Engineering education: opportunities and challenges at the global level.
Mark Abbott, P.Eng., MBA, spent 15 years in heavy industrial consulting engineering based in Vancouver, Canada, before leaving to join the executive team of Engineers Without Borders Canada six years ago. Three years ago, Mark stepped down from the executive team to help launch and become the inaugural executive director of the Engineering Change Lab. He currently lives in Toronto with his partner Colette and their children Felix (4y) and Stella (1y).
José Carlos Quadrado, BSc, MEng, MSc, PhD, DSc, Habil. in Electrical Engineering and Computers is currently the Pro-President on Internationalization of Porto Polytechnic.
He is the immediate past-president of the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI) and the past-President of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES), the Ibero-American Engineering Education Association (ASIBEI), and Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa (ISEL). He is the past- Vice President of Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP) and of the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI).
Dr. Larrondo Petrie has a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering and is a Professor and Associate Dean of International Affairs in the College of Engineering and Computer Science of Florida Atlantic University. She is the Executive Director of LACCEI (Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions) and served in the past as an officer of the International Division of ASEE (American Society of Engineering Institutions). She is Editor-in-Chief of the Latin American and Caribbean Journal of Engineering Education, forms part of the International Advisory Board to the Journal of Engineering Education published by ASEE, and is on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Education Society's Iberian-American publication, called RITA because of its acronym in Spanish. She is Chair of Engineering Education Initiatives in EftA (OAS Engineering for the Americas) and organizes the annual Engineering for the Americas Encuentro (in English: Encounter). She is part of the Education Committee of UPADI (in English: Pan American Federation of Engineering Associations), serves of the Board of ASIBEI (Iberian-American Engineering Education Association), and in the past served as First Vice President of IFEES (International Federation of Engineering Societies)
Myongsook Oh is a professor of Chemical Engineering Department at Hongik University in Seoul. She obtained a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and Sc. D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Before joining Hongik University, Dr. Oh was associated with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Texaco, Inc in the U. S. Starting from her Sc. D. thesis on softening coal pyrolysis, she worked on the conversion of fossil fuels for over 30 years. She has continued working on the coal gasification in Korea, providing leadership in gasification slag rheology and refractory corrosion. The other area that Dr. Oh devotes her effort is to develop women in engineering program and educational contents. With her colleagues, she introduced the concept of engineering education for women (EEW). For last seven years, she organized and chaired the EEW session in the annual conference of Korean Society of Engineering Education (KSEE).. Dr. Oh now serves as a vice president of Korea Federation of Women’s Science and Technology Associations, a vice president of Korean KSEE, and a director of the Regional center for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology in Seoul. She also served several government committees such as Energy Technology Advisory Committee and New and Renewable Energy Committee in the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy, Korea. She is an active member of in ACS, KIChE, KSIEC, ASEE, and KSEE. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea (NAEK).
Prof. Funso Falade is a Professor of Civil Engineering at University of Lagos. He was Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and is the current Dean of Faculty of Engineering at the University of Lagos. In 2002, Prof. Falade initiated the African Regional Conference on Engineering Education (ARCEE) which led to the establishment of the African Engineering Education Association (AEEA) in 2006 in South Africa of which he was the founding President and remains the current President. He was a Vice-President of International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES; 2008-2012). In 2013, Prof. Falade championed the inauguration of the African Engineering Dean’s Council (AEDC) which took place during the 5th African Regional Conference on Engineering Education 2013 (ARCEE 2013) at the University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria. He has developed a network with African Engineering Educators in Diaspora who now facilitate at Capacity Building Workshop to assist in skills acquisitions by the engineering educators that are home-based in Africa.
Dr. Vinod K. Lohani is W.S. “Pete” Chair for Innovation in Engineering Education and a professor of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. He also serves as the Director of education and global initiatives at VT’s Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS). He currently serves as a PI/co-PI on 5 projects supported by the National Science Foundation. His research interests are in computer-supported research and learning system, hydrology and international collaboration. He received ASEE International Division’s Global Engineering & Engineering Technology Educator Award in 2011. He has published ~100 peer-reviewed publications and has worked on various international projects supported by the NSF, United Nations Development Program and European Union.