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South West Advanced Manufacturing Robotics Education Forum

South West Advanced Manufacturing Robotics Education Forum

South West Advanced Manufacturing Robotics Education Forum

Friday, 22 October 2021, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm


This event has been designed to inform thinking about education models and pathways in industry 4.0 technologies.

You are invited to attend and find out what is needed to support local industry in the future. Come along to this forum and hear from industry experts about advancements in technology and the future direction of robotics.

Through initiatives such as the South West Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Hub (SW AMTECH), we are laying the groundwork for the jobs of the future.

With local schools, TAFE, university and industry on board, we can create the pipeline of talent we need to support evolving industry needs, right here in the region.

By equipping locals with the skills needed to support industry in the years ahead, we will unlock new opportunities for rewarding careers for current South West residents and the future generations.

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Meet the Speakers

Andrew McCluskey (pictured)

Andrew has worked for Siemens in Western Australia for 10 years. He currently works as the Regional General Manager reporting to the CEO and also as the Executive GM for the Smart Infrastructure Business RSS division for the Pacific region. Most of his working life has focused on technology in commercial buildings, hospitals and manufacturing plants.

Asta Morton

Asta has recently commenced at The Chamber of Minerals and Energy to coordinate the expansion of a minerals and energy focused digital technologies platform for students in Pre-Primary to Year 10. Most recently, Asta has managed the establishment of two Pathways in Technology (PTECH) partnerships in Western Australia with a focus on Defence Industry and Cybersecurity.

Cobie Rudd

Professor Cobie Rudd is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Regional Futures) and Vice-President at Edith Cowan University (ECU) with key responsibilities to promote and enhance the University’s external regional relations across the State, through governance and advisory roles, industry and higher education sector partnerships and she also heads up ECU’s South West campus. Professor Rudd leads ECU’s Athena SWAN initiative, a gender equity and diversity evaluation and institutional accreditation process, and oversees professional accreditations for all ECU courses.

Dr Mark Micire

Dr Mark Micire has worked for over two decades to bring robots and other technologies to assist humans in dangerous tasks and extreme environments. He is the Head of Robotics at Woodside Energy and guides the team’s technical direction in Perth and Karratha, WA.  In addition to his former work with NASA and DARPA, he was active in the search and rescue community as a certified firefighter and search specialist for more than twenty years.

Don Punch

Hon Don Punch MLA is the Minister for Disability Services; Fisheries; Innovation and ICT; Seniors and Ageing, and has been a member of the Legislative Assembly since 2017, representing the seat of Bunbury. Don was previously CEO of the South West Development and assumed responsibility for many aspects of the South West region’s social and economic development, including projects such as the renewal of the Manjimup town centre with an emphasis on food based tourism, the renewal of the Bunbury water front and the redevelopment of Busselton airport. His passion for blending social and economic development and commitment to creative design and emerging technologies characterised his work in the South West, and will continue to guide his Ministerial agenda.

Corina Docking

Corina is the project director of the South West Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Hub as well as leading a busy team responsible for governance, grants and other significant projects to support regional development in the South West. Her knowledge of project management, regional development, staff development and business growth spans over 25 years. Corina has held leadership roles with Commonwealth, Local and State governments.

Mellisa Teede

As the CEO of the South West Development Commission, Mellisa leads the State Government’s job-creating agenda in the South West, driving regional diversification and local content outcomes. Key initiatives being progressed under Mellisa’s leadership include the South West Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Hub (SW AMTECH) proposal. Mellisa has more than 30 years of experience in the public sector, including in senior leadership roles in education and training.



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