Keynote Speakers

Prof. Joy Kutaka-Kennedy

National University, USA
 

Before entering higher education Dr. Joy Kutaka-Kennedy spent over twenty years teaching students from pre-school through high school in regular education, gifted education, at-risk education, and special education. She has taught over fifteen years at the university level emphasizing special education teacher preparation in academic course work and clinical practice supervision. Early in her career she won two competitive federal grants totaling almost $2M for teacher preparation in special education. Having extensive experience with online education, course development and program evaluation, she won Quality Matters recognition for innovative course design and student engagement. She has given numerous national and international presentations on creativity and collaboration in the online venue; individual accountability in online group work; emerging technological trends in higher education; and implications of generational differences and technological innovation in higher education. Currently Dr. Kutaka-Kennedy is examining the use of virtual and augmented reality in education along with the implications of the rapidly evolving future of artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning. She participates in a consortium led by the University of Kansas to research differences in perception of online visual elements among culturally diverse groups. Her faculty responsibilities include course design and oversight, field work supervision, and mentoring new faculty in higher education. Dr. Joy Kutaka-Kennedy serves as an officer of the California Association of Professors of Special Education, mentors prospective grant writers, completes program reviews for state and national accreditation, and performs editorial reviews for professional publications. She currently is working on designing new programs and curricula to align with new state credentialing standards.

 

Prof. Murali Krishnamurthi

Northern Illinois University, USA

 

Murali Krishnamurthi received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1978 from University of Madras, a master’s degree in industrial and systems engineering in 1982 from Ohio University, and a doctorate in industrial engineering in 1988 from Texas A&M University.

 

He is Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Permanent Provost for Faculty Affairs at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, U.S.A. His teaching and research interests include project management, information systems, system simulation, optimization techniques, faculty development, and distance learning.

 

Dr. Krishnamurthi is a member of the American Association for Engineering Education (ASEE) and the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network. In 2011, he received the Presidential Teaching Professor Award and the Deacon Davis Diversity Award at Northern Illinos University.