The 2019 GEDC Industry Forum
in Fontainebleau, FRance

Developing the next generation of engineering experts and leaders


2019
Fontainebleau – Event Report 

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Building on two hugely successful events, the latest GEDC Industry Forum took place in Fontainebleau, France from Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th July 2019. This invitation-only, highly interactive event addressed how to implement high impact, large scale programmes to develop the skills needed in future engineering experts and leaders, exploring the importance ofdeveloping trust and open communication skills in the engineering and technology graduates of the future. We also focused on strategies to improve innovation with university-industry collaboration, in particular working across borders.

What participants say

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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 hasbrought together the collection of leaders that we have in engineering fromaround the world, and in such a dynamic format.

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Jenna Carpenter

Dean of School of Engineering, Campbell University, USA

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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Stefano Olivieri

Customer Success Manager, Italy and MENA,Mathworks

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

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Thank you for joining us

The delegate feedback was overwhelmingly positive,with 89% of participants ready to join another GEDC Industry Forum.

speakers

Sana Djelidi

Sana Djelidi

Recent Graduate - Petroleum Engineering and Project Development

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).

Hans J. Hoyer

Hans J. Hoyer

Executive Secretary, GEDC & IFEES Secretary General

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.

Claudia Buzatu

Claudia Buzatu

Academic Alliance and Automation Ready Relationship Manager

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).

Olivier Crouzet

Olivier Crouzet

Dean of Studies

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. ‍

Antonia Nanau

Antonia Nanau

President

President

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

Rhys Phillips

Electromagnetism Scientist

Electromagnetism Scientist

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.‍

Dr Ishwar Puri

Dr Ishwar Puri

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University, Canada

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.‍

Jaime Bonilla Rios

Jaime Bonilla Rios

Associated Dean for Continuing Education

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.‍

Taiwo Tejumola

Taiwo Tejumola

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

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. ‍

Prof. Şirin Tekinay

Prof. Şirin Tekinay

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

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. ‍

Dr. Michael Schoenwetter

Dr. Michael Schoenwetter

Head of R&T Partnerships

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.

Kirsten Williamson

Kirsten Williamson

Founder and CEO, Petrus

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.

Bruno Woeran

Bruno Woeran

EU - Affairs & Innovation Network Manager

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. ‍

Natacha DePaola

Natacha DePaola

Dean of the Armour College of Engineering

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.‍

Chantal Barry

Chantal Barry

Head of International Publications for Research, CEVIPOF - Sciences Po, France

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.‍

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.