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International Guest Speaker  

Dr. César A. Núñez-López

Research Chair on Engineering Education Research & Innovation
Director, Mechatronics Engineering Program
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) Campus Monterrey

Dr. Núñez-López is Director of the Mechatronics Engineering Program, and Research Chair on Engineering Education Research & Innovation at ITESM, in Mexico. He received his PhD from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in the UK and has been conducting research in materials engineering and in engineering education. A member of the Mexican National System of Researchers, he received the Innovation in Education Award, ITESM System in 1998. His current research in engineering education includes the development of a model for engineering education which maximizes learning while considering faculty and administration constrains, and the development of a “Virtual Manufacturing Plant” for engineering education using PBL as core didactic instructional technique.

Guest Speaker

Dr. W. A. M. Alwis

Director of Academic Affairs
Republic Polytechnic

Mervyn Alwis, PhD, PEng, is the Director of Academic Affairs of the Republic Polytechnic, Singapore. He is presently leading the development of a problem-based learning framework at this latest polytechnic in Singapore. Prior to taking up this assignment he was a member of academic staff of the Department of Civil Engineering of National University of Singapore and served as the Director of the Computer Based Learning Centre, Coordinator of the Talent Development Programme, and Sub-Dean for Innovation and Junior Outreach. His professional interests cover a wide range including education, computing and innovation. Dr Alwis has been a long standing member of the coordinating committee of the Science Research Programme for top junior college students and a member of the coordinating committee of the Singapore Science and Engineering Fair since its inception.