Keynote Speakers

Professor Donna Riley

Donna Riley is Kamyar Haghighi Head and Professor in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Prior to taking on this role in 2017, Dr Riley was Professor and Interim Head in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. From 2013-2015, she served as Program Director for Engineering Education at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Riley spent thirteen years as a founding faculty member of the Picker Engineering Program at Smith College, the first engineering program at a U.S. women’s college.

In 2005, she received a NSF CAREER award on implementing and assessing pedagogies of liberation in engineering classrooms.

Dr Riley is the author of two books, Engineering and Social Justice and Engineering Thermodynamics and 21st Century Energy Problems, both published by Morgan and Claypool. Riley served a two-year term as Deputy Editor of the Journal of Engineering Education (2012-2014), rotated through the leadership of the Liberal Education/Engineering and Society (LEES) Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) (2007-2011), and currently serves on the ASEE Diversity Committee. She is the recipient of the 2016 Alfred N. Goldsmith Award from the IEEE Professional Communications Society, the 2012 Sterling Olmsted Award from ASEE, the 2010 Educator of the Year award from the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP), and the 2006 Benjamin Dasher Award from Frontiers in Education. 

Dr Riley earned a B.S.E. in chemical engineering from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in Engineering and Public Policy. She is a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education.



Professor Richard Coll

Professor Richard K. Coll is currently Deputy Vice Chancellor – Learning teaching and Student Services at the University of the South Pacific.

He holds a PhD in Chemistry from Canterbury University and a Doctor of Science Education from Curtin.

He previously worked as a chemistry and education lecturer at Waikato University in Hamilton, New Zealand, and was Vice-Chancellor at the University of Fiji before taking up his current post.

Professor Angus Hikairo Macfarlane

Professor Angus Hikairo Macfarlane (Ngāti Whakaue) is Professor of Māori Research at the University of Canterbury (UC), and Director of Te Rū Rangahau, the Māori Research Laboratory. His research focuses on exploring Indigenous and sociocultural imperatives that influence education and psychology. Avid about Indigenous advancement, he has pioneered several theoretical frameworks associated with culturally-responsive approaches for professionals working across the disciplines.

Professor Macfarlane’s prolific publication portfolio and exemplary teaching abilities have earned him national and international standing in his field of scholarship. In 2010, he received the Tohu Pae Tawhiti Award from the New Zealand Council for Educational Research for outstanding contributions to Māori research over an extended period of time. In 2013, he was the first Māori recipient of the University of Canterbury Research Medal – the highest honour that the UC Council can extend to its academic staff.

In 2015, he received the national Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award for specialist services in the field of kaupapa Māori. Last year the UCSA awarded him the Supervisor of the Year title for his exceptional mentoring of postgraduate scholars whose interests include exploring cultural diversity and its dynamic features from the past, the present, and into the future.

Professor Macfarlane has recently been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. You can click here to read the full article on this prestigious acknowledgment.

Associate Professor Sonja Herahine Macfarlane

Associate Professor Sonja Herahine Macfarlane (Ngāi Tahu; Ngāti Waewae) is an Associate Professor (Senior Research Fellow) at University of Canterbury (UC), and Co-Director of Te Rū Rangahau, the Māori Research Laboratory. Her research, publications and teaching collectively focus on culturally responsive evidence-based approaches in education, psychology, counselling and human development.

Sonja is passionate about social justice, equity and human rights, and contributing to Māori advancement. Her work has been widely published in leading research journals, both nationally and internationally. In 2017, Sonja received the Tohu Pae Tawhiti Award from the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) for her outstanding contributions to Māori research over many years.

In that same year, she was the member of a team that received the Research Team Award conferred by UC’s College of Education, Health and Human Development. In 2015, she was a co-recipient of the CLNZ Education Award “Best Resource in Higher Education”, and in 2014 was the recipient of a UC Research Excellence Award. Sonja is a member of the New Zealand Psychological Society, as well as a research and advisory member on several ministerial-funded projects and advisory boards.

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