WHAT IS
THE GEDC Industry Forum?

Developing the next generation of engineering experts and leaders

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 35 countries across 6 regions. Based on the feedback shared, over 90% leave satisfied, inspired and looking forward to joining us again.

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.

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advisory board

Prof. Şirin Tekinay

Prof. Şirin Tekinay

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

Prof. Şirin Tekinay joined AUS 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 in Istanbul. She is the elected Chair of Global Engineering Deans Council and a Board Member of the European Society for Engineering Education. ‍

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

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 Puri

Dr Ishwar Puri

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University, Canada

Dr. Ishwar K. Puri, Dean of Engineering at McMaster University in Canada, is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and of ASME and AAAS, chairs the National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science, has authored over 160 publications with 4,900 citations and H-Index of 39, writes on technology and society, and has been a TEDx speaker.‍

Kirsten Williamson

Kirsten Williamson

Founder and CEO, Petrus

Petrus Communications is a multi-award winning international agency that specialises in linking our clients - engineering and business employers - with students and the global education community. Kirsten founded Petrus in France in 2005 and now leads a team of 30 research, communication and digital communication experts creating and implementing projects world-wide.

Dr. Andrew Hogg

Dr. Andrew Hogg

Deputy Chairman, Group Ethics Committee

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

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.

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.

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.

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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The 2020 Industry Forum has now come to an end. With over 130 participants from 5 continents including engineering deans, industry leaders and technology start ups it was a highly interactive and dynamic event concluding with the presentation of 9 brilliant ideas on how to improve engineering education for the future. We’d be delighted to hear from more potential participants and contributors so do please stay in touch by signing up for news or contacting: 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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