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 sources, 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: 12:00 - 5:00 pm  - 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

Registration: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm - Fallsview Conference Centre
Conference program - Fallsview Conference Centre
GEDC Airbus Diversity Award Gala - Fallsview Conference Centre

October 12

Registration: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm - Fallsview Conference Centre
Conference program - Fallsview Conference Centre
GEDC Member General Assembly - Fallsview Conference Centre
Conference Farewell Dinner and Winery Tour – Jackson-Triggs Estate

Conference Program

Tuesday, October 10

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Registration desk open - Hilton Hotel Mezzanine Level

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
Welcome Reception and Journey Behind the FallsElements on the Falls 

Enjoy the "Taste of Canada" food stations offering menu items from across the country and sample some of Niagara's finest wines.  View the falls from the observation deck, and descend 150 feet to the viewing portals, cut straight through the rock, for a spectacular experience of the falls crashing down in front of you.

You will also have the opportunity to collect your delgate package if you were unable to do so in the afternoon.

Buses will circulate between the Hilton Hotel and Elements beginning at 5:45 pm every 8 minutes.  Look for the white, blue and orange WEGO bus outside the revolving doors at the hotel main entrance. The electronic sign on the bus will read GEDC 2017.  Although it is a short distance away, Elements is not easily accessible by foot.

Wednesday, October 11

7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Registration desk open - Fallsview Conference Centre, Concourse Level

8:15 am - 8:30 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Ishwar K. Puri, Dean of Engineering, McMaster University
Peter Kilpatrick, McCloskey Dean of Engineering, University of Notre Dame and GEDC Chair
Michael Auer, Vice Rector, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Senior Researcher, President of IFEES, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences

8:30 am - 10:00 am
Plenary Session on Industry 4.0

Organizer and Moderator: Yannis Yortsos, Dean of Engineering, University of Southern California
Theme | Engineering Education in the 4th Industrial Revolution 

Key Speakers, Panelists: Cristina Amon, Dean of Engineering, University of Toronto; Theo Andrew, Executive Dean, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment; Durban University of Technology; Ray Han, Assistant Dean, College of Engineering, Peking University; Sushma Kulkarni, Dean, Rajarambapu Institute of Technology. 

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?

10:00 am - 10:20 am
Networking and Refreshments - Sponsored by EngineeringCAS

10:20 am - 11:50 am
Building Inclusive Engineering Colleges and Workforces Globally
Organizer and Moderator: Rachel Schroeder, Head of Employment Marketing, Airbus

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.

11:50 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch and Engaged Interaction with Xavier Fouger, Dassault Systèmes - Sponsored by Arcelor-Mittal Dofasco

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Future of Engineering / Future of GEDC 
Organizer:  Seeram Ramakrishna, National University of Singapore

Shaffiq Jaffer, VP - Corporate Science and Technology Projects at Total, “Future of Energy in the 21st Century”

Sirin Tekinay, Vice-Rector for Research & Development, Sabanci University, Turkey, “Role of Women in the Future of Engineering”

Venkatesh Narayanamurti, Benjamin Peirce Research Professor of Technology and Public Policy, Harvard University, “Engineering Education in the Future”

Peter Kilpatrick, Dean of Engineering, University of Notre Dame, “Future of Engineering Academic Leadership”

Seeram Ramakrishna, National University of Singapore, “Engineering Trends Over the Next 30-50 years”

Deans Thinking Cap Exercise  

Teams of deans to deliberate about a) where engineering heading over the next 30-50 years; b) what GEDC's role will be; c) specific suggestions for the next year's 10th anniversary of the GEDC.  Each team to report on respective discussions. 

Wrap up by Seeram Ramakrishna

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Networking and Refreshments - Sponsored by The Ontario Society for Professional Engineers

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Session on Bioinnovation for Social Impact

Organizer and Moderator: Natacha DePaola, Dean of Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology

Panelists:  Theresa  Mkandawire, Dean of Engineering, University of Malawi; Matthew Glucksberg, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health Technologies, Northwestern University; Martha Gray, J. W. Kieckhefer Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Z. Maria Oden, Full Teaching Professor, Bioengineering and Director, Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, Rice University.

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.

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Top Tips on Energy, Smart Cities and BioInnovation

Organizer and Moderator: Jeff Goldberg, Dean, University of Arizona

Global deans will provide short five-minute tips for innovations in engineering education and examples of “best practice”.

Presenters: Felix Aisien, Dean of Engineering, University of Benin; Kenneth Coley, Associate Dean of Engineering, McMaster University; Ghalib Kahwaji, Chair of Mechanical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai Campus; Peter Kilpatrick, Dean of Engineering, University of Notre Dame; Sushma Kulkarni, Director, Rajarambapu Institute of Technology; Juan Carlos de la Llera, Dean of Engineering, Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile; Scott Smith, Dean of Engineering, Southern Cross University; Sirin Tekinay, Vice Rector for Research and Development, Sabanci University; and Rupesh Vasani, Dean of Engineering, Gujarat Technological University.

6:30 pm - 9:45 pm
GEDC Airbus Diversity Award Gala
- Fallsview Conference Centre, Grand Hall B&C

Reception and 5th Anniversary Exhibition: 6:30 pm
Award Ceremony and Dinner: 7:30 pm- 9:45 pm

The GEDC and Airbus with UNESCO are highlighting projects making a real impact on diversity in engineering education.  From 45 entries spanning 18 countries to three finalists - the winner of GEDC Airbus Diversity Award 2017 will be announced.

Thursday, October 12

8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Registration desk open - Fallsview Conference Centre, Grand Hall area

8:30 am - 10:00 am
Session on Advanced Manufacturing - Sponsored by Tickle College of Engineering, University of Tennessee
Organizer and Moderator: Suresh Babu, University of Tennessee and ORNL Governor’s Chair on Advanced Manufacturing, University of Tennessee

Presenters: Ron Brown, Technology Leader of Advanced Automation, EWI; Seeram Ramakrishna, National University of Singapore; Jim Woodell, APLU; Shiri S. Gopu, Director (HR) & CMD, Indian Telephone Industries Limited; Mark Johnson, Advanced Manufacturing Office Director, US Department of Energy; Marie Quintana, Director and Chief Engineer of Consumable R&D; Lincoln Electric Company.

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.

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Networking and Refreshments - Sponsored by MathWorks

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Workshop on Transformational Teaching -- Nurturing a Smart Planet 
- Sponsored by Quanser

Organizer and Moderator: Paul Gilbert, 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.

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Lunch - Sponsored by Hatch

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
GEDC General Assembly

Organizer and Moderator: Peter Kilpatrick, McCloskey Dean of Engineering, University of Notre Dame.

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Networking and Refreshments - Sponsored by MathWorks

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Plenary Session on Industry Perspectives on the Global Engineer of 2050

Organizer and Moderator: Peter Kilpatrick, Dean of Engineering, University of Notre Dame

Presenters: Kirsten Williamson, CEO, Petrus Communications; Paul Gilbert, CEO, Quanser; Peter Kilpatrick, University of Notre Dame; Christian Bolu, Covenant University; Jianbin Luo, Tsinghua University; audience participation.

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 and for forging closer ties between industry and engineering schools and colleges.

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
GEDC 2017 Closing Session

Ishwar K. Puri, Dean of Engineering, McMaster University

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Conference Farewell Dinner and Winery Tour -
Jackson-Triggs Estates - Sponsored by Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University

Experience an evening of winery self-discovery as you indulge in bountiful wine and culinary stations throughout Canada's most awarded winery.  Get a rare glimpse behind the scenes at how these premium wines are crafted.

Coach Canada buses will depart at 6:00 pm from outside the revolving doors at the Hilton Hotel main entrance. Return departure time begins at 9:00 pm.