INNOVATIONS 2004: World Innovations in Engineering Education and Research







In addition to being Secretary-General of iNEER, Win Aung is affiliated with the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) where he holds the position of Senior Staff Associate – Engineering Education. Prior to joining NSF, he carried out research at Bell Telephone Laboratories in Whippany, NJ. A member of the U.S. Senior Executive Service and the recipient of the first NSF Federal Engineer of the Year Award, he is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He has written extensively on research and education and is a frequent speaker on campuses around the world and at international conferences. He has over 120 technical publications, and has edited or co-edited 9 books. In 1999, he received the ASME Classic Paper Award, and the Doctorem Honoris Causa (honorary doctorate degree) from VSB – Technical University of Ostrava (VSB), Czech Republic. He is the founder of the International Conference on Engineering Education series and is a co-founder of the International Network for Engineering Education and Research (iNEER). He is a member of the Scientific Board of VSB. He is a member of the ASME Board on Education, and was an editor of the Transactions of ASME, Journal of Heat Transfer.



Robert Altenkirch is President of New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey, USA. Prior to that he was Vice President for Research at Mississippi State University (MSU), and served as Dean of College of Engineering and Architecture at Washington State University, and Dean of Engineering at MSU. A mechanical engineer, Altenkirch received the Ph.D. from Purdue, and has hundreds of publications and presentations to his credit. Altenkirch is a fellow of ASME, a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, ASEE and the iNEER Board.



Professor Tomas Cermak was elected as Rector of VSB – Technical University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic in elections held in November, 2002. He assumed the position on February 1, 2003 succeeding Vaclav Roubicek. Cermak first came to VSB in 1964 as a senior assistant, rising to become Head of the Department of Electrical Machines and Drives at VSB in 1985. In 1990 he became Rector, which position he held until 1997. In 1997, he was appointed to be Vice Rector for R&D and Foreign Affairs. His service record includes membership of the Scientific Board of VSB and of the State Committee for Scientific Degrees. He chairs the Engineering Division of the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic. He was past member of the Scientific Board of the Technical University of Kosice, Slovak Republic; the Czech Engineering Academy; Vice President of Czech Universities Council; and General Assembly of Czech Academy of Science. An early believer of the value of international cooperation in engineering education and research, he was actively involved with the organization of ICEE since ICEE-1997. He is the current Chair of the iNEER Board, and is a member of the ICEE and iCEER International Steering Committees. He is Chairman of the Board of Vesuvius (formerly Hinckley) Slavia Group. He is also Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of OZOBEL and Vitkovice Steel Company, respectively. He teaches courses in control of electrical drives and machines; power energy systems, among others. He has written 9 textbooks, and published 50 papers I journals and conference proceedings, with another 35 research papers based on industrial collaboration. He holds 4 patents.         



Robin King is Pro Vice Chancellor, Division of Information Technology, Engineering & the Environment at the University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes, Australia. He received his Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from Imperial College, University of London in 1972. He was a research engineer with the British Broadcasting Corporation from 1971 – 1974, and has held several academic positions in Papua New Guinea, UK and Australia. As an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney from 1989 – 1996 he led the speech technology research group, and was Associate Dean (undergraduate). He has more than 80 publications, and has been involved with a number of progressive engineering education initiatives, and with the Australasian Association for Engineering Education. In his current position he is responsible for the management and strategic development of a wide range of academic and research programs that span information technology and engineering, the built and natural environment and mathematics. He is a member of the Australian Council of Engineering Deans, and continues to be involved with accreditation of Australian engineering degrees through his work with the Institution of Engineers, Australia.



Luis Manuel Sánchez Ruiz has been affiliated with Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV), Spain since 1980 and has been Professor of Mathematics since 2000. He graduated and received his Ph.D. from Universidad de Valencia in 1980 and 1988, respectively, and was a Visiting Professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA on several occassions during 1992-99. His current research interests include functional analysis from both theoretical and applied points of view. He has published over 80 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings and more than 10 textbooks on mathematics for engineers, and is co-author of the research monograph Metrizable Barrelled Spaces published by Longman. The former Academic Co-ordinator of Mediterranean University of Science and Technology, he is responsible for several research projects granted by the Spanish Ministry of Education. He is currently a reviewer for several international journals, publishing companies and research projects, as well as a member of the Editorial Board of Scientiae Mathematicae Japonicae and of the on-line Scientiae Mathematicae. He is a member of the International Steering Committee of International Conference on Engineering Education and is General Chair of ICEE-2003: Valencia.