The 2020 GEDC Industry Forum

Transformational Engineering: Developing the next generation of engineering experts and leaders for a changed world

Hosted online by the Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University, Canada together with the Global Engineering Deans Council and Petrus  

sep 28 - oct 01


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Engineering education leaders and senior executives from leading industrial and technology companies from around the world with came together online for the biggest GEDC Industry Forum to date.

From socially conscious engineering to ethics, micro-credentials to open innovation, the themes and content reflected the most important issues of the moment, allowing participants to design the way forward together in a unique, interactive format.

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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.

9:00
Introduction & Welcome
Sirin Tekinay, Dean, College of Engineering, American University of Sharjah and GEDC Chair and John Preston, Associate Dean, Research and External Relations, Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University, Canada
9:20
Inspirational Session
Transformational Engineering: Developing the Next Generation of Engineering Innovators, Experts and Leaders for a Changed World
10:15
Student Panel: Experiences, perspectives and expectations from the next generation
The student panel will run live twice, as selected students from each region will provide insights into how they and their communities have experienced the crisis and what they expect from universities and employers now.
9:00
Introduction and conclusions from day one
9:10
Inspirational Panel
Pursuing the Positives - Setting the Agenda for the Future of Engineering Education
10:15
Dynamic Design Groups
Group Work Starts: Following an introductory session of c.45 minutes, groups self-organise to work together until cob Wednesday using the tools and platform provided.
Dynamic Design Groups Work
Each group created by preferred time zone, interest and expertise works on their challenge, with support from a trained facilitator and expert.
Social Activity
Details to follow
9:00
Dynamic Design Groups Output and Wrap-up
Presentations will be filmed in advance with the Dynamic Design Groups for smooth screening and to allow maximum time for discussion.
10:30
Online Dialogue & Networking
11:00
Conclusions and The Way Forward

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To ensure a complete experience, we would like all delegates to attend the full event, from Monday 28th September to Thursday 1st of October, however you do not need to be online all day every day. Days one and two each consist of a 2-hour input session, designed to inspire and inform on the core theme, with time for interaction. These sessions, held at the same time each day, will be recorded and rerun at an alternative time slot, with a live host to continue the global dialogue. One full day will be dedicated to design group work, with presentations on the final day.
Find our more about the event practicalities here.

Community Responses to COVID-19

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, universities, companies and other organisations have driven local and international efforts to tackle the challenges the pandemic has created in our local communities and more broadly. See below a collection of relevant initiatives related to innovation, skills development, employer engagement and community outreach that have been developed to respond to the crisis.

As the pandemic continues, and our responses evolve, we will continue to develop this inspiring collection. Does your university or organization have a story to share? Please tell us about it here.

Campanha "Você importa"
Concremat, Brazil
Remote Knowledge Labs
Purdue University Northwest, USA
Sustainable masks
Universidad Libre, Colombia
VEMERS UC
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

2020 speakers

Sam Presley

Sam Presley

Lead Inspiration Engineer, RS Components

Sam Presley is an Electronics Engineer - graduating from the University of Southampton UK in 2017 where he specialised in the development of low power wireless systems. He currently works for RS Components developing opportunities to help address the skills gap between university and the engineering workplace for the next generation of engineers, through the organisation's Grass Roots university engagement programme. As a student and in his early career he worked in the public and private sector, for the UK MOD and for international consumer products brand Dyson where he was developing their next-generation of connected products.

Kaleb Oxley

Kaleb Oxley

Launch Network Leader, Deakin University, Australia

Riitta Lehtinen

Riitta Lehtinen

Principal lecturer in the Department of Clean Technologies, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland

Riitta Lehtinen, Licentiate in Technology (Chemical Engineering) works as a principal lecturer in the Department of Clean Technologies in Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki. She has long experience of teaching engineering students and over 17 years’ experience in different head and director positions in Metropolia. Her core competencies are food technology and hygiene in food production chains and main interests nowadays in circular economy and sustainable development. Since 2016 Riitta has been a manager of different circular economy related research projects, the aim of which is to promote students’ understanding about the change from linear to circular economy.

Lianna Genovese

Lianna Genovese

Biomedical & Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University, Canada & CEO & Founder of ImaginAble Solutions

Lianna Genovese is the CEO & Founder of ImaginAble Solutions and the inventor of Guided HandsTM. As a passionate entrepreneur, Lianna used her interdisciplinary skills as a biomedical and mechanical engineering student at McMaster University to transform her first year school project into an international award-winning product called Guided HandsTM , an assistive device that enables people living with limited fine motor skills to write, paint, and draw as well as type and scroll on a tablet phone or a computer. Her company’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people people living with umpires hand function to enable them to live the life they had always imagined! www.imaginablesolutions.ca

Katherine Bennett CBE FRAeS

Katherine Bennett CBE FRAeS

Senior Vice President, Airbus

Katherine is a Senior Vice President of Airbus and has been with the company for 16 years. She leads the company’s external engagement and strategy in the UK and works closely with Global CEO, Guillaume Faury. Based out of London and Bristol, she has specific responsibility for Public Affairs for all parts of the Airbus company which employs 14,000 people in the UK. Katherine has held roles in Communications for Airbus and spent several years based at Airbus HQ in Toulouse, France running the global public affairs function. Katherine’s previous employment was with General Motors UK where she headed up their government affairs function and prior to that worked for Hill and Knowlton Public Relations in London. Katherine was awarded the Order of Commander of the British Empire in January 2019 for services to the aerospace and aviation sector. This followed her Order of the British Empire award in June 2004 for services to industry and charity. She has served on various boards of public/private enterprises focused on economic development in UK regions including the West of England LEP and is Vice President, Aerospace on the Council of ADS (the UK aerospace trade association). She serves on the Board of the Aerospace Growth Partnership (part of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy), the Board of the French Chamber of Great Britain and Wales Government Science and Innovation Council. In November 2019 Katherine was appointed as Chair of the new Western Gateway, a cross government and local authority initiative which will aim to promote and maximise economic growth across south Wales and the West of England. In March 2020, following the Covid-19 pandemic, Katherine took up the additional role of leading public affairs for VentilatorChallengeUK. A Consortium (which includes Airbus) of UK manufacturers to turnaround and deliver, the urgent requirement to assist UK Government in their national task to provide medical grade ventilators to the NHS. In July 2018 she founded the UK’s Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter which is committed to building a fair and balanced industry for women in this sector. She has also been instrumental in Women in Defence activity. She is President Elect of the International Aviation Womens’ Association and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Katherine has an Honorary Doctorate from Cranfield University, one of the world’s leading aerospace universities Katherine is active in her local community in Wiltshire, is a church organist, a member of the UK Parliament Choir and founder of the Airbus Filton Choir.

Una Beagon

Una Beagon

Assistant Head of School, School of Civil & Structural Engineering, TU Dublin

Una Beagon acquired her MEng degree in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland and worked in industry as a Chartered Structural Engineer for twenty years before joining academia. She is now Assistant Head of School of the School of Civil & Structural Engineering at the Technological University, Dublin, Ireland. Her research interests include professional skills in engineering students, problem based learning and the first year experience.

Colin Tan

Colin Tan

Director Of Operations, TusPark UK

Colin Tan is the Director of Operations for TusPark Newcastle, the first international TusPark fully-owned by TUS Holdings, China’s largest innovation ecosystem of over 200 bases in every major city in China. He works with TUS’s partners in the UK to help businesses, universities and governments to enter and scale-up in the Chinese marke TusPark Newcastle works with Barclays Eagle Labs, the UK’s largest network of tech incubators, and together the combined entity “TusPark Newcastle Eagle Labs” is the biggest UK-China business support network, connecting UK companies directly to Chinese industries, universities, and governments everywhere in the TUS network. Colin is also an early-stage investor and entrepreneur. As one of the first tech startups in the North of England, his company Rentlord became an investee of Seedcamp and 500 Startups, and was the first UK company on the Techcrunch Disrupt stage. He also helped create Dotforge Impact, the first accelerator in the North of England funded by the Cabinet Office to help tech entrepreneurs create social impact businesses. Colin is an active mentor and community builder for the UK tech ecosystem. He established and ran the first UK-China accelerator, FORGE, and regularly shares his insights with early-stage startup entrepreneurs. Originally from Singapore, he is also a published poet and was active in the literary scene early in his life. He remains passionate about social causes, especially education, and had worked in the non-profit sector at the United Nations in Geneva. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

Dr Susan Tighe

Dr Susan Tighe

Provost and Vice-President Academic, McMaster University, Canada

Susan Tighe, PhD, PEng, FCAE, FCSCE received her BASc in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University, her MASc Civil Engineering and PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo. She has been a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario since 1995 and was a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo from 2000 to 2020 where she held a Canada Research Chair, the Norman W. McLeod Endowed Chair in Sustainable Pavement Engineering, served as Director of the Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology and Deputy Provost and Associate Vice President Integrated Planning and Budgeting. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, she worked for the Ministry of Transportation Ontario in various roles including construction site engineer, geotechnical materials engineer and materials engineer writing standards and specifications. She also spent a sabbatical working in the private sector for a leading civil engineering construction company in Australia. Susan has gained national and international recognition for her outstanding contributions to the development, design, and management of sustainable concrete and asphalt transportation infrastructure including Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, New College of Scholars Royal Society of Canada, Fellow Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers Medal for Research and Development. She is the past president of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. Her reputation as a scholar, educator, and professional engineer is well illustrated by the breadth of her technical publications in pavements and infrastructure and involvement in several national and international research projects in Canada, Africa, Chile, India, China, Australia, New Zealand and throughout North America She has successfully completed over 80 graduate students many of whom are now in academic, public and private sector leadership positions.

John Preston

John Preston

Associate Dean, Research and External Relations, Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University, Canada

John Preston is a Professor in the Dept. of Engineering Physics and serves as McMaster Engineering’s Associate Dean, Research, Innovation and External Relations. He is responsible for the Faculty’s $45M research portfolio. He has served as a CIFAR Associate in Quantum Materials, as a founding member of the Board for the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology and on the Materials Research Advisory Committee for the TRIUMF National Laboratory. He has represented Canada on numerous technical delegations including those to Germany, UK, Scandinavia, India and China and represented Canada on the ISO technical committee on nanotechnology. Prof. Preston is a device physicist and materials scientist who specializes in the application of laser-based manufacturing approaches for novel device applications. Current research includes a new approach for 3D printing of BiTe to produce high-efficiency thermoelectric generators and the pulsed laser deposition of solar cells on oxide crystals that can be lifted off those crystals.

Charlette N'Guessan

Charlette N'Guessan

Co-founder, BACE GROUP & 2020 Recipient of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

Charlette N’Guessan is a business-oriented problem solver who is passionate about using technology at the heart of business innovation. She collaborates with various NGOs which strongly advocate for gender balance in the tech ecosystem and promote the use of technology in Africa. Charlette is a co-founder and CEO of BACE GROUP, a disruptive startup that provides AI-based facial recognition services for online identity verification. Certified digital identity, she believes that the uniqueness of the individual is at the heart of good management of digital identity. She has a degree in electronic and software engineering and is currently studying data science and machine learning. She is co-author of the AI BOOK published by Wiley in April 2020. Charlette has been recognized by global shapers as one of the 50 African innovators to watch in 2020 (https://globalshakers.com/world-shakers/charlette-desire/) and she is Africa prize winner 2020.

Joris Melkert

Joris Melkert

Senior Lecturer / Director of Education, TU Delft, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, The Netherlands

Felipe Gómez Gallo

Felipe Gómez Gallo

President, Student Platform for Engineering Education Development (SPEED)

An Environmental and Civil Engineer from Universidad de los Andes, with complementary studies in Biodiversity, highly interested in Engineering Education and Sustainability Studies. Currently a Master's student in Environmental Engineering. Knowledge of sustainable development goals (SDGs), engineering education (EE) and climate change adaptation. As President of SPEED (Student Platform for Engineering Education Development) have had the opportunity of leading the organization. Experienced leadership working with multicultural and multidisciplinary teams with verifiable results.

Nor Azlinda Azmi

Nor Azlinda Azmi

Master of Philosophy (MPhil.), Engineering Education, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Nor Azlinda Azmi obtained her Master of Philosophy (MPhil.) in Engineering Education from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. She is passionate in engineering education, specifically in computing education and student-centred learning. She worked as an assistant research officer at the Centre for Engineering Education, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (CEE-UTM) and has been active in scholarly research in engineering education network. Currently she's a manager in the manufacturing industry, mentoring young executives in administration, sales and operation. She is also preparing to further her doctoral study in engineering education. She has been a member of SPEED since 2016 as a participant of the 12th Global Student Forum (GSF) in Seoul, South Korea. She was appointed as the chair of the 13th Global Student Forum in Kuala Lumpur and has become SPEED's ambassador in the Asia Pacific region since then. Outside her daily job routine, she is a volunteer in experiential adult self-development workshops and working on research and publications in engineering education.

Dr Ishwar K. Puri

Dr Ishwar K. Puri

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.

Prof. Şirin Tekinay

Prof. Şirin Tekinay

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.

Kirsten Williamson

Kirsten Williamson

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.

Chantal Barry

Chantal Barry

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.

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2020 speakers

Nor Azlinda Azmi

Nor Azlinda Azmi

Master of Philosophy (MPhil.), Engineering Education, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Nor Azlinda Azmi obtained her Master of Philosophy (MPhil.) in Engineering Education from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. She is passionate in engineering education, specifically in computing education and student-centred learning. She worked as an assistant research officer at the Centre for Engineering Education, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (CEE-UTM) and has been active in scholarly research in engineering education network. Currently she's a manager in the manufacturing industry, mentoring young executives in administration, sales and operation. She is also preparing to further her doctoral study in engineering education. She has been a member of SPEED since 2016 as a participant of the 12th Global Student Forum (GSF) in Seoul, South Korea. She was appointed as the chair of the 13th Global Student Forum in Kuala Lumpur and has become SPEED's ambassador in the Asia Pacific region since then. Outside her daily job routine, she is a volunteer in experiential adult self-development workshops and working on research and publications in engineering education.

Chantal Barry

Chantal Barry

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.

Una Beagon

Una Beagon

Assistant Head of School, School of Civil & Structural Engineering, TU Dublin

Una Beagon acquired her MEng degree in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland and worked in industry as a Chartered Structural Engineer for twenty years before joining academia. She is now Assistant Head of School of the School of Civil & Structural Engineering at the Technological University, Dublin, Ireland. Her research interests include professional skills in engineering students, problem based learning and the first year experience.

Katherine Bennett CBE FRAeS

Katherine Bennett CBE FRAeS

Senior Vice President, Airbus

Katherine is a Senior Vice President of Airbus and has been with the company for 16 years. She leads the company’s external engagement and strategy in the UK and works closely with Global CEO, Guillaume Faury. Based out of London and Bristol, she has specific responsibility for Public Affairs for all parts of the Airbus company which employs 14,000 people in the UK. Katherine has held roles in Communications for Airbus and spent several years based at Airbus HQ in Toulouse, France running the global public affairs function. Katherine’s previous employment was with General Motors UK where she headed up their government affairs function and prior to that worked for Hill and Knowlton Public Relations in London. Katherine was awarded the Order of Commander of the British Empire in January 2019 for services to the aerospace and aviation sector. This followed her Order of the British Empire award in June 2004 for services to industry and charity. She has served on various boards of public/private enterprises focused on economic development in UK regions including the West of England LEP and is Vice President, Aerospace on the Council of ADS (the UK aerospace trade association). She serves on the Board of the Aerospace Growth Partnership (part of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy), the Board of the French Chamber of Great Britain and Wales Government Science and Innovation Council. In November 2019 Katherine was appointed as Chair of the new Western Gateway, a cross government and local authority initiative which will aim to promote and maximise economic growth across south Wales and the West of England. In March 2020, following the Covid-19 pandemic, Katherine took up the additional role of leading public affairs for VentilatorChallengeUK. A Consortium (which includes Airbus) of UK manufacturers to turnaround and deliver, the urgent requirement to assist UK Government in their national task to provide medical grade ventilators to the NHS. In July 2018 she founded the UK’s Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter which is committed to building a fair and balanced industry for women in this sector. She has also been instrumental in Women in Defence activity. She is President Elect of the International Aviation Womens’ Association and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Katherine has an Honorary Doctorate from Cranfield University, one of the world’s leading aerospace universities Katherine is active in her local community in Wiltshire, is a church organist, a member of the UK Parliament Choir and founder of the Airbus Filton Choir.

Lianna Genovese

Lianna Genovese

Biomedical & Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University, Canada & CEO & Founder of ImaginAble Solutions

Lianna Genovese is the CEO & Founder of ImaginAble Solutions and the inventor of Guided HandsTM. As a passionate entrepreneur, Lianna used her interdisciplinary skills as a biomedical and mechanical engineering student at McMaster University to transform her first year school project into an international award-winning product called Guided HandsTM , an assistive device that enables people living with limited fine motor skills to write, paint, and draw as well as type and scroll on a tablet phone or a computer. Her company’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people people living with umpires hand function to enable them to live the life they had always imagined! www.imaginablesolutions.ca

Felipe Gómez Gallo

Felipe Gómez Gallo

President, Student Platform for Engineering Education Development (SPEED)

An Environmental and Civil Engineer from Universidad de los Andes, with complementary studies in Biodiversity, highly interested in Engineering Education and Sustainability Studies. Currently a Master's student in Environmental Engineering. Knowledge of sustainable development goals (SDGs), engineering education (EE) and climate change adaptation. As President of SPEED (Student Platform for Engineering Education Development) have had the opportunity of leading the organization. Experienced leadership working with multicultural and multidisciplinary teams with verifiable results.

Riitta Lehtinen

Riitta Lehtinen

Principal lecturer in the Department of Clean Technologies, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland

Riitta Lehtinen, Licentiate in Technology (Chemical Engineering) works as a principal lecturer in the Department of Clean Technologies in Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki. She has long experience of teaching engineering students and over 17 years’ experience in different head and director positions in Metropolia. Her core competencies are food technology and hygiene in food production chains and main interests nowadays in circular economy and sustainable development. Since 2016 Riitta has been a manager of different circular economy related research projects, the aim of which is to promote students’ understanding about the change from linear to circular economy.

Joris Melkert

Joris Melkert

Senior Lecturer / Director of Education, TU Delft, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, The Netherlands

Charlette N'Guessan

Charlette N'Guessan

Co-founder, BACE GROUP & 2020 Recipient of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

Charlette N’Guessan is a business-oriented problem solver who is passionate about using technology at the heart of business innovation. She collaborates with various NGOs which strongly advocate for gender balance in the tech ecosystem and promote the use of technology in Africa. Charlette is a co-founder and CEO of BACE GROUP, a disruptive startup that provides AI-based facial recognition services for online identity verification. Certified digital identity, she believes that the uniqueness of the individual is at the heart of good management of digital identity. She has a degree in electronic and software engineering and is currently studying data science and machine learning. She is co-author of the AI BOOK published by Wiley in April 2020. Charlette has been recognized by global shapers as one of the 50 African innovators to watch in 2020 (https://globalshakers.com/world-shakers/charlette-desire/) and she is Africa prize winner 2020.

Kaleb Oxley

Kaleb Oxley

Launch Network Leader, Deakin University, Australia

Sam Presley

Sam Presley

Lead Inspiration Engineer, RS Components

Sam Presley is an Electronics Engineer - graduating from the University of Southampton UK in 2017 where he specialised in the development of low power wireless systems. He currently works for RS Components developing opportunities to help address the skills gap between university and the engineering workplace for the next generation of engineers, through the organisation's Grass Roots university engagement programme. As a student and in his early career he worked in the public and private sector, for the UK MOD and for international consumer products brand Dyson where he was developing their next-generation of connected products.

John Preston

John Preston

Associate Dean, Research and External Relations, Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University, Canada

John Preston is a Professor in the Dept. of Engineering Physics and serves as McMaster Engineering’s Associate Dean, Research, Innovation and External Relations. He is responsible for the Faculty’s $45M research portfolio. He has served as a CIFAR Associate in Quantum Materials, as a founding member of the Board for the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology and on the Materials Research Advisory Committee for the TRIUMF National Laboratory. He has represented Canada on numerous technical delegations including those to Germany, UK, Scandinavia, India and China and represented Canada on the ISO technical committee on nanotechnology. Prof. Preston is a device physicist and materials scientist who specializes in the application of laser-based manufacturing approaches for novel device applications. Current research includes a new approach for 3D printing of BiTe to produce high-efficiency thermoelectric generators and the pulsed laser deposition of solar cells on oxide crystals that can be lifted off those crystals.

Dr Ishwar K. Puri

Dr Ishwar K. Puri

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.

Colin Tan

Colin Tan

Director Of Operations, TusPark UK

Colin Tan is the Director of Operations for TusPark Newcastle, the first international TusPark fully-owned by TUS Holdings, China’s largest innovation ecosystem of over 200 bases in every major city in China. He works with TUS’s partners in the UK to help businesses, universities and governments to enter and scale-up in the Chinese marke TusPark Newcastle works with Barclays Eagle Labs, the UK’s largest network of tech incubators, and together the combined entity “TusPark Newcastle Eagle Labs” is the biggest UK-China business support network, connecting UK companies directly to Chinese industries, universities, and governments everywhere in the TUS network. Colin is also an early-stage investor and entrepreneur. As one of the first tech startups in the North of England, his company Rentlord became an investee of Seedcamp and 500 Startups, and was the first UK company on the Techcrunch Disrupt stage. He also helped create Dotforge Impact, the first accelerator in the North of England funded by the Cabinet Office to help tech entrepreneurs create social impact businesses. Colin is an active mentor and community builder for the UK tech ecosystem. He established and ran the first UK-China accelerator, FORGE, and regularly shares his insights with early-stage startup entrepreneurs. Originally from Singapore, he is also a published poet and was active in the literary scene early in his life. He remains passionate about social causes, especially education, and had worked in the non-profit sector at the United Nations in Geneva. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

Prof. Şirin Tekinay

Prof. Şirin Tekinay

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.

Dr Susan Tighe

Dr Susan Tighe

Provost and Vice-President Academic, McMaster University, Canada

Susan Tighe, PhD, PEng, FCAE, FCSCE received her BASc in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University, her MASc Civil Engineering and PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo. She has been a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario since 1995 and was a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo from 2000 to 2020 where she held a Canada Research Chair, the Norman W. McLeod Endowed Chair in Sustainable Pavement Engineering, served as Director of the Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology and Deputy Provost and Associate Vice President Integrated Planning and Budgeting. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, she worked for the Ministry of Transportation Ontario in various roles including construction site engineer, geotechnical materials engineer and materials engineer writing standards and specifications. She also spent a sabbatical working in the private sector for a leading civil engineering construction company in Australia. Susan has gained national and international recognition for her outstanding contributions to the development, design, and management of sustainable concrete and asphalt transportation infrastructure including Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, New College of Scholars Royal Society of Canada, Fellow Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers Medal for Research and Development. She is the past president of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. Her reputation as a scholar, educator, and professional engineer is well illustrated by the breadth of her technical publications in pavements and infrastructure and involvement in several national and international research projects in Canada, Africa, Chile, India, China, Australia, New Zealand and throughout North America She has successfully completed over 80 graduate students many of whom are now in academic, public and private sector leadership positions.

Kirsten Williamson

Kirsten Williamson

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.

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Get in touch to find out more about a limited number of sponsorship packages and tailored opportunities to engage with this senior global community on themes such as inclusion and diversity, innovation, digital skills, the engineer of the future and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Shape the conversation
Sponsoring the Industry Forum enables you to shape the conversation, positioning your organisation as a thought and action leader in engineering and engineering education, getting your message across to decision makers in leading companies and engineering schools from around the world.

Visibility
Influential exposure across the community of 500+ senior academic and industry engineering experts, and the GEDC membership of +500 engineering deans from around the world. 

Promotion
Inclusion in communications across all social media channels and presence on 3 websites, reaching over 510,000 people worldwide.  

Dr. Andrew Hogg
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Andrew Hogg

Deputy Chairman, Group Ethics Committee,
Total and previous event sponsor

An opportunity to recharge ideas and share new approaches. We learnt that whether Industry or Academia, we share the same enthusiasms and the same challenges: the drive always to improve the way we work and build a better society for all.

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Dave Wilson

Vice President, Product Marketing Academic, Customer Education, Software, National Instruments and previous event sponsor

The GEDC Industry Forum gave an excellent opportunity to discuss and generate ideas on how universities and industries can work together to better prepare students for their careers. The forum was a unique opportunity for professionals and Deans to share constructive ideas in a vibrant structure designed to facilitate insightful solutions

Check out the concept paper,
event resources and reports here

thank you to our Sponsors

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Get involved

The 2020 Industry Forum has now come to an end. With over 140 participants from 6 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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