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 Queensland

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 Dr Paulo Borges will provide insight into his time as Principal Research Scientist for CSIRO. 

Following the Keynote presentation, a panel facilitated by Dr Kevin Koo, and including special guest panellists, Felicity Furey, Dr Sasikaran Kandasamy and Zoe Piper 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:

Monday 11th October, 8.00 - 9.00am Brisbane Time

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


Dr Paulo Borges

Principal Research Scientist CSIRO

Dr. Paulo Borges is a project, people and technical leader with 20 years of experience in Innovation, Robotics, Autonomous Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Industry 4.0 and Consulting. 

He is a Principal Research Scientist and Robotics Perception Team Leader in the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group in CSIRO (Brisbane, Australia) leading a large team of robotics and AI experts. CSIRO is Australia’s National Science and Innovation Agency and with more than 100 years of history it is one of the largest and most diverse applied research organisations in the world. 

He has a PhD in Electronic Engineering from Queen Mary, University of London, completed in 2007.  Paulo has lived and worked in 5 different countries (USA, Brazil, UK, Switzerland, and Australia), and before his current role he had worked at ETH Zürich, Queen Mary, University of London, Federal University of Santa Catarina, and University of Manchester. 

He is a recipient of the Endeavour Executive Award and of a Winston Churchill Fellowship, for which he will undertake a visiting position at the NASA Ames Research Center in the Silicon Valley in 2022. 

In the last several years his core experience has been in autonomous robot solutions for the manufacturing, energy, and agriculture industries, aiming at high TRL and close connections between industry, innovation and research. 


Dr Kevin Koo 

Head of Assay Development XING Technologies Pty Ltd 

Kevin Koo is a nanobiotechnologist focused on the development, translation and commercialisation of molecular diagnostics for precision disease management. He is the Head of Assay Development at XING Technologies, a Brisbane-based biotech company specialising in transformative diagnosis and monitoring technologies for personalised healthcare. In his role, Kevin oversees the execution of product development programs and deliverables with both internal and external stakeholders.

Prior to joining XING in 2018, he completed his doctoral research on the development of nanobiosensors for circulating prostate cancer biomarkers at the University of Queensland‘s Australian Institute for Bioengineering & Nanotechnology. In recognition, Kevin has received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Thesis, the Springer Thesis Award, and the Metrohm Australia-New Zealand Young Chemist Award. He remains an appointed Honorary Fellow of the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research.


Felicity Furey

Chief Executive Officer - WeAspire

An award-winning business leader, engineer and entrepreneur, Felicity Furey has made a career out of making the ‘impossible’, possible. 

Named one of AFR’s 100 Women of Influence by age 26 and Boss Magazine’s Young Executive of The Year, Felicity has led multi-million dollar engineering projects across Australia, founded several successful businesses including Power of Engineering, Machinam and WeAspire and secured partnerships with the likes of Qantas, Toyota and Energy Australia. 

Felicity mentors high-performing teams and equips current and emerging leaders across every industry with the skills they need to make an impact and drive meaningful change. Currently Felicity is a Senior Lecturer and Engineer in Residence at Swinburne University and is the CEO of WeAspire.

Dr Sasikaran Kandasamy            

Team Leader - Vaxxas

Dr Sasikaran Kandasamy is a Team Leader at Vaxxas, managing the Micro-projection Array Patch (MAP) technology development and scale-up program. Prior, he was a Senior Manager at Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication(MCN, ANFF-Vic) developing nanotechnology processes and engaging industry for microdevice manufacture in the areas of sensors, microfluidics, advanced materials and photonics. His PhD research was in developing novel metal-oxides for chemical sensing. He has over 15yrs experience in complex problem solving, end-to-end product development, client relationship management and project management.

Zoe Piper

Founder / Director - Allaran

Zoe Piper has spent the past 20 years undertaking a diverse portfolio of engagements, including:

  • Creating/consulting to businesses that deliver social impact (her own ventures include manufacturing zero-VOC paint and developing an award-winning provenance platform which is empowering micro small enterprises in South-East Asia)

  • Advising government on policy development (with a focus on innovation and economic development) 

  • Building connections between industry and research (including developing a platform showcasing Australia’s research expertise) 

  • Mentoring start-ups and young professionals looking to proactively shape their careers 

Zoe serves on the University of Canberra Business School Advisory Board and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors ACT Division Council. 

She is currently undertaking a at ANU focusing on the career development of individuals concurrently working across industry, research and government.


Monday 11th October 2021
8.00am - 9.00am AEST
8.00amWelcome and Introduction 
Scott Cummins GAICD - IMNIS Program Manager,  Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering 
8.05amKeynote Address
Dr Paulo Borges - Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO
8.20amPanel Discussion 
Facilitated by Dr Kevin Koo - Head of Assay Development, XING Technologies Pty Ltd 
Felicity Furey - Chief Executive Officer, WeAspire
Dr Sasikaran Kandasamy - Team Leader, Vaxxas
Zoe Piper - Founder / Director - Allaran 
8.50amQ&A Opportunity
Facilitated by Scott Cummins GAICD
8.55amClosing Remarks
Scott Cummins GAICD
9.00amEvent Close 

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