Editor Insight: Exploring Open Access Publishing in STEM

What the event covered

The world of academic publishing is an ever-changing one, and it is crucial for researchers to be able to navigate this landscape effectively throughout their academic journey.

We are delighted to host two editors in Engineering and Robotics in this webinar:

  • Professor Marcelo H Ang Jr, Editor of Advanced Robotics

  • Professor Akhtar Kalam, Editor in Chief of the Australian Journal of Electrical & Electronics Engineering.

This session covers how to choose your journal, and what Open Access means for authors. Then, our guests will then discuss Open Access publishing opportunities, their expert perspectives within these disciplines, the changing nature of the fields, and current trends and hot topics.

This webinar is part of the Taylor & Francis Researcher Webinar Series 2023.

About the speakers

Victoria Babbit is the Director of Researcher Development & Outreach at Taylor & Francis. Victoria joined Taylor & Francis in 2008 and throughout the past decade has supported researchers as they navigate the rapidly changing publishing landscape.

Her work involves engaging with global research communities to build knowledge and capacity related to publishing and editorial activities. Prior to joining Taylor & Francis, Victoria conducted post graduate research in Geography at The University of Washington.

Professor Marcelo H Ang Jr received the B.Sc. degrees (Cum Laude) in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management Engineering from the De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines, in 1981; the M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1985; and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, in 1986 and 1988, respectively.

His work experience includes heading the Technical Training Division of Intel’s Assembly and Test Facility in the Philippines, research positions at the East West Center in Hawaii and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a faculty position as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Rochester, New York. In 1989, Dr. Ang joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the National University of Singapore, where he is currently a Professor.

He is also the Director of the Advanced Robotics Centre. His research interests span the areas of robotics, mechatronics, and applications of intelligent systems methodologies. He teaches both at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the following areas: robotics; creativity and innovation, and Engineering Mathematics. He is also active in consulting work in robotics and intelligent systems. In addition to academic and research activities, he is actively involved in the Singapore Robotic Games as its founding chairman and the World Robot Olympiad as a member of the Advisory Council.

Professor Akhtar Kalam has been at Victoria University (VU), Melbourne since 1984 and a former Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science and Head of Engineering and Head of External Engagement of the College of Engineering and Science. He is also the current Chair of the Academic Board, Texila College Australia, Melbourne, Australia and Deputy Chair of the Academic Board in the Engineering Institute of Technology, Perth, Australia. In addition, he is the Editor in Chief of Australian Journal of Electrical & Electronics Engineering.

He has Distinguished Professorship position at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; MRS Punjab Technical University – Bhatinda, India; Crescent University – Chennai, India; VIT – Vellore and Chennai, India, 1 Omani institution and 5 Malaysian universities. He has wide experience in educational institutions and industry across four continents. He received his B.Sc. and B.Sc. Engineering from Calcutta University and Aligarh Muslim University, India. He completed his MS and Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma, USA and the University of Bath, UK.

He has had international and national recognition for his research. He is the first person to have received the John Madsen Medal from Engineers Australia in consecutive years 2016, 2019 and 2020. He has conducted research, provided industrial consultancy, published over six hundred publications on his area of expertise, and written over 29 books in the area.

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Victoria Babbit

Director of Researcher Development & Outreach at Taylor & Francis

Professor Marcelo H Ang Jr

Editor of Advanced Robotics

Professor Akhtar Kalam

Editor in Chief of the Australian Journal of Electrical & Electronics Engineering

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