Keynote Speakers

John L. Hennessy

Dr. John L. Hennessy, Keynote Speaker

John L. Hennessy joined Stanford's faculty in 1977 as an assistant professor of electrical engineering. He rose through the academic ranks to full professorship in 1986 and was the inaugural Willard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from 1987 to 2004. In October 2000, he was inaugurated as Stanford University's 10th president. In 2005, he became the inaugural holder of the Bing Presidential Professorship.

A pioneer in computer architecture, in 1981 Dr. Hennessy drew together researchers to focus on a computer architecture known as RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer), a technology that has revolutionized the computer industry by increasing performance while reducing costs. In addition to his role in the basic research, Dr. Hennessy helped transfer this technology to industry. In 1984, he cofounded MIPS Computer Systems, now MIPS Technologies, which designs microprocessors. In recent years, his research has focused on the architecture of high-performance computers.

Dr. Hennessy is a recipient of the 2000 IEEE John von Neumann Medal, the 2000 ASEE Benjamin Garver Lamme Award, the 2001 ACM Eckert-Mauchly Award, the 2001 Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award, a 2004 NEC C&C Prize for lifetime achievement in computer science and engineering, a 2005 Founders Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the 2012 IEEE Medal of Honor, IEEE's highest award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, and he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

He has lectured and published widely and is the co-author of two internationally used undergraduate and graduate textbooks on computer architecture design. Dr. Hennessy earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University and his master's and doctoral degrees in computer science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.


Andrew Ng

Andrew Ng, Keynote Speaker

Andrew Ng is a Co-founder of Coursera, and a Computer Science faculty member at Stanford.

In 2011, he led the development of Stanford University's main MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses platform, and also taught an online Machine Learning class that was offered to over 100,000 students, leading to the founding of Coursera.

Ng's goal is to give everyone in the world access to a high quality education, for free. Today, Coursera partners with top universities to offer high quality, free online courses. With over 100 partners, over 500 courses, and 5 million students, Coursera is the largest MOOC platform in the world.

Recent awards include being named to the Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world; to the CNN 10: Thinkers list; Fortune 40 under 40; and being named by Business Insider as one of the top 10 professors across Stanford University.


Leonard D. Lane

Dr. Leonard D. Lane, Keynote Speaker

Leonard D. Lane is the Managing Director, Fung Academy and Group Director, Leadership Development Fung 1937. He is responsible for overall direction and implementation of the Fung Group Leadership Academy and the Group's Senior Leadership Development and strategy-linked Accelerated Learning Programs. He has organized the Academy to deliver a unique value proposition linking organizational and people development processes with a platform of innovation and experimentation focused on convening, trying and incubating action learning across the Fung group. He also serves as an advisor to the Fung Global Institute.

Dr. Lane is a seasoned line manager and international management consultant with over 46 years of management, leadership and consulting experience with a strong background in supply chain and integrated logistics. Prior to joining the Fung Group in 2008, Dr. Lane ran his own consulting firms; LL Strategic Development Group in Seattle, Washington, where he served airlines, global energy and resource development clients and LLA Pacific, Ltd. in Hong Kong where he worked with Li & Fung, DHL, Hong Kong Bank, V-Tech, Caltex, the Airport Authority, Peninsula Hotel Group, China Light and Power and helped with the formation of the Hong Kong Logistics Council.

He has taught Competitive Strategy, Competitive Intelligence, Topics in Strategic Innovation and Global Strategy at the University of California, Irvine and lectured on Global Competitive Strategy in numerous University MBA programs globally.

Dr. Lane received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science in 1963 and MBA in 1968 from the University of Southern California, his Doctorate in Management from Case Western University in 2003 and is a three-time ironman finisher.


Moderators & Panelists

Feng Aihua

Feng Aihua, Panelist

Feng joined Baosteel Group in 1989. During the past 25 years, she has been working in the field of corporate strategy and planning, oversees project development and talent development.

In August 2007, she was named vice president of Baosteel Talent Development Institute. She has attended the 12th annual WACEE (West African Clean Energy and Environment Exhibition) conference in Singapore in October 2010, and the 14th annual WACEE conference in Valencia in May 2012. Feng was invited to attend the Council Meeting in Valencia and became a council member as one of the representatives of industrial member in 2011. In May 2013, the IACEE Council Meeting was held at the Baosteel Leadereship Center. IACEE and Baosteel co-hosted the meeting, and Feng helped to arrange the relevant affairs on behalf of Baosteel Group.

She would like to encourage other industrial institutions to become new IACEE members, and she promotes the exchange and cooperation between Baosteel Talent Development Institute and IACEE members.


Nelson Baker

Nelson Baker, Panelist

Dr. Nelson Baker is the Dean of Professional Education at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a faculty member in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He leads the university's efforts to provide educational opportunities to individuals as well as industry and government organizations worldwide through Georgia Tech's online and distance learning programs, professional education activities, a language institute, and conference center operations in Atlanta and Savannah. He is a nationally recognized leader in educational technologies designed for and applied to engineering having won numerous awards in this area.

Georgia Tech's professional education activities serve more than 17,000 individuals and 3,500 organizations annually representing more than half the world's countries. With more than half a million MOOC enrollments, he is helping lead Georgia Tech's strategy for online initiatives. As the current President of the International Association of Continuing Engineering Education, as a board member of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, and as a past Chair of the Georgia Board of Regents Administrative Committee on Public Service and Continuing Education, plus several other campus, State and national roles, Dr. Baker has a global perspective with respect to online education.


Edward G. Borbely

Edward G. Borbely, Panelist

Ed Borbely is Director of Program Development and Learning Systems for the University of Michigan College of Engineering. In this capacity, he's been responsible for leading the growth and development of continuing education programs, graduate professional degree programs, off-campus education, and technology enhanced learning at the University of Michigan since 1994. Recently Ed's role has expanded to include strategic and operations management for UM's new Division of Integrative Systems and Design.

Prior to joining UM, Ed was Director of Off-Campus Education in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, at Columbia University in New York, NY. At Columbia, he had primary responsibility for distance learning delivery of graduate education and other non-traditional programs in engineering. He has been a Faculty Fellow at the New Jersey Department of Higher Education and has served as a consultant on telecommunications, instructional technology and methodology, and distance learning for national, regional, and state organizations throughout the world.

Borbely holds a BA in Communication, Information, and Library Science from Rutgers University and a Master's from New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He serves on the Governing Council of the International Association of Continuing Engineering Education and as an external advisor to Johns Hopkins University Engineering Professional Programs. He also has been an active member of several other professional organizations, including the Board of Directors of the University Continuing Education Association and the Executive Board of the CPD Division of the American Society of Engineering Education. He has published extensively on subjects related to technology-enhanced learning and continuing education.


Soma Chakrabarti

Soma Chakrabarti, Moderator

Dr. Soma Chakrabarti is the director of Center for Engineering and Interdisciplinary Professional Education and an associate director of the Continuing Education Division at the University of Kansas, USA. She provides strategic direction and programmatic leadership to engineering and interdisciplinary professional programs, including aerospace, engineering management, engineering technology, bioengineering and industrial engineering. She also oversees the Center for International Continuing Professional Education and the Office of Conference and Event Management at KU Continuing Education and works collaboratively with KU Medical Center and other KU entities for such endeavors.

Prior to joining KU Continuing Education, Chakrabarti was the president and chief executive officer of BioComp Systems, Inc., a University of Kansas spin-off that developed a true 3-D display system for biomedical visualization. She has taught chemical engineering and was an associate research engineer of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, and a post-doctoral researcher of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, all at the University of Kansas. Chakrabarti holds a doctorate in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Chakrabarti is a member of the governing Council of International Association for Continuing Engineering Education, a director of the Board of Continuing Professional Development Division of American Society for Engineering Education, and an associate chair of the International Network of University Professional and Continuing Education Association, USA.


Andy DiPaolo

Andy DiPaolo, Moderator

Andy DiPaolo is the Executive Director Emeritus of the Stanford Center for Professional Development and former Senior Associate Dean of the Engineering School at Stanford University. He founded and directed for nearly 25 years one of the largest university continuing engineering education organizations and distance education networks in the United States delivering graduate, professional and executive education programs to students at over 2000 companies in 60 countries.

Dr. DiPaolo led the team to develop award-winning Stanford Online, the first system to use streaming technology to deliver academic courses on the internet. He also led the Stanford effort to create the world's first online graduate engineering degree. In addition, he led the development of the first set of online courselets in support of engineering and science curriculum areas and directed the development of "Stanford Engineering Everywhere" an initiative to provide free and open online courses to educators and learners around the world. He has a long history as a member of national and international boards and as an advisor to universities, corporations and government agencies on the strategic use of technology to address education, training and economic development needs and in the development of new models for distributed learning.


Bernd Girod

Bernd Girod, Panelist

Bernd Girod, a professor of electrical engineering and (by courtesy) computer science, is Senior Associate Dean for Online Learning and Professional Development and the Stanford Director of the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Stanford and Columbia. Girod is a key figure in the type of multimedia technology that has revolutionized online education and a pioneer of video streaming technology. His research has led to seminal contributions in video compression and communication, networked media systems and most recently, image and video search As an entrepreneur, Professor Girod has been involved in several startup ventures, among them Polycom, Vivo Software, 8x8 and RealNetworks. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a EURASIP Fellow and a member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina). Girod has authored or co-authored one major textbook, five monographs, and some 500 journal articles and conference papers. His current research interests are in the area of networked media systems.



Pat Hall

Pat Hall, Panelist

Pat Hall is Associate Dean, Continuing Education for Science & Engineering, College of Engineering & Natural Sciences, at The University of Tulsa, a private university in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has had more than 30 years of engineering education and training experience in the non-credit professional development area for domestic and international operations. Her unit offers up to 100 programs a year (public and in-company seminars, web-based courses, certificate programs and conferences) with over 2000 participants annually. These programs have been conducted in 20 states and 20 countries.

Pat has created a center that produces 65% of its net income from contract/customized industry training partnerships.

She has consulted with and conducted seminars/workshops on topics of professional development programs (marketing, working with faculty, course development and format, in-company and international programs) for many universities and associations across the U.S. Her strong suit is working with industry to deliver contract/customized training, delivering what they want and meeting their training needs by assisting faculty and outside consultants in the development of these programs. In addition, Pat worked in industry as Marketing and Business Development Manager for an engineering company.

Since 1988, Pat has been a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), conducting workshops and sessions for the annual ASEE conference as well as the mid-winter Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration (CIEC). She is a member of the Continuing Professional Development Division (CPDD) and the College Industry Partnership Division (CIPD). Having been elected to the CPDD Board, Pat served 10 years holding many roles and positions, including Division Chair. The CPD Division honored her with the Biedenbach Distinguished Service Award in 2000. She served on the ASEE Board of Directors as the Professional Interest Council V (PIC V) Chair and Vice President of PICs. She is a Council Member for the International Association of Continuing Engineering Education (IACEE) and is project leader for the CEE Manager Training program, and SIG Chair for Industry/University Partnerships.


Edward J. Jaselskis

Edward J. Jaselskis, Panelist

Dr. Edward Jaselskis is the Jimmy D. Clark Distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. He was educated at the University of Illinois, receiving a BS in general engineering in 1980, an SM in civil engineering (emphasis in construction engineering and project management) from MIT in 1982, and a PhD in civil engineering (emphasis in construction engineering and project management) from the University of Texas-Austin in 1988. Between the period of his MS and PhD studies, he worked for ExxonMobil as a cost and schedule engineer in New Jersey and field engineer on an open pit coal mine project in Colombia, South America. He has also worked for Perkins and Will, an architectural engineering firm, as an electrical designer and Bechtel, international construction company, as a civil field engineer.

Dr. Jaselskis has served as a program director for the National Science Foundation in the area of information technology and infrastructure systems and director for the Engineering Policy and Leadership Institute and professor-in-charge of the construction program at Iowa State University.

He has conducted research in the areas of construction project success and advanced information technologies with funding provided by federal (National Cooperative Highway Research Program and National Science Foundation), state (Iowa DOT), and industrial sponsors (Weitz, Western Summit, and the Construction Industry Institute. He is currently working on the use of RFID technology to provide continuous tracking of personnel on a construction site and investigating the determinants of construction project success on complex projects.

Dr. Jaselskis is a registered professional engineer in the State of Iowa and has memberships in several organizations (American Society of Civil Engineering, Construction Institute, Transportation Research Board, American Society for Engineering Education, Sigma Xi, and National Society of Professional Engineers). In addition, he is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee for the Construction Industry Institute. He is also a member of the National Academy of Construction.


Maggie Johnson

Maggie Johnson, Panelist

Maggie Johnson is Director of Education and University Relations for Google. She manages all technical training, content development, and information management programs for Google engineers and operations staff, as well as Google's K12 educational programs in STEM and computer science.

She also manages the University Relations area, building research partnerships with faculty and labs globally; and Google's strategic initiatives in online teaching and learning. Prior to Google, Maggie was teaching faculty and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University.






John Katzman

John Katzman, Panelist

John Katzman is an education entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Noodle, which connects learners and educators. Prior to that, he founded and ran 2U, which works with research universities (including USC, Georgetown, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Wash U) to create high-quality online degree programs. Prior to that, he founded and ran The Princeton Review, which helped over 50% of students applying to U.S. colleges and universities each year find, get into, and pay for school. Katzman is the co-author of five books, and a frequent lecturer and panelist, and a director of several for- and non-profits, including the National Association of Independent Schools, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools. Most importantly, he is married to Alicia Ernst; they have a son (19) and daughter (17).





Diane Landsiedel

Diane Landsiedel, Panelist

For more than 25 years, Diane Landsiedel has developed, managed, and promoted technical education programs for professional engineers in both corporate and academic environments. She has extensive experience with the design, delivery and marketing of virtual and face-to-face education and training programs.

She is currently the Manager of Marketing and Program Development for the Division of Integrative Systems and Design in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is also the principal owner of Keys 2 Culture, a global consultancy business founded to provide instructional and coaching services in global leadership and teamwork competencies.

Prior to joining the University, she led the multinational GM Technical Education Program where she collaborated with top tier research universities to deliver customized curricula for a community of practicing engineers around the world. Under her leadership, GM TEP was benchmarked by a number of other Fortune 500 companies and also won numerous awards for innovative educational programs in the workplace from organizations such as the Sloan Foundation, International Association of Continuing Engineering Education, Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers and the National University Telecommunications Network.

Diane earned her master's degree in library science from the University of Michigan and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in art history from Wayne State University in Detroit.


Paul Marca

Paul Marca, Panelist

Paul Marca is the Executive Director at Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD), Stanford University. He has spent 25 years in various roles at the SCPD and currently directs the portfolio of over 250 graduate and professional courses annually to industry customers. Paul's duties include leading 70 professionals in developing, marketing and delivering engineering professional education to industry. He has been instrumental in developing and implementing SCPD international portfolio in Singapore, China, India, Korea, and South Africa and in numerous European countries. In 2013, he launched a joint online certificate program between the School of Engineering and the Graduate School of Business: the Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship certificate. This is the first formal online education cooperation between the schools.

He has also developed a number of innovative university-industry and university-university partnerships to extend Stanford's educational reach with effective 'go-to-market strategies', including the award winning Stanford Advanced Project Management program and the Strategic Decision and Risk Management program. Paul has also advised universities, corporations and governmental organizations how to develop and extend education as a means to sustain innovation. During 2012, Paul was asked to participate on Stanford University's Presidential Advisory Committee on Technology in Higher Education. He now serves on the Vice Provost for Online Learning's Advisory Council. Externally, Paul is a council member of the International Association for Continuing Engineering Education (IACEE) and has served as an advisor to numerous startups and currently serves as advisor to WhalePath, which provides business research on demand to corporations and to XbrainSoft providing the automotive industry a voice and connected car platform. He has also presented workshops around the globe on connecting innovation, strategy and execution. Paul has B.A. in Communication, with emphasis in Television & Film production, from Stanford University.


John Mitchell

John Mitchell, Panelist

John Mitchell is the Vice Provost for Online Learning, Mary and Gordon Crary Family Professor in the School of Engineering and professor by courtesy, of Electrical Engineering and of Education.

His primary focus is Computer security: access control, network protocols, and software system security. Programming languages, type systems, object systems, and formal methods. Applications of mathematical logic to computer science.







Tommy Moreno

Tommy Moreno, Panelist

Dr. Tommy Moreno is a University Programs Manager at Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

He is dedicated to designing and leading corporate career development programs for recent college graduates. He contributes to hiring over three hundred engineering students every year and provides them with coaching and mentorship to assist them in reaching their highest corporate potential. Dr. Moreno has recently been published in the book "Collaboration and Peak Performance-a multidisciplinary perspective for emerging leaders" in which he lends insight into multi-generational collaboration in the workplace. Dr. Moreno's dedication and insight has been an exemplary model in continuing engineering education.





Kirsti Miettinen

Kirsti Miettinen, Panelist

Kirsti Miettinen is Business Area Director responsible for Aalto PRO Concepts at Aalto University Executive Education Ltd. Before the 1.3.2014 merger of all Aalto Continuing Education into one University Foundation owned company, she was the director of Aalto PRO - Aalto University Professional Development. She graduated from Helsinki University of Technology in 1984 and holds a MS.c. (Mech. Eng.)

Her former tasks have varied from research engineer to management development and from managing extensive international and EU -level development projects to running company internal and customer training units. Her previous employers include Imatran Voima (present Fortum), ABB, NOKIA, Sonera and the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries. During the years 1997-2005 she was the chairman of the Educational Committee in the Finnish Association of Graduate Engineers TEK, and member until 2011. At present she is chairman of the board of UCEF - University Continuing Education Network in Finland. She is also a council member of IACEE - International Association of Continuing Engineering Education and chairman of the SEFI - European Society for Engineering Education Working Group on CEE.

Kirsti has been developing, leading and facilitating several training programmes at professional, management and executive level in Finland and abroad.


Bee Ng

Bee Ng, Panelist

Bee Ng is passionate about driving business growth and transformation through learning. This is a theme throughout her career in the high-tech industry, from fortune 500 companies to dot-com start-up. As Director of Technical Learning at Intuit, she is enabling the strategic change from Desktop to SaaS, Mobile, Big Data, Web Services and Cloud through competency-based job profiling, skills assessments, business-driven learning plans, and various forms and sources of learning targeted at critical engineering skills.

Prior to Intuit, Dr. Ng was Head of Autodesk Learning where her customer, sales and channel teams targeted learners in 185 countries through a network of over 1100 small businesses to drive worldwide Autodesk technology adoption. Before Autodesk, she led product management, industry certifications and R&D for a $170M global Education Services business at Sun Microsystems. At that time, Sun Education Services was one of the top 10 IT training providers in the world.

Dr. Ng started her career as an instructional designer and performance architect at Digital Equipment Corporation and Compaq Computers. She holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.


James D. Plummer

James D. Plummer, Panelist

Jim Plummer was born in Toronto, Canada. He obtained his BS degree from UCLA and his MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1966, 1967, and 1971, respectively. From 1971 to 1978, he was a research staff member in the Integrated Circuits Lab at Stanford. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1978 as an associate professor and became professor of electrical engineering in 1983.

His career at Stanford has included serving as director of the IC Laboratory, senior associate dean in the School of Engineering, and chair of the Electrical Engineering Department. He is currently the Frederick Emmons Terman Dean of the School of Engineering. He also holds the John Fluke Professorship in Electrical Engineering.

Plummer has worked in a variety of areas in the broad field of silicon devices and technology. Much of his early work focused on high-voltage ICs and on high-voltage device structures. He and his group made important contributions to integrating CMOS logic and high-voltage lateral DMOS devices on the same chip and demonstrated circuits operating at several hundred volts. This work also led to several power MOS device concepts such as the IGBT which have become important power switching devices.

Throughout the 1980s and '90s, a major focus of his work was on silicon process modeling. This work involved many students and other faculty, particularly Professor Bob Dutton, and resulted in the development of several generations of SUPREM, which has become the standard process modeling tool used worldwide today. His recent work has focused on nanoscale silicon devices for logic and memory and has demonstrated new device concepts such as the TRAM thyristor based memory cell and the IMOS device which achieves

Plummer is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the IEEE. He has received many awards for his research, including the 1991 Solid State Science and Technology Award from the Electrochemical Society, the 2001 Semiconductor Industry Association University Research Award, and the IEEE Third Millennium Medal.

He has graduated more than 80 PhD students with whom he has published more than 400 journal papers and conference presentations. These papers have won eight conference and student best paper awards including two at IEDM and three at ISSCC. His recent textbook, "Silicon VLSI Technology: Fundamentals, Practice and Modeling," is used by many universities around the world. He has also received three teaching awards at Stanford. He serves on the Board of Directors and on the technical advisory boards of several public and start-up companies and was one of the founders of T-RAM.

Plummer directed the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility from 1994 to 2000 and received an NSF commendation in 2000 for national leadership in building the NNUN, a consortium of five universities who opened their nanofabrication facilities as national resources for industry and for students from around the nation.

Jim and his wife Patti live in Portola Valley with their two daughters, Katie and Julie.


Ian D. Temple

Ian Temple, Panelist

Ian Temple leads Cisco's Higher Education Transformation & Strategy Consulting. In this capacity, Ian works with higher education leaders to demonstrate how infrastructure and technology can improve the student experience, impact year-one retention and graduation rates, and increase the relevancy of their higher education experience. His knowledge of the challenges and stressors affecting higher education - and the enabling impact infrastructure and technology can have on addressing these challenges - makes Ian a highly-sought out leader in this field.

Prior to his current role, Ian was instrumental in the launch and expansion of Cisco's Public Sector Vertical, where he managed operations for Cisco's SLED (state, local and education) business across the USA and Canada, and then managed global operations for Cisco's Global Education team.

Before joining Cisco, he founded the Center for Digital Education & Center for Digital Government in Folsom, CA. Prior to The Center he founded Gartner's SLED vertical in North America which he directed for seven years, ultimately building it into Gartner's largest vertical globally. He then joined the ranks of Gartner analysts, where he launched Gartner's first-ever SLED research program for CIOs - EXP for Government & Education.

Ian is an engaging public speaker and recognized expert in education and state/local government reform, and is a frequent speaker at both Cisco and industry events in the US and beyond.

He and his family reside in Palo Alto, California.