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SPEAKER PROFILES

 

DAY 1 - RMIT University

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Aleryk Fricker 

Lecturer, School of Education, RMIT University

Al is a proud Dja Dja Wurrung man and is currently a lecturer in the School of Education at RMIT University. He is a former Primary and Secondary school teacher, and his current research focus is on decolonising education in Australia. He has a passion for learning and teaching and improving outcomes for First Nations students in the Australian school system. He has a rudimentary understanding of Engineering and looks forward to learning from the deadly students participating in VIEWS.

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Jordan Carter

Ngarara Willim Indigenous Outreach Coordinator, RMIT University

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Kate Fox

Associate Professor (Biomedical Engineering) & Associate Dean HDR, RMIT University

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Matthew Currell

Associate Professor, Program Manager (Environmental Engineering), RMIT University

Matt teaches hydrology and geology to environmental and civil engineering students, and conducts applied research in hydrogeology, focussing on the impacts of human activities on groundwater flow and quality, and the relationships between people, water, culture, environment and health.

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Peter

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Shannon

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William Sullivan

STEM Engagement Coordinator, RMIT University

Will Sullivan works as the STEM Engagement Coordinator at RMIT University, providing workshops and STEM experiences for Victorian High Schools. He has a background in the chemistry of food having a completed a PhD that researched how different starches form crystals in breadmaking. In his spare time Will likes playing with new sourdough recipes and training for long distance runs.

 

DAY 2 - Swinburne University

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Joel

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Lydia Bissett

Indigenous Student Recruitment Officer, Swinburne University

Lydia is a proud trawlwulwuy woman from Tasmania. She has lived and worked on Wurundjeri land in Victoria for nine years. Lydia is the Indigenous Student Recruitment Officer in the Moondani Toombadool Centre at Swinburne. She has worked at Swinburne for the past four years and is also a student, studying a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences. 

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Max Jones

Civil Engineering Student, Swinburne University

G’day, I’m Max. I’m 22, and am currently in my final year of University, studying civil engineering at Swinburne. I have also just started working at Coleman Rail, and am working as a procurement engineer on the Level Crossing Removal Project along the Frankston Line. Outside of engineering, I play a lot of ultimate frisbee, and am a passionate Collingwood supporter.

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Melissa Eaves

Senior Lecturer, RMIT University

Dr Melissa (Mel) Neave is an environmental geographer with experience in natural resource management and a particular interest in water resources. She teaches in the undergraduate and postgraduate Environment and Planning program at RMIT.

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Scott Rayburg

Senior Lecturer, Civil and Construction Engineering, Swinburne University

Dr Scott Rayburg is a fluvial geomorphologist and hydrologist with expertise in catchment management, environmental flows, hydrologic and hydraulic modelling, GIS, remote sensing and data analysis. Scott predominantly works in semi-arid environments and on rivers, lakes and wetlands. Scott's research focuses on diversity and complexity in physical systems and on applying multidisciplinary approaches (including physical, biological and social aspects) to solving scientific and natural resource management problems. 

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Wayapa Wuurrk - Alana Marsh 

Wayapa Practitioner

Alana is a Meriam woman who has experienced great joy sharing Wayapa for nearly five years. She is excited to connect with you! Wayapa is a species centred wellness modality that connects us back to the Earth using 14 readily recognised elements and a movement sequence as a narrative expression of those elements. Drawing on First Nations wisdoms the globe over, we understand the Earth as the enabling platform for individual and collective mind, body, spirit wellbeing.

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Yemurraki Egan

Student, Associate’s Degree in Engineering, Swinburne University

My name is Yemurraki Egan, I am a proud Yorta Yorta Wemba Wemba and Gunditjmara man. I am currently in my second year studying part time in an Associate’s Degree in Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology. I have also been working at the University of Melbourne since 2018 immediately after graduating high school, as a Project Assistant working on major infrastructure projects in Estate Planning and Development. 

 

DAY 3 - The University of Melbourne

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Adriano Augusto

Associate Lecturer, School of Computing and Information Systems, The University of Melbourne 

Adriano Augusto is associate lecturer at the school of Computing and Information Systems (CIS) of the University of Melbourne. He completed a joint PhD at the University of Tartu (Estonia) and the University of Melbourne, presenting a thesis in the field of automated process discovery.

His research interests include: process mining, automated process discovery, and business process management.

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Colin Scholes

Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, The University of Melbourne

Assoc. Prof. Colin Scholes is the head of the Scholes Research Group at the University of Melbourne. His research is focused on developing solutions in the clean energy and future fuels sector, including developing novel separation processes involving membranes and assisting industry's undertake carbon emission abatement. This research is primarily achieved by working with industry partners on technology development. Assoc. Prof. Scholes’s goal is to implement technology solutions in Australia and international industry that will facilitate the transition to a clean energy future, reduce CO2 emissions and decrease the energy intensity of industry.
Assoc. Prof. Scholes research also has a strong materials engineering component, focused on working with Indigenous communities on engineering-based programs that reestablished lost knowledge and practices.

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Elaine Wong

Associate Dean and Professor, The University of Melbourne 

Elaine Wong received her Ph.D. (2002) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She is currently an Associate Dean and Professor with the Melbourne School of Engineering.

Her current research interests include low-latency communication networks and prescriptive analytics to facilitate human-to-machine applications over the Tactile Internet. She has co-authored 4 book chapters, 75 refereed international journals, 152 refereed international conferences (40 invited international conference publications) and 5 patents. Elaine has previously served as Associate Editor of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, and OSA Journal of Optical Networking. She currently serves on the ECOC Technical Program Committee and the OFC Technical Program Committee.

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Murrup Barak

Kelsey Bonds & Jasmine Thompson

Murrup Barak, Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development takes its name from the Woiwurrung language. ‘Murrup Barak’ means the Spirit of Barak. The name was chosen to honour the memory of the visionary Aboriginal leader William Barak. The name reflects our respect for Indigenous cultures and knowledge and our vision for an Institute that makes an enduring contribution to Indigenous Australia through the transformative impact of education and employment in the context of Australia’s leading University in teaching, learning, research and employability. 

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Renata Borovica-Gajic

Lecturer in Data Analysis, School of Computing and Information Systems, The University of Melbourne 

Renata Borovica-Gajic holds a position of Lecturer in Data Analytics in the School of Computing and Information Systems at The University of Melbourne. Dr Borovica-Gajic received her PhD degree in Computer Science from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland in 2016.

During her studies she worked in the Data-Intensive Applications and Systems Laboratory (DIAS), supervised by Prof. Anastasia Ailamaki. Prior to joining EPFL, she worked in industry for 5 years as a senior member of the database team of a power engineering company.
Renata’s research focuses on solving data management problems, when storing, accessing and processing massive data sets, enabling faster, more predictable, and cheaper data analysis as a result. She builds self-driving database systems that are able to automatically adjust data retrieval and query processing strategies to fit the properties of data, hardware and usage patterns. She is also interested in the topics of scientific data management, big data exploration, query optimisation, physical database design, and hardware-software co-design.

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Simone Hendrikse

McKenzie Fellow, Chemical Engineering, The University of Melbourne

Dr Simone Hendrikse is currently a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow in the group of Prof Amanda Ellis and Prof Sally Gras, a prestigious fellowship from the University of Melbourne (3 years fully funded, only 10 given yearly university-wide), where she aims to build an artificial molecular highway to investigate cell-cell trafficking and communication. 
Her research is focused on DNA Nanomaterials to investigate cell-cell communication, and biomaterials for organoid culture.

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Stephanie Walker

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DAY 4 - Monash University

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Allira Jones

Indigenous Student Recruitment Coordinator with the William Cooper Institute

My name is Allira Jones and I am a proud Yorta Yorta woman from the Nicholls, Atkinson and Charles bloodlines. I was born and raised on country, across the Shepparton and Mooroopna region.
I am a La Trobe University and Monash University alumna, having completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science and a Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced.
I am passionate about education and creating a safe space for our mob in the higher education sector. This has led me to my current role as the Indigenous Student Recruitment Coordinator with the William Cooper Institute, promoting the educational opportunities available at Monash University. 

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Chloe Jones

Artist

I am a proud Yorta Yorta woman born and raised on Yorta Yorta Country around the Mooroopna and Shepparton region. I come from a background of leaders and a rich family history with direct relations to indigenous leader’s uncle Douglas Nichols and Nora Charles (grandmother).
 I’m a creative and business owner. I’ve always had a passion for art and Design and using my creative abilities. When I graduated from year 12 VCE in 2018 I then pursued further studies in Business which led to the launch of my own business ‘Dungala Creations’. This platform gives me the freedom to do what I love and express my passion for my culture with other creatives and my communities. I hope to inspire others and educate the wider communities about Indigenous Art and the significant importance it has in my culture.

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Daniel Edgington-Mitchell

Senior Lecturer, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Monash University

Dr.Daniel Edgington-Mitchell received his undergraduate degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Monash University in 2005. During his PhD, he undertook graduate research in the High Temperature Gas Dynamics Laboratory at Stanford University under the auspices of a Fulbright Fellowship between 2008-2009. He was awarded his PhD from Monash University in 2013.

He now works as a senior lecturer in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Monash University, where he is Course Director for Aerospace Engineering, and the Faculty Chair for Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity. 

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DAY 5 - Industry & Awards Presentation

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Corey Tutt

CEO, Deadly Science 

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Dr Joseph West

Research Fellow, Computing and Information Systems, The University of Melbourne 

Joe's research interest is in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence with a focus on general decision making and general applications. He is investigating deep learning approaches for neurological stimulation therapies covering Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) and Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS).

He is using state of the art deep learning methods to close the loop in neuro-stimulation, improving outcomes for patients undergoing neurological electro-stimulation therapy.

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Katrina Wruck

PhD Researcher, Industrial Chemistry

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Misty Jenkins 

Laboratory Head, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research

Misty is a woman of Gunditjmara descent who is known for her scientific research into lymphocytes, which can protect against cancer. She is currently a laboratory head at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, where she is researching brain cancer and immunotherapy.

Misty was the first Indigenous Australian to attend the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge as a postdoctoral research fellow.

She is recognised for her advocacy for gender equity, Aboriginal Health and Education. She was proudly born and raised in Ballarat in Victoria.

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Hope Perkins

Indigenous Engagement Coordinator, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology

Hope has been involved with delivery of the VIEWS program since its beginning and is passionate about educational outcomes for Indigenous students.

'I love being able to work with brilliant and curious minds both teachers and students in the world of engineering and Information Technology.  There are so many challenges the globe faces and engineering and technology will be at the forefront of addressing these challenges.   It’s such an exiting place to be.' 

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Rae Johnston

Science & Technology Editor, NITV, SBS

Rae Johnston is a multi-award-winning journalist. The first Science & Technology Editor for NITV at SBS, her work appears across television, radio, podcasts and online. Rae is also the producer and host of top-rated podcasts Queens of the Drone Age, Hear+Beyond and Take It Blak.
Previously, Rae was the first female editor of Gizmodo Australia, and the first Indigenous editor of Junkee. 
A leading commentator on all things technology, science and pop culture, Rae has worked with every major television and radio network in Australia at some stage of her decade-long career. Today, she makes regular appearances across SBS, ABC and Network Ten.

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Ruby Heard 

Independent Energy Consultant, Specialising in Renewable Energy & Microgrids

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