Global Engineering Symposium 3.0

We are pleased to present the third annual Global Engineering Symposium. The symposium, taking place from January 12-13, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Calgary, Alberta, is a meeting place of academics, practicing engineers, and professional associations that aims to strengthen the engineering profession in its approach to societal issues.

We hope you will join us for this year’s discussion, with the following theme:

Reaching Out and Reforming Within: Successes, Failures and Innovations in Engineering Education, Outreach and Practice in North America

In previous symposia we discussed the need for a new type of “global engineer” to effectively address the complex challenges of the 21st century. This year, we will focus on what is being done to bring about this change, with the goal of generating ideas and tools for participants to bring back to their own spheres of influence. We will also examine approaches to creating successful change, including discussions on rapid innovation and failure as tools for continuous improvement.

Featured Speakers

Ryan Martens

 Ryan is a social innovator and entrepreneur focused on business as a positive force for change. He created Rally for Impact as the social impact branch of Rally Software, a 300 person company which he founded in 2002.  “Rally For Impact” works to connect engineers with social entrepreneurs to increase the speed and success of social innovations. Ryan will be speaking on using “agile” and “lean”practices and on bringing citizen engineers together with social entrepreneurs to create sustainable solutions. To hear more about his organization, take a look at his TEDx talk.

Domenic Grasso

Dr. Domenico Grasso is a well known educator and thinker on the challenges of engineering in the 21st century. His work has helped to change the mindset of engineering educators across North America. To learn more, take a look at one of his most noted short essays, Holistic Engineering.

Dr. Grasso is currently the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate College at the University of Vermont. He has held a number of key academic, policy and research roles, which are detailed in his bio.

Juan Lucena

Juan has extensively researched the humanitarian dimensions of engineering education and practice. He will be bringing this insight to the symposium while speaking on the topic “The Challenge of Sustainable Development and Social Justice to Engineering Education.” He will be joining us from Golden, Colorado where he is currently an Associate Professor at the Liberal Arts and International Studies Division (LAIS) at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM). Take a look at his bio for more information.

Additional Speaker Highlights:

APEGA will be presenting their new “EnGenious” Project, an engineering outreach innovation using a gaming platform to target specific youth demographics.

Beakerhead, an inventive new Calgary outreach group, will be discussing their unique approach that combines arts and engineering for an interactive citywide event.


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Saturday GES Schedule

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Sunday GES Schedule

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