Visiting Professors Profiles
Get to know the professors who will be participating in the Visiting Professors Activity
Meike Siegner is a board member of the Community Alternatives Co-op, a Vancouver-based initiative for sustainable urban living. As a member of the board, she spearheads the Organizational History and Digital Storytelling project for enhanced social impact. She was previously a teaching assistant at The University of British Columbia where she taught Sustainable Forestry and a former researcher for the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) Competence Centre for Nonprofits & Social Entrepreneurship. She is currently completing her doctorate degree in Sustainable Business Management at The University of British Columbia. Meike will be deployed in the University of San Carlos (USC) in Cebu City.
Eugene Noh is the Program Director of the Bay Area National Science Foundation Innovation-Corps (NSF I-Corps) which provides Lean LaunchPad training for academic researchers and startups with universities such as UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, and Stanford University. Eugene served as the Partnerships Lead at the CITRIS Foundry of the CITRIS-Banatao Institute at UC Berkeley. Still at UC Berkeley, he also served as the Venture Lab Manager at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) and led an early-stage startup incubator in the College of Engineering where he mentored over 50 teams. Eugene will be deployed in the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) in Cagayan de Oro City.
Dr. Esther Obonyo is an Associate Professor of Engineering Design and Architectural Engineering of Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Obonyo is also the Strategic Initiatives Director for East Africa of the PennState Global Programs which facilitates PennState’s leadership in global engagement through brokering regional partnerships for institution-to-institution collaboration. Dr. Obonyo was also a 2015-2016 Jefferson Science Fellow placed in the USAID Global Development Lab in Washington D.C.
Dr. Obonyo graduated with a degree in Building Economics from the University of Nairobi in 1998. She received her Master of Arts in Architectural Technology from the University of Nottingham, UK in 2000. She earned her doctorate degree in Civil & Building Engineering from the University of Loughborough University, UK in 2004.
Dr. Obonyo was a Visiting Professor in the Philippines from 2013-2015 at the Technological Institute of the Philippines which led to the development of the curriculum for the Technopreneurship subject in the university. This was before the rollout of Technopreneurship 101 Subject which was rolled out in all 539 HEIs in the Philippines with Engineering programs beginning the academic year of 2018-2019.
She will be deployed in Saint Louis University (SLU) in Baguio City and Batangas State University (BatStateU) in Batangas City.
Neo Kok-Beng is an award-winning engineer, educator, and entrepreneur. Neo built a portfolio of highly-scalable and global companies with deep-science in the areas of Biomedical, Financial and Aerospace technologies – through its unique acceleration program that is "Global-Business & World-Class". He was awarded Singapore's President Design Award, the US Government Innovation Initiative Award, NUS Innovation and Enterprise Award, and an Honorary Fellow award of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organizations in 2018 for his contributions to engineering in society. His latest venture is the development of Personal Aerial Vehicle (or “flying car”) for Urban Aerial Mobility communities.
Professor Neo graduated with an MBA at the Nanyang Technological University on Hewlett-Packard Scholarship, and PostGrad Diploma (ICIS) on Singapore Computer Systems Scholarship, and an engineering degree (Hons) from the National University of Singapore.
Neo will be deployed in the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) in Quezon City.