Keynote Speakers

Dr. Ron Ulseth
Founder of Iron Range Engineering [PBL] program in Minnesota,Director of Academics and Research

Ron Ulseth is the founder of Iron Range Engineering [PBL] program in Minnesota, where he serves as the Director of Academics and Research. He has been in the classroom, teaching more than 20 credits per year for more than 25 years. Dr. Ulseth is a social entrepreneur who has been at the leading edge of engineering educational change. He has implemented 2 successful change movements and is leading a third. He has earned multiple awards for innovation and entrepreneurialism. Dr. Ulseth leads faculty development workshops at institutions across the world. He specializes in PBL, innovative change, reflection, motivation, self-directed learning, assessment, and teacher training. His degrees are in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and engineering education. A retired Commander as an Engineering Officer in the US Navy reserve, he is also licensed as a professional engineer in the state of Minnesota.

Dr.Michael Koh
Deputy Principal (Academic Services) at Republic Polytechnic

Dr Michael Koh has served in the education sector for the past 28years spanning across the secondary, tertiary and technical education sectors. At Republic Polytechnic, he was the founding Director of the School of Sports, Health and Leisure. Today, he provides leadership for the Academic Services that entails quality assurance and governance, training and pedagogical innovation, educational research and development. He also supervises seven schools with specialisations spanning Engineering, ICT, Applied Sciences, Sports and Health, Hospitality, Arts and Management. He has helped established strong research roadmaps and teams to secure research funding from competitive national research grants such as the National Research Fund. Michael remains engaged in research and continues to publish in internationally peer reviewed journals. .

Michael’s interest in coach and sport development is manifested in his community involvement as a former member of the Board of Directors for the Singapore Sports School as well as the PE and Sports Teachers Academy. He was also a past President of the Singapore Physical Education Association, conference editor for the 2004 and 2006 SPEA Conference, chair of the search committee for the “Outstanding PE Teacher Award” in Singapore (2002 – 2006), member of Singapore Sports Council’s Coaching Advisory Committee, member of the Singapore Sports Council Coaching Accreditation panel and a member of the MCYS Sporting Culture Committee. He served as co-chairman of the South East Asian Games Preparation Committee for Gymnastics for the period July 2002 to Mar 2004, resulting in Singapore winning a historic silver medal in the team event for the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, after a drought of 24 years. For his contributions to the sports fraternity, Michael was acknowledged with a “Friend of MCCY” Award in 2016.
Michael obtained his PhD from the University of Western Australia in 2001 and his B.Sc.(Hons, Cl 1) from Loughborough University in 1988. He is a Life Member of the Singapore Physical Education Association.

Prof.Euan Lindsay
Foundation Professor of Engineering at Charles Sturt University

Prof Lindsay is the Foundation Professor of Engineering at Charles Sturt University. His research interests centre around online learning – the use of remote and virtual laboratories, MOOCs and other methods for making learning asynchronous, and data analytics for promoting student learning. He is a passionate advocate for engineering, and believes that good engineering is about people. He works consistently to promote diversity in engineering, and to break down the barriers that keep young people away from pursuing engineering as a career. Prof Lindsay was the 2010 President of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and the UK Higher Education Academy, and is a Chartered Professional Engineer. Prof Lindsay was the recipient of a 2007 Carrick Award for Australian University Teaching. In 2005 he was named as one of the 30 Most Inspirational Young Engineers in Australia.