The GEDC Airbus Diversity Award recognises the people and projects worldwide which have encouraged students of all profiles and backgrounds to study and succeed in engineering. Together, Airbus Group and the GEDC want to shine a light on good practice around the world and to inspire others to replicate successful initiatives in their own institutions.
About the Award
The long-term aim of the Award is to increase diversity among the global community of engineers so that the engineering industry reflects the diversity of the communities it supports, and the wide-ranging work that engineers do.
What is the Global Engineering Deans Council?
Airbus Group is a corporate member of the GEDC (Global Engineering Deans Council). This is a leading global organisation whose members are individuals responsible for setting the agenda for higher education in engineering in their countries and universities.
What Do We Mean by Diversity?
Based on The American Society for Engineering Education definition, diversity is the inclusion of individuals that represent variations in gender, race, ethnic background, disability, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, nationality and other non-visible differences resulting in an environment rich in intellectual variety and respect for the individual, and optimally suited to address the technological, business and societal needs of the future.
Who Can Apply?
We’re looking for individuals and projects that have made a measurable difference in increasing diversity and inclusion amongst engineering students and graduates. Applicants can be someone from outside academia, working in collaboration with an institution. Students are not eligible for this award.
Shortlisted candidates will need a Dean of Engineering to support their application.
What Does The Award Recipient Receive?
Three successful finalists will be invited to attend the WEEF & GEDC Conference in Seoul, Korea, from the 6th – 10th November 2016. The recipient of the GEDC Airbus Diversity Award will receive 10,000 USD and the two runners up will each receive 1,500 USD.
Apply now for the 2016 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award
Have you or your team started an initiative to make engineering schools more diverse and inclusive? If you’re closely involved with a project that’s been successful in increasing representation of all types of diverse people within your institution, then we want to celebrate your achievements and share your work with the world.
To apply for the 2016 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award, you need to:
- Download the Application Form and Brief for Applicants (opens in a new tab)
- Make sure that your project, or your team’s project meets all the criteria for the Award
- Complete the application form, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12noon GMT on 5 September 2016
- Remember to include all supporting material with your application form
Read the Terms & Conditions here (PDF, 181kB)
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Evaluation and Criteria
Before submitting your application for the 2016 Award, here’s where you can find out more about the process, criteria and timeline for candidates.
- Candidates are invited to submit their applications by 5 September 2016.
- After all applications are received, the judging panel will select up to 10 shortlisted candidates. The shortlist will be announced in September 2016. At this stage, all shortlisted candidates will be required to have their selection formally supported by a Dean of Engineering.
- Ten candidates will be shortlisted for the 2016 Award. Three finalists will be selected to present their projects to a distinguished jury at the WEEF and GEDC Conference, to be held in Seoul, Korea from 6 - 10 November 2016. The finalists will be celebrated at the Diversity Award dinner, as part of a gala evening celebrating diversity in engineering education, where the 2016 Award recipient will be announced.
One candidate will be awarded USD 10,000 and two others USD 1,500 each. This is intended to both recognise their work in the field to date, and support their continuing initiatives.
The Award Committee will be looking for candidates who have made an impact with their work with the resources available, who can provide evidence that their initiatives have or are generating results and who submit ideas with the potential to be replicated elsewhere, or developed on a bigger scale.
We encourage potential candidates to review the application form to fully understand what the Award Committee is looking for. This includes:
- Description of the initiative(s), including the origin, approach, implementation and stakeholder involvement.
- Documented evidence of what was actually done.
- Clear explanation of the candidate’s/team’s contribution to the initiative and role throughout the project.
- Impact of the initiative, relative to the resources available to the candidate, with qualitative and quantitative examples of how the impact has been measured.
- Transferability, including how the initiative(s) could be leveraged for greater scope or reach, or transferred for use in another environment.
- Evidence of the potential to continue and develop the work further.
"Diversity and inclusion are real business assets; they boost the innovation mind-set that we need to develop the future of aviation. We want to inspire the next generation to take up engineering.” - Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering and member of the Award Jury
“The growing demand for engineers worldwide means we must attract more talented young people to the industry. Our finalists demonstrate remarkable commitment in creating initiatives that made a real difference in attracting a more diverse group of students to study and complete engineering degrees.” - John Beynon, Immediate Past-Chair of the GEDC and Dean of Engineering, University of Adelaide, Australia
Get inspired by our previous Award recipients and finalists
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GEDC Airbus Diversity Award Recipients
2015 Award recipient – Professor Fadi Aloul from the American University of Sharjah, UAE was selected as the Award recipient for his key role in developing a common first-year programme at the AUS, which introduces undergraduate students to the engineering profession, stimulating their critical thinking, creativity and innovation. To date, over 10,000 students from 92 nationalities have taken part, with an average of 35 percent female students.
2014 Award recipient - Marita Cheng, from Australia, is the founder of Robogals Global, an initiative designed to inspire girls aged 10-14 to choose engineering and technical careers, and to create a global community of engineering students committed to the cause of greater diversity. Through a varied meme of workshops, training, student challenges, a Robogal Ambassador programme and a dedicated outreach programme for rural and regional areas, Robogals has so far reached over 20,000 girls worldwide, utilising a largely volunteer workforce of university students. In six years, it has grown from a single university chapter to an international organisation.
2013 Award recipient - Ana Lazarin, Director of Programme to Broaden Participation in Engineering, Wichita State University, USA. Ana’s Engineering Summer Camps, Changing Faces Programme, and Community Outreach Events capture the interest of underrepresented students by educating them about both the different fields of engineering and what engineers really do. A primary goal is to convince students at an early age that they can succeed in college, and especially in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers. www.wichita.edu/thisis
GEDC Airbus Diversity Award Finalists
2015 Finalist – Renetta Tull, Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development & Postdoctoral Affairs, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA
Renetta leads the Promise Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate to train undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early-career faculty. This programme includes a global STEM diversity and inclusion initiative, and aims to build global engineering workforce capacity through focused attention on increasing the numbers of future engineering faculty from underrepresented groups and has resulted in a significantly increased pipeline of diverse alumni and engineering programme participants.
2015 Finalist - Martin Baumann, Assistant Professor, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
Martin has been selected for his work on enabling students with disabilities and diverse learners to be assessed on an equal basis with all students. He has developed a range of tools to assist students and support teachers, and also works directly with students concerned to create the interfaces and devices required to meet their needs. More than 30,000 students have been able to take adapted e-assessments since 2004.
2014 Finalist Bevlee Watford: Associate Dean, Academic Affairs/Director, CEED,
Virginia Tech, USA
Bevlee was selected for her wide-ranging programmes aimed at building an inclusive and diverse engineering student body at Virginia Tech, and now used as a model for institutions throughout the USA. Over 10,000 engineering students, many of them from underrepresented groups have been supported and mentored through the Programme since its inception in 1992.
2014 Finalist - Bryan Hill: Assistant Dean, University of Arkansas College of Engineering, USA
Bryan was chosen as a finalist for his work leading initiatives to recruit and retain underrepresented engineering students through the Engineering Career Awareness Programme (ECAP) at the University of Arkansas (U of A). Between 2007-2014, minority enrolment in engineering programmes at U of A increased by more than 190%, with a 150% rise in female undergraduates.
2013 Finalist - Catherine Pieronek - In Memoriam, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Director of Women’s Engineering Programme, University of Notre Dame, USA
In response to alarming data about why women were leaving engineering undergraduate courses, Catherine initiated the important changes to enable the programme to be as accessible as possible to women and the broadest possible range of candidates and students.
2013 Finalist - Maria Angeles Martin Prats, Associate Professor, University of Seville,
The main goal of Maria’s initiative was to promote and increase the number of students in engineering, especially women, particularly by create a support network and advice for students and young engineers. As chair of IEEE Women in Engineering, Maria is an advocate for women starting out in their education.
2014 & 2013 Awards
The GEDC Airbus Diversity Award in the media
Marita Cheng at the world’s first in-flight Tech Talk
Marita Cheng, 2014 Award Recipient spoke at the world’s first in-flight Tech Talk, from Sydney to San Francisco. Marita is the founder of Robogals Global, which inspires girls aged 10-14 to choose engineering and technical careers.
Renetta Tull at the Third International Conference on Transformations in Engineering Education, India
Renetta Tull, 2015 shortlist candidate took the stage for GEDC and Airbus in India, focusing on diversity in engineering at the Third International Conference on Transformations in Engineering Education, January 2016 in Pune, India.
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