GEDC Airbus Diversity Award

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About the Award

Airbus and the GEDC (Global Engineering Deans Council), the leading global organization for engineering education, are delighted to introduce the shortlisted candidates for the 2nd GEDC Airbus Award for diversity in engineering education. This US$10,000 award recognizes individuals who have proactively introduced more diversity into their engineering institutions, as well as initiatives that encourage students of all profiles and backgrounds to study and succeed in engineering. The three 2014 finalists are from Australia and USA and were selected from over 20 candidates from 12 countries.

“This year, we have been particularly impressed by the number of ‘contagious’ initiatives – those that have the potential to be replicated in other universities globally,” explained John Beynon, Dean of Engineering, University of Adelaide, Australia and Chair of the GEDC. “We want to inspire engineering leaders from around the world to join our drive to create a more diverse global community of engineers.”

Finalists Marita Cheng, Bryan Hill and Bevlee Watford will present their initiatives to a jury at the World Education in Engineering Forum (WEEF) conference in Dubai later this year. The selection criteria will focus on the measureable success of their initiative, the transferability of their idea and the potential to inspire other diversity initiatives. On Wednesday 3 December, the 2014 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award recipient will be announced at a gala dinner celebrating diversity in engineering education.

In October 2013, the inaugural Diversity Award went to Ana Lazarin from Wichita State University (WSU), USA, for her outreach, recruitment and retention programs.

What Do We Mean By Diversity?

Diversity is the inclusion of individuals that represent variations in gender, race, ethnic background, disability, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, nationality and other non-visible differences resulting in an environment rich in intellectual variety and respect for the individual, and optimally suited to address the technological, business and societal needs of the future. (Source: American Society of Engineering Education and Airbus)

For more information on the Award, please visit the official website at Contact info@gedcairbusdiversityaward.comwith any questions or to request a submission form and guidelines.

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