IFEES and ACOFI Communities are grateful to Dassault Systemes, Hewlett Packard and Total, S.A., who have become the corporate sponsors of WEEF 2013, Cartagena, Colombia. These companies are valuable IFEES corporate members and their support is a great contribution towards making our WEEF 2013 Cartagena, a successful global event.
In March 13 – 15, 2013 IEEE Education Society sponsored 4th Annual Global Engineering Conference EDUCON 2013 “Synergy from Classic and Future Engineering Education,” it returned to Europe after meeting in Amman (2011) and Marrakesh(2012).
About 300 scientists from more than 50 countries around the world met at the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Technische Universität Berlin to discuss the latest research information in the field of engineering education. The first day consisted of two workshops “Enhancing Scholarly Submissions to the IEEE Transaction on Education” and “LEGO Mindstorms with MATLAB and Simulink for Teaching Controls, Robotics and Mechatronics” and a full day workshop “Disruptive Education: WOO3 Model, Infrastructure, and Global Engineering”. At this global conference the topics ranged from attracting, engaging and retaining issues over study abroad programs and methods/technologies in (distance) learning to infrastructure and technologies for engineering education. Keynote speakers were: Lueny Morell (HP Labs), José Carlos Quadrado (Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa), Alessandro Tarchini (Mathworks) and Arnold Pears (University of Uppsala), they all emphasized employability, sustainability and visualization as main challenges. Conference Chairs were: Olivier Pfeiffer, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany; Michael E. Auer, Carinthia Tech Institute Villach, Austria; Martin Llamas, University of Vigo, Spain. The upcoming EDUCON will take place where Europe meets Asia – April 2014 in Istanbul.
For more information please visit: http://www.educon-conference.org/educon2013/
“Engineering Education Fast Forward: 1973>2013>>“
Technology has been and will be an essential tool both in daily life and in education. From the birth of SEFI in 1973 until now, engineering and education have developed in a revolutionary way. During the SEFI conference 2013 we will look back in order to turn the strengths and weaknesses of engineering education into opportunities. We will celebrate a lifetime of SEFI working on a bright future. Delegates from all over Europe and from the World, academic and corporate representatives as well as students will join from September 16-20, in the beautiful city of Leuven, Belgium. The conference is organised the KU Leuven, founded in 1425, a strongly research-oriented university with more than 41,000 students, ranked 58th in the world and 13th in Europe in THES 2012/2013. KU Leuven is also the birthplace of SEFI! A series of associated events are organised in conjunction with our event: Read more ›
IFEES Secretariat is pleased to share with its community the 2nd Volume and1st Issue
of IFEES’ quarterly publication: ”The Global Bulletin of Engineering Education.”
Please click here to view IFEES Bulletin.
John Beynon, Chair Elect of GEDC joined by GEDC Executive Committee member Yanis C. Yortsos and GEDC member Thomas C. Katsouleas, will participate in the Global Grand Challenges Summit, London, scheduled to commence in March 12-13, 2013. 
The Global Grand Challenges Summit (GGCS) is a major new initiative launched by the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), National Academy of Engineering (USA) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. This two day event will spark discussion and debate between 400 visionary leaders of tomorrow in the fields of engineering, technology, business, research & development as well as policy. The Summit pannels will focus on how to develop inter-regional and global collaborations, networks and tools that are highly needed to solve common global challenges.
The prosperity of future generations heavily depends on unprecedented levels of inter-disciplinary and international cooperation towards solving global hurdles, from the need to provide clean water for a rising global population to developing a flexible infrastructure to climate change challenges, they all need a global synchronization of efforts. Please click following link to view agenda of GGSC: GGCS_Agenda, London, 2013
 John Beynon, Executive Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, University of Adelaide, Australia; Yanis C. Yortsos, Dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California; Thomas C. Katsouleas, Dean of The Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University.
Dear members of the IFEES and GEDC Communities: we are pleased to share the good news with our community that David Delaine, an important student leader for several years and current president of IFEES member SPEED http://www.worldspeed.org/ has just been elected to receive the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award to work in Sao Paulo, Brazil with GEDC Executive Committee member Dean Jose Roberto Cardoso as well as other colleagues such as Dr. Joachim Walther of the UGA Collaborative Lounge for Understanding Society and Technology (CLUSTER group). http://education.engineering.uga.edu/
Project Abstract of the work in which David will be engaged in:
Assessing the Impact of One Boundary Spanner on University-Wide STEM Educational Engagement
Engagement will transform STEM education into an inviting field in which all members of society are interested in participating. Boundary spanners, or knowledge brokers between the community and academy are integral in facilitating engagement. Here, university and community perceptions are evaluated before and after a Scientist-in-the- Classroom outreach program is introduced. Through the combination of established indicators of university engagement the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and local community are studied in an evaluation of faculty and community perceptions of engagement prior to and after intervention. Assessment of the intervention results in values of impact on students. This 16-month study is performed in conjunction with support from USP and other agencies.
Marcello Pagano, a biostatistician, and E. Francis Cook Jr., an epidemiologist, will teach a course in their disciplines this fall, one of Harvard’s first on edX. “We draw people into this program who want to improve the health of the world,” says Mr. Cook. Read more ›
We are only starting to imagine the possible effects that massive open online courses and other innovative technologies will have on traditional higher education—but the immediate response has a disconcerting air of panic. The recent surge of interest in MOOC’s suggests that some colleges hope that offering such courses is a kind of inoculation against the effects of technological disruption, and many institutions are feeling tremendous pressure to join the elite group of colleges that has staked a claim in this area. It is not clear, though, whether every college has weighed the costs and benefits of membership in what is now, at least, a particularly exclusive club. Read more ›
From the birth of the European Society for Engineering Education – SEFI – in 1973 until now, higher education in general and engineering education in particular have developed in a revolutionary way. During the SEFI 2013 Annual Conference European leaders and innovators in Engineering Education will look back in order to turn the strengths and weaknesses of the last 40 years of engineering education into opportunities.
We celebrate a lifetime of SEFI working on a bright future. Read more ›