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.  

advisory board

Soma Chakrabarti - GEDC Industry Forum
Michael Auer- GEDC Industry Forum
Natacha DePaola - GEDC Industry Forum

Soma Chakrabarti

Michael Auer

Natacha DePaola

Materials Education Resources
Team Lead, Ansys

Founder & CEO, CTI - Consulting,
Technology, Information
Vice-Rector emeritus & Professor, School of Engineering & IT, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Villach, Austria

Professor of Biomedical Engineering / Director Digital Medical Engineering & Technology Center,
Illinois Institute of Technology

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Sunil Maharaj

Sunil Maharaj- GEDC Industry Forum
Andrew Hogg- GEDC Industry Forum
Stephen Isherwood- GEDC Industry Forum

Andrew Hogg

Stephen Isherwood

Deputy Chairman, Group Ethics
Committee, TotalEnergies

Professor and Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology,
University of Pretoria

Chief Executive, Institute of
Student Employers (ISE)

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Dora Smith - GEDC Industry Forum

Senior Director, Global Academic Program, Siemens Digital Industries Software

Dora Smith

Oliver Michler - GEDC Industry Forum
Mitrankur Majumdar- GEDC Industry Forum

Oliver Michler

Chair of Transport Systems Information Technology, Institute of Traffic Telematics, Technical University Dresden

Mitrankur Majumdar

Vice President - Regional Head,
Services (Americas), Infosys

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Kirsten Williamson

Kenneth Ball

Kirsten Williamson  - GEDC Industry Forum
Sirin Tekinay - GEDC Industry Forum

Şirin Tekinay

Founder & CEO,
Petrus

Dean, College of Engineering and Computing Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Chair, Global Engineering
Deans Council

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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.

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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

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.

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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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