The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) and the Industry Mentoring Networking in STEM (IMNIS) invites you to join us for Engaging with Industry New South Wales. 

This event focuses on how, when and why researchers engage with industry, the importance of understanding commercialisation, milestones, timelines and budgets, developing strong professional connections beyond academia, as well as how developing an entrepreneurial mindset can facilitate resilience and success in any setting.

Keynote speaker Distinguished Professor Fang Chen will provide insights into her time as the Executive Director Data Science at the University of Technology Sydney. 

Following the Keynote presentation, a panel facilitated by Scott Cummins GAICD, and including special guest panellists, Victor Loh, Andrea Sosa Pintos and Colin Denver will share their experiences engaging with industry across all facets of the industry pipeline. 

The IMNIS team is looking forward to welcoming you all!

Event Details:

Wednesday 13th October, 8.00 - 9.00am Sydney Time

To be held online, Zoom details will be sent upon registration.


Distinguished Professor Fang Chen

Executive Director Data Science - University of Technology Sydney 

Distinguished Professor Fang Chen is a prominent leader in AI/data science with an international reputation and industrial recognition. She has created and deployed many innovative solutions using AI/data science to transform industries worldwide. She won “Oscar Prize” in Australian science – Australian Museum Eureka Prize 2018 for Excellence in Data Science. She is the Winner of Women in AI Australia and New Zealand Award in AI in Infrastructure category 2021. She has been appointed to the inaugural NSW Government AI Advisory Committee, and serves as the Co-Chair, The National Transport Data Community of Practice (NTD-CoP) at ITS Australia. Through impactful successes, she led the team and gained many recognitions such as the ITS Australia National Award 2014, 2015 and 2018, and NSW iAwards 2017, VIC iAwards 2019 and 2020. She is the NSW “Water Professional of the Year” 2016, winning National and NSW “Research and Innovation Award” by Australian Water association 2018. Professor Chen has more than 300 publications and 30 patents in 8 countries, and delivered many public speeches including TEDx. She is the Executive Director Data Science at University of Technology Sydney (UTS).


Scott Cummins GAICD

IMNIS Program Manager Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering

Scott is based at  ATSE in Canberra and was previously the Board & Governance Partner with the Australian Institute of Company Directors, where he worked to enhance the performance of boards & organisations through tailored in-house education & governance evaluations.

Scott’s career has covered the public & private sectors, not-for-profits & charities, and he previously worked within the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s, Emerging Renewables Program.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Security Analysis and is a graduate of the AICD. He is also currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Data and Cyber Management.


Victor Loh

Head of Medical Affairs ANZ - Alcon Laboratories Australia Pty Ltd

Victor is a highly experienced Medical Director in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry and is currently the Head of Medical Affairs at Alcon Laboratories Australia Pty Ltd. Under his leadership, Alcon Medical Affairs has strong collaborative research relationships with academic institutions and clinical practices throughout Australia and New Zealand. 

Prior to Alcon, Victor was Senior Director of Medical Affairs APAC and China for Teva Pharmaceuticals. During this time, he established the Medical Affairs function for Teva ANZ, APAC and China. 

Victor graduated from the University of Sydney Medical School in 2000. He was subsequently conferred an MBA in 2012 from the University of Melbourne through the Universitas 21 Global Graduate School. He is currently a Fellow at the Institute of Managers and Leaders, Australia. 

He has a strong passion for mentoring and is a mentor for IMNIS, the University of Sydney and the Institute of Managers and Leaders.

Andrea Sosa Pintos

Project Manager - CSIRO

Andrea is a Research Engineer with 20+ years of experience in both the public and private sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Universidad Tecnológica Nacional (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from Western Sydney University.

Her thesis work was on the use of high-powered ultrasound to destroy persistent organic pollutants in soils. Andrea joined CSIRO in 2004 as a Research Engineer, and since then, she has contributed to cross-disciplinary strategic and commercial research projects spanning from ultrasonic remediation of contaminated soils and water, production and characterisation of titanium alloy powders, and sensor development for areas ranging from environmental monitoring, food, defence and industrial applications. 

Currently, she leads a diverse team of scientist and engineers (Nanosensors & Systems Team) within the Industrial Innovation Program at CSIRO Manufacturing. She leads Diversity & Inclusion and is a member of the Leadership Team for CSIRO Manufacturing.

Colin Denver

Chief Executive Officer - SpeeDx

Colin is an experienced Business Development professional with over 20 years experience in the Life Science and Diagnostic fields.  Following successful regional roles with Meridian Bioscience and Bioline, Colin has led SpeeDx in their commercial expansion across Australia, Europe and the USA.  Colin holds a Bachelor of Science from Pepperdine University and a Post Graduate Diploma of Management from MGSM.


Wednesday 13th October, 2021
8.00am - 9.00am AEDT

8.00amWelcome and Introduction
Scott Cummins GAICD - IMNIS Program Manager, Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering 
8.05amKeynote Address
Distinguished Professor Fang Chen - Executive Director Data Science - University of Technology Sydney 
8.20amPanel Discussion
Facilitated by Scott Cummins GAICD
Victor Loh - Head of Medical Affairs ANZ, Alcon Laboratories Australia Pty Ltd
Andrea Sosa Pintos - Project Manager, CSIRO
Colin Denver - Chief Executive Officer, SpeeDx
8.50amQ&A Opportunity 
Facilitated by Scott Cummins GAICD
8.55amClosing Remarks
Scott Cummins GAICD
9.00amEvent Close 

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