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Dr Michael Milligan (ABET, Gold Sponsor)
Conference Speaker

Michael K. J. Milligan is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of ABET, the global accreditor of over 4,000 college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.

Prior to joining ABET in 2009, Milligan was a systems director at the Aerospace Corporation, leading a team at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center developing the next generation environmental satellites for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Milligan served over 24 years as a career U.S. Air Force officer working in operations, education, international research & development, and technology acquisition. During his USAF career, he served as an associate professor and deputy department head in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.

Milligan earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, his M.S.E. from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and his B.S. from Michigan State University — all in electrical engineering. He also earned an M.B.A. in Business Administration from Western New England College, is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Colorado and Maryland, and a Certified Association Executive (CAE).

Milligan is also a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, IEEE Eta Kappa Nu Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society, and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Topic – Changes to Programmatic Accreditation Globally and the Impact on Sustainability

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Ms María Gavilán
Conference Speaker
MBA & MSc | Product and Business Development | Physics and Aerospace Engineering

Maria is a scientist and engineer with over 10 years of experience supporting and leading projects that use numerical simulations to solve complex engineering problems. As a recent MBA graduate and with technical expertise, wants to help drive business strategies for ground-breaking initiatives in problems related to autonomous technology and climate change. Outside work, she uses her skills, creative thinking and leadership to support initiatives designed to increase participation of underrepresented groups in Science and Engineering.

Technical executive experience in:

* Applied R&D, product development, and rapid prototyping
* Aerodynamics, Aeroacoustics, Thermal Management, Control Systems and Systems Engineering
* Aerospace autonomy
* Applications of Machine Learning and Deep Learning in Engineering

Topic – Preparing Engineers for the Growing AI Workforce

Abstract: Artificial intelligence (AI) is driving a massive change in the way engineers, scientists, and programmers develop and improve products and services. All engineering fields today use AI in one form or another, and many of today’s industrial challenges call for engineers prepared to incorporate AI into their workflows. Find out how MathWorks tools empower engineers, including those with minimal AI experience, to develop better systems that use AI workflows. Additionally, we will discuss how to accelerate the incorporation of AI in engineering courses. You will walk away from this session with a better understanding of how a constant dialog between industry and academia can prepare engineers for the AI megatrend.

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Dr Ruth Graham
Conference Speaker
Higher education consultant

A Mechanical Engineer by training, Dr Ruth Graham specialised in aeronautical fatigue, working with BAE SYSTEMS for a number of years. In 2002 she moved to Imperial College London and later became Director of the EnVision project, which sought to transform the undergraduate education across all nine departments in the Faculty of Engineering related to autonomous technology and climate change. Outside work, she uses her skills, creative thinking and leadership to support initiatives designed to increase participation of underrepresented groups in Science and Engineering.

Ruth has worked as an independent consultant since 2008.  Her work is focused on fostering change in higher education across the world, helping to improve teaching and learning worldwide.  Ruth’s recent projects have included:

  • a global initiative to improve the reward and recognition of teaching in higher education that is now supporting reform to academic career pathways at over 50 universities worldwide (www.advancingteaching.com)
  • a global study on the lessons learnt from the current period of ‘emergency teaching’ resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and how this might impact the trajectory of engineering education in the future (www.ceeda.org)
  • a cross-institutional and multi-year survey to capture and track the culture and status of teaching amongst faculty, in which 21 universities from 10 countries are participating (www.teachingcultures.com).

Topic – The Future of Engineering Education: Building on from the lessons of emergency online teaching

 

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Dr. Yacob Astatke Conference Speaker

Assistant VP for International Affairs
Morgan State University

 

Dr. Yacob Astatke currently serves as the Assistant Vice President (AVP) for International Affairs at Morgan State University (MSU), a position he has held since July 2017. As the AVP he has played a key role in the implementation of “Morgan’s Global Campus” initiative, with the launch of new initiatives in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia, and Turkey. In addition, DIA played a crucial role in the signing of a major partnership with the Tertiary Education Fund (TETFund) of Nigeria which has brought more than 100 Ph.D. students and post-doctoral scholars since September 2020. As such, the DIA is actively seeking to grow Morgan’s relationships and partnerships with universities and public/private organizations around the world in line with our strategic plan of “Growing the Future, and Leading the World.”

Prior to becoming the AVP for International Affairs, Dr. Astatke was a full-time faculty member in the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. School of Engineering for over 23 years, where he rose to the position of Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education. For over a decade now, Dr. Astatke has facilitated the donation of hundreds of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) portable laboratory instrumentation boards and has conducted capacity-building training workshops for more than 25 universities in Ethiopia and other countries in Africa and Asia in collaboration with the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC), the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES), and the African Engineering Education Association (AEEA) . This work has improved the education of thousands of ECE students in Ethiopia and the rest of Africa. Dr. Astatke is the recipient of several national and international awards, including: the 2013 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) “National Outstanding Teaching Award,” the “2016 Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC)-Airbus Diversity Award,” and the “2016 Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) for College Level Promotion of Education.

 

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