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Provost Dr. Patrick Prendergast

Trinity College Dublin

Provost Patrick Prendergast

Dr. Patrick Prendergast is the Provost & President of Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin. Prior to his appointment as Provost, he was Professor of Bioengineering where he introduced the teaching of biomechanics into the engineering curriculum, founded the Masters Programme in Bioengineering, and published several hundred articles related to implant design and tissue mechanobiology. During this period he was a Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator and held many industry-funded and EU-funded research grants.

Dr Prendergast holds a BA, BAI, PhD, and ScD degrees, all from Trinity College Dublin. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA), a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering (FIAE) and in 2013 was elected an International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) in the UK. In 2016 he was awarded honorary Fellowship of the Anatomical Society (HonFAS) in recognition of his contributions to bioengineering and anatomy.

He has served on the board of several companies, and on the board of Tallaght Hospital, a large academic hospital in Dublin. He was appointed by the European Commission to the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) in 2012. In 2014 he participated in the Glion Colloquium, an independent think tank committed to the future of research universities at which he spoke on Global Research Questions and Institutional Research Strategies.

Dr. Ade Mabogunje

Stanford University

Ade Mabogunje

Ade Mabogunje conducts research on the design thinking process with a view to instrumenting and measuring the process and giving feedback to design thinking teams on ways to improve their performance. He works in collaboration with partners in the engineering education, design practice and investment community as a participant-observer in the practice of building and developing ecosystems that support accelerated and continuous innovation in products and services.

Prior to this he was the associate director of the Stanford Center for Design Research (CDR). He was also the lead of the Real-time Venture Design Lab program (ReVeL) in the school of Humanities and Sciences. His industry experience includes engineering positions at the French Oil Company Elf (now Total) and research collaboration with Artificial Intelligence Scientists at NASA Ames. He has publications in the areas of design theory and methodology, knowledge management, emotions in engineering, design protocol analysis, and engineering-design education.

Aldert Kamp

TU Delft

Aldert Kamp

Aldert Kamp is the Director of Education for the highly international Faculty of Aerospace Engineering of TU Delft since 2007. He is deeply involved in the rethinking of higher engineering education at university level with a horizon of 2030. More than 20 years of industrial experience in space systems engineering and almost 15 years of experience in academic teaching and educational management have given him the insight in the capabilities engineers need in the future world of work of the 21st century, and how to make this happen in engineering curricula.

He is the Academic Liaison for the Global E3 network, a member of the Council of the CDIO Initiative since 2013 and TU Delft Leader of the Dutch 3TU Centre of Engineering Education (CEE) that facilitates innovations in higher engineering educational programmes within and outside the Netherlands.


Prof. Kathryn Jablokow

The Pennsylvania State University

Kathryn Jablokow

Dr. Kathryn Jablokow, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Design is a leading scholar in creativity and problem solving, with a special focus on engineering creativity. She was recognized as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in 2008 for her work in this arena. She holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Jablokow has won numerous awards inside and outside Penn State for her teaching, including the Keck Foundation’s national Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award. She developed and teaches (online and in the classroom) four courses that span the progression from the creative individual to problem solving teams and their leadership, as well as invention and creative design. Dr. Jablokow is passionate about helping students recognize and leverage their own unique brands of creativity that stem from who they are, what they know, and what motivates them to act.


Prof. John Domingue

Professor at and Director of the Knowledge Media Institute at the Open University

John Domingue

John Domingue is a Professor at and Director of the Knowledge Media Institute at the Open University in Milton Keynes and a researcher into the Semantic Web, Linked Data, Services, Blockchain and Education.

Domingue started his academic career late 1980s as researcher at the Human Cognition Research Laboratory of the Open University. In 2008 he was appointed Professor at the Open University in Milton Keynes.

Domingue was the Scientific Director of SOA4All and has worked in dozens of other research projects. He is chair of the Steering Committee for the European Semantic Web Conference Series and member of the Future Internet Symposium Series steering committee. He coordinates the Future Internet Service Offer Working Group within the Future Internet Assembly, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Web Semantics. He is the current president of the Semantic Technology Institute International (STI2).



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