2018 BUAA International Engineering Education Forum

July 7-8, 2018

Venue: The New Main Building, BUAA


Beihang University(BUAA), Beijing


The School of General Engineering (SGE, International Model School), BUAA

The International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES)

The School of Aeronautic Science and Engineering (ASE), BUAA

The School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, BUAA

The School of Astronautics, BUAA

The School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, BUAA

The Institute of Higher Education (IHE), BUAA


Beijing Zhizhen Culture Media Co., Ltd.



The School of General Engineering (SGE) is a new school of engineering within Beihang University, started in 2016. Selected by the State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs and the Ministry of Education of China as an "International Model School" with a "Propulsion Project for an International Model School of Higher Education", it has a focus towards being a "Double First-Rated" program (world class university, world class in the disciplines). SGE aims to become a model for international teaching and pushes to bring about comprehensive reform at Beihang University. This International Forum is the first of a series of international events SGE expects to organize for both BUAA and Chinese universities in support of its goals. In 2018 it brings together twelve (12) speakers from seven (7) countries – Canada, Chile, India, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Spain and the USA - and 4 Chinese speakers.

Forum Objectives

To present, reflect, and discuss the importance of curriculum design in enhancing universities’ responses to 21st century society’s needs.

The Forum Program will

  • Bring together internationally recognized experts from academia, industry, and accreditation to share and discuss the roles of outcomes-based engineering education in the 21st century
  • Share engineering schools’ transformations to outcomes-based education.

  • Present strategies to integrate into the engineering curriculum important skills like ethics, entrepreneurship and industry 4.0 competencies
  • Understand the importance of engineering education accreditation to enhance quality and international recognition.
  • Explore best practices in innovating the curriculum and learning experiences to develop student competencies through multidisciplinary experiences like capstone projects, service learning, data science
  • Discuss the importance of building multi-university and multi-national partnerships to share and augment learning experiences
  • Provide ample time for reflection and discussion through roundtable discussions


    Short presentations, roundtable discussions, high level of interaction among speakers and attendees.


    Schedule at a Glance

    Activities Time

     Friday July 6    14:00-20:00

     Saturday July 7   08:00-08:45

    Forum Program

     Saturday July 7   09:00-18:00

     Sunday July 8    09:00-12:00


    Name: Dongsheng Wen
    Title & Position: Dean of School of General Engineering of BUAA
    Email: d.wen@buaa.edu.cn

    Professor Dongsheng Wen is the Dean for both the School of General Engineering (SGE) and the School of Aeronautic Science and Engineering at Beihang University. As the Dean, he was selected by the “Thousand Talents Plan” to serve as a chartered expert. He is also a full-time permanent Professor and Chair in Petroleum Engineering in the school of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Leeds. Prior to his current position, he had worked in various academic positions at the Queen Mary University of London. He holds a DPhil in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford, after his BEng in Aeronautics (1997) and MSc in Thermophysics (2000) from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Tsinghua University respectively. He has received numerous awards for his work, such as the European Research Council Consolidate Grant in 2014. He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), a Fellow of Energy Institute (FEI), a Fellow of Institute of Nanotechnology (FION), a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Chartered Energy Engineer, and a Chartered Scientist (CSci).

    Name: Bindiganavalel Ramakrishna
    Title & Position: Director of GCSP Network, National

    Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine

    Email: Ramakrishna@nas.edu

    Ramakrishna He is the director of the Grand Challenges Scholars Program Network. The primary goal of the network office is to facilitate the inspiration of the next generation and to help prepare the future talent across the US and around the world that can adequately address the challenges facing humankind in the 21st century. He is passionate about preparing engineers that not only have the necessary engineering skills, but also the cross-disciplinary knowledge, entrepreneurial spirit, global perspective and a sense of service needed to lead the world to meet the great challenges facing humankind in the 21st century. He received his Ph.D from Indian Institute of Technology. After a postdoctoral fellowship in Switzerland, he joined the engineering faculty at ASU in 1985. He was named the Diane and Gary Tooker Professor of Materials Sciences and Engineering in 2011 at the Fulton Schools of Engineering. From 2009 to 2013, he was the director of ASU’s Grand Challenge Scholars program and also a member of the Humanitarian engineering faculty. He was awarded the Jefferson fellowship in 2013 to serve as a senior science and technology advisor to the Office of the US Secretary of State, where he helped guide US’s international relations through the lens of "engineering for sustainable development" and provided intellectual, technical and strategic leadership on policies and priorities in the areas of health, education, energy, infrastructure, economic growth and governance.

    Name: Lueny Morell
    Title & Position: Founder & Director of InnovaHiEd

    Co-founder of IFEES (Past President), GEDC and SPEED

    Email: lueny.morell@gmail.com

    Lueny Morell, MS, PE, Ing.paed.IGIP, is Founder & Director of InnovaHiEd, a world-class team of experts with extensive academic and industry experience offering services to help higher education leaders in transforming their institutions to better respond to their stakeholders’ needs and the socioeconomic development challenges they face. With a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and Stanford University, Lueny is co-founder of NEU, a new school of Engineering established in Silicon Valley, California in 2012. From 2002 to 2012 she was part of the, Strategy, Open Innovation and University Relations teams at HP Labs Strategy and a full professor of Chemical Engineering at University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez for 24 years, where she had various academic and administrative positions, including Director of R&D. She is an IEEE Senior Member, an ASEE Fellow and ABET Program Evaluator, member of the Advisory Board of the International Center for Engineering Education (ICEE) of the UNESCO-Chinese Academy of Engineering and has received various awards for her work, including the prestigious US National Academy of Engineering Gordon Prize for innovations in engineering education in 2006. Recognized as one of the Engineering Education Pioneers in the US in 2014, Lueny is passionate about engineering education and innovation as fundamental pillars for economic and social well-being. She is co-founder of IFEES (Past President), GEDC and SPEED. Lueny maintains a blog on topics associated with innovation and engineering education and her team consulting/mentoring activities (www.luenymorell.com; www.innovahied.com).

    Name: Wonjong Joo
    Title & Position: Professor & Director of ICEE Hub Center
    Email: joo@seoultech.ac.kr

    Wonjong Joo is a professor of Seoul National University of Science and Technology (Seoul Tech) and in 2016, the former president of Korea Association of Innovation Centers for Engineering Education (KAICEE) having 60 universities with 6 leading Hub universities. The ICEE project is a government-funded and 15 year-long project to reduce the gap between industry’s needs and universities’ education by innovating education programs, curricular, teaching methods, and collaboration with industry. Especially from 2015, ICEE project have focused at leading edge technologies of 4th Industry Revolution and developed extra curricula programs for students to be exposed to those technologies and to cultivate skills and attitudes needed in this era since change of regular curriculum is so slow. He has been a director of Seoul Tech Hub Center for last 12 years. He was a vice president of ABEEK (Accreditation Board of Engineering Education in Korea) for 2 years from 2012 to establish Criteria of Accreditation 2015. He was a Conference co-chair of WEEF and GEDC 2016. He graduated from Departments of Mechanical Engineering of Seoul National University (BS), KAIST (MS), and University of Illinois at Chicago (Ph. D). His research area includes interferometric measurements, AI applied interferometric pattern analysis, and high speed vision inspections.

    Name: Rosa Buxeda
    Title & Position: Dr. & Full Professor
    Email: rosa.buxeda@upr.edu

    Professor of the Department of Biology at University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM) and Director of Amgen BioTalents and Amgen Biotechnology Lecture Series. She is part of the InnovaHiEd Team as trainer of the IGIP Certification on International Engineering Education. She was appointed to the Board of Directors of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and was elected as an Academic Senator at UPRM. She was Special Assistant for Strategic Planning and External Affairs for the College of Arts and Sciences, Associate Coordinator for the Center for Professional Enhancement and former Chairperson of the Industrial Biotechnology Program at UPRM. She established the Industrial Biotechnology Learning Center at UPRM. In this capacity, she was responsible to establish a million-dollar laboratory for training in biotechnology and supervises and develops customized training curricula for multinational biotechnology companies. She served as the Vice-President of the Puerto Rico Alliance for Biotechnology, and at the Board of Directors of the Bioprocess Training and Research Complex. As part of her interest in K-12, she coordinated for three years the Biotechnology Summer Camp, an island-wide initiative to promote biotechnology. She chaired the following initiatives: Latin American and Caribbean Biotechnology Congress and the Biotechnology Week. Her educational research interests include learning styles, assessment strategies and design of curricula in an outcomes-based approach. Her work was recognized with the Arturo Carrion Award by the Puerto Rico Society of Microbiology, the 2016 Award as STEM Distinguished Woman and as Puerto Rico’s Ten Most Outstanding Professionals. She was the PI of the Biotechnology Mentorship Initiative to Develop Scientists (Bio-MINDS), a one-million dollar systemic initiative to promote biosciences undergraduate research among five UPR campuses. Her work has resulted in over 100 publications, as well as presentations and workshops. Buxeda is a multiple year honoree of Who’s Who Among America‘s Teachers and was board member of the International Society for Exploring Teaching Alternatives. She holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University at New Brunswick, an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and a B.S. in Industrial Microbiology from UPRM. Under her leadership, the Industrial Biotechnology Program was awarded the Innovator Award from the Southern Growth Initiative.

    Name: William Oakes
    Title & Position: Director, EPICS Program & Director, EPICS Program
    Email: oakes@purdue.edu

    William (Bill) Oakes is a 150th Anniversary Professor, Director of the EPICS Program, Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University and a registered professional engineer in the U.S.. He is one of the founding faculty members in the School of Engineering Education having had courtesy appointments in Mechanical, Environmental and Ecological Engineering and Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. He has been active in dissemination of service-learning at the university and pre-university level, conducting faculty and teacher workshops across the U.S. and in 15 other countries. He has published more than 100 conference and journal articles and contributing to 13 books including co-authoring the first text for engineering service-learning. He has received numerous awards for his efforts at Purdue including being elected as a fellow of the Teaching Academy and listed in the Book of Great Teachers. He was the first engineer to receive the U.S. Campus Compact Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning. He was a co-recipient of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering’s Bernard Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education and the recipient of the U.S. National Society of Professional Engineers’ Educational Excellence Award. He is a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education and the National Society of Professional Engineers.

    Name: Cristian Bornhardt
    Title & Position: Prof. Dr.-Ing. & Full Professor
    Email: cristian.bornhardt@ufrontera.cl

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Cristian Bornhardt, Full Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Sciences, Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco / Chile. He obtained his Chemical Engineering degree at University of Concepción, Chile (1979), and his Master in Engineering Sciences, major in Chemical Engineering at the same University (1981). Afterwards, he obtained his Dr.-Ing. in Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany (1996). His academic activities are related to undergraduate and graduate teaching, research and technical advice in the fields of Food Engineering and Environmental Engineering, mainly physical-chemical and biological treatment of urban and industrial wastewaters, effluent management, and process engineering with focus on pollution prevention and energy efficiency. Related to biological treatment, the focus has been on nitrogen removal using advanced biological treatments. During his academic career, he served different university positions at Universidad de La Frontera, like Planning Director (1997-2001), member of the Academic Council (2004-8), Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering (1991-2, 2008-10), Director of the Engineering Doctorate Program (2008-10), Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Sciences (2010-16), and others. At this moment, he is General Director of the project "World-class Engineering at regional state Universities in the central-south of Chile", belonging to the program New Engineering for 2030 of the Chilean Development Agency CORFO, which corresponds to an associative initiative of the Universities of La Frontera, Bío-Bío and Talca, with funding of more than US$ 10 million financed by CORFO.

    Name: Jean Nocito-Gobel
    Title & Position: Ph.D. & Professor
    Email: JNocitoGobel@newhaven.edu

    Jean Nocito-Gobel, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of New Haven, received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has been actively involved in a number of educational initiatives in the Tagliatela College of Engineering including KEEN and PITCH, PI of the ASPIRE grant, and is the coordinator for the first-year Intro to Engineering course. Her professional interests include modeling the transport and fate of contaminants in groundwater and surface water systems, as well as engineering education reform.

    Name: Hans J. Hoyer
    Title & Position: Executive Secretary of GEDC
    Email: h.hoyer.ifees@gedc.info

    Name: Ashok Shettar
    Title & Position: Dr. & Vice-Chancellor of KLE Technological University
    Email: ashoksshettar@gmail.com

    Dr. Ashok S. Shettar is Vice-Chancellor of KLE Technological University, Hubli.). He has ME and PhD in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Dr. Shettar has over 30 years’ experience in engineering education and administration. As principal of BVB College of Engineering Technology from 2001 to 2015, he lead a comprehensive strategic reform process to transform BVB college to the status of University. He was a member of Higher Education council, Govt, of Karnataka, the Executive Council and Academic Council of Visvesvaraya Technological University in Belgaum. Presently he is also Chairman of CII, North Karnataka Zone. His expertise lies in strategic planning and institutional development, Outcome Based Education framework, Engineering Education Research. He has played an important role in establishing and growing "Centre for Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship" at KLE Tech, which has emerged as pioneering model to nurture entrepreneurial ecosystem in Tier-II cities of India.

    Name: Kenneth S. Ball
    Title & Position: Ph.D & Dean
    Email: ball@gmu.edu

    Kenneth S. Ball, Ph.D., P.E. is Dean, Volgenau School of Engineering (VSE) at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, appointed in August 2012. VSE offers 11 different Bachelor’s degree programs, 18 Master’s degree programs, and seven Ph.D. degree programs. VSE employs over 200 full-time and 175 part-time faculty members, and has an enrollment of approximately 8000 students (more than 20% of Mason’s total enrollment of 37,000 students). New programs proposed, developed, and approved under Ball’s leadership include Bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering, cybersecurity engineering, and statistics; Master’s degrees in data analytics engineering and biostatistics; and the Ph.D. in bioengineering. Total student enrollment in VSE has doubled. Ball previously served as the L.S. Randolph Professor and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech from 2004-2012, and was Temple Foundation Endowed Faculty Fellow in Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin from 1989-2004. He earned degrees in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University (BSME, 1982) and Drexel University (MSME, 1984; Ph.D., 1987), and was a post-doctoral research associate in applied mathematics at Brown University. Ball is recognized internationally for his research in computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer. He has chaired three international conferences, is a past associate technical editor of the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, and has served on several other engineering journal editorial boards. He is an ABET Program Evaluator and a Commissioner on the Engineering Accreditation Commission. In 2012, he was awarded the Edwin F. Church Medal by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for "eminent service in increasing the value, importance, and attractiveness of mechanical engineering education". Ball serves on the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Engineering Deans Council Executive Committee, as well as the Executive Committee of the Global Engineering Deans Council. Ball is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas and a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and a member of more than ten other professional societies and organizations.

    Name: Paul Gilbert
    Title & Position: Mr. & CEO of Quanser
    Email: Paul.Gilbert@Quanser.com

    As the CEO of Quanser since 2002, Paul Gilbert oversees the strategic development of solutions geared towards improving the quality of engineering education and research in the global academic community. Paul is passionate about bringing hands-on experiments into universities, enabling students to gain real world experience and graduate as the strongest and most influential generation of engineering leaders. Paul regularly travels around the world delivering keynote presentations and meeting with senior engineering educators. He is also as an active participant with global academic leadership organizations, including IFEES, GEDC, WEEF, IUCEE, and ASEE. Paul serves as an active member of the Board of Advisors for McMaster University (Canada) and American University of Sharjah (UAE), with a number of open invitations to others. Paul has over two decades as a CEO or President in SME companies in North America, with global experience in Business Development. He brings wealth of international experience developing global partner relationships and major R&D oriented projects in the packaging, aerospace and energy management sectors. Paul holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business in Canada as well as a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southampton, U.K. In addition to his day job, Paul has been an active youth mentor in a number of programs designed to develop young minds and promote STEM education. Currently he is active with the NEXT 36 Entrepreneurial Development program. Paul is also an avid cyclist and together with his team has raised over $250,000 for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in the last 5 years with the Ride to Conquer Cancer.

    Name: Lorenzo Saliceti
    Title & Position: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering & Professor
    Email: lorenzo.saliceti@upr.edu

    Dr. Lorenzo Saliceti Piazza is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus (UPRM). He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico. His teaching and research interests are in the area of biochemical and bioprocess engineering, biotechnology-related unit operations, applied statistics for chemical engineers, and chemical engineering design courses with emphasis in industrially-sponsored projects. He has contributed to the development and implementation in the University of Puerto Rico in many strategic initiatives, such as the Industrial Biotechnology Learning Center, the Biotechnology Summer Camp for High School Students, the Bioprocess Development & Training Center, the BioMINDS Program, and the BioTalents Program. He has served as Associate Director of the Department of Chemical Engineering, as Coordinator and Associate Coordinator of the Industrial Biotechnology Program at UPRM, and as Director and Co-Director of the Industrial Biotechnology Learning Center. He has been Co-PI and trainer in the Biotechnology Summer Camp for High School Students, the BioMINDS Program, and the BioTalents Program. Presently, he is serving as Academic Senator for the UPRM School of Engineering.

    Name: Eduardo Vendrell Vidal
    Title & Position: Dr. & Vicerector for Studies, Quality and Accreditation
    Email: even@upv.es

    Eduardo Vendrell Vidal (Carlet, Spain, 1967), Informatics BSc, PhD. Associate Professor at Polytechnic University of Valencia, UPV, in the Department of Systems Engineering and Control, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in 3D and CAD/CAM. He has been involved in many different research projects, publishing in national and international conferences and journals in the field of Education, Robotics, CAD/CAM and 3D. He has participated and coordinated various innovative teaching projects, mainly in the context of adapting to the EHEA, publishing in national and international conferences. He is also advisor and expert reviewer for the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation of Spain (ANECA) and member of the Education in Engineering Committee of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO). He has been President of the European Quality Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE) during the period 2015-2017, being the current past-President (2018). He has been the Dean of the School of Informatics (ETSINF) and President of the Spanish Council of Deans of Informatics Engineering (CODDII).Since June 2017, he is Vice-Rector for Studies, Quality and Accreditation of the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

    Name: Harold p. Sjursen
    Title & Position: Ph.D. & Professor of Philosophy Emeritus
    Email: harold.sjursen@nyu.edu

    Harold P. Sjursen is professor of philosophy and global ethics at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. He is an affiliated faculty member at NYU Abu Dhabi as well as NYU Shanghai. He is a guest lecturer at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He has previously held teaching or research appointments at Augustana College, the University of Chicago, the University of Iowa, Pace University, and the New School for Social Research. He holds a PhD from the New School for Social Research. Sjursen’s research and teaching focuses on problems of technology and ethics in the context of comparative philosophy and global studies.


    Attention Time

  • Registration Deadline: By June 15th, 2018
  • On-site Registration:
  •   12:00-18:00, July 6th, 2018

      08:00-08:45, July 7th, 2018

  • Forum Time: Saturday, July 7th - Sunday July 8th, 2018

  • Forum and Registration Venue

    The New Main Building, BUAA

    (Address:No. 37 Xueyuan Rd., Haidian District, Beijing)

    Registration Fee

  • Fee: 
  • 1500RMB per participant. The fee includes lunch and dinner of July 7th, Forum materials (including

    the compilation of the speakers’ presentation slides), etc. It is our understanding that all participants

    will cover their own cost of travel, lodging, and forum registration.

  • Payment Account

    Beneficiary’s Name: 北京致真文化传媒有限公司

    Beneficiary’s Bank Name: 北京银行北航支行

    Account Number: 01091060100120105033657

  • Transact. Remark: BUAA SGE + Your Name

  • Registration Form

    Please email the Registration Form (Appendix 1 or 2) to sge@buaa.edu.cn by June 15th, 2018.

    The forum will be limited to 150 participants and will be on a first-come, first – served basis.

    Appendix 1 "Registration Form of the 2018 BUAA International Engineering Education Forum"


    Appendix 2 "Registration Form of the 2018 BUAA International Engineering Education Forum"

    (For the participants who come from international institutions)