Executive Committee

President’s Message

Welcome to all our current and future members across Australasia! It is with great pride that I take on the role of President from 2018-2020.

I joined AAEE in 2008 and began my career as an Engineering Educator, mostly due to the support and encouragement I have received from the AAEE community. After attending my first AAEE conference in 2009 I was hooked and the support and comradery showed to me by our members inspired me to complete a PhD in Engineering Education.

The members of the AAEE Executive committee have been actively working on advocacy, communications, our conference, and our journal. We should all be enormously proud of what we
have accomplished as an association, we are convivial, we are supportive, we are rigorous in our work, we share a passion for educating future engineers and our reputation has grown significantly

It is my goal as President to ensure that AAEE continues to be an important and constant contributor to the advancement of engineering education through our continued connection with aligned bodies
and societies, providing platforms for collaboration, increasing the visibility of our scholarly activities and the ongoing professional development of our members.

Again, it is an honour to be the President and I look forward to the possibilities the next two years will bring.

Dr Mark Symes
President, 2018-2020

The 2020 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 Engineering New Zealand. Office bearers are elected from within the Executive. The executive is elected by a vote of members online before the annual general meeting held during the AAEE annual conference each year.

Mark Symes (President)

Anne Gardner (Vice-President)

Tom Goldfinch (Treasurer, Secretary and Immediate Past-

Scott Daniel

Steven Goh

Ang Liu

Ashlee Pearson

Sasha Nikolic

Sara Moridpour


Bernadette Foley (Engineers Australia)

Brett Williams (Engineering New Zealand)

Sally Male (Australasian Journal of Engineering Education)

Mohammad Al-Rawi (New Zealand representative)

TBC (Australian Council of Engineering Deans)

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.

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