The Airbus GEDC Diversity Award aims to shine a light on successful projects that inspire students from all profiles and backgrounds to study and succeed in engineering. The award was developed and funded by Airbus in partnership with the GEDC, the leading international organisation for leaders of schools and colleges of engineering education. Launched in 2012, the award is now in its 7th year.
The long-term goal of the Airbus GEDC Diversity Award is to increase diversity among the global community of engineers so that the engineering industry reflects the diversity of the communities it supports, with diversity recognised as a driver for innovation and growth. We invite you to discover the outstanding initiatives previously shortlisted for the award in the Airbus GEDC Diversity Award e-book.
For the 2019 award, three finalists have been invited to Airbus Headquarters in Toulouse, France to present their project to a distinguished Jury and attend the Award Ceremony in the middle of 2020. Find out more about the finalist and shortlisted projects below.
What is the Global Engineering Deans Council?
Airbus 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.
An Award Committee of Airbus employees and GEDC members reviewed 48 entries from 18 countries and 5 continents, the highest number of entries in the history of the award. The committee deemed the quality of entries to be exceptionally high with 14 projects selected for the shortlist.
Collectively, these projects have made engineering career paths more visible and more attainable to over 80,000 students worldwide.
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Get inspired by previous shortlisted projects
Increasing diversity amongst the global population of engineers is a well-documented challenge that Airbus and the GEDC are committed to addressing. The previous finalist projects were selected for their potential to be scaled up or replicated elsewhere. In 2018, Airbus launched an e-book dedicated to the Diversity Award’s most successful initiatives, to share the valuable insights which will inspire others to take action.
This e-book showcases the outstanding initiatives selected for the Diversity Award shortlist between 2013 and 2018 and celebrates the achievements of the individuals and teams behind them.
Together, Airbus and the GEDC want to recognise exceptional efforts to increase diversity and inclusion around the world and inspire others to replicate leading initiatives in their own institutions. We hope that the visibility gained from publication within this e-book will support the continuation of the great work of these cutting-edge projects.
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The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile’s SaviaLab has been recognized for innovative use of technology to increase diversity in engineering education.
The diversity initiative, which seeks to bridge the gap of opportunity by offering science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) outreach education to indigenous minorities and young people in rural areas across Chile, has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Airbus GEDC Diversity Award.
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UNM’s Swarmathon listed as finalist for Airbus diversity award.
The University of New Mexico’s NASA Swarmathon is one of three international finalists for the 2018 Airbus GEDC Diversity Award. The 2018 award will be given to the project that demonstrates the best use of technology to enhance diversity in engineering education and will be announced at the 2018 World Engineering Education Forum-Global Engineering Deans Council (WEEF-GEDC) conference in Albuquerque, which will be held Nov. 12-18.
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Morgan’s Yacob Astatke Recognized for International Achievements in Engineering Education.
Congratulations to Morgan State University’s Yacob Astatke, D.Eng., for being selected as the 2016 Airbus GEDC Diversity Award recipient by aeronautics firm Airbus Group and the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC). Dr. Astatke, the interim associate dean for Undergraduate Studies in the Clarence Mitchell Jr. School of Engineering, was chosen from among 40 candidates from 17 countries for his work in engineering education and, specifically, his efforts to improve the delivery of engineering education in Africa.
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.