Four internationally acclaimed design education visionaries delivered keynote talks at the conference. A short biography of each speaker is presented below with the title or focus area of their presentations.
Prof. Roy Marcus
Prof. Marcus graduated with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1972. In 1974 and 1978, he was awarded an MSc and a PhD respectively for research work conducted in the field of the pipeline transportation of solids. In 2004, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Technology from the Technikon Witwatersrand.
Prof. Marcus acted as the Ministerial Advisor on science and technology and the Chairperson of the National Advisory Council on Innovation. He was elected as Chairperson of the Council of the University of Johannesburg in March 2006. He represents South Africa as a board member of the International Sustainable Trade and Innovation Centre.
Dr. Ian Campbell
Dr. Campbell has experience in both academic and "real world" applications of CAD technology. At the 2013 DEFSA Conference he presented a paper on "Using New Technology to Improve Students' Opportunities" on collaborative research undertaken by Vaal University of Technology and Loughborough University. High school students from disadvantaged backgrounds and with physical impairments were given access to state-of-the-‐art CAD and direct digital manufacturing technologies and were able to achieve project outcomes that far surpassed the expectations of their teachers.
After graduating from Brunel University in 1985, Ian Campbell worked as a design engineer, first in Ford Motor Company, and later in the Rover Group. In 1993, he obtained a lectureship at the University of Nottingham and gained his PhD, again through part-‐time study, in 1998.
Prof. Eileen MacAvery
Prof. MacAvery is an art educator, graphic designer, author, and photographer. She is currently with Berkeley College serving as Professor/Chair—Graphic Design. She is the author and designer of the books Ethics: A Graphic Designer’s Field Guide, East End Stories, and Teacup Secrets.
Prof. MacAvery has over 25 years’ experience as a creative director, art director, and graphic designer. An expert in creating integrated marketing that reaches every touchpoint, she has worked for some of the biggest names in entertainment and media marketing.
Prof. Deon de Beer
Prof. de Beer is currently the Executive Director: Technology Transfer and Innovation at the Vaal University of Technology, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa. His experience includes 10 years of industrial R&D at the AEC, supplemented by 24 years of Higher Education experience (teaching, research and management).
He has published widely on topics in product development, technology transfer, innovation, research development and commercialization.