The 2019 GEDC Industry Forum in Bucharest, Romania

Developing the next generation of engineering experts and leaders

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The first regional GEDC Industry Forum took place at the Athénée Palace Hilton in Bucharest, Romania. Building on the immense success of the 2017 Industry Forum, this event focused on stimulating innovation through bringing together universities and industry, tackling the growing gap in digital and scarce skills as well as developing key graduate employability skills, including intra -/entrepreneurship.

Engineering Deans from the region, Deans from the GEDC global network, leading regional employers and representatives from global companies gathered over 3 days for exchange and innovation on these critical issues in a unique, interactive, invitation-only event. The Industry Forum presents a unique opportunity to leverage collective knowledge and experience whilst developing an influential and meaningful dialogue.

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Thank you for joining us in Bucharest

The delegate feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with 87% of participants ready to join another GEDC Industry Forum .

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.’
Dr. Peter Kilpatrick
Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs
Professor of Chemical Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology

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2019 Regional GEDC Industry Forum Programme & Speakers

Zinyat Agharzayeva
Reservoir Engineer,
Total

After graduating from double degree master programme between Texas A&M and IFP School, Zinyat Agharzayeva started her career as a Reservoir Engineer at TOTAL. Currently, she is working on the Fast Reservoir Forecast project which explores possible applications of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in the oil and gas industry.

Zinyat Agharzayeva
Reservoir Engineer,
Total
Lucian Andrei
Coordinator Innovation Grants,
Zitec

Lucian Andrei graduated in Law at the University of Bucharest. He is the Coordinator of Innovation Grants & Tenders at Zitec and he has been involved in various innovation projects in the fields of ICT, Security, Energy and Transport. Focus: Horizon 2020, Research, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, SME Internationalisation, Start-ups, Project Management, Training, Border Management, ICT, Security, Smart Cities, Safe Cities, Energy, Transport.

Lucian Andrei
Coordinator Innovation Grants,
Zitec
Murat Büyükerk
General Manager,
Arctic

Murat Büyükerk is the General Manager of household appliances leader Artic. He has held management roles in the Arçelik Group for the past 29 years, including Head of International Regional Sales, successfully leading the introduction of a wide range of best in class products and technologies. Arçelik Group is the third largest home appliances company in Europe, offering products and services in more than 145 countries.

Murat Büyükerk
General Manager,
Arctic
Mihnea Costoiu
Rector,
University Politehnica of Bucharest

Mihnea Costoiu studied Economic Engineering at the University Politechnica of Bucharest. He previously held the position of Secretary General of the Romanian National Ministry of Education. He is Rector of the University Politechnica of Bucharest, General Secretary of the Romanian National Council of Rectors and Senator in the Romanian Parliament. He is a member of CESAER’s Board of Directors and the AUF Administrative and Associative Councils.

Mihnea Costoiu
Rector,
University Politehnica of Bucharest
Chantal De Barra
Head of International Research Publications,
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
Head of International Research Publications,
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
Boglárka Duray
President of Local BEST Group Budapest,
BEST Budapest

Boglárka Duray is a student of Product Design Engineering (MSc) at Budapest University of Technology and Economics. In 2018 she became a Soft Skills Trainer at the Youth Trainers Academy. She serves as President of the Budapest branch of the Board of European Students of Technology (BEST), an international student NGO.

Boglárka Duray
President of Local BEST Group Budapest,
BEST Budapest
Prof. Adina Magda Florea
Dean of the Faculty of Automatic Control
and Computer Science,
University Politehnica of Bucharest

Adina Magda Florea is Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the Department of Computer Science, University Politechnica of Bucharest. She is the Dean of the Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers and the coordinator of the Artificial Intelligence and Multi-Agent Systems Laboratory. She is a Senior Member of both IEEE and ACM, and President of the Romanian Association for Artificial Intelligence.

Prof. Adina Magda Florea
Dean of the Faculty of Automatic Control
and Computer Science,
University Politehnica of Bucharest
Dr. Michael Fors
Executive Leader, Leadership, Learning
and Organizational Capability,
The Boeing Company

Dr. Michael A. Fors is an Executive Leader in Boeing’s Leadership, Learning & Organizational Capability (LLOC) Team. Previously he was Executive Leader of Learning at Microsoft. He is an adjunct professor at Stanford University and the University of Washington. As a Senior UN Fellow for 20 years, he leads United Nations strategy and leadership programmes for post-conflict nations. He has Ph.D. that combines business and education.

Dr. Michael Fors
Executive Leader, Leadership, Learning
and Organizational Capability,
The Boeing Company
Greg Konstantinov
Director, Human Resources,
The Boeing Company

Greg is an HR Generalist with broad experience in the US and internationally. He is interested in challenging HR leadership assignments in global organisations. His specialties are in: Organisational change, performance-based pay systems, employee development, and integrating global HR practices in a local context.

Greg Konstantinov
Director, Human Resources,
The Boeing Company
Colin Lovering
Senior Vice-President,
Avison Young Commercial Real Estate

Colin Lovering is Senior Vice-President of Avison Young Commercial Real Estate, Romania as well as Vice-Chairman of the British Romanian Chamber of Commerce. He has trained hundreds of sales professionals and managers worldwide. He is an active speaker in supporting disability and homelessness in Romania. He is also a Senior Tutor with the Institute of Sales Management and an associate lecturer at the University of Bucharest.

Colin Lovering
Senior Vice-President,
Avison Young Commercial Real Estate
Prof. Hasan Mandal
President,
The Scientific and Technological
Research Council of Turkey

Prof. Hasan Mandal received his PhD degree from Newcastle University, United Kingdom in 1992. In 1994, he started his academic career in the department of Ceramic Engineering in Anadolu University, achieving Professor status in 2001. Prof. Hasan Mandal became President of TUBITAK in February 2018. He is a member of the Presidential Board of Science, Technology and Innovation Policies. He has 6 international patents and over 140 publications.

Prof. Hasan Mandal
President,
The Scientific and Technological
Research Council of Turkey
Dr. Emilia Pecheva
Science and Innovation Officer,
British Embassy Sofia

Dr. Emilia Pecheva started working as a Science and Innovation officer at the British Embassy in July 2018. Her work involves engaging with S&I communities in Romania and Bulgaria (seniors in academic, research, business and government S&I organisations) and the creation of strategic relationships leading to mutual UK-Romania and UK-Bulgaria benefits. She also organises S&I events connecting stakeholders from the UK, Romania and Bulgaria.

Dr. Emilia Pecheva
Science and Innovation Officer,
British Embassy Sofia
Simona Sandru
President and Founder,
Global Women in Tech

Simona Sandru is the President and Founder of Global Women in Tech, an organisation supporting the educational and professional development of women in STEM. She joined Pentalog, the European IT engineering and consulting services leader, as Projects Director being responsible for the management of the IT projects at international level. Simona Sandru holds an MBA degree awarded by the University of Wales and an MSc in Marketing.

Simona Sandru
President and Founder,
Global Women in Tech
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

2019 Regional GEDC Industry Forum Schedule

Discover the detailed programme here.

Designed and facilitated by the award-winning team at Petrus Communications, the Forum’s programme kicked off at 16h30 on Wednesday 20th March with an expert panel and networking reception, followed by a day of discussion and creative group work on Thursday 21st March hosted by renowned specialists. Social and networking opportunities were followed by a gala dinner and dialogue in one of Bucharest’s most historic dining rooms. Conclusions were presented the following morning with departures on Friday 22nd March after lunch, or at the end of the day following site visits. 

HILTON LOBBY & FIRST FLOOR BUSINESS CENTRE FOYER

Natacha DePaola, Dean of the Armour College of Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA and Chair, Global Engineering Deans Council

Mihnea Cosmin Costoiu, Rector of the University Politehnica of Bucharest

University-industry collaboration (UIC) has been shown to promote innovation in many different ways, at many different levels. For example, UIC can develop innovation skills in students and other individuals leading to intra- and entrepreneurship, as well as improve the knowledge and technology transfer process. This panel session will explore the challenges and creative opportunities in global engineering, and share good practice in UIC in relation to innovation, both overall and in terms of skill development.

Moderator
Dr. Emilia Pecheva, Science and Innovation Officer (Bulgaria and Romania) at the British Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Speakers
Michael Fors, Executive Leader in Leadership, Learning, and Organizational Capability, Boeing
Prof. Adina Florea, Dean of the Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science, University Politehnica of Bucharest Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal, President of TUBITAK, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey
Lucian Andrei, Innovation Grants & Tenders at Zitec

A panel of international student leaders from the region’s technical student organisations engaged in skill development and employer engagement.

Hosted by Zinyat Agharzayeva, Reservoir Engineer at Total.

Hosted by Simona Sandru, leader of the NGO ‘Global Women in Technology’

With inspiration from Colin Lovering, Senior Vice-President at Avison Young Commercial Real Estate and Vice Chairman of the British Romanian Chamber of Commerce, and featuring special guest Greg Konstantinov, Director, Human Resources at The Boeing Company

Lead facilitators:
Chantal De Barra, Head of International Research Publications, CEVIPOF, Sciences Po, France
Kirsten Williamson, Founder & CEO, Petrus Communications

RESTAURANT: Lunch is with selected Design Group in the hotel restaurant 

Meet in the hotel lobby for an early evening Romanian wine tasting opportunity, with the opportunity to appreciate some of the city centre historical landmarks.

LES COLONNADES & LE DIPLOMAT BALLROOM

Cocktail, followed by dinner in the presence of our guest of honour, Mihnea Cosmin Costoiu, Rector at University Politehnica of Bucharest in the country’s most iconic dining room, a historical monument recognised as part of Romanian national heritage. The evening is generously hosted by Arçelik.

BUSINESS CENTRE, GEORGE ENESCU SUITE

RESTAURANT

Exact timings during each day may change according to final group numbers, but overall start and finish times will remain as stated.

From 13:00

University Politehnica of Bucharest will be delighted to take a small group of delegates on a tour of key research and innovation facilities.

Arctic: State of the art, Industry 4.0 Production Facility

Delegates have the chance to explore the production facility of Arctic in Romania located in Ulmi, Dâmboviţa County – a brand new, state of the art, fully digital and Industry 4.0 compliant factory that will have an initial production capacity of 1.1 million washing machines per year. This is the first fully Industry 4.0 compliant production facility in Romania, with an automation level of 70%, which is the highest in the Arçelik Group, one of the leading European White Goods and Household Appliances producers. 

Please let us know in advance if you wish to attend one of the visits with a mail to ella@petruscommunications.com

Resources

2019 – Regional Concept Paper  – Discover the rationale for the first regional GEDC Industry Forum to be held in Bucharest, Romania, 20-22 March 2019.

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.

Get Involved

The next event, as with previous, highly successful Industry Forums, is by invitation only with limited places allocated on a first-come basis. If you would like to request an invitation or inquire about sponsorship or speaking opportunities for the next Industry Forum (3-5 July, Fontainebleau, France), please get in touch at contact@gedc-industryforum.com.