GEDC Airbus Diversity Award

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2015 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award Recipient Announced

 Airbus, the leading aircraft manufacturer, and the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC), the leading international organisation for engineering education, announced Fadi Aloul as the recipient of the 2015 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award at the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) Conference in Adelaide on 1st December 2015. He received 10 000 USD to support and develop his work.

Fadi Aloul, from the United Arab Emirates, is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and the Director of the HP Institute at the American University of Sharjah. Dr. Aloul was recognized for his work in the development of Introduction to Engineering and Computing, a first-year course using low cost materials and minimal resources while engaging diverse students in engineering education and developing their problem solving skills. Students are placed into multidisciplinary and diverse teams where they work on several projects together. The course has had more than 10,000 students participate, spanning 92 nationalities, with an average of 35% female participation.

The other two 2015 finalists include Martin Baumann (RWTH Aachen, Germany) and Renetta Tull (University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA), who were selected from over 29 candidates from 13 countries. This prestigious award is given to individuals who have been proactive in bringing more diversity into engineering schools and universities, rewarding initiatives around the world which encourage young people of all profiles and backgrounds to study and succeed in engineering.

  From left to right: Charles Champion, Executive Vice President Airbus Engineering and Patron of the Diversity Award with Fadi Aloul of the American University of Sharjah (AUS) in the United Arab Emirates, recipient of the 2015 GEDC Airbus Award for Diversity in Engineering Education and John Beynon, Chair of the GEDC and Dean of Engineering at the University of Adelaide (c) Airbus Group

The finalists presented their ideas before a distinguished evaluation committee during GEDC 2015 Adelaide on November 30. "This year, the Jury had the opportunity to assess three outstanding candidates, whose work focuses on very different areas. At Airbus Group, we are committed to continuously building a diverse and inclusive workforce, and to encouraging all forms of diversity, as so well illustrated by this year's Award recipient," said Charles Champion.

John Beynon, (Immediate Past Chair of the GEDC and Dean of Engineering at the University of Adelaide), Karen Simmons (Service Quality Manager, Human Resources and Development, Qantas Engineering, Qantas Airways Limited), Alejandro Jadresic (Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Sciences at University Adolfo Ibañez) and Sushma S. Kulkarni (Director, Rajarambapu Institute of Technology) joined Charles Champion on the Jury. Their selection criteria focused on the measureable success of the initiative, the transferability of the idea and the potential to inspire others.

“Engineering is one of the most exciting, challenging and varied careers, where teamwork is hugely important," explained the GEDC's John Beynon. "This year, we saw that all our finalists have the support of equally committed colleagues and team members. The message is that together we can, and will, make a difference."

The Airbus Group and the GEDC are united in their belief that engineers will play a vital part in creating the sustainable solutions to critical issues facing society in the future. Bringing together industry and academia in partnership, the Award was launched in 2012, reflecting the Airbus Group and GEDC's mutual ambition to increase the numbers of engineers from all backgrounds and profiles entering the engineering workforce.

The Award recognises the grassroots initiatives and the people behind them which enable students from all backgrounds and profiles to study and succeed in the field of engineering, as students and also when they join the workforce. The Jury’s criteria for the Award focused on the demonstrable success of each initiative, the transferability of the ideas and the potential to inspire others globally.

At the gala ceremony for the Award in Adelaide, an additional honour was presented to Gary May from the Georgia Institute of Technology in the U.S. He received an exceptional Jury’s Recognition for Outstanding Achievement, recognising his career-long efforts and achievements in increasing diversity in engineering. 

 

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