Program / Speakers

GEDC 2017 Niagara Falls, Canada will bring together the top minds from around the globe to discuss issues of importance: From smart systems, to bioinnovation to energy, to engaging local communities, to nurturing entrepreneurship and high-tech start-ups. GEDC members, including your host, McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering, address grand challenges facing the world, including climate change, renewable energy, digital transformation and health care. The conference will facilitate important discussions about engineering education, research and outreach and how to better prepare for the fourth industrial revolution that will continue to transform our world through digital disruption.

Energy - How we create and manage our energy resources will determine our quality of life.
Challenges: Reducing wasted energy, limiting pollutants from energy production and use, reusing, safely disposing energy by-products, using renewable energy so urces, such as wind, solar and biofuels.

Bioinnovation - Saving lives, improving health and wellness and overall quality of life are key goals of engineers working in bioinnovation.
Challenges: Improving drug delivery, lowering costs, improving quality of life for people with chronic diseases, creating healthy homes, communities designed for healthy living, better biomaterials

Smart Systems - Increasing connectivity and digitization continues to change our world.
Challenges: Increasing amounts of data, cyber security, privacy, software safety and efficiency, security threats, ease of information sharing, social connectivity, hardware innovations.

Schedule at a Glance

October 10

Registration - Hilton Fallsview Hotel
Half-day Workshop for Engineering Leaders: Change Management in Colleges and Schools of Engineering - Hilton Fallsview Hotel
Welcome reception and Journey Behind the Falls – Elements on the Falls

October 11

Conference program - Fallsview Conference Centre
GEDC Airbus Diversity Awards Dinner - Fallsview Conference Centre

October 12

Conference program - Fallsview Conference Centre
GEDC Member General Assembly - Fallsview Conference Centre
Conference Farewell Dinner – Jackson-Triggs Winery

October 13

GEDC Executive Committee Meeting and Strategy Session - Hilton Fallsview Hotel

Conference Program

Tuesday, October 10

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Half-day Workshop for Engineering Leaders

Organizer and Moderator: Kathy Banks, Dean of Engineering, Texas A&M
Theme | Change Management in Colleges and Schools of Engineering
Change management pervades nearly every decision a Dean of Engineering makes in a College or School of Engineering. In this important workshop, we will unpack the many ways in which change management can be executed elegantly for the benefit and growth of engineering schools and programs.

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Wednesday, October 11

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Plenary Session on Industry 4.0

Organizer and Moderator: Yannis Yortsos, Dean of Engineering, USC. 
Theme | Engineering Education in the 4th Industrial Revolution 
Key Speakers, Panelists: Cristina Amon, Dean of Engineering, University of Toronto; Don Zhang, Dean, Peking University; Sushma Kulkarni, Dean, Rajarambapu Institute of Technology, India.  
The 4th Industrial Revolution, replete with automation and ubiquitous sensing, will undoubtedly produce tremendous disruption in worldwide economies, but also tremendous opportunities. How best should Colleges and Schools of Engineering respond to empower and enable our students?

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Welcome reception and Journey Behind the FallsElements on the Falls


Session on Advanced Manufacturing 
Organizer and Moderator: Suresh Babu, University of Tennessee and ORNL Governor’s Chair on Advanced Manufacturing, University of Tennessee. 
As the U.S. and other developed countries invest in automation and sensing for the 21st century, Engineering Colleges and Schools must respond to best prepare engineering graduates to contribute meaningfully to this advanced manufacturing revolution.  This curated session will bring advanced manufacturing experts from around the world together to help Deans of Engineering understand the state of the art and how best to contribute.

Session on Bioinnovation for Social Impact
Organizer and Moderator: Natacha DePaola, Dean of Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.
Distinguished experts in bioengineering and bioinnovation who have launched successful and impactful programs in the developed world will speak to the factors involved in launching such initiatives and provide insight and ideas into how this can be accomplished in developing countries. The deans will be engaged in this interactive session to discuss how they can advance bioinnovation for social impact in their schools and colleges.

Session on Top Tips Related to Smart Cities and Social Impact
Organizers and Moderators: Alaa Ashmawy, Dean, American University of Dubai and Jeff Goldberg, Dean, University of Arizona.
Global deans will provide short five-minute tips for innovations in engineering education and examples of “best practice”.

Session on Relevance of Work Experiences, and Extracurricular and Project Experiences to Engineering Education
Organizer and Moderator: Ishwar K. Puri, Dean of Engineering, McMaster University.
Analyses of student outcomes show that engaged students go on to become engaged and fulfilled employees and innovators. This session will include deans and experts who will discuss how various forms of experiential learning lead to student engagement and thus meaningful positive outcomes for engineering graduates.

Workshop on Transformational Teaching -- Nurturing a Smart Planet
Organizer and Moderator: Paul Gilbert, President and CEO, Quanser.
In this highly interactive hands-on session, platform technologies for teaching students The Internet of Things, embedded sensing, and related skills will be reviewed and demonstrated. As Industry 4.0 continues to transform our world, we must be well positioned to help teach those hands-on skills, and this session intends to arm deans with ways of doing this.

Session on Enhancing Inclusion in Colleges of Engineering Globally
Organizer and Moderator: John Beynon, Executive Dean of Engineering, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.
Some countries of the world clearly recognize the importance and value of diversity and inclusion in ensuring the future of their engineering workforce and enhancing creativity. In this session, deans will learn of the many ways in which D&I enhances the effectiveness of their educational and research programs and will brainstorm interactively to come up with new ways of instilling an inclusive culture in their Universities.

Plenary Session on Industry Perspectives on the Global Engineer of 2050
Organizer and Moderator: Peter Kilpatrick, Dean of Engineering, University of Notre Dame.
Building on our very successful GEDC Industry Forum, Fontainebleau, France, this session will focus on best practices for inculcating the attributes of the 21st century Global Engineer.

GEDC General Assembly

Conference Program subject to change.