October 30, 2018 (Tuesday)
09:40 – 10:00 Welcome Address:
10:00 – 11:00 Opening Keynote:
Dr. Rupy Sawhney
Professor and Heath Fellow in Business & Engineering
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Executive Director of CASRE (Center for Advanced System, Research and Education)
University of Knoxville
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Rupy Sawhney earned B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering Science and Mechanics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1981, 1984 and 1991 respectively. Currently he is a Professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Heath Fellow in Business and Engineering; Professor in Interdisciplinary Program in Energy; Joint Appointment with the Y12 National Security Complex; and Visiting Professor at University of Loughborough UK. He was a Weston Fulton Professor and Department Head during 2010-2013. His current research focuses on innovative ideas to enhance operational excellence in complex systems. He has decomposed his research into three components (i) manufacturing intelligence, (ii) organizational intelligence, and (iii) people based design. Furthermore, Dr. Sawhney has assembled a team over the past five years that has a greatest critical mass within the history of the Industrial Engineering department to compete with other academic institutions in the lean area. His research group at this moment consists of 40 Postdocs, Ph.D. and Master students. He has published significant journal papers, conference papers and has submitted for 5 patents. He has graduated more than 50 Master’s and 8 Ph.D. students. His funded research projects are in the millions of dollars. He has worked with over 200 companies and is a recipient of various awards (Boeing Welliver Fellow, Alcoa Faculty Award, IIE Lean Teaching Award, Reuben Harris Award, and Accenture Teaching Excellence Award).
11:00 – 11:30
11:30 – 12:15 Tuesday Keynote: Gibela Speaker
12:15 – 1:00 Tuesday Keynote:
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Cobus Oosthuizen is an Entrepreneur/Businessman/Mechanical Engineer. He loves to help people to grow, develop and reach their full potential. Mr. Oosthuizen is passionate about Technology. He makes it his mission in Life to create environments where people can grow and develop. He enjoys solving difficult problems and helping people to succeed, both in Engineering and
Mr. Oosthuizen currently holds an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pretoria and a Masters in Business Leadership from UNISA. His work experience covers the fields of Experimental Stress Analysis, Vibration Analysis, Modal Testing, Finite Element Analysis and Fracture and Fatigue Analyses in my early engineering career and is currently involved in Strategic Consulting, Business Process Improvement, Innovation Management, Product Lifecycle Management as well as high level Digitalisation consultation and implementation.
Mr. Oosthuizen currently holds the position of Managing Director with ESTEQ PLM and CEO of the ESTEQ Group.
He is passionate about Photography and outside of work I enjoy Cycling and 4×4.
13:00 – 14:30 Tuesday Lunch Keynote:
October 31, 2018 (Wednesday)
09:30 – 10:15 Wednesday Morning Keynote I:
Professor Angina Parekh
Deputy Vice Chancellor: Academic
University of Johannesburg
Former Special Advisor on Higher Education to the Minister of Education
Professor Angina Parekh is the Deputy Vice Chancellor: Academic at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Prior to that appointment, she served as a Special Advisor on Higher Education to the Minister of Education. During her years in government, she headed the restructuring and transformation of South Africa’s higher education system through mergers and incorporations, and contributed significantly to higher education policy formulation, including the National Plan for Higher Education, the Language Policy for Higher Education, and the Higher Education Qualifications Framework. She has served on several Ministerial task teams, including chair of the Ministerial Working Group on the establishment of a National Higher Education Information and Applications Service for South Africa. Professor Parekh has held several academic appointments, including Chair of the Department of Psychology. She was a founder member of the 1st Centre for Population Studies and Reproductive Health in Africa. She is a standing member of the QS-Maple International Academic Advisory Committee and a member of its Scientific Technical Review Committee. She is also on board of the Higher Education Quality Committee of the Council of Higher Education.
10:15 – 11:00 Wednesday Morning Keynote II:
Dr. Abu Masud, P.E.
Boeing Global Engineering Professor Emeritus
Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Wichita State University
Student Learning: Assessment and Improvement
Dr. Abu Masud is an emeritus professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering at Wichita State University. He was named the Boeing Global Engineering Professor at Wichita State University. Dr. Masud advanced the College of Engineering’s strategic alliances for global enrichment and experiential learning of students as well as international research collaborations and partnerships. He received Duane and Velma Wallace Outstanding Educator Award from WSU College of Engineering. Previously he was held various positions at Wichita State including dean and associate dean of graduate school (2008-2013), coordinator, college ABET affairs (2006-2008), associate dean, college of engineering (2004-2005), chair, industrial and manufacturing engineering department (1994-2004) and graduate coordinator of IME (1991-94, 1996-98, 2001-2004). Dr. Masud has engaged with various companies and governmental research centers including NASA Langley Research Center, VA, NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellow (1991 and 1992), Boeing, Consulting Analyst, and Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research. He is member of Accreditation Review Council (2011-2014). Dr. Masud published book, book chapters, and numerous journal and conference papers. He is registered Professional Engineer at Kansas State. Dr. Masud is an IIE fellow. He received Ph.D. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Kansas State University, and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology.
19:00 – 19:15 CONFERENCE AWARD DINNER Keynote
November 1, 2018 (Thursday)
09:00 – 10:15 Thursday Morning Keynote I:
10:15 – 11:00: Thursday Morning Keynote II:
Managing Director – Africa
Eaton Electric (South Africa) Pty Ltd
Gauteng, South Africa