Plenary Speakers

Professor Ian Cameron
Ian Cameron is the former head of Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland, an inaugural Senior Fellow of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council and ALTC Discipline Scholar in Engineering and Technology. He has received numerous engineering and education innovation awards since joining UQ. He worked for 10 years for the CSR Group and consulted full-time and part-time for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). His research is in the area of process systems engineering, covering dynamics, particle systems and risk management.

Mr Ian Shott
Ian Shott is the founder, majority owner and CEO of Excelsyn. This is a fast growing integrated Contract Development and Manufacturing Services business focused exclusively on the global Pharmaceutical Supply Chain. Ian built his career in the International Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemical Industries over 25 years in senior executive leadership positions in the UK, France, Switzerland and the U.S.A for ICI, AstraZeneca, Lonza, Chirex and Rhodia.

Ian became Technical VP of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in May 2004, and Deputy
President in May 2008, and Chairs the Board of the Centre of Excellence for Life Sciences. He is a visiting professor and on the council of Newcastle University, and is on the Industrial Advisory Boards for Chemical Engineering at Imperial College and Engineering Sciences at Oxford University as well as the Strategy Advisory Board of the American Chemical Society.

He joined the Innovation Strategy Board for the Chemical Innovation–Knowledge Transfer Network in early 2007, has chaired the UK's Innovation Growth Team for Industrial Biotechnology since October 2007 and joined the Ministerial Advisory Group for Manufacturing Strategy in early 2008.


Mr Laurence Stonehouse
Laurie has worked for Alcoa Inc for 30 years in a variety of technical and operating positions, including Refinery Technical Manager, R&D Manager Global Refining, Refinery Manager, Vice President Technology Global Refining and Vice President Manufacturing Alcoa World Alumina Atlantic. He has worked in Brazil, the USA and Australia. From February 2008 Laurie has been Vice President, Manufacturing Excellence and Global Refining Support, Alcoa Global Refining. In this position he is responsible for setting up systems and processes to drive the 9 refineries of the Alcoa system along the path to Manufacturing Excellence. This includes Best Practice transfer, operating problem resolution, identification of opportunities and driving the implementation of a holistic operations management system.

Laurie holds the degrees of BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Western Australia, BEng (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from Curtin University of Technology and BEc from Murdoch University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Keynote Speakers


Professor Keisuke Fukui
Keisuke Fukui graduated from the Department of Chemical Engineering of Himeji Institute of  Technology, Japan, in 1972, obtained Ph. D. from Kyoto university in 1982, and served as
Associate Professor in the University of Hyogo (previous name: Himeji Institute of Technology ).
His research interests are in industrial crystallization and transport phenomena.

Professor Wei Ge
Wei Ge obtained his Ph.D degree from Harbin Institute of Technology in 1998.He is mainly
engaged in multi-scale simulation of particlefluid two-phase systems. He proposed the so-called “pseudo-particle” model which enables simulation of macro-scale flow phenomena
from microscopic physics through large-scale parallel computation. As project leader, he is now devoting to the establishment of a multi-scale HPC system to bridge simulation of molecular details to reactor performance. He is author of over 70 journal papers and 3 monographs.

Professor Richard Pashley
Richard Pashley has held various positions at the Australian National University over 28 years, including Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Dean of Science. In 2001 he was awarded a Citation Laureate Medal by the Institute of Scientific Information, Philadelphia. He moved to Murdoch University at the end of 2006.

Dr Jenny Purdie
Jenny Purdie began her career in the petrochemicals industry in 1987, before joining Comalco Aluminium in 1990, working first in industrial research and later in sitebased technical and leadership roles. She joined Alcoa in 2000 as Portland Aluminium Technical Manager and later Electrode Manager, and in 2005 was appointed to the role of Operations Manager at Alcoa's Pt Henry Smelter. In 2008 Jenny joined Rio Tinto Alcan as General Manager – Business Improvement and Technology for the Pacific Primary Metals Business. Jenny has a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical and Materials Engineering and a PhD in Engineering from Auckland University, and an Executive MBA from Mt Eliza Business School-University of Queensland. She is married with 2 children.

Mr Russell Scott
Russell Scott, Managing Director of Uhde Shedden Pty Ltd, headquartered in Melbourne, Australia and with offices throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region, joined the company in October 1999 following senior appointments at Davy McKee (now Aker Solutions) and more recently at Kinhill Engineers (now Kellogg Brown & Root) as Director of Mining and Process. Russell has over 30 years experience in engineering and project delivery for the broad process manufacturing and resources development industries, with particular emphasis on general management, business development and the delivery of major capital works programmes. Russell holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) Degree from Monash University, Melbourne and is a Fellow, Institution of Engineers Australia and Fellow, Institution of Chemical Engineers Australia. Russell was Chair of IChemE in Australia Board during 2008.

Dr Andrew Shook
Andrew Shook was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He received his BE in Chemical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 1983 and his MASc (1987) and PhD (1992) in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of British Columbia. Andrew has worked for BHP (now BHP Billiton) since 1992 in a variety of roles in steel, copper and research. Technical areas of interest and experience are smelting, process simulation and process control. He led establishment of BHP Billiton's Perth Technology Centre (2005) and is currently Chief Technology and Information Management Officer for BHP Billiton's Uranium Customer Sector Group.

Dr Philippe Tanguy
Philippe A. Tanguy, BScA (Paris), PhD (Laval) is Vice-President, R&D Programs, Partnerships and International Relations, of the international oil company Total. Before joining Total, he was Professor and Director of the Research Centre in Industrial Flow processes at École Polytechnique of Montreal. He is the author of 185 articles and 11 patents in process engineering and he has supervised 95 postgraduate researchers. Dr Tanguy is the president of the 8th World Conference on Chemical Engineering (Montreal, August 2009).

Dr Yi-Yan Yang
Yi Yan Yang is currently a group leader at IBN, and has recently won the Singapore Women's Weekly Great Women of Our Time Award 2009 in Science and Technology. She obtained her PhD in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University, P. R. China in 1990. She was an associate professor in Tsinghua University before joining Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Singapore in 1998. In 2003, she and her group moved to Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN). She has published more than 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals such as Nat. Mater., Nat. Nanotech., Adv. Mater., Biomaterials, Adv. Funct. Mater. and Journal of Controlled Release etc. Her main research interests include biomaterials, drug/gene/cell delivery and cancer therapy.