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The Global Student Forum: A model for developing student leaders in engineering education

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2016 ASEE International Forum

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New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 25, 2016

Start Date

June 25, 2016

End Date

June 25, 2016

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Concurrent Paper Tracks Session II Outreach

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Diversity and International Forum

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10

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https://peer.asee.org/27265

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Libanos Redda SPEED

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In May 2016 I will be graduating with my B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California. I had the chance to participate in a flipped, international classroom during my studies, which led me to attend the 10th Global Student Forum in Dubai, UAE. I recently served as the Activities Chair for the 11th Global Student Forum in Florence, Italy, and I currently serve as the SPEED (Student Platform for Engineering Education Development) president in the US. I wrote this paper in collaboration with my international colleagues and we look forward to the opportunity to present our findings at the upcoming ASEE conference.

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Fabian Reichl SPEED (Student Platform for Engineering Education Development)

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Pregraduate student in Environmental Engineering, TU Darmstadt, Germany.

I was born 17th January 1991 in Offenbach, Germany and graduated High school 2010 at Gymnasium Michelstadt, Germany. After that I presented a social service for one year with the german red cross as a paramedic, from 2010 to 2011 and continued working there parallely to my studies. I started a B.Sc. Environmental Engineering at TU Darmstadt, Germany in 2011. From 2013-2014 I realized a year of studies abroad at the university "Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería Julio Garavito" in Bogota, Colombia. A year later I did an internship on micro hydro power in rural regions of Central America in León, Nicaragua, 2015, which is part of the area I am focussing on in my studies. I served as Relations Officer 2013-2014, International Chair 2014-2015 and Vice President for Member Relations 2015-2016 at SPEED (Student Platform for Engineering Education Develpoment). I am now aspiring my graduation as B.Sc. in July, 2016 and after that a Master of Science in the area of water ressource management and environment.

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Agustin Ferrario National Technological University, Resistencia Faculty, Argentina

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Chemical Engineering student in the National Technological University of Argentina in the Resistencia Faculty and and Exchange Student in the Technical University of Dresden during the Winter Semester 15/16. Current Vice President for Latin America in SPEED and former International Co-chair for the 11th GSF in Florence Italy

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Rohit Kandakatla SPEED

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Rohit Kandakatla has completed his B.Tech in Electronics and
Communication Engineering from Manipal University, India
and is completed his masters in Embedded Systems
from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India. He has
been closely associated with the Student Platform for
Engineering Education Development (SPEED) since 2012 and
is currently serving as the President of the organisation. His
work with SPEED since the past 3 years is focused on engaging
students in engineering education discussions across the
globe. He founded the Indian Student Forum (ISF) which is a
regional replica of the Global Student Forum to provide
a platform for more students to start engineering
education initiatives. Rohit is also the founder
and CEO of Footsteps, a social venture which is working towards transforming engineering
education in India through faculty and student workshops. As an IFEES executive member
he intends towards the IFEES student strategic thrust and engage more students into the
engineering education community with new collaborations and initiatives.

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Dhinesh Balaji Radhakrishnan Student Platform for Engineering Education Development

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Graduate Research Assistant at the School of Engineering Education, Purdue University and Global Student Forum Chair for 12th GSF'2016, Seoul.

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Abstract

The Global Student Forum: A model for developing student leaders in engineering education The Student Platform for Engineering Education Development (SPEED) works towards providing students a voice in the engineering education (EE) movement. Our annual event, the Global Student Forum (GSF), brings together engineering students from different continents to engage in discussions about improving engineering education in their local communities. The inaugural GSF was held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in the year 2006 and the GSF has since been hosted in a variety of cities, including Istanbul, Turkey and Cape Town, South Africa. The 11th—and most recent—GSF was held from September 17th-20th of 2015 in Florence, Italy. Overall, about 80 students attended the event from 12 different countries. The theme for the 2015 forum was “Engineering Education for Multi-Faceted Engineers.” Under this overarching theme students were further divided into one of three subtopics, including: “Entrepreneurship in Engineering Education” (Track 1), “STE’A’M – Arts in Engineering Education” (Track 2), and “Resilience in Engineering Education” (Track 3), which aligned with the theme of the 2015 World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF).

The GSF is a completely student- and volunteer-led operation, through all stages of development. Students from a diverse set of countries come together to form an international planning committee. The typical organizational structure includes a local team based out of the present GSF’s host city as well as a broader international team. In addition to the executive committee, students can participate in one of the many sub-planning groups, including Educational Content, Relations, and Graphic Design. Different groups are tasked with recruiting mentors to enrich the educational experience, advertising the event on a global scale, as well as budgeting for the forum’s expenses, for instance.

Outside research describes the necessity of the GSF and like-minded initiatives. In their 2000 publication, Rugarcia et al. reveal 21st century challenges for engineers. This group projected that today’s engineers will have to interact with globalized markets, multiple disciplines, as well as social responsibility. The GSF responds to these calls for action by bringing together a diverse group of students in terms of nationality, gender, and discipline, and by also encouraging students to plan projects with impact on their local communities.

To better understand the need for the GSF and to capture its value we conducted pre- and post-GSF surveys with 19 and 48 participants, respectively. Results from the pre- and post-GSF surveys demonstrate the hurdles that students face in their engineering education and the need for a robust student-centered organization to support them. Among the survey’s main highlights is the fact that 68.4% of students have experienced problems with their EE, while 100% of students said that they think about solutions for such problems. Furthermore, students named being “unsure of how to start”, “university policies,” and a “lack of support” as the main inhibitors to their proactivity in EE. And at the end of the forum, 93.8% of students said that their GSF experience caused them to see engineering education as a more relevant and pressing topic. Overall, the GSF provides a proven framework for successful student collaboration that can fill gaps in present EE and inspire students to recognize the importance of related issues.

Redda, L., & Reichl, F., & Ferrario, A., & Kandakatla, R., & Radhakrishnan, D. B. (2016, June), The Global Student Forum: A model for developing student leaders in engineering education Paper presented at 2016 ASEE International Forum, New Orleans, Louisiana. https://peer.asee.org/27265

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