to download)

Full Proceedings of the conference (Click here to download)


Downloadable plenary talks:

"Why do we do engineering?" by James Trevelyan (click to download)

"Collaborative evidence-based program improvement in engineering" By Brian Frank (click to download)

"Integrative practice in the making of a 21st-century graduate" by Lindie Clark (click to download)


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 (Swinburne University of Technology)

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Keynote speakers include:

Lindie Clark (Academic and Programs director, PACE, Macquarie University) (click to download to the plenary presentation)

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) (click to download the plenary presentation)

Dr. Brian Frank is the inaugural Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Dr. Frank received his B.Sc. (1997), M.Sc. (1999) and Ph.D. (2002) degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston. Dr. Frank joined Queen’s in 2001 as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, progressing through the ranks to Full Professor in 2016.  From 2004-2006, Dr. Frank was an Educational Development Faculty Associate in the Instructional Development Centre, now called the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL).  In 2008, he was appointed Director (Program Development) in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, overseeing curriculum development, assessment and outcomes-related accreditation processes, and education technology. Dr. Frank was awarded the endowed DuPont Canada Chair in Engineering Education Research and Development in 2010. Dr. Frank is one of the co-founders of the Canadian Engineering Education Association and over the past five years has coordinated the Engineering Graduate Attribute Development (EGAD) Project, working with the National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science and the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board to develop national guidelines and resources for outcomes assessment in engineering education. 

Dr. Frank has been recognized with several awards, including a nomination from Queen’s University for the 3M National Teaching Fellowship in 2016, the Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Teaching Award in 2011, and the 2010 Engineering Society’s Golden Pillar award.




Professor James Trevelyan (UWA) (click to download the plenary presentation)

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.


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