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Plenary Sessions


Plenary session 1 - Engineering For a Humanitarian World, Monday 11:00-12:30 ( Know more… )

            Kamel Ayadis

            Luiz Carlos Scavarda do Carmo

            Xila Liu


Mr. Kamel Ayadi is a member of the Tunisian Chamber of Senate and former Secretary of State in the Tunisian government from 2004 to 2006 and President of the Tunisian National Authority of Regulation of Telecommunications from 2001 to 2004. He became President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations in 2005, and since 1999, Vice President of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) and President of WFEO Committee on Information and Communication. He is a member of the Strategy Council of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT Development, of the United Nations Task Force for Science and Innovation, honorary member of the World Innovation Forum, of the WSIS Civil Society Bureau and corresponding member of the Pan American Academy of Engineering. Kamel Ayadi was formerly Head of the International Cooperation Department at the Waste Water Department (ONAS) and Director of Technical Cooperation at ONAS, President and Secretary-General of the Tunisian Order of Engineers.


Prof. Luiz Carlos Scavarda do Carmo, Professor of Physics and Vice-President of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, is member of the Pan American Academy of Engineering, of the Technology Advisory Board of the Federation of Industries of the State of Rio de Janeiro and Associate Editor of the

Magazine on Engineering Education of the Brazilian Society for Engineering Education. Also he is consultant of the Organization of the American States (OAS) to the Development of the “Engineer for the Americas” program, of the National Confederation of Industries and of the FIRJAN for Engineering Education, and an

“ad-hoc” consultant of CNPq, FINEP, FAPESP and FAPERJ (Brazilian agencies).


Prof. Xila Liu, Chair Professor of Civil Engineering Department at Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU) and Professor of Civil Engineering Department at Tsinghua University in Beijing (TU), Vice-Chairman of China Committee for the World Federation of Engineering Organizations WFEO-CHINA, Member (China Delegate) of both the Committee on Education and Training and the Committee on Capacity Building of WFEO, Executive Member of Board of Directors of China Civil Engineering Society (CCES), Chairman of International Cooperation

& Exchange Committee of CCES, Chairman of Engineering Reliability Committee of CCES, Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), and Fellow of the Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE).



Plenary session 2 - Engineering at the Cross-Roads of Professions and Cultures, Tuesday 8:30-10:30 ( Know more… )

            George Stephanopoulos

            Marçal Grilo

            Nigel Cross


Prof. Nigel Cross is professor of Design Studies in the Department of Design and Innovation at the UK’s Open University. He has academic and practical backgrounds in architecture and industrial design. He has been engaged in design research and design education since the nineteen-sixties, and has conducted research in computer-aided design, design methodology and design epistemology. He has published widely in these topics. His current principal research interest is in design cognition, analysing the cognitive activities and abilities of designers. He has received several honours and awards, namely 2005 Lifetime achievement award of the Design Research Society, first President of the International Association of Societies of Design Research and President of the Design Research Society. It must be referred his valuable role as editor of the journal Design Studies.


Dr. Eduardo Marçal Grilo is member of the Board of Trustees of the Gulbenkian Foundation, a Portuguese private institution with an outstanding intervention in Education, Science, Health and Fine Arts. Dr. Grilo holds a Master’s Degree from the Imperial College of Science and Technology- University of London and a PhD. from the Instituto Superior Técnico- Universidade Técnica de Lisboa. Consultant for the World Bank in the area of Education, Director General for Higher Education, President of the National Council for Education and Minister of Education of Portugal, he belongs presently to the Board of the United Nations University, to the International Commission of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and to the ERASMUS MUNDUS Selection Board. He has published several papers concerning materials engineering, education and aid for



Prof. George Stephanopoulos got his Diploma from the National University of Athens, M.E. from McMaster University and Ph.D. at the University of Florida, all in Chemical Engineering. Assistant, Associate and Full Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, National Technical University of Athens and MIT, he is currently the MIT Arthur D. Little Professor of Chemical Engineering. He has been Chief Technology Officer and Member of the Board of the Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, in Tokyo. Awarded with several academic and scientific awards, including the Honorary Doctor of Science degree from McMaster University and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (USA). He is the author of more than 200 papers, several books, keynote lectures and a number of US patents, and has supervised almost 40 Ph.D. students.



Plenary session 3 - Quality, Accreditation and Engineering Education For a New Generation, Thursday 8:30-10:30 ( Know more… )

            António Salgado de Barros

            Giuliano Augusti

            Oleg Boev


Prof. Giuliano Augusti, President of ENAEE and Coordinator of the EUR-ACE IMPLEMENTATION Project, is a Full Professor of Solid and Structural Mechanics in the Università “La Sapienza”, Roma. He was a member of the SEFI Administrative Council for many years and President in 1987/88, and for many years he sits in the Editorial Board of EJEE. Coordinator of the EC-supported “EUR-ACE” (EURopean ACcredited Engineer) project, in the period 2004-2006, at the present he is active in three follow-up projects: “EUR-ACE Implementation”,

“PRO-EAST: promotion and implementation of the EUR-ACE Standards in Russia” and “LEPAC: Creation of a Lebanese Engineering Accreditation Commission”. In September 2004, Prof. Augusti was awarded the SEFI “Leonardo da Vinci” Medal for “his outstanding contributions to European Higher Engineering Education and Research”.



Prof. Oleg Boev, deputy vice-rector on international cooperation, is a professor of Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk, Russia. Candidate of Science (1983) and Doctor of Science (1996) in Physics. Since 2001 Dr. Boev chaired the Criteria and Policy Committee of the Accreditation Centre, RAEE and is a member of the RAEE Accreditation Board. He is active in the EC-supported projects aimed to the development and implementation of European system of accreditation for engineering education: “EUR-ACE” (EURopean ACcredited Engineer) project (2004-2006) and “PRO-EAST: promotion and implementation of the EUR-ACE Standards in Russia”. Dr. Boev is a member of the ENAEE Label Committee.



Eng. António Salgado de Barros, a Senior Member of the Portuguese Order of Engineers (OE), obtained a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Instituto Superior Técnico de Lisboa. After working as Specialised Engineer at the Physics and Engineering Laboratory of Nuclear Energy and as Assistant Professor at the

Instituto Superior Técnico, he held Engineering and Management duties at the Setenave shipyards and at the Quimigal factories, as Director of the Design Department and Consultant on Quality and Enterprise Organisation. Collaborating closely with OE since 1994, he is currently the Manager of the Qualification Office of OE in charge of the accreditation of CPD programmes. In this capacity, he has visited more than 220 Engineering Schools, published two books and more than thirty papers on Accreditation, and delivered more than sixty invited lectures.



Plenary session 4 - The Future of Computing – Utility Computing and The Impact On Engineering Education, Friday 10:30-11:30 ( Know more… )

            Michel Benard


Dr. Michel Benard is Director for Technology Programs, University Relations for Hewlett-Packard Company.

He graduated and received his PhD in Digital Image Processing from the École Nationale Supérieure des Telecommunications in Paris in 1983. Then he had R&D positions at IBM and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology before joining the sales force of Apollo Computer in 1987. Michel joined HP from Apollo

Computer in 1989. He was HP Major Account Manager for High-Energy-Physics in Europe from 1990 to 1996. Then he joined the External Research Program of HP Laboratories in 1997 (to become HP University Relations in 2001) where he worked on several programs in Computer Systems, High-speed Networking and Digital Photography. His team is responsible for developing and strengthening HP technology programs with universities and public research laboratories worldwide.



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