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Reliability Engineering and Assets Management Panel
4:00 – 6:00 pm (November 16, 2023) – Room 1
Dr. Adriano Gomes de Freitas
Adriano de Freitas obtained a PhD from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He also was an Erasmus+ exchange PhD at the Department of Mechanical and Energy Systems Engineering, University of Bradford, Bradford, United Kingdom. He is an Industrial Engineer who has worked with several engineering teams from American, Australian, Brazilian and German companies to make optimization projects that have further developed in order to allow better understanding of the interaction between materials conveyance, operational variables and the relationships through energy efficiency in heavy equipment. He has 10+ years of engineering experience in design, simulations, tests, process and teaching between industry and academia collaborations, solving technical problems with human solutions.
Panel Speaker I
Dr. Gopinath (Gopi) Chattopadhyay
Maintenance and Reliability Engineering
Chair of Asset Management Council Australia
Federation University Australia
Title: Asset Management: Informed decision making in Asset Management for Cost Reduction, Risk Mitigation, and Performance Enhancement.
Gopi has extensive experience in the Universities and Industries in asset management, maintenance and reliability engineering, operations management, project management and quality engineering. Before joining Federation University in 2016, he has worked in University of Queensland, Qld University of Technology and Central Qld University in Australia, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, University of Natural Resources and Environment, PNG and Global Consulting Company, Cardno. He has delivered his courses in Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Malaysia and India.
Gopi has secured more than 2 million dollars of research and industry funding in asset management, maintenance, reliability, warranty, life cycle cost and risk modelling. In Australia, Rail CRC and Asset Management CRC along with Qld Rail, QR National, ARTC, QLD Health, Mackay Regional Council, Sun Water, Unity Water, Macquarie Generation, Gladstone Power, in Sweden, Lulea University of Technology along with Swedish Rail and LKAB and in India, Tata Steel and Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur funded some of his own and collaborative projects. He has supervised more than 20 higher research degree candidates and published more than 200 high quality scholarly articles in reputed International journals and conferences including one prizewinning best paper in emerald publication.
Gopi is actively involved with Asset Management Council (earlier Maintenance Engineering Society of Australia, MESA, professional body and technical society of Engineers Australia). He was industry reviewer of International Standard for Asset Management ISO55000, ISO55001, ISO55002 and Total Asset Management Plan for Queensland Government. He was Vice president of Maintenance Engineering Society (Qld Chapter), President of Australian Society of Operations Research (Qld Chapter) and Chair of Asset Management Council, Brisbane Chapter.
Panel Speaker II
Melbourne Chapter Chair of the Asset Management Council
Senior Project Manager
Andrew is a highly respected Engineer, corporate leader, project or program manager, asset manager and innovative business consultant, he takes on new challenges and has a track record of proven success within asset and engineering management, program management, facility management, maintenance, reliability engineering, contract management, team leadership, quality and supply chain logistics. His key attributes include undoubtedly understanding the bigger picture, developing collaborative relationships with stakeholders, ability to apply best practice within a range of Australian and International standards, communicating effectively with key personnel, project managing complex enterprises and creating highly capable independent and motivated teams.
Andrew has been involved with the Asset Management Council (AMC) and its predecessor the Maintenance Engineering Society of Australia (MESA) for more than 25 years, including as a committee member, Secretary and is the current Chair of the local Melbourne Chapter, as well as holding national roles with both organisations including Treasurer and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee from 2001 until 2019.
As a qualified Engineer Andrew combines a wealth of manufacturing, engineering, and rail industry expertise with the capacity to plan, schedule, organise, control, direct and deliver capital works programs, asset management frameworks, Engineering Change Management, lean management, systems engineering management plans, Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) and technical maintenance plans. He is currently the Senior Project Manager for Nomad Digital who are completing the delivery of a world first retrofit On-Board Diagnostic system to Metro Trains Melbourne. Andrew leads the Melbourne operations where his team deliver projects and support to the transport sector.
Panel Speaker III
SAS Asset Management
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Shane is the Founder and Managing Director of SAS Asset Management Pty Ltd and The Maintenance School, organisations devoted to redefining the landscape of Asset Management and Reliability Engineering. Drawing on over a decade of hands-on experience, Shane has pioneered innovative asset management strategies that not only optimise system performance but also focus on a larger mission—making a lasting impact on communities.
Starting as a roving condition monitoring technician, Shane travelled across Australia to support a diverse range of industries. His deep-rooted experience in asset maintenance, reliability engineering, and a variety of sectors including Health Care, Defence Transport, and Manufacturing equips him with a multifaceted understanding of complex system needs. A recipient of ‘Project of the Year,’ he also honed his skills in management consulting and government contracts during his time at KPMG.
SAS Asset Management is committed to delivering bespoke solutions that merge ‘better practices’ with the unique needs and objectives of each client, coining them as ‘best practices for you.’ Beyond the bottom line, Shane is also passionate about the societal implications of his work, continually striving for operational efficiencies that are symbiotic with improved quality of life and community well-being.
Driven by a lifelong commitment to personal and professional growth, Shane has overcome challenges related to mental health, personal development, and job security. This journey fuels his advocacy for mental health, resilience, and adaptability both within the workplace and in the broader community.
Women in Industry and Academia Panel
4:00 – 5:00 pm (November 16, 2023) – Room 2
Dr. Jo Staines
Enterprise Fellow, Mechanical Engineering
University of Melbourne
Panel Speaker I
Dr Spring Zhou
Senior Lecturer, School of Business
Faculty of Business and Law
University of Wollongong, Australia
Dr Quan (Spring) Zhou is a Senior Lecturer at School of Business, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Wollongong. She obtained a PhD in Operations and Supply Chain Management from University of Auckland in 2016 for her research in managing medical supplies in national reserves. Prior to joining University of Wollongong, Spring worked as a lecturer at Massey University (2016-2018) and a Research Fellow at University of Auckland (2016) in New Zealand. Her research interests are in supply chain management, non-profit operations, inventory management of perishable products, and agricultural value chains.
As a strong proponent of practice-inspired research, Spring is passionate about combining her research interests with practical needs. Spring has been actively involved in practice-driven, applied research. For example, her PhD project was motivated by the serious expiration problem in the medical reserve stocks. In that project, she studied rotation schemes and provided suggestions on managing the medical supplies, considering the perishability of long-life medical products. Spring has also worked with AgResearch in New Zealand to evaluate on-farm changes when delivering desirable credence attributes for agri-products and explore ways to motivate changes in land use practices.
Panel Speaker II
Dr. Hannelie Nel
Regional Quality, Risk and HSE Manager
Worley Middle East-
UAE, Oman, North Africa and Iraq
Dr Hannelie Nel is the Regional Quality, Risk and HSE Manager for Worley Middle East, including the UAE, Oman, North Africa and Iraq. Worley delivers projects in the energy, chemicals and resources sectors, with a focus on renewable energy and energy transition. In this role, she drives and monitors the effectiveness of quality and risk management within the locations and projects and liaises with location and project management for all assurance aspects of project delivery. She holds a Doctorate in Engineering Management, a Masters in Industrial Engineering, and a Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering; and is a registered Professional Engineer with 25 years’ experience in industry, consulting and academia.
Hannelie is an Industry Advisory Board Member of the American Society for Engineering Management and has served as Past President of the Southern African Institute for Industrial Engineering; currently she is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute. She also serves as an Associate Professor of Practice at the Postgraduate School of Engineering Management at the University of Johannesburg. She is an international author and speaker with over 90 academic publications and book chapters, and two professional books to date, namely Leadership and Agency by Women Engineers in South Africa and The Development of Women and Young Professionals in STEM Careers, published as co-author. Hannelie has successfully supervised and graduated 60 Masters and 3 Doctoral students in Engineering Management, and her research focuses on Cost of Quality Quality and Risk Management, and Women in Engineering.
During her career, she has received several international awards and nominations for her contribution to the Engineering Industry, to the advancement of women in engineering, and to engineering education. She is an invited member of the International Women’s Forum, an invitation-only network of the most accomplished women in the world and in 2022 she received the global IEOM Women in Industry and Academia Lifetime Award for outstanding Leadership in Sydney, Australia.
Panel Speaker III
Dr Catherine Lou
Senior Lecturer in supply chain and logistics
Victoria University Business School
Victoria University, Australia
Dr Catherine Lou is a senior Lecturer in supply chain and logistics at Victoria University Business School. She is the Program research lead in Business at Institute for Sustainable Industries & Liveable Cities, and College of Arts, Business, Law, Education and IT, at Victoria University. She has been leading projects in supply chain management towards sustainability and resilience; social value creation; as well as diversity and inclusion. Catherine recently published a book ‘ Supply chain management and corporate governance: Artificial intelligence, game theory and robust optimisation’, by Routledge (Taylor & Francis). More information can be found through: https://www.vu.edu.au/research/catherine-lou
Catherine is the current Global Vice Chair (Australasia) for Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT), Global Head for WiLAT Capacity Building Centre; National Council Member for the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia (CILTA). She is a chartered fellow of CILTA.
Panel Speaker IV
Supply Chain and Logistics Panel
4:00 – 5:40 pm (November 15) – Room 1
Panel Chair: Dr. Gopinath (Gopi) Chattopadhyay, Federation University Australia, Melbourne, Australia
Panel Speaker I
Dr. Marjia Haque
Supply Chain Management & Decision Analytics
University of New South Wales
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Dr. Marjia Haque is a passionate academic and researcher in the field of Systems Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Operations Management and Decision Analytics disciplines
She has huge experience in teaching and research in Supply Chain Management areas in Australia and Bangladesh.
Panel Speaker II
Ferry Jie, PhD
Associate Professor of Supply Chain and Logistics Management
Edith Cowan University (ECU)
Joondalup, WA 6027
Ferry Jie is the Associate Professor in Supply Chain and Logistics Management, in the School of Business and Law. Ferry has graduated his doctorate study from The University of Sydney in 2008. His PhD thesis is Supply Chain Analysis in the Australian Beef Industry. Previously, he was a Senior Lecturer and taking a program coordinator role in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) at RMIT University. He was managing and coordinating the undergraduate program in LSCM at RMIT from 2015 to 2016.
Associate Professor Ferry Jie has maintained a high quality of research throughout his academic career including international scholarly leadership in the areas of supply chain management and logistics, including being invited to be keynote speaker and to give public lectures at symposiums and international conferences in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, UK and Australia. From 2015 to now, published more than 60 refereed journal articles—including 28 articles in Q1 and 12 articles in Q2, and 18 refereed conference papers. Furthermore, Dr. Jie has received research grants/awards adding up to over $1.6 million between 2010 and 2020.
Areas of Expertise
- Supply chain and logistics management including Sustainability Supply Chain Management
- Operations/production management;
- Quantitative management/management science;
- Quality management; Lean Six Sigma;
- Strategic management; and
- Project management
Panel Speaker III
MBA-IM (University of Ballarat, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
Sr. Lecturer (Operation and Supply Chain Management)
Faculty of Business Management Villa College, Maldives
Muhammad Shahzeb Khan is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Business Management at Villa College in Maldives. He holds an MBA in International Management from Federation University Australia. His expertise lies in areas such as operations management, supply chain management, quality lean six sigma, business management, and human resource management (HRM).
Shahzeb Khan has accumulated over 13 years of professional experience in various organizations. He has worked at notable companies such as Australia Post, AGL (Australia), and Metro (Germany). In addition to his industry experience, he has also worked at Mohammad Ali Jinnah University in Pakistan.
Shahzeb Khan’s accomplishments include receiving a travel grant, which he was recognized for his contributions to his field and has been granted funds to support his professional development or research activities. He is also a member of the Yellow Belt Six Sigma, with familiarity with Six Sigma methodologies and tools for process improvement.
Panel Speaker IV
Industry 4.0/ Smart City Panel
2:00 – 3:45 pm (November 16) – Room 1
Dr Paulo Vaz Serra
University of Melbourne, Australia
Dr Paulo Vaz-Serra is a Senior Lecturer in Construction Management at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne since 2014. He is a Civil Engineer and holds a master’s degree in Construction and a PhD in Civil Engineering with a focus on knowledge management in construction companies and a postgraduate degree in entrepreneurship and innovation.
Recently graduated from the University of Melbourne with a degree in University Teaching (GCUT) he is currently the subject coordinator of several subjects in the Master of Construction Management, and the recent Construction Management Internship.
He is a civil engineer with over twenty years of experience working in public and private companies in areas such as civil construction projects, infrastructure and hydraulics and buildings. He also had executive, operational and R&D responsibilities in one of the largest construction companies in Portugal, developing knowledge management systems, identifying the best ways to capture organisations’ internal knowledge to improve process efficiency and sharing lessons learned.
His research addresses knowledge management in construction, risk management, procurement methods and optimisation and innovation in construction management processes in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector. He has several articles published in international academic journals, professional publications, a book on project risk management, book chapters and conference papers. He currently supervises and co-supervises Master and PhD students and works on several research projects with other universities and industry partners.
Paulo is a Fellow Engineer and Expert in Construction Management of the Portuguese Order of Engineers (PT), a Chartered Engineer of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE-UK), and a Member of the Chartered Institution of Building (CIOB-UK).
Panel Speaker I
Dr Kevin Otto
Professor In Manufacturing & Industrial Systems
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Melbourne, Australia
Dr. Kevin Otto is a Professor in the Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering Group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne.
Professor Otto is an expert in design and manufacturing quality improvement and flexible modular design. His research expertise has been in uncertainty quantification and optimization to reduce production variability using both on-line and off-line modeling and experimentation. This includes robust design optimization to ensure confidence levels against probabilistic risk of performance compliance. He has particular interest in model calibration, uncertainty quantification from multiple sources including test and fabrication, and the study of variability reduction across modular product families.
Most recently he has successfully developed new machine learning algorithms to classify patterns in monitored equipment time series data to identify defective parts before they are produced in low pressure die casting foundry operations. In other works, he has developed new Hessian derivative methods to very qucikly identify design changes that inherently reduce manufacturing variability.
Panel Speaker II
Dr. Matthew Pepper
School of Management, Operations and Marketing
University of Wollongong (UOW), New South Wales, Australia
Editorial Advisory Boards for the International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, the Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management. and International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education
Dr Matt pepper is currently a Senior Lecturer within the School of Business, Faculty of Business and Law, at the University of Wollongong Australia. Matt sits on the editorial advisory boards of a number of academic journals, including the Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, International Journal of Lean Six Sigma and the International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education. Within the faculty of Business and Law, his teaching responsibilities include supply chain management and strategy at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Matt’s core research interests lie in the application of systems thinking to supply chain disruption, performance management and continuous improvement in the public sector. Most recently, his work has focused on engaging with public sector organizations to develop appropriate performance measurement and management strategies.
Matt has currently supervises a number of industry based candidates in these areas of interest and has been an external examiner for a number of PhD theses.
Panel Speaker III
Dr Ki Pyung Kim, PhD, PMP, PMI-SP, MCTS
Senior Lecturer, Senior Lecturer in the Construction and Project Management, UniSA STEM
University of South Australia, Australia
Visiting Professor, Hanyang University, Korea
Dr Kim obtained his PhD for research on integrating Building Information Modelling (BIM) into housing refurbishment to determine the most affordable refurbishment solution based on LCC and LCA. His research interests and expertise lie in BIM Systems and applications, Smart City Transition, and Construction Planning/Schedule management. He was awarded ‘Best Technical BIM Paper’ at the Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2022, ‘Best Academic Paper’ at the International Conference on Computer and Automation Engineering 2020, ‘Highly Commended Academic Paper’ at the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress 2016, and the ‘Best Mention Prize’ at the BIM Design competition 2013 hosted by buildingSMART Singapore. He has a very strong track record of funded BIM research: 2017 BIM for Circular Economy (ARUP); 2018 BIM for Smart Construction (Dept of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Australia); 2019 AI-based BIM for Smart Construction (Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport); 2020 BIM/VR integration for Road Safety (SA Government, Australia). Dr Kim also provided consultations on ‘BIM-based Building Regulation Check’ for the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology, and ‘BIM-based Design for Off-site Construction’ for the Seoul Housing Corporation Urban Research Centre, Korea.
Panel Speaker IV
Diversity and Inclusion Panel sponsored by Ford Motor Company
9:00 – 10:30 am (November 16) – Virtual Room 4
Professor Donald M. Reimer
Director of Membership and Chapter Development – IEOM Society
President, The Small Business Strategy Group, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Adjunct Faculty – A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering
Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan, USA
Donald M. Reimer is an adjunct faculty at the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering in College of Engineering at Lawrence Tech in Southfield, Michigan. He coordinates the Certificate of Entrepreneurial Engineering Skills. Mr. Reimer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Lawrence Technological University and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from University of Detroit/Mercy. He is a Certified Management Consultant with over 35 years of experience in working with closely-held businesses. He has taught courses in entrepreneurship, strategic management, corporate entrepreneurship and innovation for engineers. Mr. Reimer is a member of the Lawrence Tech Kern Campus Committee, Coordinator of the Lawrence Tech Innovation Encounter. He is faculty Advisor of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization. Mr. Reimer serves as a Kern Fellow of The Kern Family Foundation, Co-Direct of the Coleman Fellows Program, member of the National Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization Faculty Advisory Council and is a member of the American Society of Engineering Education. He has operated his own consulting company – The Small Business Strategy Group for 23 years. He published numerous articles on small business, entrepreneurship and strategic thinking. He has received several awards and recognition by local, state and federal agencies for his work in entrepreneurship and minority business development. Mr. Reimer served as member of the Minority Economic Development Committee of New Detroit. Mr. Reimer is member of the Small Business Advisory Council of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Reimer is a member of Advisory Board of the Milwaukee Junction Small Business Assistance Center. He is also a member of the Applied Innovation Alliance. Mr. Reimer serves as a KEEN Fellow for The Kern Family Foundation and is a member of United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.