Conference chair: Juan Sepúlveda (The University of Melbourne)
My name is Juan Sepúlveda, Tecnólogo Médico con mención en oftalmología from the Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile and a Master of Science (Vision Science) from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Currently I am a PhD candidate at the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the University of Melbourne. My work experience includes clinical work in public and private ophthalmological centres, teaching at various universities in Chile and Australia, and organisational experience as a past member of the “Colegio de Tecnólogos Medicos A.G.” between 2010-2012. Currently my area of research focuses on age related changes in vision and their possible relationships to driving behaviour.
Deputy conference chair: Isadora Reynolds (The University of Melbourne)
My name is Isadora Reynolds Cavallieri. I am a PhD candidate from the University of Melbourne at the School of Languages and Linguistics, and the current president of the Chilean Graduate Group Incorporated (CREGA). I hold a Master’s Degree in Linguistics Applied to the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language and an Honours Degree in English Literature and Linguistics, both from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. I worked as a senior lecturer at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad de Santiago de Chile for several years, and I am currently a casual lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology. My areas of research are second language acquisition, language teaching and assessment, and experimental phonetics and phonology. I am currently working in the study of second language fluency, researching English production in Chilean undergraduate students, in the hopes of devising better and fairer assessment material and teaching practices.
Academic chair: Felipe Muñoz (The University of New South Wales)
My name is Felipe A. Muñoz Rivera. I am an Industrial Engineer and Master of Public Policy from Universidad de Chile. In my last job, I was a Project Coordinator in the program “New Engineering for 2030”, an initiative co-financed between CORFO and Universidad de Chile. Currently, I am a Doctorate candidate in Public Policy and Governance at the UNSW, Sydney. My research is about how the public value approach can be used as an analytical tool to asses the impact of technology transfer from universities.
Communications chair: Axel Muñoz (Monash University)
Axel Muñoz Rivas graduated with Distinction from the School of Design of the University of Valparaíso and holds a Master’s degree in Interaction Design from the University of Monash. From an early age, he had always been interested in the way things work and building his own toys and tools. For that reason, Industrial Design is a discipline that has allowed him to explore the possibilities of his creativity from a concrete, professional perspective. Both in his own design practice (MiG Design AUS) and when he has worked for other companies, his professional life has been focused on deepening the technical aspects of Product Design. This has led him closer to Engineering, where he has developed most of his professional practice.
Finance chair: Sebastián Puschel (The University of Melbourne)
My name is Sebastián Püschel, I am a power system engineer that got his Bachelor and Master of Electrical Engineering from the University of Chile in 2012. The next five years I worked as a research associate and project manager at the Energy Centre of the University of Chile. There I had the chance to work in a wide range of projects, including the development of tools for decision making in power systems, development of regulatory frameworks for hydroelectric and natural gas scheduling in power systems, among other topics. In that period I worked closely with private companies, power system operators and other regulatory entities in Chile, Latin America and the UK. In January 2017 I started my PhD at the University of Melbourne, Australia, under the supervision of Prof. Pierluigi Mancarella. My research interests include power system operation and expansion modelling, convex optimisation, distributed and parallel computing, energy policy and electricity markets.
Logistics chair: Marco Casanova (The University of Melbourne)
I am Marcos Casanova and I hold a bachelor’s degree and engineering in physics from Universidad de Santiago de Chile and a Master’s degree in physics from Universidad de Chile. Currently, I am a PhD candidate in Chemistry at The University of Melbourne. My research topic is related to theoretical quantum chemistry as a developer of new and improved methods to predict possible chemical reactions, optical and electrical properties of materials among other topics of interest for physicists, chemists, material engineers, etc. Back in Chile, I worked doing research at Universidad de Chile in the physics department along with classes to first and second-year students at Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana.
Program chair: Paloma Moreno (The University of Melbourne)
My name is Paloma Moreno Méndez, I am a veterinarian from Universidad de Chile, specialised in small animals’ internal medicine. I worked in clinical practice and also as a vice director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospitals of Universidad de Chile. Later, I worked as a director of the small animals area of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and lecturer at Universidad Santo Tomás, Viña del Mar. I am a PhD candidate from The University of Melbourne at Faculty of Agricultural and Veterinary sciences and already submitted my thesis. My area of research was the identification of viruses from canine faecal samples through metagenomics and bioinformatic methods.