The 2019 GEDC Industry Forum in Fontainebleau, France

Building on two hugely successful events, the latest 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.

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Programme

This Industry Forum addressed how to implement and scale up successful programmes which see universities and the private sector working together to develop the skills needed in future engineering experts and leaders. We explored how to develop socially conscious engineering and tech graduates for the future, building trust and authentic, inclusive communication skills as well as strategies to improve cross-border, open innovation through agile university-industry collaboration.

Designed in partnership with the Global Engineering Deans Council, and facilitated by the award-winning team at Petrus Communications, the Forum kicked off late afternoon on Wednesday 3rd July with an expert panel and workshop. This was followed by a day of inspiration, discussion and creative group work on Thursday 4th July facilitated by renowned specialists. Thursday concluded with social and networking opportunities alongside champagne on the CEDEP lawn, live music and dinner. Conclusions, with a strong focus on next steps, was presented the following morning with departures on Friday 5th July after lunch. Pre-event seminars on Diversity and Student Engagement, as well as cultural and educational visits in the area following the event, were optional parts of the programme.

Discover the PDF programme here.

From 12:00

Lunch is available for those who wish.

Ample meeting and working space are available at the event venue until the programme begins.

a. Exploring Diversity (with Rhys Philips, Electromagnetism Scientist - Central R&T, Airbus )
We have seen many gender diversity campaigns over the last 40 years with great intentions and with some individuals benefiting from them. But the percentage of women in engineering, particularly in leadership positions, has not changed. Before launching actions to tackle the issue within Airbus’ Corporate Technology Office, a team of scientists and engineers got together to use their technical backgrounds and expertise to tackle the problem. They’ve conducted an extensive literature review, performed statistical analysis on real data and created an innovative new model using Systems Dynamics that can be used to assess the impact of different actions before implementing them. The model will be made available as an open source tool so that the entire engineering sector can benefit. Rhys will present a brief overview of the work carried out by the team, followed by a demonstration of the model.

b. Student Engagement in the Learning Process
What keeps students engaged in the learning process? Of the many tools and learning techniques available, which ones really work? Before the next GEDC Industry Forum kicks off, you can hear more about the results of the ‘Student Engagement’ pilot survey. Our aim? To find out what learning methods keep students most engaged. Findings will also be shared with global industry, HR, and academic leaders at the Industry Forum; helping to develop the next generation of engineering leaders.

Our hosts for the event are Natacha DePaola, Dean of the Armour College of Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA and Chair, Global Engineering Deans Council; Chantal De Barra Head of International Research Publications, CEVIPOF, Sciences Po, France and Petrus Consultant.

Global challenges are facing all of us regardless of national borders, and there is an increasing need for international collaboration to drive innovation in the private sector and with universities. Given the current political climate that may lead to increased isolationism in some areas, how can universities, companies, and other stakeholders best work together to ensure that open and international collaboration and innovation is not only maintained, but also intensified? In this global panel session, speakers from industry, education and the public sector will share their experience on developing productive multi-partner, multi-country research and innovation projects.

An interactive session moderated by Andrew Hogg Deputy Chairman, Group Ethics Committee, Total

Networking, Cocktail & BBQ

to set the scene for the day with a look ahead at the technology, and the skills, that are changing the way we live, learn and work and a provocative exploration of how universities could evolve to meet the skills demands these changes bring.

Today, we know what skills are needed in future engineering and tech graduates; the 2017 Industry Forum Concept Paper provides a comprehensive list. As the required skills have and will continue to evolve, the focus of this interactive session will be on how to stay up to date, and develop needed skills in a meaningful and assessable way in scalable, high impact programmes.

The Student Perspective will be brought into the mix with comments on the Design Group themes and our pilot student engagement survey from Antonia Nanau, Immediate Past President, Board of the European Students of Technology (BEST) and Sana Djelidi, IFP School.

Lunch is with selected Design Group in CEDEP restaurant

An innovation at this year’s Industry Forum. Bring your professional problem relevant to the theme of the event, and we’ll invite the global GEDC Industry Forum community to solve it with you.

Leave CEDEP by foot for the MINES ParisTech, Fontainebleau (a 10-minute walk from CEDEP)

Farewell Lunch at the Ecole des Mines

What participants say about their experience at the GEDC Industry Forum

‘A very unique opportunity for academic and industry leaders to engage on emerging trends and best practices in engineering education. There were many great ideas on micro-credentials, alternative learning paths on emerging skill areas and peer-learning pedagogy that need to be integrated in the traditional curriculum.’

– Dora Smith
Senior Director, Global Academic Program, Siemens

‘One of the benefits of attending the Industry Forum is to be connected to an elite circle of international engineering educators, and to learn about the experiences of both industry partners and academia.’

– Lintuo Wu
Director of Global Education Partnership Program, Huawei

‘This is an opportunity to recharge ideas and share new approaches. Whether Industry or Academia, we share the same enthusiasms and the same challenges: the drive to always improve the way we work and build a better society for all.’

– Andrew Hogg
Deputy Chairman, Group Ethics Committees at Total

‘The Industry Forum is well attended by a good mix of industry and university representatives. Since almost all the sessions are interactive and dynamic, it offers excellent opportunities to gain visibility with most of the attending institutions.’

– Stefano Olivieri
Customer Success Manager, Italy and MENA, Mathworks

Thank you for joining us in Fontainebleau

The delegate feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with 89% of participants ready to join another GEDC Industry Forum.

Fontainebleau 2019 Speakers

Claudia Buzatu
Academic Alliance and Automation Ready Relationship Manager,
UiPath

As a Relationship Manager, she is in charge of all educational initiatives at UiPath on a global scale and develops partnerships and strategies for deploying the training in robotic process automation to students, youth, underrepresented groups in tech and unemployed, underemployed, military veterans or coming from other specialized professions (reskilling).

Claudia Buzatu
Academic Alliance and Automation Ready Relationship Manager,
UiPath
Chantal De Barra
International Publications Editor for Research,
CEVIPOF, Sciences Po

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
Dr. Natacha DePaola
Dean of the Armour College of Engineering,
Illinois Institute of Technology

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
Olivier Crouzet
Dean of Studies,
42 born2code

Having worked as both a technical assistant and a teaching assistant during his studies, Olivier Crouzet holds a master’s degree in Computer Engineering. After working for 2 years as a System Administrator for a leading French Internet service provider, he spent 13 years as Dean of Studies at a leading French IT school, Epitech. He was involved in the creation of ’42’, a new IT school founded in 2013, which uses an advanced, 100% project-based training methodology, called Peer-Learning.

Olivier Crouzet
Dean of Studies,
42 born2code
Andrew Hogg
Deputy Chairman, Group Ethics Committee,
Total

Andrew Hogg has worked in a variety of technical, communication and HR management roles with BP and Total in Canada, France, Kuwait and the UK. Working with both senior leaders and employees he helps them make the right ethical decisions. Via a global network of ethics specialists, he leads and supports the implementation of Total's business ethics policies, working across a wide range of cultural and professional contexts.

Andrew Hogg
Deputy Chairman, Group Ethics Committee,
Total
Antonia Nanau
President,
BEST International

As President of the large European student’s organisation BEST (Board of European Students of Technology), Antonia Nanau leads a non-profit present in 97 technical universities in Europe, with approximately 3,500 people. The organisation is fully run by students and aims to develop fellow technology students professionally and personally through their education.

Antonia Nanau
President,
BEST International
Rhys Phillips
Electromagnetism Scientist,
Airbus, Central R&T

Rhys Phillips is an electromagnetism scientist at Airbus Central R&T in Toulouse. In addition to his research, he leads the Corporate Technology Office's Gender Diversity Tiger Team. He is an award-winning science presenter, presenting science stage shows to schools and the general public around the world. Rhys is also an experienced radio broadcaster, is VP for Public Relations for the nonprofit European Young Engineers, and an honorary lecturer at Cardiff University.

Rhys Phillips
Electromagnetism Scientist,
Airbus, Central R&T
Dr. Ishwar Puri
Dean of the Faculty of Engineering,
McMaster University

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
Jaime Bonilla Rios
Associated Dean for Continuing Education,
Tecnológico de Monterrey

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.

Jaime Bonilla Rios
Associated Dean for Continuing Education,
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Taiwo Tejumola
Assistant Professor,
International Space University

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.

Taiwo Tejumola
Assistant Professor,
International Space University
Sirin Tekinay
Professor,
Sabancı University

Sirin Tekinay is a professor of electrical and electronics engineering. She is the Vice Rector for R&D at Sabancı University. After a twenty-year career in the USA, she held the positions of Dean of Engineering and Natural Sciences, and Rector. She was tenured at Electrical and Computer Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology. 2005-2009, she served the US National Science Foundation.

Sirin Tekinay
Professor,
Sabancı University
Dr. Michael Schoenwetter
Head of R&T Partnerships,
Airbus

Michael graduated with a diploma in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Munich where he also conducted research work, resulting in a PhD thesis on “Thermal radiation in combustion chambers.” Having started his industrial career in the printing press business, Michael joined Airbus UK in 2003. He held positions in the Design Office and Customer Services before joining the Research and Technology Program in 2009 managing R&T cooperations.

Dr. Michael Schoenwetter
Head of R&T Partnerships,
Airbus
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
Bruno Woeran
EU - Affairs & Innovation Network Manager,
Merinova OY

Bruno Woeran is currently EU-Affairs Manager International Innovation Networks at Merinova Technology Center AB for the EnergyVaasa Cluster. Fostering the collaboration of Vaasa higher education, industry and regional institutions for international networking and cooperation in research, education and innovation actions; strategies for EU research grants; directly funded - EU, int’l and nat’l - opportunities; proposal management from application to execution and follow-up; regional networking and special interest focus groups.

Bruno Woeran
EU - Affairs & Innovation Network Manager,
Merinova OY

Organisers

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.

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

Location

The 2019 Global Industry Forum was held at CEDEP: a highly regarded international executive education centre in Fontainebleau, less than one hour from central Paris.

Get involved

We will soon announce the date and location of the next GEDC Industry Forum. If you would like to receive updates, please keep in touch. This is an invitation-only event with limited places allocated on a first-come basis. If you would like to request an invitation to the next event, or inquire about sponsorship or speaking opportunities, please get in touch at contact@gedc-industryforum.com.