It is an honour and a privilege to be elected by the SEFI General Assembly for President for 2015-2017. I am happy to pick up the responsibility, but also somewhat humble for the task ahead. SEFI is a strong community and it makes me confident to see the vigour and devotion amongst so many of our members.

Our community is the strongest and best represented body in the whole of Europe, which represents Engineering Education. Europe is diverse and there are many stakeholders in EE: University professors and educators, educational researchers, students, companies and industry, private and public institutions, and individuals with a devotion to Engineering Education. SEFI is the home for all and offers institutional, corporate, associate and individual memberships. SEFI also collaborates with other organisations in Europe and in the world who share the mission of SEFI to develop and improve Engineering Education and to strengthen the image of both Engineering Education and Engineering Education professionals.

Under the 2013-2015 presidency of Prof. Kamel Hawwash of University of Birmingham , SEFI developed a clear vision for the development of the Society which was communicated in the SEFI 2015-2020 Strategy. New elements of the society’s active calendar were initiated like the annual SEFI Debate which is held annually in Brussels in close juncture with the European Union. Also activities for Deans were consolidated with the SEFI Engineering Deans Council and the European Convention of Engineering Deans partnering with Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER).

During this time I served on the Steering Committee and I will continue the implementation of these ideas. On behalf of our Society I would like to express great thanks and gratitude to Prof. Hawwash for leading the society as an inspirational and visionary president that opened the fifth decade of our Society’s existence.

I wish to contribute to continued flourishing and vivid development of SEFI. Our annual conferences are very important for both strengthening existing collaborative bonds between members, but also creating new ones. New members will typically meet SEFI for the first time at our conferences, which are very important venues for the growth and vitalization of SEFI. The back bone of SEFI is a made of the assembly of its National Correspondents and the network of Working Groups, Councils, Standing Committees and their Chairs. These organs must have the best possible conditions to work and thrive in order to be active and contributing elements of our Society. The role of the Board of Directors (previously the Administrative Council) is already clearly defined as the body responsible for the general policy. A more active role may be played by the individual directors as they accept to take charge of targeted projects. I look forward to two exciting years with focus on collaboration all around the Society in order to consolidate and develop SEFI for the sake of Engineering Education in Europe – and the rest of the world.

Professor Martin E. Vigild
The Technical University of Denmark
President of SEFI 2015-2017

Board of Directors

Prof. Mike Murphy

SEFI President

Dublin Institute of Technology
Dublin, Ireland

Prof. Yolande Berbers

SEFI Vice-president

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Heverlee, Belgium

Prof. Dr. Luis Manuel Sanchez Ruiz

SEFI Vice-president

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

Prof. Martin Etchells Vigild

SEFI Immediate past President

Technical University of Denmark
Kongens Lyngby, Denmark

Prof. Carlo Noé

Treasurer

Università Carlo Cattaneo – LIUC – Facoltà di Ingegneria
Castellanza, Italy

Dr. Robin Clark

Warwick University
Coventry, United Kingdom

Dr. Neil Cooke

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

Dr. Pieter de Vries

Delft University of Technology
Delft, Netherlands

Mr Xavier Fouger

Dassault Systemes SE
Velizy Villacoublay CEDEX, France

Mr. Marc Fry

Granta Design Ltd.
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Dr. Fredrik Georgsson

Umea University
Umea, Sweden

Prof. Manfred Hampe

Technische Universitat Darmstadt
Darmstadt, Germany

Prof. Kamel Hawwash

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

Prof. Hannu-Matti Jarvinen

Tampere University of Technology
Tampere, Finland

Dr. habil. Aniko Kalman

Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Budapest, Hungary

Dr. John Mitchell

University College London
London, United Kingdom

Prof. Eskild Holm Nielsen

Univeristy of Aalborg
Aalborg, Denmark

Prof. Dr. Carlos Rioja del Rio

Escuela Superior de Ingenieria – University of Cádiz (ESI)
Cádiz, Spain

Prof. Joao Rocha

Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto
Porto, Portugal

Prof. Zbynek Skvor

Czech Technical University in Prague
Praha 6, Czech Republic

Dr. Seweryn Spalek

Politechnika Slaska
Gliwice, Poland

Prof. Sirin Tekinay

Isik University
SILE /Istanbul, Turkey

Steering Committee

Prof. Mike Murphy

SEFI President

Dublin Institute of Technology
Dublin, Ireland

Prof. Yolande Berbers

SEFI Vice-president

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Heverlee, Belgium

Prof. Dr. Luis Manuel Sanchez Ruiz

SEFI Vice-president

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

Prof. Martin Etchells Vigild

SEFI Immediate past President

Technical University of Denmark
Kongens Lyngby, Denmark

Françoise Côme

Secretary General

SEFI
Bruxelles, Belgium

Prof. Carlo Noé

Treasurer

Università Carlo Cattaneo – LIUC – Facoltà di Ingegneria
Castellanza, Italy

Mr Xavier Fouger

Dassault Systemes SE
Velizy Villacoublay CEDEX, France

Prof. Manfred Hampe

Technische Universitat Darmstadt
Darmstadt, Germany

Prof. Joao Rocha

Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto
Porto, Portugal

Working Group Chair

Dr. Kacey Beddoes

Gender and Diversity

UMass Lowell
Lowell, MA, United States

Assoc. Prof. Jonte Bernhard

Engineering Education Research

Linköping Institute of Technology
Linköping, Sweden

Dr. Pieter de Vries

Open and Online Engineering Education

Delft University of Technology
Delft, Netherlands

Prof. Manfred Hampe

Ethics in Engineering Education

Technische Universitat Darmstadt
Darmstadt, Germany

Prof. Kamel Hawwash

Engineering Skills

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

Prof. Anne-Marie Jolly

Quality Assurance and Accreditation

Ecole Polytechnique de l’Université d’Orléans
Orléans Cedex 2, France

Prof. Bente Norgaard

Continuing Engineering Education/ Life-long Learning

Univeristy of Aalborg
Aalborg, Denmark

Prof. Dr. Carlos Rioja del Rio

Curriculum Development

Escuela Superior de Ingenieria – University of Cádiz (ESI)
Cádiz, Spain

Mrs. Katriina Schrey-Niemenmaa

Attractiveness of Engineering Education

Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
Metropolia, Finland

Prof. Jordi Segalas

Sustainability in Engineering Education

Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya ICE-UPC
Barcelona, Spain

M.Sc. Juho Tiili

Physics in Engineering Education

Tampere University of Applied Sciences
Urjala, Finland

Doc.RNDr. Daniela Velichova

Mathematics in Engineering Education

Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava
Bratislava, Slovakia