Building on two hugely successful events, the 2019 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 of developing 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.
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).
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.
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.
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. 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.
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, & 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.
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 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.
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.