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A Contest in Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Academy of Engineering

In celebration of its upcoming 50th anniversary, the National Academy of Engineering is launching the Engineering for You (E4U) Video Contest to show how engineering creations serve the welfare of humanity and the needs of society. NAE is offering a $25,000 prize to the most inspiring 1-2 minute video focused anywhere between 1964 and 2064. The contest will run from Nov. 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014.
You are invited to join us in highlighting engineering achievements past, present, and future as well as make others aware of how the engineering endeavor has benefited humankind. This contest would make a great class assignment or enhance a capstone project or paper that students are already working on. In addition, the resulting video could easily end up being useful to your own institution for recruiting students and presenting the goals of your institution.
We hope that you will participate in the contest and also encourage those in your local communities to participate!
Please consider sharing with your:
  • Students
  • Society email Listservs
  • Colleagues
  • Other affiliated organizations/universities
  • On your website
For any additional questions or comments please contact:
Frazier F. Benya Program Officer Center for Engineering,
Ethics, and Society
National Academy of Engineering
The National Academies
tel. 202-334-3087

Anette Kolmos Receives the IFEES Global Award for Excellence in Engineering Education

IFEES leadership is proud to announce that Anette Kolmos was awarded on September 25th, 2013 the IFEES Global Award for Excellence in Engineering Education. The ceremony took place during the IFEES Award Dinner Cruise of WEEF 2013 in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.  Prof. Anette Kolmos has demonstrated great leadership and vision towards the globalization of Engineering Education while serving as a professor of Engineering Education at Aalborg University, Denmark.

For a full biography of Prof. Kolmos please click here.

Jose Carlos Quadrado (IFEES President) and Anette Kolmos (recipient of IFEES Global Award for Excellence in Engineering Education)

Xavier Fouger (Dassault Systemes representative), Jose Carlos Quadrado, Anette Kolmos and Hans J. Hoyer.

Our leadership has also presented the IFEES President’s award to two distinguished Individuals in Engineering Education; Lueny Morell (award received by Uriel Cukierman), as a “Global Visionary” and Eduardo Silva Sanchez as a “Pioneering Regional Leader.”

Uriel Cukierman (IFEES Ex. Com. Member) recieving the award on behalf of Lueny Morell and Krishna Vedula (IFEES Past President).

From left to right: Hulas King (Siemens Representative), Ivan Esparragoza (IFEES first Vice President), Eduardo Silva Sanchez (IFEES President’s Award Recipient), Jose Carlos Quadrado (IFEES President), Hans J. Hoyer (IFEES Secretary General).

Total, S.A., Siemens, Dassault Systemes, Hewlett Packard and Infosys: Sponsor IFEES Award Celebration

IFEES is pleased to announce that TOTAL, S.A. will sponsor the IFEES Award Dinner Cruise during the WEEF 2013 Cartagena on September 25th, 2013.
During the cruise we will be honoring this year’s winner of the IFEES Global Award for Excellence in Engineering Education, Prof. Anette Kolmos, from Aalborg University in Denmark. Furthermore, SIEMENS will present the IFEES Presidential Awards within WEEF 2013 Cartagena, where Lueny Morell and Eduardo Silva Sanchez, two outstanding engineering education leaders will be honored.  IFEES is also greatful to Hewlett Packard, Infosys and Dassault Systemes for their continued support for IFEES Global Award for Excellence in Engineering Education.

For more than 160 years, the name Siemens has been synonymous with internationality and worldwide presence. Today, Siemens is active in around 190 regions, occupying leading market and technology positions worldwide with its business activities in the Energy, Healthcare, Industry, and Infrastructure & Cities Sectors. In our ten largest country organizations alone, employees from around 140 nations are at work on innovative concepts and visionary ideas. Overall, with 360,000 employees around the world, Siemens is well positioned to offer its customers local, targeted, and tailored solutions. In addition to the more than 285 manufacturing locations worldwide, we also have office buildings, warehouses, research and development facilities, or sales offices in nearly every country around the globe.


‘Journal on Today’s Ideas – Tomorrow’s Technologies (JOTITT)’

“CALL FOR PAPERS” ‘Journal on Today’s Ideas – Tomorrow’s Technologies (JOTITT)’ (Volume-1, Number-2)
Chitkara University is one of the most reputed private universities in Northern India and offers variety of programs in fields of Engineering, Management, Architecture, Hotel management, Mass media and Computer Applications. More details about the university can be found at the website www.chitkara.edu.in.
A couple of months back, we had decided to embark on a journey of establishing a Research Journal titled as ‘Journal on Today’s Ideas – Tomorrow’s Technologies (JOTITT)’ in the field of Engineering, especially catering to the publication of those ideas which are currently in their infancy but have got potential to become Technologies of Future.  JOTITT is a registered journal with the regulatory bodies in India and has already got an ISSN No., Print version 2321 – 3906, Online version 2321 – 7146.
The first issue of the journal was published in July, 2013 and details can found on the website of the journal – jotitt.chitkara.edu.in.
Every research effort being considered for publication in the journal goes through a process of double blind review and the decision to authors is conveyed in a short span of not more than around 3 to 4 weeks of time.
In light of the above details, all researchers are requested to consider JOTITT for publication of their research work. More details on procedure of submission of research paper can found on the link – http://jotitt.chitkara.edu.in/online_submission.php. Please do not hesitate to contact me for any kind of queries. Looking forward to your contribution to JOTITT.
Dr. Rajnish Sharma,
Editor, JOTITT,
Dean (Academics),
Chitkara University, India

Vest Scholars program led by GEDC members

GEDC is happy to share the information regarding the Vest Scholars program Vestscholars.org  Led by key members of the GEDC ( including Tom Katsouleas and Yannis Yortsos), I want to let you know that this year’s eligibility is only to participants at the Global Grand Challenges Summit in London last March (mostly UK) but that the program will expand next year.

Global challenges, local solutions

By: Uriel R. Cukierman,
WEEF 2012 Buenos Aires, Co-Chair, Dean, College of Engineering,
University of Palermo, Argentina

“Think globally, act locally”. This well-known maxim, authored by the French-born American microbiologist René Dubos, usually comes to my mind when I think about engineering education challenges.

I have had the opportunity to interact, during the last decade, with several engineering educators from all over the world and I’ve discovered that we all share similar challenges when dealing with educating future engineers: how to promote the study of technological majors among high school students? How to deal with the teaching of mathematics and physics? How to avoid the high percentage of abandonment in the very first year of universities’ studies? Last, but not least, how to finance the relatively and increasingly high cost of engineering education? These are dilemmas that we all face regardless of our position; faculties, deans, chancellors and also governmental authorities are very worried about these issues. It is a fact that our modern world, with its paraphernalia of technological products and services, requires more and more engineers; it is not an exaggeration to state that the continuity of the world, as we know it nowadays, depends on the answer of the previously listed questions.

But the answers may not be the same in different regions or countries; as a matter of fact, the accreditation criteria vary from country to country and from region to region. The European Framework Standards are really different from ABET accreditation criteria and both of them have practically nothing in common with, for example, the Argentinean standards for engineering undergraduate studies.

The different perspectives about engineering education involve not only accreditation issues but some other challenges as well, let’s think about financing issues. Here in Argentina for example, public universities are funded by federal government and absolutely free for the students. On the other hand in countries like our neighbor Chile, tuition fees are equivalent to 22.7% of GDP per capita.

When we think about pedagogy, again there are very different approaches. You, dear reader, may think that this is not true because pedagogical theories are universal, but as soon as we analyze how those theories are implemented in different countries, we will find that there are diverse perspectives and approaches. In the so call “first world”, and especially in the US, MOOCs are proposed, by not an insignificant number of professors and universities’ authorities, as a solution for the growing demand of high level education. However, in very less developed countries, the access to decent Internet connections and to personal computing devices is nothing more than a wish.

We may continue looking for different situations about various problems, but it is not the object of this article to conclude that there is no way to solve these global challenges. Remembering Dubos’ maxim, it is clear that we need local solutions for them. There are no universal recipes, there are not magical solutions.

We certainly need to collaborate to learn from our colleagues all over the world, to replicate those solutions that are useful for our local actualities and, surely, to learn from those who have failed, in order not to repeat the same errors.

Global conferences, like those organized by IFEES, GEDC, SPEED and some other prestigious engineering education organizations, are very good opportunities to interact and network with colleagues from all over the world and to present and discuss our very diverse and particular ideas and solutions. From the point of view of those who leads those organizations, it is very relevant to find ways to facilitate the participation of more and diverse colleagues from all over the world in that kind of meetings and to assure that their participation will be really meaningful for their professional role in engineering education institutions.

Dassault Systemes, Hewlett Packard and Total, S.A. Support WEEF 2013 Cartagena

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.












SEFI Annual Conference 2013 – SEFI 40th Anniversary

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 Bulletin, Volume 2, Issue 1

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.

5th African Regional Conference on Engineering Education, September 9-12, 2013

The African Engineering Education Association (AEEA) will be hosting  the upcoming Africa Regional Conference on Engineering Education (ARCEE 2013) September 9 to 12 in Nigeria and formation of African Deans Council in Lagos, Nigeria.
This annual event will bring together Global and African Engineering Education Leaders for the fifth time.  The theme of the conference will be “Harnessing Scarce Resources for Advancement of Engineering Education.”
Under the leadership of the AEEA president, Professor Funso Falade, the Conference is moving forward and the days are scheduled for September 9 to 12, 2013 in order to enable the participants to attend both ARCEE 2013 and the WEEF 2013 Cartagena, Colombia (including IFEES Summit) on September 24 to 27 (http://orion.javeriana.edu.co/weef/en/)
For more information on ARCEE 2013 Regional Conference please visit:  www.arcee2013.org
Please direct any comments or questions to Prof. Funso Falade (ffalade@hotmail.com) or Prof. Duncan Fraser (Duncan.Fraser@uct.ac.za)
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IFEES Global Award Nomination Process Begins

IFEES Secretariat is proud to announce the opening of this year’s IFEES Global Award for Excellence in Engineering Education.  We invite all members of IFEES Community to begin thinking seriously about nominating an individual who they believe falls within the criteria of having provided extra-ordinary leadership and impact in engineering education.  Please take the time to closely review the Call for Nominations and the Letter of Nomination.  It is critical that all nominators spend some time providing evidence regarding the measurable impact made by each nominee in the area of engineering education.  The nomination needs to  be channeled through an IFEES member and the deadline is May 31, 2014.  The winner of this year’s Global Award will be honored during the IFEES Award Dinner which is part of the forthcoming WEEF 2014 Dubai on December 3 to 6. http://weef2014.org/.
The IFEES Award Nominating Committee consists of the following leaders:  Gordon Griffith and Michael Auer (co-chairs), Anette Kolmos, Tan Moorthy, Euan Lindsay and Bopaya Bidanda (members). Hans J. Hoyer serves as an ex-oficio non-voting member.  The task of the committee will be to critically review all nominations and identify three finalists.  The committee will provide its recommendation to the IFEES Executive Committee which in turn decides who will be this year’s winner.
Please contact Hans J. Hoyer if you have any questions, h.hoyer.ifees@gedc.info

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We are deeply thankful to our Corporate Members, whose commitment and support for IFEES global events have contributed towards the promotion of excellence in engineeringe education worldwide.


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