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 (Immediate Past- President)

Scott Daniel

Steven Goh (Treasurer)

Ang Liu

Ashlee Pearson (Secretary)

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 Immediate Past-President)
  • Executive Operations (Treasurer, Secretary, EA Executive Officer)
  • Communications and Engagement
  • Education and Excellence
  • Conference and Publications


Communications and Engagement

The Communication and Engagement portfolio oversees the internal and external communication and engagement of the association with its members, AAEE Champions, EA community, academic community and the community at large. It is responsible for developing and implementing a communications plan and protocols. Communication channels include online newsletters, AAEE website, Facebook, EA Magazine, EA online news and when opportunities arises, wider external media sources. The portfolio also oversees the archiving of past communication material. This also currently includes AAEE Networking Events.

Education and Excellence

The Excellence and Education 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, direction setting and coordination of professional development and recognition programs. This also includes the AAEE Academy of Early Career Engineering Educators.

Conference and Publications

The Conference and Publications portfolio oversees all aspects of AAEE conferences, as well as the publications of the association (AJEE and Conference Proceedings). The conference activities include support of the current conference, awarding of future conferences and overseeing quality processes. The conference coordinator oversees the conference operations in the portfolio, serves as a liaison and mentor to the current year’s organising committee, and facilitator of the bidding process for future conferences. The publication activities include overseeing the major publications of the association to ensure they are aligned with the rest of the organisation’s activities and direction, and are quality outputs of AAEE. The Publication coordinator oversees these activities, and works closely with the AJEE editor.