The 2022 World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) and Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) event (“Adapting to Global Disruption”) drew hundreds of people to Cape Town in late 2022. Collocated with the African Engineering Education Association (AEEA) conference, the event offered space to approach challenges in an integrative multidisciplinary, interinstitutional, cross-cultural, inclusive, diverse, trusting, and ethical manner. Hans Hoyer, in the George Mason University College of Engineering and Computing, organizes the event from his position as Executive Secretary of GEDC and as the Secretary General of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES).
IFEES and the GEDC Secretariat have been located at the Mason College of Engineering and Computing since January 2018. The IFEES/GEDC Secretariat adds strategic access and linkage to large international representation for Mason students and faculty. IFEES and GEDC have extended membership to several individuals and societies within the Mason community including President Gregory Washington and GEDC Executive Committee member and Dean Kenneth Ball. CEC became the third ‘Academic Partner’ to join IFEES at a Gold Level represented by George Mason’s, Ariela Sofer, the Interim Divisional Dean in the College of Engineering and Computing. She also represents IFEES Bronze Member, International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). Mason’s, J.P. Auffret, the Director of the Research Partnerships and Grants Initiatives, represents IFEES Bronze Member, International Academy of CIO (IAC). Mason also partners with the GEDC and Siemens for the annual GEDC Diversity Award, a global award for innovative projects that inspire students of all profiles and backgrounds to study and succeed in engineering.