IEEE-ICIT2019 Melbourne, Australia
2019 IES Women in Engineering Forum Speakers



Regina Roos
Vice President and Segment Leader East Asia Pacific and Japan for the Mineral, Mining and Metals business, Schneider Electric, Singapore

Regina Roos joined Schneider Electric as Vice President and Segment Leader East Asia Pacific and Japan for the Mineral, Mining and Metals business in July 2018. Her focus lies on transformation of customers to sustainable business partners by account management models. Her present role has a strong focus on Digitalization and making the change happening by working with people, processes and tools.  She excels the Design Thinking Workshops. She challenges continuous innovation with customers and within her organization.

In her last assignment for ABB, she was responsible for the development of brownfield and greenfield automation business in Thermal, Hydro and Nuclear Power Plants worldwide within the Business Unit Industry Automation - Power Generation. Further, she was leading the development and implementation of a Global Nuclear Business Strategy with focus on Upgrade projects.

She has spent her entire career in International Assignments after graduation as a Diploma Engineer, High Voltage, at the Duale Hochschule in Mannheim, Germany. She enhanced her expertise with completing an MBA at the Business School INSEAD in France and Singapore. In 2014, she qualified at INSEAD with the Inboard Program for Board-Positions in Midsize companies.



Dr. Collette Bourke
Victorian Chief Engineer, Australia

Dr. Collette Bourke is the inaugural Victorian Chief Engineer, with more than 25 years of engineering and construction industry experience in roles such as Site Engineer, Executive Manager and Managing Director. Having completed a PhD in risk management and value for money on major infrastructure projects, she is also an internationally acknowledged researcher.

In addition to her role as the Victorian Chief Engineer, she acts as the Managing Director of Exner Group and Karsta in the Middle East and has been appointed as a Director for VicTrack. Formerly, Dr Burke was the National Director of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).

Dr Burke has a drive for greater operational outcomes, a focus on strategic and forward planning, people development, effective delivery and commercial strategy.



Dr. Zhenwei Cao
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Dr. Zhenwei Cao received the B.S. and M.E. degrees from the Southeast University, China, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Newcastle, Australia. After working in several universities as Research Engineer, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, Zhenwei is currently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia.

Her current research interests are in system modelling, signal processing, intelligent control, robotics, biomedical systems, electric vehicles and factory automation. In these areas, Zhenwei has published over 100 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. She has served as a reviewer of international journals such as IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transport Systems, IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, etc.

She has also been invited to serve as organizing committee members, secession chairs and track chairs for many international conferences. Zhenwei is a Fellow of Engineers Australia.



Fatemeh Javidan
Federation University, Australia

Fatemeh Javidan is a lecturer in Structural Engineering at Federation University, Australia. Prior to that, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Civil Engineering and the ARC Nanocomm Hub, Monash University. Fatemeh completed her PhD of Structural Engineering at Monash University in 2017. She studied Bachelor of Civil Engineering graduating in 2008 followed by Master of Structural Engineering graduating in 2012. Her research interests include advanced high strength steel materials in structural engineering, nonlinear plastic modelling of structural materials, cyclic and monotonic multidirectional testing of large scale structural components, fabrication methods and welding effects on steel structures and finite Element analysis of steel and composite structures.

She is the author of several peer reviewed journal and conference papers, and an award-winning speaker at Science Communication platforms such as FameLab and the Three Minute Thesis competition. Throughout her research career, she has conducted projects in collaboration with industrial partners including MaxiTRANS, SSAB steel manufacturing company and BAO Engineering.



Maria Mitrevska
Machine Learning and Deep Learning Domain Lead, AI and Automation Engineering, Accenture Australia

Maria Mitrevska received the B.E. and B.S. degrees in robotics and mechatronics engineering, and computer science and software engineering from Swinburne University of Technology, in 2013, and the PhD degree in electrical engineering at Swinburne University of Technology in 2018.

She is currently a Technology Architecture Delivery Manager at Accenture and she is leading the Machine Learning and Deep Learning Domain at Accenture Australia. Her current interests include artificial intelligence and machine learning, learning control, robust control, sliding mode control, robotics, and mechatronics.



Meg Merrylees
Federation University, Australia

Meg Merrylees is evaluating gender equity and diversity in higher education and STEM at Federation University through the SAGE Athena SWAN accreditation program. The program aims to identify barriers to the careers of academic women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine.



Taiwo Oseni
Federation University, Australia

Taiwo Oseni is an early career Information Systems lecturer at Federation University’s School of Science, Engineering, and Information Technology.  She received her PhD degree in Information Systems from the Caulfield school of Information Systems at Monash University in 2016. Before starting her PhD, Taiwo served as a project facilitator at the Warwick Manufacturing Group at Warwick University in the United Kingdom, after receiving the Queen’s Anniversary award for completing a Master’s degree with distinction in Engineering Business Management.  She holds a Bachelor’s of science degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. Dr Oseni is certified as an SAP Business Associate and a Prince2 Practitioner, and is affiliated with the Internet Commerce Security Laboratory (ICSL). She has authored articles in highly ranked Information Systems journals and conferences, and her current research interests lie in Enterprise Systems and Cybersecurity.

Taiwo enjoys the opportunities to be a role model and actively facilitates Federation University’s SEITWRG, a research group for encouraging research and outreach amongst women. She acts as a mentor for high school students and recently participated in inspiring over 1200 young girls in Air4Life, a new initiative by the Australian Government’s Defense Science and Technology Group to inspire young people, especially girls, to engage with STEM throughout their education and into the future as part of their everyday lives.



Ben Turner
Major Infrastructure and Mining, BD Turner, Australia

Ben Turner is a professional with a diverse working experience.  He began working for ABB in Switzerland in the manufacturing facility at Turgi.  He has worked in regional Australia for the global mining company of Glencore MIM, BHP Coal and Iron Ore.  He has worked in construction on major infrastructure projects. He has worked in China with the Rockwell Automation manufacturing facility in Shanghai

This work experience provided a good foundation of gender and cultural diversity.  The work experiences of Switzerland taught the values of quality and integrity.  The facility of China taught the lessons of active listening.  Regional Australia taught the lessons of working in a team.  Working and studying in Australia exposed him to talented women engineers.  Supporting Engineers Australia highlighted the importance of standards.

He is an accredited Chartered Professional Engineer (MIEAust CPEng) and Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ).


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