D&I Luncheon Networking


Diversity and Inclusion Event: Luncheon Networking Event

Date: 12:00-13:30, Wednesday, 12th July, 2023 (WeLunch)
Room:  Room 503

Related Technical Committee: Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Mary Doyle-Kent (South East Technological University, Ireland)

Bozenna Pasik-Duncan (University of Kansas, USA)
Patricia Pena (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil)
Maria Prandini (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Dawn Tilbury (University of Michigan, USA)

D&I Excecutive Comittee:
Mary Doyle-Kent (Chair, South East Technological University, Ireland) 
Hye-Kyung Cho (Hansung University, Korea) 
Patricia Pena (Federal University of Minas Gerais) 
Maria Prandini (Politecnico di Milano, Italy) 

D&I Consultants:
Bozenna Pasik-Duncan  (University of Kansas, US) 
Dawn Tilbury (University of Michigan, US) 
Brenda O'Neill (South East Technological University, Ireland) 

D&I Organizing Comittee:
Keiko Shimizu (Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation, Japan)
Reiko J Tanaka (Imperial College London, UK)

Mary Doyle-Kent (South East Technological University, Ireland)



This event is held for the purpose of getting to know each other and developing networks among researchers who are interested in diversity and inclusion. It also functions as a place for interaction among female researchers, who are a minority in the field of control engineering. Male participants are also welcome. Participants will be served a Lakto-Ovo Vegetarian lunchbox (Japanese Shojin-ryori Bento style).

Session Program

12:00-12:15    Preparation: Changing the arrangement of tables, handing lunch box.
12:15-12:30    Ice-breaking talk by Mary Doyle Kent
12:30-13:25    Free discussion at each table
13:25-13:30    Closing talk by Mary Doyle Kent



Dr. Mary Doyle Kent: Chair of IFAC’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Mary studied production engineering in the Technological University of Dublin (TUD) graduating with an honours Bachelor’s Degree (BSc.Eng).  Her education continued in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) with a Master’s Degree in Mathematics (MA) and in Dublin City University (DCU) with a Master’s Degree in Engineering (M.Eng). Her Doctoral Degree is from the Technical University in Vienna (TUWien).

Mary has worked in industry in France and Ireland in the automotive, toy, medical device companies as New Products Engineer and New Products Manager. Her current roles are Programme Leader and Lecturer in the South East Technological University (SETU) in Waterford Ireland and is a Principal Investigator in the INSYTE research group in SETU. In 2022 Mary was SETU's Employee of the Year for Diversity and Inclusion.

As a long-standing chartered member of Engineers Ireland, Mary is active in the Southeast Region, and has held the positions of Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary. 

Since 2014 Mary has become an active member of the International Federation of Automatic Control’s (IFAC) Technical Committee 9.5 (TC9.5) In 2019 Mary became Chair of their Diversity and Inclusion Working Group and in July 2020 was honoured again by becoming a Council Member of IFAC, as well as the Chair of IFAC’s Diversity and Inclusion Executive Committee.