The Executive

2015 President's Message

Hello to all our members.  It is with great excitement that I write this first greeting to you all as President of AAEE.  

I am honoured and humbled to be in the position of President of this Association.  As I said in my incoming address at the conference in December, AAEE has been my home for over two decades now.  I first came into contact with AAEE through their conference in Brisbane in 1992.  That conference inspired me so much, that Engineering Education has been the focus of my academic work, both teaching and research ever since.

For those of you who do not know me yet, I have been very active in AAEE since I first joined.  I was the technical chair of the 1998 AAEE conference in Gladstone, and the Chair of the 2008 conference in Yeppoon.  I have served on the executive since late 2007.

Speaking of the executive, we have an enthusiastic new executive for 2015.  We have 2 new members – Mark Symes from Tasmania and Trudy Harris from New Zealand.  Read about the rest of the executive later in the newsletter.

At the end of 2014, the executive decided to trial the role of President as a two year term instead of one year.  This was announced at the AGM.  The feedback from members I have spoken to since is very positive about this change.  It is hoped that the longer term will allow the President to develop and use relationships with other bodies, and to be able to implement projects that they have started.

My goals for this year, include developing deeper relationships with our critical partner groups of Engineers Australia, IPENZ and ACED.  As a start we now have a representative from IPENZ on our executive as well as a representative from EA.  For those who were not aware, AAEE is a technical society of Engineers Australia.  

A further goal is to involve the membership more deeply with the association.  This will be made possible by the restructure of the way the executive works, that occurred during 2014.  The executive is now focused around portfolios which will run projects.  The aim is to encourage members to become involved in the projects as they arise.

I look forward to working with you all through 2015 and 2016.

Best regards,

 Dr Prue Howard


Australasian Association for Engineering Education


The 2015 Executive Committee

The Executive guides the direction of AAEE and undertakes the day-to-day operations of the Association. The Executive consists of 12 members - 9 elected by the membership, one nominated by the Australian Council +of Engineering Deans and one nominated by Engineers Australia and the Chair of the next Conference Organising Committee. Office bearers are elected from within the Executive.

The executive is elected by a vote of members at the annual general meeting. This meeting is usually held at the annual conference.

The Board has a number of portfolios which members serve on, such as:

Leadership (President, vice-president, and past-president)

  • AJEE Journal
  • Finance
  • Conference  
  • Excellence and Education
  • Communication
  • AJEE Coordinator

The AJEE coordinator will be the link between the Executive of AAEE and the Editorial Board and the Editor of the AJEE.  The Editor will report 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 will 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.


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.




AAEE Executive for 2016


Dr Prue Howard - President

Associate Professor Colin Kestell - Immediate Past President

Dr Thomas  Goldfinch - Deputy and Vice President

Dr Llewellyn Mann - Treasurer & Secretary

Dr Steven Goh - Communication & Engagement

Prof Charles Lemckert - Excellence & Education

Mark  Symes - Communication & Engagement, Conferences & Publications

Lynette Johns-Boast  - Conferences and Publications

Dr Trudy Harris - Excellence & Education, Communication & Engagement

Dr. Anne Gardner - Winter School(co-opted)

Professor Scott Smith - ACED Representative and 2016 Conference Convener

Professor Les Dawes - Editor AJEE 

Dr Lincoln  Wood  - Engineers Australia Accreditation Representative

Learned Society Advisor  - Engineers Australia

Brett Williams - IPENZ Representative