A UNIQUE GATHERING OF INDUSTRY AND ACADEMIC ENGINEERING LEADERS

Essential Support From Industry
Over 3 days, the first Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) Industry Forum provided 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 from global companies and innovative SMEs, along with engineering Deans from around the world came together to share knowledge, network and identify partnership and collaboration opportunities.

We were able to launch this much-needed forum, thanks to the support of our industry partners Total, National Instruments and Boeing who played a key role in leading discussions and shaping the event. Discover more in this short film.

Creative Dialogue Around 8 Key Themes
The overarching aim of the Industry Forum was to draw on the collective strengths and expertise of every delegate present, ensuring that each and every voice was heard and every creative idea captured. Dynamic Design Groups were created to discuss a series of eight themes developed by the Industry Forum working group led by Petrus Communications CEO Kirsten Williamson. In this film you can see the collective output summed up by our talented illustrator on the spot.

Discover the 2017 Industry Forum
‘I have never been to a meeting, conference, or workshop that has brought together the collection of leaders that we have in engineering from around the world, and in such a dynamic format. We now want to take the plans and ideas designed by the delegates for how to address the challenges in engineering and engineering education and implement them, using the GEDC’s unique global network of engineering educators’.
Dr. Peter Kilpatrick
Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of Engineering at University of Notre Dame, USA and Chair GEDC 2015 – 2017

Join the conversation on the GEDC Industry Forum LinkedIn Group.

RESOURCES

The first Industry Forum focused on how universities and industry can work together to predict and develop the skills required among future generations of engineering experts and leaders. Engineering Deans from leading global institutions as well as leaders from some of the world’s top industrial companies and dynamic SMEs gathered for 3 days of highly interactive and innovative sessions and group work.

Download the full programme of the event here.

is a comprehensive summary of the knowledge and ideas shared, the discussion outputs and the creative presentations delivered at the 2017 Industry Forum. The report is available to read online, or for download. It is an essential read, and a valuable resource, for anyone engaged in improving and innovating engineering education for the future.

set the stage for the event itself by providing a review of the important body of work looking at the globally discussed skills and attributes required in a graduate engineer.

is an original piece of research commissioned by Total. The research explores the global perspective on which workplace skills are considered critical for success, as well as the activities likely to best to develop those skills during higher education.

is an extensive list of good practices in university-industry collaboration provided by Industry Forum delegates.

THE INDUSTRY FORUM CLASS OF 2017

100% of participants – senior industry and education leaders – would surely or likely want to participate again.

OUR SPEAKERS

Zinyat Agharzayeva
Master Student,
IFP School / TAMU, France

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.

Zinyat Agharzayeva
Master Student,
IFP School / TAMU, France
Paul Blackmore
Divisional Head for Student Employability & Academic Success,
University of Exeter, UK

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.

Paul Blackmore
Divisional Head for Student Employability & Academic Success,
University of Exeter, UK
Chantal De Barra
International Publications Editor for Research, CEVIPOF, Sciences Po, France

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.

Chantal De Barra
International Publications Editor for Research, CEVIPOF, Sciences Po, France
Dr. Natacha DePaola
Dean of the Armour College of Engineering,
Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

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. Natacha DePaola
Dean of the Armour College of Engineering,
Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
Diem Ho, Ph.D.
University Relations,
IBM Europe

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.

Diem Ho, Ph.D.
University Relations,
IBM Europe
Dr. Peter Kilpatrick
Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of Engineering,
University of Notre Dame, USA

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. Peter Kilpatrick
Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of Engineering,
University of Notre Dame, USA
Prof. Jianbin Luo
Dean of the School of Mechanical Engineering,
Tsinghua University, China

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.

Prof. Jianbin Luo
Dean of the School of Mechanical Engineering,
Tsinghua University, China
Jens Meyer
Dean of Programmes,
CEDEP, France

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.

Jens Meyer
Dean of Programmes,
CEDEP, France
Dr. Theresa Mkandawire
Associate Professor and Dean of Engineering,
University of Malawi - the Polytechnic, Malawi

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.

Dr. Theresa Mkandawire
Associate Professor and Dean of Engineering,
University of Malawi - the Polytechnic, Malawi
Prof. Dr. Christine Ortiz
Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

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.

Prof. Dr. Christine Ortiz
Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
Dr. Ishwar Puri
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.

Dr. Ishwar Puri
Dean of the Faculty of Engineering,
McMaster University, Canada
Vincent Saubestre, Ph.D.
VP Group R&D Strategy & Intelligence,
Total S.A., France

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’.

Vincent Saubestre, Ph.D.
VP Group R&D Strategy & Intelligence,
Total S.A., France
Grazia Vittadini
Executive Vice President Head of Engineering,
Airbus Defence and Space

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.

Grazia Vittadini
Executive Vice President Head of Engineering,
Airbus Defence and Space
Prof. Dr. Henri Werij
Dean of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering,
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Netherlands

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.

Prof. Dr. Henri Werij
Dean of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering,
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Netherlands
Kirsten Williamson
Founder and CEO,
Petrus Communications

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.

Kirsten Williamson
Founder and CEO,
Petrus Communications
David Wilson
Vice President, Product Marketing for Software,
National Instruments, USA

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.

David Wilson
Vice President, Product Marketing for Software,
National Instruments, USA
Prof. Dr. Yannis C. Yortsos
Dean of Viterbi School of Engineering,
University of Southern California (USC), USA

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.

Prof. Dr. Yannis C. Yortsos
Dean of Viterbi School of Engineering,
University of Southern California (USC), USA

SPONSORS

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.

ORGANISERS

Petrus Communications is an award-winning recruitment marketing and research consultancy, working with companies and universities worldwide on graduate recruitment and employability projects.

Find out more at: www.petruscommunications.com

The Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) was created on 9 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.

Find out more: www.gedcouncil.org

CONTACT 

If you are interested in attending our next event, please contact Emilia Florea at emilia@petruscommunications.com.