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Quanser Café

Conversations with Academic Leaders from Around the World

In this series, Paul Gilbert, Chief Executive Officer of Quanser, sits down with academic leaders – chairs, deans, senior administrators – from the engineering education and research community around the globe. Paul explores the challenges, strategies and solutions his guests bring to their respected institutions.

Quanser Cafe June 18, 2021

Episode 12: Dean Elizabeth Croft, Monash University, Australia

In the final episode of season one, Prof. Croft discusses advancing women’s representation and participation in engineering, open-ended learning, why you should be friends with mathematicians!
Quanser Cafe June 10, 2021

Episode 11: Dr. Ramiro Jordan, University of New Mexico, USA

In this episode, Paul chats with Dr. Ramiro Jordan, an innovator, entrepreneur, but above all an educator. Ramiro touches on many topics, including his ground-breaking Peace Engineering initiative that brings the arts, STEM ,health sciences, and humanities together.
Quanser Cafe June 4, 2021

Episode 10: Dr. Yacob Astatke, Morgan State University, USA

An international ambassador and a founding member of the African Deans Council, Dr. Yacob Astatke discusses his tireless efforts in brining hands-on experiences to students in Ethiopia and improving the delivery of engineering education across Africa.
Quanser Cafe May 26, 2021

Episode 9: Prof. Michael Faborode, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

In this episode, former Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, discusses the challenges faced by West African universities and his vision for transferring innovation from university laboratories to the outside world through his Knowledge Park initiative.
Quanser Cafe May 19, 2021

Episode 8: Dean Don Weinkauf, University of St. Thomas, USA

In this episode Paul and Don talk about the desirable impacts of the COVID pandemic, including aggregation of expertise among smaller universities, sharing resources, and a renewed emphasis on democratization of education and access to technology.
Quanser Cafe May 13, 2021

Episode 7: Prof. Prof. Şirin Tekinay, Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC), USA

In this episode, Prof. Şirin Tekinay, a global champion for diversity in engineering, discusses the need for gender neutralization of the professional identity of engineering, as well as implementing engineering education reform to attract and retain today’s digital natives.

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