GEDC Airbus Diversity Award

GEDC Airbus Diversity Award applications are now being reviewed.

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The GEDC has teamed up with Airbus, the global leader in aeronautics, space and related services, to present the GEDC Airbus Award for Diversity in Engineering Education. This award is aimed at shining a light on successful projects which have encouraged more young people of all profiles and backgrounds to study and succeed in engineering. The 2017 Award has been placed under UNESCO patronage.

The long-term aim of the GEDC Airbus Diversity Award is to increase diversity among the global community of engineers so that the engineering industry reflects the diversity of the communities it supports, and the wide-ranging work that engineers do. The 2017 Award, which is the fifth edition, will be presented during GEDC 2017 Niagara Falls, Canada between October 10th and 13th, 2017.



Have you or your team started an initiative to make engineering schools more diverse and inclusive? If you’re closely involved with a project that’s been successful in increasing representation of all types of diverse people within your institution, then we want to celebrate your achievements and share your work with the world. Check back in early 2018 for more details on when applications will open again.


2016 Award

GEDC Airbus Diversity Award 2016 Recipient, Yacob Astatke, Interim Associate Dean of Engineering for Undergraduate Studies, Morgan State University, USA (c) Airbus Group

Three finalists were selected to present their projects to a distinguished jury at the WEEF and GEDC Conference, to be held in Seoul, Korea from 6 - 10 November 2016. The finalists have been honored at the Diversity Award dinner, as part of a gala evening on 7 November celebrating diversity in engineering education, where the 2016 Award recipient has been announced. As the winner of the 2016 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award, Dr. Yacob Astatke (pictured right) was awarded USD 10,000 and the two others short-listed candidates with USD 1,500 each. This was intended to both recognize their work in the field to date, and support their continuing initiatives.

As well as our 2016 recipient, Dr. Yacob Astatke, two other remarkable finalists were selected for the 2016 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award. Through their work, they have developed initiatives, led programs and implemented changes which have positively impacted diversity within the global engineering community.


Past Recipients

Yacob Astatke

2016 Recipient

Morgan State University

United States of America

Fadi Aloul

2015 Recipient

American University of Sharjah

United Arab Emirates

Marita Cheng

2014 Recipient



Ana Lazarin

2013 Recipient

Wichita State University

United States of America


Evaluation Criteria

The Award Committee will be looking for candidates who have made an impact in bringing diversity and inclusion to engineering education using available resources. Candidates must be able to demonstrate that their initiatives have generated, or are generating, results. Candidates are encouraged to submit ideas with the potential to be replicated elsewhere, or developed on a bigger scale.

We encourage potential candidates to review the application form to fully understand what the Award Committee is looking for. This includes:

  • Description of the initiative(s), including the origin, approach, implementation and stakeholder involvement.
  • Documented evidence of what was actually done.
  • Clear explanation of the candidate's/team's contribution to the initiative and role throughout the project.
  • Impact of the initiative, relative to the resources available to the candidate, with qualitative and quantitative examples of how the impact has been measured.
  • Transferability, including how the initiative(s) could be leveraged for greater scope or reach, or transferred for use in another environment
  • Evidence of the potential to continue and develop the work further.

Terms and Conditions

Click here to read the full Terms and Conditions for the GEDC Airbus Diversity Award (external link).

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