Recent and Upcoming Events

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If we don’t want them to focus on passing exams but learning for life

To prepare the future generation of engineering professionals, many programmes shift towards more socially-relevant and outward-facing curricula to better prepare them for a lifelong career in the digital era. This requires major changes in the teaching and learning environment. Not seldom are facets of the assessment of outcomes on course or programme level, used as an excuse to act as we have always done. The keynote is a call upon accreditation agencies not only to evaluate the programme objectives, teaching and learning process, resources and regulations, but also the readiness and agility of the programme for an uncertain future, and thus stimulate and guide institutions and programmes to find the courage to act beyond as they have always done and create momentum in this challenging situation (keynote at the ENAEE Online Forum September 2021).


Educating an Integral View on Engineering Asset Management

If you ask universities what graduates need to solve complex problems in Engineering Asset Management, they say it requires deep specialists who are educated in highly specialized programmes. But if you ask engineering professionals, they say that solving complex problems in an uncertain and volatile world requires deep generalists who have learnt specialized expertise in a more generalised programme. So how can we best educate an integral view on engineering asset management that is future fit, and combines science, engineering and technology principles with human behaviour and business practice? (talk at Engineering Asset Management webinar at Universidad de Chile July 2021)


A Journey Through Tomorrow's Landscape of Higher Engineering Education

Provoking thought about teaching and learning and assessment of complex learning outcomes, the need for agile educational programmes and changing engineering competency requirements due to the digital transition and rapid change in society, science and technology, and changing aspirations of Generation-Z students (keynote at the 14th International Symposium on Advances in Technology Education (ISATE) Turku, Finland, 17-20 August 2021)


Teaching and Learning Beyond What We Have Always Done

Presentation of a vision and framework for future-fit undergraduate (bachelor) and graduate (master) engineering programmes that prepare students for a lifelong career in the digital age. With examples of an agile master programme and an interdisciplinary master programme that both are under construction, and an interdisciplinary master project that is being delivered jointly by university and industry annually for 200 students in mixed teams across disciplines. Their set-up and alternative assessment approaches, the need for an agile organisation and competent staff will provide food for thought. Above all they demonstrate the evidence that the sharing of vision, knowledge and practices within a community of practice is highly effective (keynote at the CDIO Asian Regional Meeting October 2021).

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A Journey through Tomorrow's Landscape of Higher Engineering Education

Presentation at University of Twente's Month of Education about trends in engineering education in the post-Covidium. Adressing the changing society, the developments in science and technology (S&T), the consequential shift in key aspects of a 21st century engineering curriculum, the need to change mindsets in curricula, the necessary changes in competency requirements of graduate engineers which are directly and indirectly caused by the digital transition and the dominant role of data in the professions in science and technology. Factors that lead to the need for agile educational programmes and unlearning and relearning of staff to adapt the teaching and learning and assessment of complex learning outcomes (May 2021).


Digital Competencies for Future Engineers

‘We need to address the issue of digital skills at scale, and that challenge is significant’.
Online presentation about the Digitalisation Seminar for department heads who are in charge of master programmes at the Faculty of Engineering at NTNU and involved in the “Future Technology Studies (FTS)”-project (February 19, 2021)

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Senior Teaching Qualification module Curricular Change

Interactive module about leadership in curricular change, covering Change Management, Educational Leadership, Managerial Leadership and Political Leadership including Colour Thinking. Delivered as 3-hour interactive sessions for interfaculty groups of educational leaders at VU Amsterdam and University of Amsterdam, as a customised part of the Senior Teaching Qualification (STQ) programme for both universities (November-December 2020, May 2021)


Never Waste a Good Crisis

This introductory speech at the 16th CDIO International Conference reflects on the disruption of higher engineering education by Covid-19.  It addresses reflections on personal experiences of myself and my CDIO Co-director Helene Leong, at our own university in the Netherlands and Singapore about the COVID situation, and how it has made us rethink the way we teach and assess our students in engineering education (8-10 June 2020).


Thriving Online

With an accumulation of the VUCA world and the COVID-19 pandemic, this presentation sets the scene and provides inspiration for a four-day challenge a group of 12 multidisciplinary, international and intercultural teams of 50 students total from all over the world. They will address challenges we face right now as our world is disrupted by COVID-19 and design how to go beyond mere survival and truly thrive online in education, in working life and in our communities, beyond the pandemic. Organised by Petrus Communications, McMaster University and the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) (25-28 September 2020).


Engineering Education for the 21st Century

Invited keynote at ISEE2020 conference about “How universities and employers are preparing engineering students and graduates for 21st century practice-known and unknown?" (Glasgow, UK, July 2022, to be confirmed)

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An Innovation Journey through Tomorrow’s Landscape of Engineering Education

Invited opening keynote presentation at the ASEE's Virtual Conference, about navigating the landscape of higher engineering education and coping with decades of accelerating change ahead. Portraying the changing world of science, technology and society, and the expected impact on the engineering profession in 2030, and on the organisation of higher engineering education in 2040 and beyond  (Virtual Conference, June 2020).


The World Itself is the Most Effective Teacher

Panelist in the panel session Leveraging Experiential Education to Become an International Engineering Education Leader. Explaining the range of experiential learning opportunities in the TU Delft bachelor and master in aerospace engineering (ASEE Virtual Conference, June 2020).

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Innovate or be History

In this talk I present my six-year personal journey with the 4TU.Centre for Engineering Education for which I was the leader on behalf of TU Delft, from its very beginning in 2014 till 2020 today. It's a farewell of the centre because the retirement forces me to step down from this position (Delft, 18 June 2020)


Curricular change is not rocket science

Delivery of a half-day Educational Leadership Course for about 15 educational leaders of TU Delft, Erasmus University and University Leiden (Delft, Netherlands, February 2020, May 2019, annually).


VIA Engineering / VIA University College Campus Horsens

Workshop with about 100 teaching and supporting staff to discover shift in engineering attributes, keynote presentation, consultation higher management team about innovating engineering education (Horsens, Denmark, August 2019).


Vad behöver framtidens ingenjören kunna?

August 28, 2019 I was invited by the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) in Stockholm to join their 100-year Jubilee Seminar for

  • a keynote in the afternoon about changes in society, technology and engineering, and shifting attributes of tomorrow's engineering graduates;

  • a  seminar presentation about "Diversity Matters", in student population (iGen, gender, nationalities), staff members (gender, discipline) and education portfolio.
    (Stockholm, Sweden, 2019)


SMU Lyle Mechanical Engineering Industrial Advisory Board

At the invitation of Lockheed's member of SMU's Industrial Board I presented and discussed the rapid changes in society, technology and engineering and its impact on future engineering education with the members of the management team of the Mechanical Engineering department and the SMU Lyle Industrial Board (Dallas, USA, May 2019).

Quote from participant: "Thank you very much for the great presentation this morning. I hear all the buzz words but it is inspiring to see that you are making an attempt to answer how should be the engineering education of the future. Current Engineering is still cookie cutter style rather than focusing on how to cater to the Society 5.0 and address the VUCA challenges."


Appetiser for an awayday of HR managers from all over the world

Presentation with Q&A about societal and technological trends, changing demands for engineers and impact on lifelong learning, on an annual gathering of HR managers of Royal HaskoningDHV, an independent, international, engineering, design and project management consultancy with offices worldwide (Amersfoort, Netherlands, May 2018).


Consultancy and Case Studies


Systems Engineering Vision 2035

Providing input to INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering) SE Vision 2035 document, chapter Building the Systems Engineering Workforce of the Future – Education and Training of System Engineers (December 2020).
Providing detailed comments and feedback to the whole 'World in Motion' draft report Systems Engineering Vision 2035 (March 2021).

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A Roadmap 2030 for the CDIO™ INITIATIVE

Development of a new Mission and Vision Statement and a Roadmap for CDIO in 2030, re-imagining the CDIO framework and community to better prepare its members for tomorrow's needs. In a series of international working meetings and workshops at regular gatherings and conferences all over world over the period 2017-2020.  Consolidated in a conference paper, presented at 17th CDIO Internatonal Conference (June 2021).

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Towards CDIO Syllabus 3.0

Update the CDIO Syllabus with the changing competency requirements of engineering graduates that are caused by the digital transition in engineering, the new ways of working, the shift in stakeholders' wishes and needs, and the accelerating change in society, sciences and technology (Spring 2021)


Centre of Engineering Education (CEE)

Member of international assessment panel to evaluate the Centre of Engineering Education (CEE) at the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University. Discovering particular strengths and weaknesses and defining recommendations for further growth and  development (Lund, Sweden 2019)


Task Force "S&T Education for the 21st Century"

Leading the discussions and workshops within the task force and at the CESAER Annual Meeting 2018 (Bucharest) to gather input from multiple and diverse sources (2018-2019), as input to the development of a Discussion Paper about 21st century engineering education in Europe. .