GEDC Leaders Among those Honored during IFEES Awards Dinner in Seoul

On November 9, 2016, IFEES held its Awards Ceremony and 10th Anniversary Celebration, which was sponsored by Total.

In light of 2016 being IFEES' tenth anniversary, the organization paid special recognition to six regional leaders who had made a tremendous impact on engineering education in their respective regions since IFEES' inception. Among those honored included GEDC Members Funso Falade (University of Lagos) for Africa, Xavier Fouger (Dassault Systemes) for Europe and Krishna Vedula (Former Dean) for North America. Lueny Morrell, Susan Oh, and David Radcliffe were also honored for their work in Latin America & the Caribbean, Asia, and Australia & Oceania, respectively.

During the event, María Mercedes Larrondo Petrie was presented with the 2016 IFEES Duncan Fraser Global Award for Excellence in Engineering Education by IFEES President and GEDC Member, Michael Auer.


Petrie was recognized for her outstanding teaching, training of engineering educators, mentorships of both faculty and students, and her impact on diversity and inclusion.  She has been one of the strongest leaders and promoters of excellence in engineering education not only in Latin America, but also worldwide. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI) and serves as the Associate Dean of International Affairs as well as a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Florida Atlantic University (USA). 

The IFEES Duncan Fraser Global Award for Excellence in Engineering Education recognizes individuals who have made innovative and meritorious contributions having a significant impact on the advancement of engineering education. The award is named in honor of Duncan Fraser, who helped create the African Engineering Education Association with Funso Falade and passed away in 2014.

To read her full profile, more details about her work and the IFEES Duncan Fraser Global Award here (external link).