State of the art in university–industry relations to prepare the engineer of the future
Hosted by Andrea Belz, Vice Dean for Transformational Initiatives at USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Universities and industry partners bring distinct objectives and capabilities to research consortia. While these relationships offer the intrinsic opportunity to leverage research for societal and stakeholder benefit, outcomes often sadly lag expectations. The recent pandemic demonstrated both the need and the possibility for alternative approaches to generating impact. This webinar will explore these challenges and the associated new opportunities for reinvention.
Andrea Belz, Vice Dean for Transformative Initiatives at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, will be joined by panelists with global expertise in university-industry partnerships for a candid conversation on this important topic.
Senior Director, Global Academic Program, Siemens Digital Industries Software
Dora Smith directs the global academic program for Siemens which empowers the next generation of digital talent through industrial strength software and curriculum, project-based learning, and STEM competitions to support more than 1.5 million students and more than 4,000institutions worldwide. Dora serves in academic-industry advisory roles as chair on the ASEE’s Corporate Member Council and as director and vice president for Diversity and Inclusion on the IFEES executive committee.
Dora earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s in business administration from Washington University. She is an accredited business communicator with more than 25 years of experience in the engineering and manufacturing industry with leadership roles across disciplines. Previously, she held executive management positions at CAD Potential (now Tata Technologies), Unigraphics Users Group (now Digital Enterprise Society) and served as president on the board of directors of IABC St. Louis.
Engineering Sales Director, EMLA Region, Elsevier
Jan is helping corporations, academic institutions and governmental organization's across EMLA in research for information in engineering and geological topics. Elsevier's Engineering solutions supports customers with content and analytics to save time, be more efficient in finding relevant information to make better informed decisions and increase profits.
Prior to joining Elsevier, Jan worked in Sales Director roles at IHS, WGSN and LexisNexis. Jan holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Economics, from VWA in Koblenz.
Director, Rajarambapu Institute of Technology, Maharashtra, India
Dr. Mrs. Sushma S. Kulkarni is a Director at Rajarambapu Institute of Technology (RIT), Maharashtra, India.
She is working as an elected Executive Member on the Executive committee of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC). She is an Editor for, the “Journal of Engineering Education Transformation” (JEET), a Scopus indexed and UGC care recognized journal from January 2014 in collaboration with IUCEE.
She is a fellow of the Institution of Engineers, India, and an elected member of IEI, Pune chapter. She is actively associated with IUCEE Foundation (Section 8 Company) as a promoter.
Dr. Mrs. Sushma has worked as Production Editor for an international book “Rising to the Top – Volume III, Indian Women STEM leaders share their journeys to professional success”, published by GDEC and IFEES. Click here for full Bio
CEO, Petrus, Co-Chair, Global Engineering Deans Council Industry Forum
Petrus is a multi-award-winning international design company that specialises in connecting employers with students and the global education community.
Created in 2005 by Kirsten, Petrus now comprises a team of 20 research, communication, education and digital experts creating and implementing projects world-wide. Petrus designs and delivers impactful learning experiences and creative campaigns, bringing together companies, students and universities worldwide for skills development, innovation, brand communications, recruitment, and community engagement.
Kirsten believes that everyone has potential, and her mission is to enable young people worldwide to achieve their potential and make a successful start to a fulfilling career, whatever they choose to do.
Join us in Cape Town, South Africa for the 2022 GEDC Industry Forum Dean & Industry Design Workshop.Find out more