Developing the next generation of engineering experts and leaders
The first regional GEDC Industry Forum took place at the Athénée Palace Hilton in Bucharest, Romania. Building on the immense success of the 2017 Industry Forum, this event focused on stimulating innovation through bringing together universities and industry, tackling the growing gap in digital and scarce skills as well as developing key graduate employability skills, including intra -/entrepreneurship.
Engineering Deans from the region, Deans from the GEDC global network, leading regional employers and representatives from global companies gathered over 3 days for exchange and innovation on these critical issues in a unique, interactive, invitation-only event. The Industry Forum presents a unique opportunity to leverage collective knowledge and experience whilst developing an influential and meaningful dialogue.
Director Of Operations, TusPark UK
Provost and Vice-President Academic, McMaster University, Canada
Head of Airbus Group Demonstrators & CEO Airbus UpNext
Associate Dean, Research and External Relations, Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University, Canada
Co-founder, BACE GROUP & 2020 Recipient of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation
Director of Education, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, TU Delft, The Netherlands
President, Student Platform for Engineering Education Development (SPEED)
Master’s graduate in Engineering Education, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
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.
Recent Graduate - Petroleum Engineering and Project Development
Sana obtained a Master of engineering in Petroleum Engineering and Project Development from IFP School in 2019 and a Master of Engineering in Energy and Environment from ECE Paris in 2017. As part of her training at IFP School, Sana worked as a Research Reservoir Engineer at IFPEN (French Institute of Petroleum). Her studies focused on petrophysical issues (wetiability recovery and resistivity measurements). She was also the vice-president of the IFP School Society of Petroleum Engineers Student Chapter and a Peer Tutor for the IFP MOOC about Energy Transition.More than passionate about the Energy Industry, Sana also has a keen interest in new technologies. In 2017, working with three other colleagues she helped conceive a device designed for fighter pilots, which analyses the variations of deconcentration and identifies its possible sources. This project won the Thales Arduino International Competition, achieving First Place in France and Second Place globally (behind the USA and ahead of China).
President and Founder
Simona Sandru is the President and Founder of Global Women in Tech, an organisation supporting the educational and professional development of women in STEM. She joined Pentalog, the European IT engineering and consulting services leader, as Projects Director being responsible for the management of the IT projects at international level. Simona Sandru holds an MBA degree awarded by the University of Wales and an MSc in Marketing.
Prof. Hasan Mandal received his PhD degree from Newcastle University, United Kingdom in 1992. In 1994, he started his academic career in the department of Ceramic Engineering in Anadolu University, achieving Professor status in 2001. Prof. Hasan Mandal became President of TUBITAK in February 2018. He is a member of the Presidential Board of Science, Technology and Innovation Policies. He has 6 international patents and over 140 publications.
Dean of the Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science
Adina Magda Florea is Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the Department of Computer Science, University Politechnica of Bucharest. She is the Dean of the Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers and the coordinator of the Artificial Intelligence and Multi-Agent Systems Laboratory. She is a Senior Member of both IEEE and ACM, and President of the Romanian Association for Artificial Intelligence.
Murat Büyükerk is the General Manager of household appliances leader Artic. He has held management roles in the Arçelik Group for the past 29 years, including Head of International Regional Sales, successfully leading the introduction of a wide range of best in class products and technologies. Arçelik Group is the third largest home appliances company in Europe, offering products and services in more than 145 countries.
Mihnea Costoiu studied Economic Engineering at the University Politechnica of Bucharest. He previously held the position of Secretary General of the Romanian National Ministry of Education. He is Rector of the University Politechnica of Bucharest, General Secretary of the Romanian National Council of Rectors and Senator in the Romanian Parliament. He is a member of CESAER’s Board of Directors and the AUF Administrative and Associative Councils.
Coordinator Innovation Grants
Lucian Andrei graduated in Law at the University of Bucharest. He is the Coordinator of Innovation Grants & Tenders at Zitec and he has been involved in various innovation projects in the fields of ICT, Security, Energy and Transport. Focus: Horizon 2020, Research, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, SME Internationalisation, Start-ups, Project Management, Training, Border Management, ICT, Security, Smart Cities, Safe Cities, Energy, Transport.
Director, Human Resources
Greg is an HR Generalist with broad experience in the US and internationally. He is interested in challenging HR leadership assignments in global organisations. His specialties are in: Organisational change, performance-based pay systems, employee development, and integrating global HR practices in a local context.
Executive Leader, Leadership, Learning and Organizational Capability
Dr. Michael A. Fors is an Executive Leader in Boeing’s Leadership, Learning & Organizational Capability (LLOC) Team. Previously he was Executive Leader of Learning at Microsoft. He is an adjunct professor at Stanford University and the University of Washington. As a Senior UN Fellow for 20 years, he leads United Nations strategy and leadership programmes for post-conflict nations. He has Ph.D. that combines business and education.
Science and Innovation Officer
Dr. Emilia Pecheva started working as a Science and Innovation officer at the British Embassy in July 2018. Her work involves engaging with S&I communities in Romania and Bulgaria (seniors in academic, research, business and government S&I organisations) and the creation of strategic relationships leading to mutual UK-Romania and UK-Bulgaria benefits. She also organises S&I events connecting stakeholders from the UK, Romania and Bulgaria.
Colin Lovering is Senior Vice-President of Avison Young Commercial Real Estate, Romania as well as Vice-Chairman of the British Romanian Chamber of Commerce. He has trained hundreds of sales professionals and managers worldwide. He is an active speaker in supporting disability and homelessness in Romania. He is also a Senior Tutor with the Institute of Sales Management and an associate lecturer at the University of Bucharest.
President of Local BEST Group Budapest
Boglárka Duray is a student of Product Design Engineering (MSc) at Budapest University of Technology and Economics. In 2018 she became a Soft Skills Trainer at the Youth Trainers Academy. She serves as President of the Budapest branch of the Board of European Students of Technology (BEST), an international student NGO.
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.
Dean of Viterbi School of Engineering
Dr. Yortsos is the Chester F. Dolley Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and also holds the Zohrab A. Kaprielian Dean’s Chair in Engineering at USC. In his capacity as dean, Dr. Yortsos leads the Viterbi School with more than 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 300 faculty, and annual research expenditures
Vice President, Product Marketing for Software
Leads global team responsible for defining and promoting software technologies. David Wilson is ensuring proficiency development of National Instruments' platform in both education and industry. Joined National Instruments in 1991 and has held roles in sales and marketing. He is member of several corporate boards, is an avid maker, inventor and evangelist for STEM activities, and holds two patents. Holds a Bachelors degree in Physics from the State University of New York.
Dean of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering
My academic education took place at the University of Leiden, in the field of atomic physics. After obtaining my PhD I worked at the University of Colorado (JILA) and the University of Amsterdam. After that I joined TNO, working in the fields of space instrumentation and semiconductor equipment. Since June 1st 2017 I am Dean of the Aerospace Engineering faculty at the Delft University of Technology.
Executive Vice President Head of Engineering
Grazia Vittadini was appointed Executive Vice President Head of Engineering in January 2017, and is a member of the Executive Committee of Airbus Defence and Space. She started her career on the Italian side of the Eurofighter Consortium, before joining Airbus Operations in Germany in 2002 and setting on her path towards senior management positions.
VP Group R&D Strategy & Intelligence
Dr. Saubestre started his career in 1990 at Total and has worked in Operations, Business Development and R&D in seven countries. He is currently working at company headquarters in Paris to implement an R&D Strategy for the Total Group following a corporate reorganization supporting Total’s ambition to become the ‘Responsible Energy Major’.
Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
At MIT, Dr. Ortiz is currently the Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and served as the Dean for Graduate Education between 2010 and 2016. Dr. Ortiz is also the founder of a new nonprofit post secondary educational institution that seeks to create an inclusive and modernized model of science and technology-focused higher education.
Associate Professor and Dean of Engineering
Dr. Theresa Mkandawire is a trained civil engineer with over 19 years’ experience lecturing at University level specializing in water quality and supply, sanitation, wastewater treatment, and Water Resources Management. Dr. Mkandawire is also the first Vice President of Malawi Institution of Engineers.
Dean of Programmes
A serial entrepreneur, with a passion for unlocking value in organisations and people, Jens is the master designer of learning, development and innovation processes. He was a pioneer in e-learning and the internet economy, and spent years coaching companies on developing Blue Ocean strategies. Thought provoking, enthusiastic, supportive and thoughtful, he’s the catalyst of all the exchanges at CEDEP.
Dean of the School of Mechanical Engineering
Prof. Jianbin Luo, a member of Chinese Academy of Science, has been working on lubrication theory and nanomanufacturing for more than 20 years. In 2013, he received the STLE International Award. He has published more than 300 papers, 2 books and holds more than 50 authorized patents
Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of Engineering
Dr. Kilpatrick is Chairperson of the GEDC, and author of more than 90 refereed journal articles in the areas of colloid and interfacial science, and molecular self assembly. He is also the holder of 13 patents and has been actively engaged in two startups.
Dr. Diem Ho, member of the IBM Academy of Technology since 1995, is in charge of research collaborations, skill development, providing academic access to IBM resources, and promoting education reforms to meet industry needs and societal challenges. He is a frequent invited contributor to UNESCO, OECD and European Commission conferences on skills.
Academic Alliance and Automation Ready Relationship Manager
As a Relationship Manager, she is in charge of alleducational initiatives at UiPath on a global scale and develops partnershipsand strategies for deploying the training in robotic process automation tostudents, youth, underrepresented groups in tech and unemployed, underemployed,military veterans or coming from other specialized professions (reskilling).
Dean of Studies
Having worked as both a technical assistant and ateaching assistant during his studies, Olivier Crouzet holds a master’s degreein Computer Engineering. After working for 2 years as a System Administratorfor a leading French Internet service provider, he spent 13 years as Dean ofStudies at a leading French IT school, Epitech. He was involved in the creationof ’42’, a new IT school founded in 2013, which uses an advanced, 100%project-based training methodology, called Peer-Learning.
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.
As President of the large European student’sorganisation BEST (Board of European Students of Technology), Antonia Nanauleads a non-profit present in 97 technical universities in Europe, withapproximately 3,500 people. The organisation is fully run by students and aimsto develop fellow technology students professionally and personally throughtheir education.
Rhys Phillips is an electromagnetism scientist atAirbus Central R&T in Toulouse. In addition to his research, he leads theCorporate Technology Office's Gender Diversity Tiger Team. He is anaward-winning science presenter, presenting science stage shows to schools andthe general public around the world. Rhys is also an experienced radiobroadcaster, is VP for Public Relations for the nonprofit European YoungEngineers, and an honorary lecturer at Cardiff University.
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.
Associated Dean for Continuing Education
Dr. Rios is the Associated Dean for Continuing Education, Consulting and International Affairs of the National School of Engineering and Sciences at Tecnológico de Monterrey. He conducts research at the Center for Innovation in Design and Technology and is a Visiting Professor at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Dr. Bonilla has previously served as President of the Latin American Global Engineering Deans Council.
Tejumola Taiwo is an Assistant Professor of space applications at the Strasbourg central campus of the International Space University. My research interest includes small satellite for capacity development, integrated space applications, plasma science, science and technology policy for developing countries, diversity and inclusion in engineering education.
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.
Head of R&T Partnerships
Michael graduated with a diploma in mechanicalengineering from the Technical University of Munich where he also conductedresearch work, resulting in a PhD thesis on “Thermal radiation in combustionchambers.” Having started his industrial career in the printing press business,Michael joined Airbus UK in 2003. He held positions in the Design Office andCustomer Services before joining the Research and Technology Program in 2009 managingR&T cooperations.
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.
EU - Affairs & Innovation Network Manager
Bruno Woeran is currently EU-Affairs ManagerInternational Innovation Networks at Merinova Technology Center AB for theEnergyVaasa Cluster. Fostering the collaboration of Vaasa higher education,industry and regional institutions for international networking and cooperationin research, education and innovation actions; strategies for EU researchgrants; directly funded - EU, int’l and nat’l - opportunities; proposalmanagement from application to execution and follow-up; regional networking andspecial interest focus groups.
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.
Head of International Publications for Research, CEVIPOF - Sciences Po, France
At the CEVIPOF,Chantal Barry is responsible for ensuring the international visibility of the research team and also leads a weekly seminar focusing on topics of intercultural and political interest. Since 2014, she has been a consultant at Petrus focusing largely on employability skills and cooperation between universities and the corporate world.
Divisional Head for Student Employability & Academic Success
Paul oversees a portfolio of careers and employability support, work-based learning, employer services,international experience, student engagement, academic skills and Widening Participation, working in senior roles for +25 years at the University-Business interface and speaks and provides consultancy both nationally and internationally.
Zinyat Agharzayeva is highly passionate MS student with proven academic background both in research and taught studies, winner of numerical paper contests and holder ofB.Sc. degree in Petroleum Engineering with distinction from Istanbul Technical University. Currently, owner of TOTAL International Scholarship for pursuing double degree in Petroleum Engineering and Geo-Science at Texas A&M and IFP School.
The delegate feedback was overwhelmingly positive,with 89% of participants ready to join another GEDC Industry Forum.
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.