“Our primary goal for the Forum is to engage global corporate and industry thought leaders, and deans of engineering from around the world, to guide and lead the global engineering community into the 22nd century. Our sincere hope is that this unique event will result in a consensus view of the attributes of the global engineer and exemplary educational practices for instilling these attributes.”
– Peter Kilpatrick, Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of Engineering, University of Notre Dame
Over 3 days, the first Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) Industry Forum will provide global industry, HR, and academic leaders a platform to exchange, learn, and share ideas about how to collaborate to best develop the next generation of engineers. Invited delegates will come from global companies and innovative SMEs, along with engineering Deans from around the world.
For the first time, this community will come together to share knowledge, network and identify partnership and collaboration opportunities. We are already sharing and discussing in our GEDC Industry Forum LinkedIn Group.
The inaugural event focused on how universities and industry can work together to develop the skills required among future generations of engineering graduates and leaders. Engineering Deans from leading global institutions as well as leaders from some of the world’s top industrial companies gathered for 3 days of exchange and innovation on this critical challenge in a uniquely interactive event.
Output is being shared for wider dissemination via the GEDC’s global network of events and meetings, to support the overall aim of enabling universities and employers worldwide to work efficiently together on the development of future engineers and innovators.
From 15:30 Registrations & Welcome Coffee
17:00 Introduction & Interactive Panel: “The Engineer of the Future”
Host: Dr. Peter Kilpatrick, Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of Engineering at University of Notre Dame, USA and Chair, Global Engineering Deans Council
Moderator: Ishwar Puri, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University, Canada and Host of the 2017 GEDC Conference (10-13 October 2017, Canada)
Dr. Diem Ho, University Relations, IBM Europe
Prof. Dr. Henri Werij, Dean of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, TU Delft, Netherlands
Dr. Theresa Mkandawire, Associate Professor and Dean of Engineering, University of Malawi – The Polytechnic, Malawi
Dr. Vincent Saubestre, Vice President Group R&D Strategy & Intelligence, Total
The Student Perspective: Global survey on workplace skills for the future, presented by a Total sponsored student.
18:30 Get to Know You Cocktail hosted by National Instruments
19:30 Networking Dinner: an informal barbeque in the CEDEP gardens hosted by AT&T
08:30 The Case for Change: Insights from an Academic and Industry Leader
Welcome: Prof. Luo Jianbin, Dean of the School of Mechanical Engineering, Tsinghua University, China
Grazia Vittadini, Executive Vice President Head of Engineering, Airbus Defence and Space
Prof. Dr. Christine Ortiz, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
09:00 Dynamic Design Groups: Rotating Brainstorm and Dialogue
Chantal De Barra, International Publications Editor for Research, CEVIPOF, Sciences Po, France
Paul Blackmore, Divisional Head for Student Employability & Academic Success, University of Exeter, UK
12:00 Taking Up the Challenge: Delegates form Design Groups on theme of choice
Lunch is with selected Design Group
13:30 Dynamic Design Groups continue
Early evening short local visits will be proposed for those who wish (forest walk/castle and gardens/ Fontainebleau visit)
19:30 Pre-Dinner Remarks: a Conversation Between…
…Dr. Natacha DePaola, Dean of the Armour College of Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA, and
Prof. Dr. Yannis C. Yortsos, Dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California, USA
20:00 Followed by dinner in the CEDEP Dome
From 07:30 Breakfast & Design Group final preparations
08:45 Dynamic Design Groups: Presentations
11:30 Conclusions & Next Steps
12:00 Canadian Lunch: see you at GEDC Niagara Falls!
From 13:00 Departures
Zinyat Agharzayeva is highly passionate MS student with proven academic background both in research and taught studies, winner of numerical paper contests and holder of B.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.
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.
At the CEVIPOF, Chantal De Barra 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 postsecondary educational institution that seeks to create an inclusive and modernized model of science and technology-focused higher education.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 of more than $185M.
CEDEP in Fontainebleau is a highly regarded international executive education centre less than 1 hour from central Paris and nearby airports.
CEDEP’s campus is an open creative design space designed exclusively to encourage innovation and inspiration. It has a variety of spaces available which are continually adapting and are ideal for the type of work that will take place at the Industry Forum.
“CEDEP is delighted to welcome the GEDC Industry Forum. An executive development club with nearly 50 years’ experience, CEDEP prides itself on bringing together people, values and ideas to transform and improve organisations around the globe. Our campus offers the ideal environment for learning and sharing, as well as the space and tranquility for innovation and experimentation.”
– Thomas Hinterseer, Managing Director, CEDEP
Fontainebleau, France will provide the backdrop to the GEDC Industry Forum activities. Fontainebleau is an ideal mix of tranquillity and excitement found only in a small city with rich history, surrounded by one of the country’s most beautiful forests.
Attractions in Fontainebleau include traditional French markets; an historic local artists’ village; leisure options such as Olympic-level sports facilities, a golf course where the USA Ryder Cup team trains, horse-riding, cycling and rock climbing. Fontainebleau’s famous Château is a UNESCO world heritage site.
The city centre and Château are a 15-minute walk from the CEDEP campus.
Total is a leading energy player on the international stage, and the fifth-largest publicly-traded integrated international oil and gas company in the world. Almost 100,000 Total employees leverage their knowledge and expertise to discover, produce, refine and convert oil and gas into products and services for customers worldwide. Total is also developing energies that can partner oil and gas — today, solar energy and tomorrow, biomass fuels. As a responsible corporate citizen, Total focuses on ensuring that its operations consistently deliver economic, social and environmental benefits.
NI (ni.com) empowers engineers and scientists with a software-centric platform that incorporates modular hardware and an expansive ecosystem. This proven approach puts users firmly in control of defining what they need to accelerate their system design within test, measurement and control. NI’s solution helps build high-performance systems that exceed requirements, quickly adapt to change and ultimately improve the world.
Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training.