On November 12 through 16, 2018, Albuquerque, New Mexico will be the host city of the VIII World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF), the X Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC), the XV Global Student Forum (GSF), and the first ever Global Career Fair (GCF). This is the largest engineering education gathering in the world, combining a number of international conferences in order to bring a large number of stakeholders (e.g. engineering educators, leaders, students, industry, governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, etc) together to learn, share, and build fruitful and long-term collaborations.
The University of New Mexico School of Engineering, in conjunction with the Ibero-American Science and Education Consortium (ISTEC), and the Global Innovation Network for Entrepreneurship and Technology (GINET), will host the combined WEEF-GEDC-2018 event. This prestigious event, held for the first time in the United States, features a Global Entrepreneurship Challenge and the annual ISTEC General Assembly.
We all dream of a world at peace; a world where prosperity, sustainability, social equity, entrepreneurship, transparency and a culture of quality thrive. Engineers have the power to play a vital role in delivering creative solutions that can radically transform and improve lives. As we educate future engineers, we must ensure that they embrace their role as engineers of peace and provide them with the skills and resources to successfully navigate the socio-political impacts of their projects, engage in trans-disciplinary developments and frankly, imagine, design, and create a better world for us all.
New Mexico has a long tradition in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math (STEAM) education, R&D, and entrepreneurship. The state has been the birthplace of modern physics, the microcomputer, modern software, mathematical software (MATLAB), and many other high impact ventures. We are the home of the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History and several of the top research national laboratories, including Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Air Force Research Laboratory. Here you will find White Sands Missile Range, the Very Large Array (VLA) and Space Port America, “the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport” currently serving Virgin Galactic and SpaceX, Up Aerospace and Google’s Project SkyBender.