On November 12 through 16, 2018, Albuquerque, New Mexico will be the host city of WEEF-GEDC 2018, the joint annual summit of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) and the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC).
This prestigious event, held for the first time in the United States, features the VIII World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF), the X Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC), the XV Global Student Forum (GSF), a Global Entrepreneurship Challenge for students and the first ever Global Career Fair (GCF). This is the largest engineering education gathering in the world and brings together a large number of stakeholders, including engineering educators, leaders, students, industry, governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, etc., to learn, share, and build fruitful and long-term collaborations. The conference theme is Peace Engineering.
The University of New Mexico School of Engineering, in conjunction with the Ibero-American Science and Technology Education Consortium (ISTEC) and the Global Innovation Network for Entrepreneurship and Technology (GINET), will host the combined WEEF-GEDC-2018 event.
Peace engineering envisions and works towards a world where prosperity, sustainability, social equity, entrepreneurship, transparency, community voice and engagement, 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 human and natural wellbeing. As we educate future engineers, we must ensure that they embrace their role as engineers of peace. We must provide them with the skills, understanding, capacity for reflection, sense of social responsibility and ethics, and resources to successfully navigate the socio-political impacts of their projects, engage in transdisciplinary developments and frankly, imagine, design, and create a better world for us all.
Look who will be joining us at WEEF-GEDC 2018! Will you?
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.