Special Sessions

Special sessions listed below are pre-organized by the session organizers. The content and format are entirely the responsibility of the special session organizers and participants may attend the sessions they are interested in. More details including speakers, date, and time will be announced.
[SS01] Cyber Security for Smart Society
Name Mr. Joe Sifer
Position Executive Vice President
Department Engineering and Science Lead
Organization Booz Allen Hamilton
Country USA
Joe Sifer is a Booz Allen Hamilton Executive Vice President with 30 years of experience in engineering and technology solutions that meet the mission and business needs of the U.S. Government and global commercial clients. He currently leads the firm’s engineering and science business, which is one of the firm’s top growth platforms. Most recently as a Senior Vice President he served as the overall account lead and general manager for the firm’s Army business, after leading its C4ISR and technology portfolios. Prior to his Army roles, Mr. Sifer was a Vice President based in London where he led the firm’s telecommunications technology business in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and shared in its leadership across Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.
Mr. Sifer has an M.S. from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. with highest honors from the University of Notre Dame, both in electrical engineering. Mr. Sifer also attended The George Washington University on a full fellowship, where he received an M.A. in science, technology, and public policy. He was awarded the 2010 Career Achievement Award as Outstanding Networking Professional from the Network Professionals Association. Mr. Sifer is currently Chairman of the Board for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.
Name Ms. Angie Messer
Position Executive Vice President
Department Cyber Futures Lead
Organization Booz Allen Hamilton
Country USA
Based in the Washington-Baltimore area, Angie Messer leads the Firm’s Cyber Futures business as the Innovation Service Officer (ISO) as well as the Cyber Functional Service Officer (FSO) in Booz Allen’s Strategic Innovation Group (SIG). As the Cyber Futures ISO, she leads teams of cyber malware, incident response, and cyber forensics experts, engineers, data scientists, SIGINT/TECHINT, and threat intelligence experts as well as digital, dev ops, secure cloud, and SDN technology professionals, delivering on engagements across commercial, government, and international clients driving next generation cyber innovations and solutions.
After leading the firm’s innovations in its Predictive Intelligence Business, which included delivering a suite of cyber capabilities and products to clients, Ms. Messer’s role as a Cyber Functional Officer is to drive talent management against key Cyber opportunities, place quality staff, and deliver Cyber opportunities and capabilities/intellectual capital to meet market demand globally.
A former US Army officer, Ms. Messer has also worked as an account executive for a commercial organization in Australia. She later managed two major commercial businesses and launched a startup software development company. Ms. Messer is a West Point Military Academy graduate who earned a B.S. degree in engineering management and holds an M.S. degree in management from the Florida Institute of Technology.
[SS02] Advanced Manufacturing -Challenges and Opportunities for Engineering Education
Name Prof. Sudarsanam Suresh Babu
Position UT/ORNL Governor’s Chair of Advanced Manufacturing
Department Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering
Organization The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Country USA
Dr. Babu obtained his PhD in materials science and metallurgy from University of Cambridge, UK in 1992. He also worked as a research associate in the Institute for Materials Research, Sendai, Japan before joining ORNL in 1993. From 1993 to 2005, he held joint researcher position with ORNL, University of Tennessee and The Penn State University. From 2005 to 2007, Suresh held a senior level technology leader position in the area of engineering and materials at Edison Welding Institute, Columbus, Ohio. From 2007 to 2013, Suresh served as Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of NSF I/UCRCCenter for Materials Joining Science for Energy Applications, at The Ohio State University. In 2013, Suresh was appointed as UT/ORNL Governor’s chair of advanced manufacturing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. In this role he acts as a bridge to the ORNL’s manufacturing demonstration facility and UTK.
[SS03] GEDC - Top Tips Session
[SS04] Resilience and Sustainability - Smart Communities, Big Questions
Name Dr. Vilas Mujumdar
Position Consulting Engineer
Department Consulting Engineer
Organization Self Employed
Country USA
Vilas Mujumdaris an independent consulting engineer since 2009. Previously he was CEO, President, and Partner in many large engineering firms and at highest-level in the public sector; Chief of Operations, Division of State Architect,State of California;Director, Engineering Research Centers Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF).His professional experience includesDesign, Project Management, Teaching, and Research Management in Asia, Europe, Canada and the US.
He is a recipient of many awards and recognitions nationally and internationally. Won many international awards for Building Projects in the private industry, many projects published as feature articles in Engineering News Record.
Vilascurrently serves on ASCE boardof Direction and has served on the Board of Direction of many other Professional Societies He is recognized internationally for his leadership and contribution to integrated trans-disciplinary work in reducing natural hazard risks, and is proactively involved in addressing resilience and sustainability issues facing the global society. He was Chief Engineering Editor for Natural Hazards Review (2009-2015), an ASCEmultihazard, multidisciplinary journal.
Dr. Mujumdar has authored two books,guidelines, numerous reports and manuals and over 75 technical papers and has given over 30 keynote lectures at international conferences.
He is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry.
[SS05] Global Grand Challenges Scholars Programs
Name Dr. Christina White
Position Global Chair
Department Consulting Engineer
Organization National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP)
Country USA
Christina White completed her doctoral degree from Columbia University where she studied humanitarian engineering education. Dr. White is currently a postdoctoral research associate with the Singapore MIT Alliance for Technology and Research where she is exploring global competencies and 21st century skills in engineering education. Dr. White is the Global Chair for the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) and is the IFEES representative for the GCSP. She works with universities around the world to design their own Grand Challenges Scholars Programs. Much of her interests are in developing humanitarian, design-based curriculum and entrepreneurial opportunities with Grand Challenges. Dr. White serves as a mentor in an incubator for student-based startup companies and hopes to continue to help universities encourage engineering as an engine for economic growth.
[SS06] How to Develop Higher Order Thinking Skill
[SS07] Engineering Pedagogical Education to Ensure the Quality of Engineering Education
     at Higher Education Institutions
[SS08] Engineering Ethics Education in a Globalized World
[SS09] Engineering Education in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries (GCC),
     The present & the Future
[SS10] Challenges, Barriers and Drivers for Partnerships Between Higher Education and Industry
[SS11] Gendered Innovations in Engineering Education
[SS12] Student Voice and Action in Engineering Education
[SS13] Engineering meets Appropriate Technology
[SS14] Non-traditional Laboratories in Engineering Education
[SS15] Role of IFEES and GEDC in Catalyzing Transformations in Engineering Education in India
[SS16] Inclusive Engagement – Engineering for All
[SS17] Human-Centered Convergence Education
[SS18] Study/Research/Work opportunities for graduate students in Engineering Education
[SS19] Preparing Global Engineers for the Next Century
[SS20] 3D Printing and Education
[SS21_1] Corporate Partnership with University
[SS21_2] Corporate Partnership with University
[SS22] Presidents Round Table
[SS23] Building Inclusive Learning and Working Environments for LGBTQ Engineers
[SS24] Korea-Kazakhstan-Germany Engineering Education
[SS25] 2016 Global University Industry Cooperation Forum
[SS26] Publishing Successfully in the IEEE Transactions on Education
[SS27] AEESEAP Workshop