SEFI 2017





Gary R. Bertoline, Ph.D.Gary R. Bertoline, Ph.D.



Dr. Gary R. Bertoline is the Dean of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and a Distinguished Professor of Computer Graphics Technology and Computer & Information Technology at Purdue University.  He earned his PhD at The Ohio State University and was on the faculty in the College of Engineering for 3 years before coming to Purdue University in 1990.  Gary served as founding Department Head of Computer Graphics Technology then led the creation of the Rosen Center for Advanced Computing and the Envision Center for Perceptualization.

He co-founded the Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC) as well as the Polytechnic Institute initiative at Purdue University.  The Polytechnic initiative is a major effort to transform the college’s curricula and learning experience for the students to better prepare graduate for life and work in the digital age. 

He has authored numerous papers in journals and trade publications on engineering and computer graphics, computer-aided design, and visualization research.  He has authored and co-authored seven text books in the areas of computer-aided design and engineering design graphics with one, Fundamentals 3D Solid Modeling and Graphics Communications currently in its 7th edition.  Gary’s research interests are in scientific visualization, interactive immersive environments, distributed and grid computing, workforce education and STEM education.


Transforming Engineering Technology Higher Education for the Digital Age

There is a long rich history to the development of higher education as it is practiced in most developed countries in the world.  Engineering education has a shorter history but sharing the same roots as higher education in general.  The original intent of engineering education was to prepare graduates that could become the leaders in the development of the Industrial Age.  Just as the Digital Age has become the catalyst for profound changes in society in general, it is also impacting higher education, specifically engineering education.  With the world’s knowledge easily and instantaneously accessed through hand-held devices like mobile phones, what might higher education look like in the Digital Age?  At Purdue University we are attempting to answer this question by transforming the learning experience of our students and transforming what it means to be a professor in higher education.  This bold initiative is completing its third-year and the transformation of an entire college is beginning to take form. 



Giovanni Azzone, Ph.D.Professor Giovanni Azzone






Born in Milano, 24.11.1962, received his Master of Science, cum laude, in Management Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, in 1986. Since 1994 he is Full professor of Business Economics and Organization at Politecnico di Milano.

He served in many National and International university boards. Specifically, he was: Rector of Politecnico di Milano from 2010 to 2016; President of T.I.M.E. Network (2013-2015); President of Alliance 4 Tech (2016); Member of the Heads Board of Idea League (2016), Member of the Board of Ècole Centrale Paris (2012-14); Vice President of the National Committee for the Evaluation of State Universities (Comitato Nazionale per la Valutazione del Sistema Universitario) of the Ministero dell'Istruzione, Università e Ricerca (2004-2010); Academic Vice President of Unitech, a non-profit organization founded by 8 of the main European Engineering Universities (2002-2006).

He currently is Member of the Swiss Accreditation Council and of SIBAC-Seoul International Business Advisory Council, and Project coordinator for the National Program on Risk Prevention of the Italian Presidency "Casa Italia".


Educating for a changing world: New challenges for Engineering Schools

Over the last few years, many societal changes affected the context where Engineers and Engineering Schools live. A growing need for Environmental sustainability in processes and products, Digitalization of Economy and Society, Globalization, just to consider the most important emerging issues, are affecting the way engineers operate and the way they must be educated and trained.

The lecture will outline the consequences of these changes on the expected output of engineering Schools (i.e. competence and skills required)and their actual input (i.e. the competence and skills of new freshmen), deriving some consequences for the contents and process of engineering education.


Maria Knutson Wedel, Ph.D.Professor Giovanni Azzone






Maria Knutson Wedel is Vice President of education at Chalmers University of Technology and a professor in Engineering Materials (MSc in Engineering Physics, PhD in Physics). She is serving on audit committees for university evaluation for the Norwegian and Danish Agency for Quality Assurance in Education. She is a member of the board of the science centre Universeum and has been deputy director of the Gothenburg Centre for Environment and Sustainability, head of Chalmers mobility programme UNITECH, programme director of the Materials Masters programme and “faculty coach” in sustainable development.
Maria has published more than 60 papers in materials science and educational development and has contributed to the development of the international CDIO initiative. She co-authored the chapter Teaching and Learning in “Rethinking Engineering Education - The CDIO Approach” 2007. She was awarded Wallenberg scholarship 1998-99, Jacob Wallenberg Foundation prize for materials science 2007 and Chalmers pedagogical prize 2009.


The journey of integrating sustainable development in engineering education at Chalmers. Ups, downs, side tracks and vision

Engineering education develops continuously in many aspects and sustainability is one of them. From a focus on mere technology to include environmental effects related to technology, it has turned towards the integration of a contemporary complex definition of sustainability as being the relationship between the three pillars of economical, societal and ecological sustainability. As a part of facing the challenge of that complexity, many universities e.g. develop routes to integrate engineering ethics, to relate educational goals to the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals, or to educate engineering students to address global societal challenges that are multidisciplinary in its nature.
The story from Chalmers of leading and managing change regarding education for sustainable development (ESD) encompasses failed projects as well as working models. The talk will include both failures and models as valuable learning experiences. These hold several questions such as: What do students think about sustainable development courses and why? Why does a teacher not want to be taught? Is transformative learning necessary? What role can companies and society play in education for sustainable development? Chalmers current model to embed sustainable development will be presented including some examples which seem to work today, as well as challenges that are still to be overcome. Additionally, there will be a short reflection regarding the call for skills needed in a future digitized sustainable society.








Dr Jørgensen provides strategic leadership within Atkins and the British construction industry as a sustainability expert and has 28 years' experience of successfully embedding sustainability into the built environment and infrastructure projects on a range of cutting edge and award winning project such as London 2012 and Chiswick Park.

Dorte is the former Atkins Infrastructure teams' sustainability manager for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Park project and was sponsored by the institution for eminent engineers, Royal Academy of Engineering, as a Visiting Professor of Innovation at Heriot-Watt University in 2011-2015. Dorte is a founding industry director for the Royal Academy of Engineering's Centre for Excellence in Sustainable Building Design, a network bringing together Britain's leading Universities, creating a network of cross-collaboration between academia, industry and professional institutions. Dorte has acted as a knowledge leader working to translate academic research into industry practice and policy guidance.

As a thought leader, she has provided evidence to inform energy efficiency policy in Britain and is widely engaged on many industry bodies and the leading built environment think tank, EDGE, to influence policy, codes and diversity. Dorte is a public speaker and author.


Delivery Excellence for Sustainability on Mega Projects

Delivering sustainability excellence on multi-billion dollar projects requires an on-going learning and growth environment.

The blueprint behind the delivery of major programmes such as London 2012 - the greenest games ever which saw 11,000 project staff at peak - will be presented, with a focus on the outcomes of infrastructure design. In addition, observations will be shared on the knowledge and skills engineering professionals need to enable a sustainable construction industry which is playing its part in addressing  climate change and bringing hope for the future.