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 Western Australia. 

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 Professor Melinda Hodkiewicz FTSE provide insights and learnings from throughout her career. 

Following the Keynote presentation, a panel facilitated by Scott Cummins GAICD, and including special guest panellists, Simon Molyneux, Dr Lil Pantelic and Dr Navpreet Kaur will share their experiences engaging with industry across all facets of the industry pipeline. 

The IMNIS team is look forward to welcoming you all!

Event Details:

Monday 18th October, 8.00 - 9.00am Perth Time

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


Professor Melinda Hodkiewicz FTSE 

Professor, University of Western Australia 

Professor Melinda Hodkiewicz is instrumental in developing and implementing best practice methods in asset management nationally and internationally. She chaired the Standards Australia committee responsible for the ISO 55001 Asset Management Standard and in 2016 received the MESA Medal, a lifetime achievement award for services to the asset management community. 

In 2015, Professor Hodkiewicz became the BHP Billiton Fellow for Engineering for Remote Operations at UWA. In 2016, she was appointed to the METS Ignited Advisory Council, and the following year she joined the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority Advisory Board.

In 2018, Professor Hodkiewicz was awarded a Visiting Fellowship at the Alan Turing Institute in London with the Data Centric Engineering group to work on the “Siri for Maintenance” project and was also part of the successful Australian Research Council and industry-funded bid to establish a new Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science. 

She is a bridge builder working at the nexus of industry and universities, valued for her technical expertise. By establishing multidisciplinary teams she has broken new ground in understanding human, organisational and technology factors that affect asset maintenance and safety.


Scott Cummins GAICD

IMNIS Program Manager Australia 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.


Simon Molyneux

Managing Director - Molyneux Advisors

Simon is the principal geoscientist and Managing Director of Molyneux Advisors. Amalgamating over 23 years of experience acquired during his time at Santos, Talisman Energy and Shell after gaining qualifications at Stanford, Durham and Cambridge Universities. Simon takes pride in being at the forefront of the energy industry, where he delivers maximum value to his clients and their resources. 

Simon is passionate about the role that scientists and engineers have to play in the global energy transition. In his career and on-going consulting practice, Simon has worked in industry-academic research collaborations, industrial research and development, and academic research.

Dr Lil Pantelic

Associate Director / R&D Director  Syrinx

Dr Pantelic is the lead environmental & human health scientist within Syrinx, and a qualified sustainability practitioner. She has 18 years’ experience in the multidisciplinary environmental sciences as researcher and consultant, Her key interests are in developing innovative methods and applying appropriate technologies for assessing, protecting, remediating and improving natural systems, and delivering sustainable resource and infrastructure outcomes. 

Her current research and work focus is on nature-based solutions and blue/green infrastructure planning, circular economy, sustainability analytics, decision logic, and data driven decision making.  This has culminated in the establishment of a new start-up Company CST (Catalyst Sustainability Tools), which focuses on development of strategic decision tools that help clients navigate complex choices  and deliver climate resilient solutions.

Dr Navpreet Kaur

Senior Bioprocess Scientist - Thermo Fisher Scientific  

Navpreet is a versatile and energetic scientist with over 5 years of experience in a laboratory environment, during which she has developed strong project management and problem-solving skills. 

A strong research professional with a PhD focused on Biotechnology. She is skilled in Biotechnology, Microbiology, Downstream Processing, Upstream Processing and Bioprocessing . She is an enthusiastic team-player with an achievement-oriented mind. She has carried out several scientific projects allowing her to showcase her skills such as attention to detail, capacity to manage time and meet deadlines, while also training students.  

Navpreet would like to utilise her scientific knowledge and willingness to learn to develop innovative and powerful strategies leading to a positive impact on society.


Monday 18th October, 2021
8.00am - 9.00am AWST

8.00amWelcome and Introduction
Scott Cummins GAICD - IMNIS Program Manager, Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering
8.05amKeynote Address

Professor Melinda Hodkiewicz FTSE - Professor, University of Western Australia 

8.20amPanel Discussion 
Facilitated by Scott Cummins GAICD 
Simon Molyneux - Manging Director, Molyneux Advisors
Dr Lil Pantelic - Associate Director / R&D Director, Syrinx
Dr Navpreet Kaur - Senior Bioprocess Scientist, Thermo Fisher Scientific
8.50amQ&A Opportunity
Facilitated by Scott Cummins GAICD
8.55amClosing Remarks
Scott Cummins GAICD
9.00amEvent Close 

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