Sydney Speakers May 2017

Louise McWhinnie

Prof. Dean, Faculty Transdisciplinary Innovation

The University of Technology Sydney

Professor Louise McWhinnie is the inaugural Dean of the new Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation at The University of Technology Sydney. Over the last three decades she has lived and worked as a designer and academic in three continents (Australia, Asia and Europe), and in the last decade her research has been conducted within a fourth (America).Her role as Dean builds upon this work, as does her contribution to the creation and development of UTS's first transdisciplinary degree program the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCII), which in late 2016 was awarded the Wharton Reimagining Education bronze award for Presence Learning. Referred to as the 'oscars of education' the Wharton Awards attract over 500 applications from the world's leading educational institutions.

Louise has worked closely with Creative Intelligence and Innovation staff and students in transdisciplinary teams working with industry and government (Visa, Government House NSW, etc) on a series of wicked problems. Louise also writes articles for The Conversation, and has undertaken radio and TV interviews in Australia and overseas. The new Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation in this its first year contains the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation as well as the Diploma in Innovation, the Bachelor of Technology and Innovation, the Graduate Certificate in Transdisciplinary Innovation in Higher Education and the UTS Animal Logic Academy, which contains the Master of Animation and Visualisation.

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