Airbus Group, GEDC name 2016 engineering education diversity award winner

Airbus Group and the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC), have named Dr Yacob Astatke, from Morgan State University in the US, as the recipient of the 2016 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award for his work in engineering education, the company said.

The award is designed to promote a more diverse engineering workforce globally. It recognises grass roots initiatives and the people behind them which enable students from all backgrounds and profiles to study and succeed in the field of engineering.

Out of a total of 40 candidates from 17 countries, Dr. Astatke was selected as the award recipient for his introduction of technology and training initiatives across universities in Ethiopia to improve the delivery of engineering education in Africa. For the past 13 years, he conducted graduate courses, sharing best practice and delivering training. He led the implementation of mobile studio technology and pedagogy in five universities in Ethiopia and has been instrumental in facilitating the donation of equipment and other resources.

Airbus Group and the GEDC are united in their belief that both industry and academia need to actively encourage more diverse students to study and pursue a career in engineering.