7th Global Student Forum on Engineering Education
9th Annual ASEE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education
October 18-21, 2010
Singapore - Marina Bay Sands Hotel
Student Portal for Engineering Education Development (SPEED) is a global non-profit student organization that functions as an interdisciplinary network of engineering students who aspire to provide a voice to the international engineering education community and create an impact on future development of engineering education and its effect on society and environment. SPEED was founded by student participants of the 1st Global Student Forum (GSF) in October 2006 during the 5th Global Colloquium on Engineering Education (GCEE), organized by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The following years, SPEED co-organized the 2nd and the 3rd GSF with ASEE in Istanbul, Turkey and Cape Town, South Africa, and in cooperation with IFEES the 4th GSF in Bhubaneswar, India and the 5th GSF in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Most recently, SPEED held its 6th GSF in Budapest and put on its first General Assembly. It is now officially incorporated as a non-profit in Tennessee, USA, and its first official executive committee is in place. SPEED also collaborated with ISTE and LACCEI to hold leadership workshops in India and Peru. The group’s first publication went to press this year in the European Journal of Engineering Education. SPEED hopes to expand the Global Student Forum initiative significantly in the coming years through global cooperation and feedback from students and through other activities to further enrich engineering education curricula worldwide.
Any university student who is enthusiastic about student engagement in engineering education development may join SPEED. We strive to have members representing various countries, continents, engineering disciplines, and age levels so as to include many viewpoints
As a SPEED member, students become part of a global network of students making an impact on engineering education. Students are expected to vote in SPEED’s annual elections and attend the annual General Assembly if you are able. In addition, students have the opportunity to help plan future Global Student Forum events, participate in international dialogues on engineering education, and participate in other initiatives that further SPEED’s goals.
2. Program Committee:
* Sonya Seif-Naraghi, 7th GSF Organizing Committee Chair
* Courtney Polk, International Team Chair
* Roy Ling, Local Team Chair
* Guo Qi, Local Team Chair
3. Program Overview & Highlights
Diverse and equal representation is a benchmark of this Forum and organization. The attraction and retention of underrepresented groups within engineering disciplines was explored in the 6th GSF. With the same goals of effecting positive, long-term change in local communities and increasing student engagement in engineering, the 7th GSF will focus on the theme of “Encouraging and Developing Future Engineers”. Student leaders will discuss the role of engineering education concepts in primary and secondary education – how important are they at a younger age? How does elementary education affect one’s worldview and subsequent decisions with respect to further education and career choices? Can this be affected by teaching engineering concepts in an accessible manner? What are the best practices with respect to outreach, mentorship, and engineering across the curriculum and how can they be used to effectively reach this demographic? With the use of current literature and guided workshops, it is expected that the student leaders will collaborate to formulate action plans that, when implemented, will directly affect the next generation of engineering students. As a start, participants in the 7th GSF will be given the opportunity to enter a local elementary school classroom in Singapore and lead an organized activity designed to teach basic engineering concepts to the young students in an exciting and relevant manner. By focusing on inculcating an understanding of and interest in engineering concepts at a young age, it may be possible to attract a wider range of students, inevitably bringing a diverse set of talents to both the classroom and the workplace.
4. SPEED Partners:
* Dassault Systemes