WHAT IS
THE GEDC Industry Forum?

Developing the next generation of engineering experts and leaders

WHAT IS
THE GEDC Industry Forum?

Developing the next generation of engineering experts and leaders

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GEDC Industry Forum - 2017 Fontainebleau event
GEDC Industry Forum - 2019 Bucharest event
GEDC Industry Forum - 2017 Fontainebleau event
GEDC Industry Forum - 2017 Fontainebleau event
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Engineering and technology leaders from the private sector and education gather to exchange on critical issues in a unique, interactive and creative event.

The Industry Forum creates the opportunity for an influential and meaningful dialogue to take place among all participants allowing their collective knowledge and experience to be leveraged and concrete solutions to real world problems to be elaborated.  Each event is inspired by a concept paper that explores current issues impacting innovation and skills in engineering education. A detailed event report that includes a full description of all ideas developed is published after the event. You can access these valuable resources here.

The events to-date have gathered senior delegates from 40 countries across 6 regions. Based on the feedback shared, over 90% leave satisfied, inspired and looking forward to joining us again.

See the list of speakers who have shared valuable and inspirational input to previous editions.  

What participants say

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Lintuo Wu

Director of Global Partnership Program, Huawei

One of the benefits of the Industry Forum is to be connected to the elite circle of international engineering educators, to learn about the experiences of both industry partners and academia on industry-academia cooperation.

Jenna Carpenter - GEDC Industry Forum
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Jenna Carpenter

Dean of School of Engineering,
Campbell University, US

Truly unique and engaging. The Industry Forum provided a great platform for helping attendees truly get to know one another and share ideas, generate future collaborations and more

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Dora Smith

Senior Director,  Global Academic Program, Siemens

A very unique opportunity for academic and industry leaders to engage on emerging trends and best practices in engineering education.

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Stefano Olivieri

Customer Success Manager, Italy and MENA, Mathworks

The Industry Forum is well attended by a good mix of industry and university delegates. It offers excellent opportunities to gain visibility with most of the attending institutions

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Dr. Peter Kilpatrick

Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, Illinois Institute of Technology

I have never been to a meeting, conference, or workshop that has brought together the collection of leaders that we have in engineering from around the world, and in such a dynamic format.

previous events

JOINING US IN 2020

Dassault Systèmes - GEDC Industry Forum
University of Southern California  - GEDC Industry Forum
University of Waterloo  - GEDC Industry Forum
Gujarat Technological University - GEDC Industry Forum
University of British Columbia - GEDC Industry Forum
University of Pretoria - GEDC Industry Forum
University Of Sao Paulo - GEDC Industry Forum
UMBC - University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Mathworks - GEDC Industry Forum
Huawei  - GEDC Industry Forum
Lassonde - GEDC Industry Forum
The University of Mew Mexico  - GEDC Industry Forum
Western University Canada - GEDC Industry Forum
University of Twente  - GEDC Industry Forum
Purdue University Nothwest  - GEDC Industry Forum
Illinois Tech  - GEDC Industry Forum
Campbell University  - GEDC Industry Forum
Queens University - GEDC Industry Forum
SCHULICH  - GEDC Industry Forum
ABET  - GEDC Industry Forum
Vedacit  - GEDC Industry Forum
Siemens - GEDC Industry Forum
Boeing  - GEDC Industry Forum

THANKS FOR JOINING US!

Mathworks - GEDC Industry Forum
Lassonde - GEDC Industry Forum
University Guleph  - GEDC Industry Forum
ArcelorMitall  - GEDC Industry Forum
The University of Mew Mexico  - GEDC Industry Forum
Covenant University  - GEDC Industry Forum
BUK - GEDC Industry Forum
Western University Canada - GEDC Industry Forum
University of Twente  - GEDC Industry Forum
University of Southern California  - GEDC Industry Forum
uphp  - GEDC Industry Forum
UC Davis  - GEDC Industry Forum
UPTC  - GEDC Industry Forum
Purdue University Nothwest  - GEDC Industry Forum
Pontificia de Chile  - GEDC Industry Forum
Illinois Tech  - GEDC Industry Forum
Campbell University  - GEDC Industry Forum
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Queens University - GEDC Industry Forum
SCHULICH  - GEDC Industry Forum
ABET  - GEDC Industry Forum
Vedacit  - GEDC Industry Forum
Siemens - GEDC Industry Forum
Sabanci  - GEDC Industry Forum
Oracle - GEDC Industry Forum
Miele - GEDC Industry Forum
Boeing  - GEDC Industry Forum
Total - GEDC Industry Forum
ScriencesPo  - GEDC Industry Forum
Quanser - GEDC Industry Forum
McMaster University  - GEDC Industry Forum
George Mason - GEDC Industry Forum
Ambrose Alli University  - GEDC Industry Forum
Airbus - GEDC Industry Forum

advisory board

Prof. Şirin Tekinay
Prof. Şirin Tekinay

Prof. Şirin Tekinay

Dean of Engineering, American University of Sharjah, UAE, & Chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council

Prof. Şirin Tekinay joined American University of Sharjah as Dean of Engineering starting February 1, 2020. Prof. Tekinay has held posts of academic administration as Dean of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Vice President for Research and Development, and Rector during the last decade. Prior to her tenure in Istanbul the last decade, she lived in the United States where she served as Program Director at the US National Science Foundation; she was tenured faculty at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Director of NJ Center for Wireless Telecommunications. In addition to her core area of research and teaching (wireless communication networks and related areas), she has been working in and teaching Gender in Science and Technology. She is the elected ’18-21’ Chair of Global Engineering Deans Council (https://www.gedcouncil.org) and a Board Member of the European Society for Engineering Education. Before starting her academic career, she was a researcher at Bell Laboratories. Dean Tekinay holds the PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from George Mason University, Virginia, and the MS and BS degrees in Electrical-Electronics Engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul.

Hans J. Hoyer
Hans J. Hoyer

Hans J. Hoyer

Executive Secretary, GEDC & IFEES Secretary General

Dr. Hans Jürgen Hoyer is Executive Secretary of the GEDC and Secretary General of the IFEES. Based in Fairfax, USA, he is a Resident Scholar in Global Engineering at George Mason University and an Honorary Professor in Hungary, India, Kazakhstan, and Peru. He has been a Resident Scholar at MIT and Harvard and is on the board and advisor of various universities and companies.

Natacha DePaola
Natacha DePaola

Natacha DePaola

Dean of the Armour College of Engineering

Dr. Natacha DePaola serves as the Carol and Ed Kaplan Armour Dean of Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, USA.Dr. DePaola is the GEDC Chair Elect until October 2017, when she assumes the role of GEDC Chair, serving until 2019.‍

Dr Ishwar K. Puri
Dr Ishwar K. Puri

Dr Ishwar K. Puri

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University, Canada

Dr. Puri is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is Dean of Engineering and Professor at McMaster University and a member of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Puri is the author of several books and archival papers and has founded technology startups. He served as chair of Engineering Deans Canada. He is the architect of The Pivot, a significant transformation of engineering education that embeds design thinking, innovation mindset and entrepreneurship in all programming. The Pivot transforms the curriculum through integrated project-based learning experiences, reimagines the classroom as a purpose-built studio, and amplifies experiential learning. Puri initiated the MacChangers program through which interdisciplinary teams of students work on local solutions for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Kirsten Williamson
Kirsten Williamson

Kirsten Williamson

Founder and CEO, Petrus

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.

Dr Andrew Hogg
Dr Andrew Hogg

Dr Andrew Hogg

Deputy Chairman, Group Ethics Committee, Total

Andrew Hogg has worked in a variety of technical,communication and HR management roles with BP and Total in Canada, France,Kuwait and the UK. Working with both senior leaders and employees he helps themmake the right ethical decisions. Via a global network of ethics specialists,he leads and supports the implementation of Total's business ethics policies,working across a wide range of cultural and professional contexts. ‍

Femke Verdegaal
Femke Verdegaal

Femke Verdegaal

Team Coordinator of the Business Connect Team, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Femke Verdegaal is Team Coordinator of the Business Connect Team at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, TU Delft. The business connect team is responsible for business relations, (inter)national strategic partnerships, public affairs and alumni relations. Femke’s focal areas are business relations, internationalisation (of education), innovation & entrepreneurship, and the Mentor Alumni Programme. Femke shares the Industry Forum Advisory Board position with Birgit de Bruin.

The GEDC Industry Forum provides the opportunity to bring together leading thinkers to discuss how best to transform engineering education and strengthen ties between academia and the private and public sectors. As a champion of research and education that emphasises impact, the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University is proud to host this influential and forward-thinking event that explores solutions to real-world challenges. We anticipate that the outcomes of the first-ever forum to be held in Canada will facilitate important strategies and implementations.

GEDC Industry Forum - 2017 Fontainebleau event

Who should attend?

Previous participants have come from a wide range of engineering and technology specialisations across education and the private sector; from FTSE 100 leaders to dynamic tech start-ups. Typical attendees include President, Vice-Rector,Dean and Director of Education; R&D or HR Director, CEO, HO Engineering ITor Technology. To maintain the highly interactive nature of the event which allows every voice to be heard, the event is by invitation only with limited places allocated on a first-come basis. If you would like to receive an invitation or to propose someone to be invited, please get in touch at contact@gedc-industryforum.com.

Organizers

The Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) was created on 9th May 2008 in Paris as a recognition of the global need for a world-wide forum of engineering deans and rectors. The main goal of the GEDC is to provide engineering deans and rectors with ideas, tools, and “best practices” necessary to become innovative leaders of engineering education.

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Petrus Communications is a multi-award-winning international agency that specialises in connecting our clients with students and universities. We create innovative and impactful projects that bring together leading companies, students and the global education community. We enable young people to fulfill their potential by making the many exciting opportunities the world holds more visible and more attainable.

McMaster Engineering  - GEDC Industry Forum

Ranked among the world’s top engineering schools, the Faculty of Engineering plays a significant role in helping McMaster University earn its reputation as one of Canada’s most innovative universities. The faculty places an emphasis on experiential, problem-based learning and an interdisciplinary approach to collaboration, resulting in smarter insights, ground-breaking ideas and greater optimism.

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Get involved

To maintain the highly interactive nature of the event which allows every voice to be heard, participation is by invitation only with the number of places available deliberately low. We’d be delighted to hear from more potential participants and contributors so if you would like to receive an invitation, please get in touch: contact@gedc-industryforum.com

A small number of engaging, interactive sponsorship opportunities are available to support the event, our publications and outreach activity. Find out more here or contact dominic@petruscommunications.com

The Global Engineering Deans Council is a remarkable resource and network for leaders in engineering education – find out more about becoming a member of the GEDC here.

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