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 became a MSc in Engineering Physics 1988, PhD in Physics 1996; thesis titled ”The Microstructure of Oxide Additive Silicon Nitride Ceramics”, and became professor in Engineering Materials 2008.

Maria Knutson Wedel has over twenty years working as a teacher, researcher, supervisor and program coordinator. During most of that time, she has also been involved in educational development.

Maria Knutson Wedel is the Vice President of Chalmers University of Technology and is in charge of education, pedagogy and education in collaboration with schools and industry.