Other Speakers


Keiichi Sato

Executive Chairman of CDIO Asia Regional Meeting 2014

Dean of Academic Affairs, and Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan

Keiichi Sato graduated in 1972 and received a doctorate in engineering in 1977 from Tohoku University, Japan. His current research focuses on cavitation phenomena and waterjet technology in fluids engineering as well as on active learning methodology in engineering education. He is one of the main members on the CDIO Committee of Kanazawa Institute of Technology. Professional engineering educator.

Plenary Session 1 (Mon., March 24, 13:30-15:00)

"Innovative Engineering Education with Community-Based Projects at Kanazawa Institute of Technology"


Robert W. Songer

Assistant Professor, Global Informetion Technology, Kanazawa Technical College, Japan

In addition to teaching engineering classes in English, Robert W. Songer's duties at KTC include roles pertaining to educational reform, such as the Collaborative Learning in Engineering and English program, as well as participation in the CDIO Worldwide Initiative. With a background in software engineering and globalization services, his ever-expanding interests are presently focused on research into the combination of game studies and learning theories to discover new ways of teaching and learning for the coming generations of globally-connected, media-savvy students.

Plenary Session 1 (Mon., March 24, 13:30-15:00) "Engineering Education Initiatives at KTC"


Tomohiro Miyashita

Associate Professor, Architecture Design, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan

Tomohiro Miyashita graduated from the Shibaura Institute of Technology Graduate School of Engineering and Science master’s program in 1993. He completed the Southern California Institute of Architecture master’s program in 1997. He completed the Shibaura Institute of Technology Graduate School of Engineering and Science doctoral program in 1999 and became the assistant professor of the architecture at Kanazawa Institute of Technology in 1999. Professional engineering educator.

Plenary Session 1 (Mon., March 24, 13:30-15:00) "Effects of Industry-Academia Collaborative Education in KIT Re-Design Apartment Project"


Masaaki Shikada

Dean of Major Basic Education, and Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan

Masaaki Shikada received a Bachelor of Science, Masters of Science, and PhD degree from Kanazawa Institute of Technology, in 1976, 1983 and 1990, respectively. He became Registered Surveyor and Senior Professing Engineer Educator in 1998 and 2005. His special field of research is Survey and Geospatial Information. His social contributions include work with Japan Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (JSPRS), Japan Association of Surveyor(JAS), GIS Association of Japan and The Institute of Positioning, Navigation and Timing of Japan(IPNTJ) ,IEEE GRS. His current research includes an original Japanese navigation satellite QZS(MICHIBIKI) that relates positioning accuracy estimations based on experiments of LEX signals.

Plenary Session 1 (Mon., March 24, 13:30-15:00) "Activity of KIT Geospatial Information Project"


Eiichi Sentoku

Chair and Professor, Practical Engineering Education Program, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan

Eiichi Sentoku graduated from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and completed the mechanical engineering PhD program at Kanazwa Institute of Technology. Professional engineering educator.

Plenary Session 1 (Mon., March 24, 13:30-15:00) "On the PBL Education Program For Developing Students' Skills of Creativity and Innovation"


Masakatsu Matsuishi

Director, Project Education Center, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan

Masakatsu Matsuishi graduated in 1964, received a Master of Science degree in 1966 and received a doctorate of Engineering in 1969 at Osaka University, Japan. As a research scientist, he visited the Hydraulics Laboratory at the University of Iowa, USA in 1984. In his professional career, he was a manager of the Electronics & Information Laboratory and Director of the Planning Office of New Business & Products Hitachi Zosen Corporation from 1966 to 1998, and a principal engineer at Hitachi Zosen Information Systems, Inc. in 1999. His research interests are engineering education, engineering design, structural mechanics, and reliability engineering. Professional engineering educator.

Plenary Session 1 (Mon., March 24, 13:30-15:00)

"The Factory for Dreams and Ideas - Workspaces to Support and Encourage Hands-on and Experiential Learning of C-D-I-O"


Helene Leong

Director, Department of Educational Development (EDU), Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore

Co-chair of CDIO Asian Region and Singapore Polytechnic’s (SP) CDIO representative

Helene Leong is responsible for faculty development and leading new educational initiatives in the Polytechnic. She has been in charge of the implementation of CDIO in SP since 2006 and has conducted numerous workshops on the CDIO approach to rethinking engineering education around Asia.

Prior to joining SP, she was a senior curriculum specialist in the Ministry of Education (Singapore) involved in the development and introduction of the teaching of critical and creative thinking skills in schools in Singapore. She has conducted numerous workshops on promoting Critical and Creative Thinking, and Creative Problem Solving for teachers. In recent years, she has conducted workshops on the implementation of CDIO for educational institutions in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, and led a 3 year project on the implementation of Academic Quality Management in Vietnam.

Introductory Workshop (Mon., March 24, 15:30-17:00) "Designing a CDIO Programme: The CDIO Syllabus and Standards"

(Members) CDIO Members Meeting (Case Study and Discussion) (Wed., March 26, 10:20-11:10)


Hiroshi Hasegawa

Professor, Machinery and Control Systems, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan

Hiroshi Hasegawa received his Bachelor of Engineering degree (1992) and Master of Engineering degree (1994) from Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering (1998) from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. He is member of JSEE, JSME, ASME, JSCES and JSST. His research interests include Creativity of Design and Systems Engineering.

Plenary Session 2 (Tue., March 25, 13:30-15:00) "Systems Thinking and Engineering-based 'Global Project Based Learning' "


Dong Joo Song

Director, Hub Center for Engineering Education, and Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Yeungnam University, Korea.

Vice President of the Accreditation Board for Engineering Education of Korea. President of the Korea Engineering Education Research Center. Chairman of education committee of Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Dong Joo Song has been involved in engineering education since 1995. He has served many times as University convener(or team chair) for accreditation visit to various universities across Korea over the last ten years. His research areas are CFD, Thermo-fluids system design, Optimization, Engineering Education including Engineering Design, Engineering Ethics, etc.

Plenary Session 2 (Tue., March 25, 13:30-15:00)

"Recent Innovations in Engineering Education in Hub Center for Engineering Education of Yeungnam University"


Wen-ling Hong

Assistant Professor, Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at National Kaohsiung Marine University, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Director and Board Member of the Research Center for Science at Technology & Society (STS), Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Taiwan Representative in the Steering Committee at Asia-Pacific STS Network. Board Member of the Society of Taiwan Women in Science and Technology.

Wen-ling Hong graduated in 1993 from National Taiwan University and received a Master of Science and Engineering Degree and received a PhD in 2000 from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. She had a background in experimental fluid dynamics. After joining the faculty of NKMU, she has been involved with interdisciplinary teaching and research since 2007. She is particularly interested in the role of engineering practice in today’s complex environments. Her research interests include engineering education reform, engineering ethics, the making of technocrats and experts in Environmental Impact Assessments, public participation on pollution and remediation issues in local communities, industrial heritage, and gender in science and technology. She and her colleagues have organized a yearly national students’ competition on handmade ship models since 2006, under the sponsorship of the National Science Council. The courses she has offered include Engineering Project for 1st Year Students, Engineering, Ethics and Society, English and Technical Presentation for Engineers, Engineering Laboratory. Currently, she also serves as the Dean’s assistant to handle the student and international affairs for the College of Engineering, NKMU.

Plenary Session 2 (Tue., March 25, 13:30-15:00) "Reshaping Engineering Learning from a Social Design Perspective"


Chinh Q. Nguyen

Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry, and Director of Academic Affairs Department, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Chinh Q. Nguyen received his MSc in Science Education from Simon Fraser University Canada, and PhD in Chemistry from The University of Manchester, United Kingdom. He is in charge of academic affairs at VNU-HCM. His current research focuses on nano-scale inorganic materials, single-source precursors for opto electronic materials, and curriculum development in higher education.

Plenary Session 2 (Tue., March 25, 13:30-15:00) "CDIO Implementation at VNU-HCM: From Pilot to Widespread Implementation"


Trinh T. M. Doan

Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, and Vice Director of Academic Affairs Department, Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Trinh T. M. Doan is received her B.E. (1983) and PhD (1987) in Manufacturing Automation from The Slovak University of Technology, Bratislava, The Czechoslovak Federation. She is the initiator in adoption and adaptation of CDIO at VNU-HCM, the co-translator of the CDIO Book “Rethinking Engineering Education: The CDIO Approach” by E.F. Crawley, J.Malmqvist, S. Östlund, D. Brodeur (Springer, 2007), and serves as VNU-HCM’s representative at Worldwide CDIO Initiative. She is in charge of project development and implementation for curriculum reform, including the CDIO Implementation Project at VNU-HCM. Her current research focuses on geometric modelling for CAM/CAM and CNC programming, curriculum development in higher education.

Plenary Session 2 (Tue., March 25, 13:30-15:00) "CDIO Implementation at VNU-HCM: From Pilot to Widespread Implementation"


Omihito Matsushita

Associate Professor, Global Information Technology, Kanazawa Technical College, Japan

Omihito Matsushita specializes in design methodologies to enhance students’ creative thinking and in teaching English as a foreign language to future global engineers. He teaches English through a content-based approach. He works to create student-centered learning environments where language learning is a fun and engaging experience. In his current role, he also emphasizes the application of the Design Thinking approach into practical engineering education in order to accelerates students’ conceiving and designing processes to explore new opportunities for more complex problem-solving. Additionally, he is engaged in creating co-creative learning environment where students’ activities include communication, collaboration, creation, and cross-culture in global settings. He earned his Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Saint Michael’s College in the U.S.A. (2003), and holds a Master of Design Methods Degree from the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology in the U.S.A. (2012).

Advanced Workshop (Tue., March 25, 15:30-17:00) "Introduction to Design Thinking: Reframing Problems into Opportunities"

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