Welcome from the Chair!
John H. Beynon
The Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) was established in 2008 when twenty deans came together in Paris and signed the 'Paris Declaration'. GEDC has now grown to include over 125 deans from over 30 countries, 5 regional chapters, over 10 corporate and other partners, with membership of all types growing quickly.
The Mission of the GEDC is to serve as a global network of engineering deans and to leverage the collective strengths of the deans for the advancement of engineering education, research and service to the global community. The four main arms of our strategic plan are: institutional leadership, curriculum leadership, policy leadership and accreditation leadership.
In October 2013, GEDC held a very successful conference in Chicago, USA, the latest in our annual series of gatherings. It was clear at the conference that the reach of GEDC is truly global, with a very wide range of history and standing amongst the deans, but a shared purpose to produce the next generation of great engineers for our society.
It was gratifying to see such strong corporate representation at the conference, with the Chief Engineers of both Airbus and Boeing attending, and a Senior Vice President from Total, S.A., amongst others. GEDC has become the go-to organization for companies and inter-governmental organizations who want to talk to the people in charge of engineering education and research across the globe. This gives GEDC a unique role and can only improve the delivery of engineering graduates internationally.
It was thanks to a generous sponsorship from Airbus that we were able to announce the winner of the first GEDC Airbus Diversity Award, which received nominations from around the world. The winner was announced in Chicago and our congratulations go to Ana Lazarin from Wichita State University.
We reviewed our strategies at Chicago and the outcome of those deliberations will be shared in the coming weeks. We will continue to grow all categories of membership and will provide particular support to any countries or regions who are interested in forming a Chapter and would like to join our global community.
Finally, I invite you to join us for our sixth GEDC 2014 Conference, to be held in conjunction with the World Engineering Education Forum, in December 2014 in Dubai, UAE.
John Beynon has been the Executive Dean of the University of Adelaide’s Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences since July 2012, after seven years as Dean of Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. Born on the Isle of Man, he spent much of his academic career at Sheffield University in the UK, where he held professorial positions in metallurgy and mechanical engineering, the latter including a period as Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has served as President of the Australian Council of Engineering Deans and is Chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council for 2013-15.
John Beynon’s first degree was in physical metallurgy, also the topic of his PhD, both from Sheffield University. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Ferrous Research in Düsseldorf, Germany, before taking up a lectureship in the Department of Engineering at Leicester University, UK. He left Leicester for Sheffield to take up a Chair in Mechanical Engineering in 1995.
His research is industrially oriented, combining materials science, applied mechanics and computer-based modelling, and applied to manufacturing and structural integrity issues. He has published over 200 papers, edited several conference proceedings and co-authored a book on oxide scale behaviour in high temperature metal processing in 2010.
John is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK, of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering, of the Institute of Engineers, Australia, and of the UK-based Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Since 2011 he has been annually listed by Engineers Australia as one of Australia’s 100 most influential engineers.
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In February 2013, Dean Yannis C. Yortsos delivered speech at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in Irvine, CA.