Cultivating Global Leaders through World-Class University Collaborations


Invited Speakers and Lectures


Er Meng Hwa

Meng Hwa Er

Vice-President (International Affairs) and Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

"Global Education and Mobility Programmes at NTU"

Professor Er Meng Hwa currently holds the positions of Vice-President (International Affairs) and Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
He joined the Nanyang Technological Institute, the predecessor of NTU, in 1985 as a lecturer and has risen to hold several key management and leadership positions at the University. He was founding Director of the Centre for Signal Processing from 1995 to 1997, Dean of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering from 1996 to 2005, Dean of College of Engineering from 2001 to 2004, Deputy President 2 from 1998 to 2006, Acting Provost from 2006 to 2007, Associate Provost and Acting Dean (Graduate Studies) from 2007 to 2008 and Senior Associate Provost from 2008 to 2011.
His research interests include array signal processing, satellite communications, computer vision and optimization techniques. He has secured and completed a total of 24 research projects with a cumulative grant of about $21 million. He has published over 250 papers in international journals and conference proceedings and holds five patents.

Gao Hong

Hong Gao

Associate Dean of Graduate School and Professor of Physics, Tsinghua University

"Preparing Future Scholars and Professionals with Global Competence"

Dr. Hong Gao is Associate Dean of Graduate School and Professor of Physics at Tsinghua University. She was awarded a B.S. in physics at Tsinghua University and a Ph.D. in physics at Louisiana State University. She did research work at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, University of Colorado and at la Laboratoire Aime Cotton du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Universite Paris-Sud. She was a faculty member in Physics Department at Tsinghua from 1993 to 1999, teaching and doing research on molecular physics. Joining the graduate school in 1999, she has been devoting most of her time overseeing graduate programs and international joint programs while enjoying teaching quantum physics courses to undergraduate students. Currently she serves as vice secretary general of Chinese Society of Academic Degrees and Graduate Education.

Yong-Taek Im

Yong-Taek Im

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology POSCO Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

"The Lesson from the TKT Consortium of the Campus Asia Program"

Yong-Taek Im received B.S. in Mechanics and Design and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Seoul National University, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985. After one year of Post-doctoral experience at Berkeley, he began teaching and research at the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department of the Ohio State University until 1990. After that, he joined the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), where he served as Associate Dean of University Planning and Coordination in 1991 and established the Office of International Relations in 1993. From 2007 to 2011, he served as Dean of External Affairs and Associate Vice President of the Office of Special Projects and Institutional Relations. He served as Chairman of the Asian Science and Technology Pioneering of Research and Education League in 2011, Director of the Mechanical Engineering Division of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Evaluation and Planning, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology of the Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers (KSME).
He has published 200 domestic and international refereed papers and registered 15 patents. Currently, he is a professor of ME at KAIST and Vice President of KSME.


Neil Mickleborough

Neil Mickleborough

Director, Center for Engineering Education Innovation
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

"HKUST Educational Developments"

Professor Mickleborough was educated at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, and the University of Tasmania, Australia, where he received his PhD in Structural Engineering in 1979. As a Chartered Structural Engineer he worked as a bridge design engineer in Australia and South-East Asia before joining the University of New South Wales as a faculty member from 1983-1992. He joined the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology as a founding faculty in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering and also held the positions of Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor, Associate Dean of Engineering and Director of various Institutes within HKUST.
Neil is currently Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Centre for Engineering Education Innovation (E2I) at HKUST. The role of the E2I includes the research and practice of engineering education as well as the development of educational pedagogy at both the undergraduate and post-graduate level.
During the period 2005-2009 Neil was Dean of Engineering at the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates and also held the position of Head of Instruction - Provost. He was Project Manager/Principal Consultant for Boartes Consulting - United Arab Emirates, as an educational consultant to government.
His research interests relate to tall building design, bridge design and analysis, and prestressed concrete.

Shinnosuke Obi

Shinnosuke Obi

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chair, Committee for International Affairs at Faculty of Science andTechnology, Keio University

"Double Degree Strategy at Keio University Graduate School of Science and Technology"

Professor Obi is Chairman of the Committee for International affairs at Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, Japan. Prior to his current appointment he was Director of the International Center of Keio University from 2005-2009 where he was deeply involved in operating various international programs offered to the students of Keio University and its partner institutions in the world.
He serves as a member of various committees at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, related to scholarship programs for international students, joint- and double-degree programs at Japanese higher education, and human resource development.
Professor Obi's research focuses on fluid mechanics, turbulence modeling, computational mechanics, heat transfer, and flow measurement technique. He has published numerous articles and reviews in academic journals, edited books and refereed proceedings in Japanese and English, and has delivered over 200 presentations at Japanese conferences and meetings.

Director, Institute for Innovation in International Engineering Education at the School of Engineering,The University of Tokyo

"Global Initiatives in Engineering Education 〜The University of Tokyo〜"

Professor Naoto Sekimura is the Director of the Institute for Innovation in International Engineering Education (IIIEE) at the School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo. He is also acting as a chairperson for Educational Program Committee in the School of Engineering.
He is a professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Management, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo. Professor Sekimura's primary research interest is safety engineering and maintenance engineering for nuclear power plants, ageing management of light water reactors, radiation effects in nuclear materials and nuclear fuels, and codes and standards for complex engineering systems. He has been participating the Deans Forum for Engineering, which is an alliance with several leading universities in United States and European countries founded by The University of Tokyo in 2011.
He is an associate member of the Science Council of Japan. He was invited to give a lecture on the overview of the accident in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in May, 2011. He has been leading a national research project on Ageing Management of Systems and Components for Safe Operation of Power Plants for the last 7 years. He is also actively involved in the Research Strategy Roadmap Group for ageing management, fuel engineering and seismic safety research for nuclear application.
Professor Sekimura served as a Chairperson in OECD SCAP project on knowledge management of ageing degradation of materials and components in nuclear systems in 2006-2010. He has been also acting as a member of IAEA technical working group since 2009 and acting as a co-chairperson of the IAEA iGALL project.



Carmen Leicht-Scholten

Carmen Leicht-Scholten

Dean of Study Affairs of the faculty of civil engineering, RWTH Aachen

"Going Global - Engineering Education for Tomorrow"

Carmen Leicht-Scholten is professor for "Gender and Diversity in Engineering" at the faculty of civil engineering at RWTH
Aachen University. Since 2012, Prof. Leicht-Scholten is Dean of Study Affairs of the faculty of civil engineering of RWTH Aachen University. She is member of numerous national and international advisory boards. She is currently appointed as member of the strategy council "Diversity" of the Austrian Ministry for Science and Research as well as a member of the EU "Women in Science and Technology Group (WIST)".
From July 2010 until October 2011 Prof. Leicht-Scholten held a visiting professorship in "Gender and Diversity Management in Engineering" at the institute of software engineering and theoretical computer science at Technical University Berlin. From November 2007 until June 2010 she was the scientific director and head of the scientific unit "Integration Team, Human Resources, Gender and Diversity Management" (IGaD) at RWTH Aachen University. Before that she has been responsible for the conception of the gender and diversity strategy of RWTH Aachen. From 2003 until 2007 she held a postdoc position at the Institute of Sociology at RWTH Aachen. After her studies of political sciences, sociology and romance studies in Heidelberg, Aachen and Sevilla,she obtained a doctoral degree at Hamburg University at the chair for political sciences and the theme of constitutional law and gender equality.
In her research as well as in teaching and consulting she is including gender and diversity perspectives on different levels in organisations as well as research- and development processes in natural sciences and engineering. Her research focuses are science and gender, gender and diversity in scientific and technical research, gender and diversity in organisations as well as gender and diversity in engineering.

Peter Wieringa

Peter Wieringa

Vice-Rector , Delft University of Technology

 Peter Wieringa obtained his MSc and his PhD degree at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) (Netherlands) in 1980 and 1985 respectively, both with honours. His PhD-thesis dealt with an "investigation into blood and oxygen distribution in a capillary network model of the heart muscle". The research was done in collaboration with the University of Leiden (Netherlands). From 1987 to 1991 he was a fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and in 1988 he received an International Fogarty Fellowship (NIH/USA). From 1988 till 1990 he was trained in experimental physiology of micro-vascular research at the University of Virginia, VA, USA. He continued this research at TU Delft and the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands). In 1991 he switched his research field and became associate professor at TU Delft in Man-Machine Systems. He studied human supervisory behaviour and human reliability of complex systems, including medical systems. In December 2000 he became full professor and head of the Department of Medical Technology and Mechanics of the Faculty of Design & Engineering (TU Delft). From 2006 until 2011 he was Director of Studies and Vice Dean of the same faculty then named: faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering, leading Undergraduate programmes in Mechanical and in Maritime Engineering, and MSc studies in Mechanical, Maritime, Offshore, Materials, Systems & Control, and Medical Engineering. In 2011 he became Vice-Rector of TU Delft and Academic Dean of the Honours Programme. In addition in 2012 he was appointed Head of the TU Delft Graduate School and Academic Dean of TopTech: a TU Delft subsidiary for postdoctoral education.
During his career he developed an interest for a wide variety of scientific topics, international collaboration and quality assurance in higher education, and for working with talented engineering students.


Joe Shepherd

Joe Shepherd

Dean of Graduate Studies Professor of Aeronautics and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

"Caltech: Educating Scientists and Engineers for the World"

Joe Shepherd is the C. L. "Kelly" Johnson Professor of Aeronautics and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA. Since 2009, he has also been the Dean of Graduate Studies. He has been on the faculty at Caltech since 1993 and served on the faculty of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 1986 to 1993. Prior to that, he was a staff member at Sandia National Laboratories from 1980 to 1986. He received his PhD in Applied Physics from Caltech in 1981, and his BS in Physics from the University of South Florida in 1976.
Shepherd teaches, mentors undergraduate and graduate students as well as post-doctoral scholars working in the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories and Mechanical Engineering programs at Caltech. Shepherd directs research activities in the Explosion Dynamics Laboratory and the T5 hypervelocity shock tunnel at Caltech. These laboratories specialize in experimental studies related to explosions and safety in industrial processes, transportation systems, and nuclear facilities as well as the physics of high-speed flight, shock waves, and re-entry into planetary atmospheres. As the Dean of Graduate Studies, he oversees the operation of the Graduate Studies Office which coordinates the operation of the degree programs and student services for the 1200 student graduate program at Caltech.
During his career, he has worked on a number of projects to investigate and improve the safety of nuclear power plants and waste storage or treatment facilities in the United States, Europe and Asia, including the recent incidents at Fukushima Dai-ichii. He has investigated aircraft accidents and carried out extensive research on aircraft fuel tank flammability, developing new methods of characterizing ignition sources. Researchers in the Explosion Dynamics Laboratory have made fundamental contributions to the study of detonation waves and response of piping systems to detonations and shock waves.


Masayoshi Tomizuka

Masayoshi Tomizuka

Cheryl and John Neerhout, Jr., Distinguished Professorship Chair, Associate Dean of Engineering, the University of California Berkeley

"The State of the College of Engineering and International Collaboration"

Masayoshi Tomizuka received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Keio University, Tokyo, Japan and his Ph. D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in February 1974. In 1974, he joined the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, where he currently holds the Cheryl and John Neerhout, Jr., Distinguished Professorship Chair and serves as Associate Dean of Engineering. He teaches courses in dynamic systems and controls. His current research interests are optimal and adaptive control, digital control, signal processing, motion control, and control problems related to robotics and rehabilitation, vehicles and mechatronic systems. He served as Program Director of the Dynamic Systems and Control Program of the National Science Foundation (2002-2004). He has supervised about 100 PhD students to completion. He has published over 600 articles in professional journals and conference proceedings.

Brian Woodall

Brian Woodall

Associate School Chair and Director of Graduate Programs in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology

"Georgia Tech's Student Mobility Programs"

Dr. Brian Woodall received his PhD in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He joined the faculty in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs in 1994. His research focus is comparative politics with an emphasis on Japan and East Asia, international relations, and political economy. Dr. Woodall has taught at the University of California at Irvine and at Harvard University. He is the author of Japan Under Construction: Corruption, Politics, and Public Works (University of California Press 1996) and Japan's Changing World Role (Asia Society 1993), and co-editor of Elections in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan Under the Single Non-Transferable Vote (University Michigan Press 1999). In addition, he has authored numerous articles, served as Chair of the Southern Japan Seminar, and serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals. He is also on the Board of Corporate Advisors to the Who's Who in Asian American Communities Foundation. His current research projects explore energy policy in Japan and East Asia, and democratic development in Japan.
Dr. Woodall has received research support from the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission, the Abe Fellowship Program of the Social Science Research Council, the University of California Pacific Rim Research Program, and the Japan Foundation. His teaching includes graduate and undergraduate courses in comparative politics, East Asia, Japanese politics and political economy, and U.S.-Japan relations.


MEXT Re-Inventing Japan Project

Tokyo Institute of Technology



Waseda University "Global Leadership Fellows Program"


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