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I’m honoured to be elected the president of SEFI. After my term of two years, I’d like to be proud of my work. At this stage, I want to thank my predecessor, professor Yolande Berbers and say that she can be proud of her work as the SEFI president. It has not been the easiest two years as the SEFI president.

I want to thank all our members for their activity. You are the ones that make SEFI flourish. Some of you have even taken responsibility as BoD members, SIG chairs, event organisers, journal editors, and officers of SEFI, not forgetting our staff in the headquarters in Brussels.

Years ago, I was a first-comer in the SEFI annual conference. I felt a little bit lost, as I didn’t know the people, and several working groups (current SIGs) and their roles were confusing. Now I feel SIGs represent something very important to me: a holistic view on engineering education. It’s not only curricula or ideas to teach – or better said, making learning happen. It is attractiveness, ethics, sustainability, diversity, and much more. SEFI is also a society, and now I feel I’m among my friends when I attend the SEFI meetings, conferences included. I hope all our members can share that feeling.

During the last two years, we have worked online because of COVID-19. The pandemic made us invent new ways to work. One of the new concepts is SEFI@work which will make it easier for us all to attend SEFI events between the annual conferences.

The General Assembly accepted a new strategy for SEFI.  It gives me the guideline for the following two years. The strategy is something to be implemented, it’s not a collection of nice ideas to be mentioned in speeches. We all have our share, small or big, in that work.

I’m looking forward to working with you. I hope we will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face at SEFI events or conferences.

Board of Directors

Prof. Hannu-Matti Järvinen

SEFI President

Tampere University Foundation sr.
Tampere, Finland

Dr Balazs Nagy

SEFI Vice-president

Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Budapest, Hungary

Prof. Dr. Luis Manuel Sanchez Ruiz

SEFI Vice-president

Universidad Politecnica de Valencia – School of Design Engineering ETSID
Valencia, Spain

Dr. Pieter de Vries

Treasurer

Delft University of Technology
Delft, Netherlands

Dr. Neil Cooke

School of Civil Engineering – University of Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Mr. Alexis Francois

CY Cergy Paris Universite
Cergy, France

Dr. Fredrik Georgsson

Umea University
Umea, Sweden

Assoc. Prof. Klara Kovesi

ENSTA Bretagne
Brest Cedex 09, France

Prof. Dr. Gorkem Kulah

Middle East Technical University (METU) – Faculty of Engineering
Cankaya/Ankara, Turkey

Prof. Greet Langie

KU Leuven
Heverlee, Belgium

Mr Antoine Lanthony

Institut Supérieur de Mécanique de Paris – SUPMECA
Saint-Ouen cedex, France

Prof. Raffaella Manzini

Università Carlo Cattaneo – LIUC – School of Industrial Engineering
Castellanza, Italy

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Henning J. Meyer

Technische Universitat Berlin
Berlin, Germany

Prof. Gerhard Mueller

Technical University of Munich
Munchen, Germany

Mr. Damien Owens

Engineers Ireland
Ballsbridge, Ireland

Prof. Zbynek Skvor

Czech Technical University in Prague
Praha 6, Czech Republic

Prof Seweryn Spalek

Silesian University of Technology
Gliwice, Poland

Prof. Dr. hab. inz. Janusz Szpytko

AGH University of Science and Technology
Krakow, Poland

Mr. Alex Tarchini

The Mathworks ltd.
Torino, Italy

Dr. Gareth Thomson

Aston University
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Prof. Emanuela Tilley

University College London
London, United Kingdom

Roland Tormey

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPLF
Lausanne, Switzerland

Prof. Jan van der Veen

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
Eindhoven, Netherlands

Dr. Ramon Vilanova

Escola Tecnica Superior d’Enginyeria (ETSE) – Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB)
Bellaterra, Spain

Executive Committee

Prof. Hannu-Matti Järvinen

SEFI President

Tampere University Foundation sr.
Tampere, Finland

Dr Balazs Nagy

SEFI Vice-president

Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Budapest, Hungary

Prof. Dr. Luis Manuel Sanchez Ruiz

SEFI Vice-president

Universidad Politecnica de Valencia – School of Design Engineering ETSID
Valencia, Spain

Prof Yolande Berbers

SEFI Immediate past President

KU Leuven
Heverlee, Belgium

Françoise Côme

Secretary General

SEFI
Bruxelles, Belgium

Dr. Pieter de Vries

Treasurer

Delft University of Technology
Delft, Netherlands

Prof. Greet Langie

KU Leuven
Heverlee, Belgium

Prof. Mike Murphy

Technological University Dublin
Dublin 7, Ireland

Working Group Chair

Dr. Neil Cooke

Engineering Skills

School of Civil Engineering – University of Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Prof. Dr. Ir. Tinne De Laet

Engineering Education Research

KU Leuven
Heverlee, Belgium

Prof. Deolinda Dias Rasteiro

Mathematics in Engineering Education

ISEC Coimbra
Antanhol, Coimbra, Portugal

Dr. Inês Direito

Gender and Diversity

University College London
London, United Kingdom

Dr. Fredrik Georgsson

Co-chair – Curriculum Development

Umea University
Umea, Sweden

Prof. Manfred Hampe

Ethics in Engineering Education

Technische Universitat Darmstadt
Darmstadt, Germany

Dr. habil. Aniko Kalman

Continuing Engineering Education/ Life-long Learning

Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Budapest, Hungary

Prof. Greet Langie

Capacity Building

KU Leuven
Heverlee, Belgium

Prof. Bente Norgaard

Continuing Engineering Education/ Life-long Learning

Univeristy of Aalborg
Aalborg, Denmark

Assist Prof. Calvin Rans

Open and Online Engineering Education

Delft University of Technology
Delft, Netherlands

Mrs. Katriina Schrey-Niemenmaa

Attractiveness of Engineering Education


Nashua, NH, United States

Prof. Jordi Segalas

Sustainability in Engineering Education

Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya UPC
Barcelona, Spain

Dr. Gareth Thomson

Co-chair – Curriculum Development

Aston University
Birmingham, United Kingdom

M.Sc. Juho Tiili

Physics in Engineering Education

Tampere University of Applied Sciences
Urjala, Finland

Roland Tormey

Ethics in Engineering Education

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPLF
Lausanne, Switzerland

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