For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. Emerging Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, and presenting their own research papers. The 2019 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients are as follows:
After graduating from RMIT University, Melbourne in 1993, Jackson Wong started his career in the advertising and design fields in Malaysia. During his earlier years, Wong worked with established advertising companies like Grey Advertising, Bozell International, and Netcard Corporation, one of the pioneers in Technology Park Malaysia under Multimedia Super Corridor. In 1998, Jackson Wong decided to run a design agency on his own with a small creative team at Kuala Lumpur.
With more than 25 years in the design industry and 19 years in the education industry, Jackson Wong was given the opportunity to share his knowledge and experiences with students from KDU University College. He was also involved in industry consultancy, including Metro Homes and Toshiba Transmission & Distribution System Asia, from 2013 to 2015. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Education at Open University Malaysia.
Zhou Fang obtained her BSc in Architecture and BA in Environmental Design at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China in 2011 and her MSc in Architectural Studies at University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States in 2012. She returned to mainland China in 2013 and worked for a state-owned real estate developer as an architect. In 2014, Zhou enrolled in a PhD program in building and real estate management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University under the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme.
Thomas Girard is a four-time Emerging Scholar Award recipient and has taught undergraduate level interaction design in three countries. Among his awards has been Emerging Scholar at the Design Principles and Practices conference in Barcelona, Spain, where the theme was ‘no boundaries design’. In Lisbon, Portugal in June 2019, his recent efforts will be recognized with an abstract accepted as a ‘Focused Discussion’ at The Arts in Society Conference. Early in his career, Girard was employed by Lenovo as a Staff User Experience Designer.
Being a Graduate Scholar was a great opportunity to learn some dynamics on how to organize and chair an International Conference. This will help in future professional works"
This experience allowed me to improve my fluencey in the english language. It also gave me confidence to talk to an unkown audience while also learning from the experienced professionals in the design world."