Airbus GEDC Diversity Award for engineering education

The Airbus GEDC Diversity Award aims to shine a light on successful projects that inspire students from all profiles and backgrounds to study and succeed in engineering. The award was developed and funded by Airbus in partnership with the GEDC, the leading international organisation for leaders of schools and colleges of engineering education. Launched in 2012, the award is now in its 6th year.

About the Award

The 2018 award will be given to the project that demonstrates best use of technology to enhance diversity in engineering education. Alongside the significant global visibility and recognition, a financial reward will go to the winning project.

To start your entry for the 2018 Airbus GEDC Diversity Award please access the following link. Full details on the award criteria and how to complete your entry are available here.

The long-term goal of the Airbus GEDC Diversity Award is to increase diversity among the global community of engineers so that the engineering industry reflects the diversity of the communities it supports, with diversity recognised as a driver for innovation and growth.

What is the Global Engineering Deans Council?

Airbus is a corporate member of the GEDC (Global Engineering Deans Council). This is a leading global organisation whose members are individuals responsible for setting the agenda for higher education in engineering in their countries and universities. 

What Do We Mean by Diversity?

Based on The American Society for Engineering Education definition, diversity is the inclusion of individuals that represent variations in gender, race, ethnic background, disability, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, nationality and other non-visible differences resulting in an environment rich in intellectual variety and respect for the individual, and optimally suited to address the technological, business and societal needs of the future.

Who Can Enter?

  • Award entries should come from individuals or teams working with or in an engineering faculty, or a school or college of engineering (including Information Technology).
  • The entry should come from a university representative, even if other organisations – including private businesses – are involved in or support the project in some way.
  • A Dean may be part of the project team mentioned, but may not submit and entry themselves.
  • Students are not eligible to make award entries, nor are Airbus staff.
  • When completing the entry form please keep in mind that the aim of the award is to recognise specific successful initiatives rather than a history or career of work in this field, however admirable.
  • Projects submitted for the award should not have been previously recognised at an international level.

Full details on eligibility are available here.

Evaluation Criteria

  • We encourage potential entrants to review the online entry form to fully understand what the Award Committee is looking for. This includes:

  • Description of the initiative(s), including the origin, approach, implementation, the use of technology and stakeholder involvement.
  • Documented evidence of what was actually done.
  • Clear explanation of the roles of the Project Representative and any team members.
  • Impact of the project, relative to the resources available with qualitative and quantitative examples of how the impact has been measured and description of how technology has been used to help achieve those results.
  • Transferability, including how the project could be leveraged for greater scope or reach, or transferred for use in another environment.
  • Evidence of the potential to continue and develop the work further.

Note: the use of technology can be a recent addition to the project and does not need to have been part of the project from the start.

Award Process and Timing

  • Entries should be submitted by 12 Midday GMT on Friday 7 September 2018 online at

    Following the deadline, up to ten entries will be shortlisted based on the evaluation criteria by an Award Committee made up of representatives from Airbus and the GEDC. The Project Representative for each shortlisted project will be asked to provide a letter of support for the project, and referees may be contacted.

    Three projects will be selected from the shortlist as finalists and the Project Representative (or a replacement nominated by them) will be invited to attend the WEEF-GEDC Conference, held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA from 12 to 16 November 2018.

    All shortlist and finalist results will be communicated by early October at the latest.

    During the WEEF-GEDC conference, the winning project will be announced, with a prize of 10,000 USD awarded to the project team to support the continuation of their work. The two runner-up projects will receive 1,500 USD each to support further communication about their initiatives.

    Contact with any questions, we endeavour to respond in less than 24 hours.

2017 Winner

A huge congratulations to the BIRDS Satellite Project from the Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan on winning the 2017 Airbus GEDC Diversity Award

Japan’s Kyushu Institute of Technology’s BIRDS Satellite Project was selected as the recipient of the 2017 Airbus GEDC Diversity Award, with the Schulich School of Engineering: Discover Engineering Programme at Canada’s University of Calgary and the Women in Engineering (WIE) Programme at the University of New South Wales in Australia as runners up.

Taiwo Tejumola from the Kyushu Institute of Technology, presented the project to a Jury of industry experts and distinguished guests, as well as 200 international engineering education leaders gathered for the 2017 GEDC Conference in Niagara Falls, Canada. The three finalist projects were evaluated on the basis of the impact of their work, evidence of generating results and the possibility to be scaled-up. The winning project was awarded US$ 10,000, and the runners up US$ 1,500.

Speaking at the Award Ceremony, Taiwo said that "The BIRDS Project team at the Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan appreciates this recognition. Our collaborative programme provides a unique opportunity for young engineers to compete in today’s global market, teaching specialised waste-minimising systems engineering models, developing core skills and building a supportive peer network. The project also creates a sustainable pathway for participants to implement training initiatives in their home countries, further contributing to the diversification and globalisation of engineering skills”.

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The Airbus GEDC Diversity Award in the media

Morgan’s Yacob Astatke Recognized for International Achievements in Engineering Education

Congratulations to Morgan State University’s Yacob Astatke, D.Eng., for being selected as the 2016 Airbus GEDC Diversity Award recipient by aeronautics firm Airbus Group and the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC). Dr. Astatke, the interim associate dean for Undergraduate Studies in the Clarence Mitchell Jr. School of Engineering, was chosen from among 40 candidates from 17 countries for his work in engineering education and, specifically, his efforts to improve the delivery of engineering education in Africa.

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Marita Cheng at the world’s first in-flight Tech Talk

Marita Cheng, 2014 Award Recipient spoke at the world’s first in-flight Tech Talk, from Sydney to San Francisco. Marita is the founder of Robogals Global, which inspires girls aged 10-14 to choose engineering and technical careers.

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Renetta Tull at the Third International Conference on Transformations in Engineering Education, India

Renetta Tull, 2015 shortlist candidate took the stage for GEDC and Airbus in India, focusing on diversity in engineering at the Third International Conference on Transformations in Engineering Education, January 2016 in Pune, India. 

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