Sir Julian Young is the immediate past-President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and retired 2-years ago from the Royal Air Force (RAF) after more than 40 years of service as an Engineer Officer having reached the rank of 3-star Air Marshal. Sir Julian is a keen advocate for the continued professional development of engineers, to keep up with technology - especially our digital future - and to make an appreciable difference in sustaining our planet.
In his last military appointment, he was Director-General Air within the Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) organization in the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD). In this role, he led some 2,265 military and civilian specialists and was responsible for putting to work £3.7 billion annually on equipping and supporting all the MOD’s aircraft. He was a member of the Air Force Board and the RAF’s Chief Engineer, and he had a MOD-wide role concurrently as the Defence Engineering Champion.
Throughout his long career, Julian held a variety of in-command, manpower policy, operational, engineering, training, logistics and staff appointments, including Project Team Leader for the Harrier GR7/T10 fleet and on the Support Helicopter Force (Falkland Islands, Cold War Germany and Gulf War I).
Julian’s first degree was in Air Transport Engineering, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
He is also a Trustee of the RAF Charitable Trust and Chair of ‘The STEM Code’ Advisory Board.
He was awarded his KBE in 2020, a CB in 2013 and an OBE in 2000.
Rahul C. Basole, Ph.D., is Managing Director and Global Lead for Visualization and Interaction Science (VIS) at Accenture, focusing on new capabilities, growth strategy, and talent development at the intersection of visualization, data science, machine learning, AI, and strategy. His expertise includes advancing and applying novel, interactive, human-centered, and AI-enabled approaches to understanding and managing complex processes, enterprises, and ecosystems and bringing effective data-driven visual solutions and strategies to the C-suite.
He is a globally recognized thought leader in visualization, enterprise analytics, and AI strategy, was named to Stanford University’s Global List of Top 2% Scientists for both single-year and overall career impact in 2022 and 2023, and his award-winning work has been published in leading management, computer science, and engineering journals and conferences. He is currently a Department Editor of IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications, an Advisory Board Member of Electronic Markets, and former Editor-in-Chief of the IIE/INCOSE Journal of Enterprise Transformation. He is also a Senior Member of the ACM and IEEE.
In his prior role, he was a tenured professor in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a founding faculty member of the Georgia Tech Visualization Lab. He was also a faculty member of the GVU Institute, a Fellow of the Batten Institute at the Darden School of Business, and a Visiting Faculty at Stanford University.
He holds a B.S. in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Tech, a M.S. in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from Georgia Tech.