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McMaster students, leadership to exchange ideas with global experts in engineeringSeptember 23, 2020

McMaster Engineering will host the first virtual Global Engineering Deans Council Industry Forum which brings together global leaders in engineering education and technology.

Next week, more than 120 global experts in engineering and technology will connect virtually at the fourth edition of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) Industry Forum, hosted bMcMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering in partnership with the GEDC and Petrus.

“This is an exciting opportunity to get great minds to come together and explore solutions to real-world challenges facing engineering education,” says Ishwar K. Puri, McMaster’s Dean of Engineering.  

While wish we could have welcomed this year’s guests in-person at Niagara-on-the-Lake, the GEDC Industry Forum team has done a tremendous job adapting this year’s event to offer an engaging virtual experience.” 

From Sept. 28 to Oct. 1, engineering education leaders from around the world will connect virtually with senior executives from leading industrial and technology companies. The attendees will represent 25 countries and five continents. Typically, the event is held in person. 

The weekend prior, 16 McMaster students will take part in the Global Learning Expedition, where they will connect with a global cohort of 50 students to develop solutions to challenges posed by COVID-19. 

The expedition was created in partnership with the MacChangers ProgramThe top teams will pitch their ideas to engineering deans and industry leaders during the GEDC Industry Forum. 

The biggest challenge facing engineering education is how our students and graduates remain relevant for the future. Our world faces tremendous conflict. It's very important for our graduates to understand that they are citizens of the world and they have a responsibility to understand these grand challenges and contribute towards solutions,” says Puri.  

Susan Tighe, McMaster University’s provost and vice-president, academic, will speak at the event and opening remarks will be presented by John Preston, associate dean, research and external relations in the Faculty of Engineering, alongside GEDC Chair Sirin TekinayDean, College of Engineering, American University of Sharjah. 

Through interactive sessions designed to facilitate peer-to-peer learning and open collaboration, participants will exchange ideas on topics such as innovative teaching in a virtual worldnew experiential learning opportunities, commercializing research and how to best inform engineering education using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The theme of this year’s event is “Transformation Engineering: Developing the Next Generation of Engineering Innovators, Experts and Leaders for a Changed World.” 

“Each edition of the Industry Forum has enabled valuable exchanges to take place, creating a meaningful dialogue between leaders from the corporate world and academia,” says Kirsten Williamson, Founder and CEO, Petrus Communications. 

“I am particularly happy that this coming edition focuses on embedding sustainability and ethics into engineering education and look forward to working with our partners at GEDC and McMaster Engineering to deliver an exceptional experience, virtually.” 

Learn more about this year’s GEDC Industry Forum