KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Mr. Andrew Stevens Chairman
Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre

Andrew Stevens is Chair, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre and Independent Non-Executive Director, MYOB Group. He is the former Managing Director of IBM Australia and New Zealand, a position he held from January 2011. He joined IBM in 2002 as a part of its acquisition of PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ consulting business. Prior to this, Andrew was at Price Waterhouse in 1981 and before the merger with Coopers and Lybrand in 1998, he was the COO of the Price Waterhouse Management Consulting Business in Asia Pacific. He oversaw the successful merger of Price Waterhouse and Coopers and Lybrand consultancies in ANZ, and was promoted to the COO of PwC Consulting in Asia Pacific in 2000, where he led the integration work across Asia Pacific as a part of the IBM acquisition. In 2009, after leading IBM’s Global Business Services in Asia Pacific, Andrew was appointed Managing Partner for Growth Markets. In that role, he was responsible for the strategic direction and operational management of IBM’s consulting division for eight growth markets including South East Asia, India and South Asia, Greater China, Korea, Australia and New Zealand, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America. Andrew is a member of the Business Council of Australia, the Council of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, and on the Business Advisory Council of the Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales. He is a Director on the National Board of the Australian Information Industry Association, is the Chair of the Australian Government Services Leader Group and a Member of the Advisory Council at UNSW Business School. Mr Stevens serves on the Board of the Australian Chamber Orchestra as well as the Board for the Greater Western Sydney Giants. He is a member of the Male Champions of Change and received the Australian Human Resources Institute 2013 Diversity Champion CEO award.

Professor Chun Wang
University of New South Wales

Professor Chun Wang is the Head the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at UNSW. Previously he held the appointments are the Director of the Sir Lawrence Wackett Aerospace Research Centre at RMIT University between 2009 and 2016, and the Head of Advanced Composites Technologies at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation between 1995 and 2009. He received his PhD from the University of Sheffield in 1991, and Bachelor degree from Huazhong University Science and Technology in 1985. His research interests include advanced composites materials, adhesive bonding and repairs, structural health prognostics and multifunctional structures. During the past five years, his research has attracted over $10 million funding from Australian Research Council, Boeing, Carbon Revolution, CRC-Advanced Composite Structures, CRC-Automotive, Australia Advanced Aerospace Technology, Defence Science and Technology Group, Defence Materials Technology Centre, Defence Science Institute, and DefendTex. His research results have been adopted into design standards, patent, commercial software suites and devices.

Professor Jeff Wiggins
University of Southern Mississippi

Dr. Wiggins earned his B.Sc. in Industrial Plastics Technology from Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA in 1988 and his Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1992.  He worked 6 years at Bayer Corporation in Pittsburgh, PA where he left as Technical Director of Thermoplastic Polyurethanes, and 6 years at Nike Inc. where he left as General Manager of In-House.  In 2004 Dr. Wiggins began his academic career at the University of Southern Mississippi, and started his assistant professorship in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials in 2005.  His primary research interests are in the field of glassy polymer network science as matrix polymers for aerospace composites. He has graduated 11 Ph.D. scientists and 3 M.Sc. polymer science professionals.  He currently has a research group of 9 Ph.D. students, 3 post-doctoral fellows and 6 research associates.  He has managed over $20M in sponsored research awards.  In 2014, Dr. Wiggins began serving the University of Southern  Mississippi as Director, School of Polymers and High Performance Materials

Mr. Richard Taube
Ford Australia

Richard Taube is a Mechanical Engineer and has worked in the Automotive industry in Australia since 1994. His Postgraduate Research was in the field of Sheetmetal Stampings Optimisation and he has been active in BIW structures design, development and testing of the Ford Territory, Falcon and T6 Ranger since 1999.

He currently manages the collaborative University Research Projects for Ford of Australia Pty Ltd and acts in a technical capacity for the BIW Product Development teams. He has an ongoing interest in applied research and collaboration between industry and research
schools as well as advanced BIW structures planning, development and cost optimisation.

Mr. Daniel Pichler
CarbConsult

Daniel Pichler has more than 30 years experience in carbon fiber, composite materials, and other high performance materials and components.  He is Partner / joint Managing Director of CarbConsult GmbH – specialists in strategy and technical consulting in carbon fiber, composite materials, and others.  CarbConsult’s clients include carbon fiber and composites companies, chemical companies, investor groups and other interested parties in Europe, Asia and the US.  Previously, Mr. Pichler has lead carbon fiber businesses and business development with SGL Group, AKSA (now DOWAksa), Holding Company Composites, Armco, and others.

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