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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Airbus and the GEDC join forces to encourage diversity in engineering classrooms worldwide

Call for nominations opens with ten thousand USD award for diversity champion

Airbus, the European aircraft manufacturer and the GEDC (Global Engineering Deans Council), the leading global organisation for engineering education, have opened the call for nominations for the inaugural GEDC Airbus Diversity Award. The initiative aims to reward individuals who have been pro-active in bringing more diversity into engineering classrooms around the world.

The long term aim is to ensure that industry reflects the diversity of the communities it supports. This means more balance between men and women, more diversity in social and cultural backgrounds, and equal opportunities for comparable skills for disabled people. The strong demand for engineers globally means that industry must attract and secure an increasingly diverse talent pool to continue to innovate and build the world of tomorrow.

Thierry Baril, Chief Human Resources Officer EADS and Airbus, said “We know that diversity helps to foster the innovation, performance and engagement which are essential for our industry. Airbus is taking the lead to ensure that we inspire enough young people worldwide from different backgrounds to take up engineering.”

Sarah Rajala, Dean, College of Engineering, Iowa State University and Chair of the GEDC, added “The Award Committee is looking for initiatives which have delivered results and could be developed regionally or even globally. We hope that other institutions will take up the challenge to ensure that engineering graduates and professionals reflect the society in which we live, work and teach.”

Nominations will be accepted until 31st May 2013. The award will be presented during the GEDC Annual Conference in Chicago, USA, in October 2013. The award recipient will benefit from 10K USD from Airbus to support the continuation of their work.

Details about the nomination process and requirements for participation are available at http://www.gedcouncil.org