At the GEDC Airbus Diversity Award Dinner Gala on December 1st, 2015 during the GEDC 2015 Adelaide Conference, Fadi Aloul was presented with the 2015 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award.
Dr. Aloul is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and the Director of the HP Institute at the American University of Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Aloul was recognized for his work in the development of Introduction to Engineering and Computing, a first-year course using low cost materials and minimal resources while engaging diverse students in engineering education and developing their problem solving skills.
Students are placed into multidisciplinary and diverse teams where they work on several projects together. By randomly assigning groups, and not allowing students to pick their team members, the course allowed students to benefit from the positive results from collaborating with a diverse group.
The course has had more than 10,000 students spanning 92 nationalities, with an average of 35% female participation.
Fadi Aloul was among three finalists who traveled to Australia and presented their work in increasing diversity in engineering education. The other two finalists include Martin Baumann from the University of RWTH Aachen and Renetta Tull from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Dr. Baumann was nominated for his work on eas³y – E-Exams at MfL enabling students with disabilities and diverse learners to be assessed on an equal basis with all students. Dr. Tull’s nomination came from leading the PROMISE Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program that incorporates global STEM education.
For more details about the GEDC Airbus Diversity Award and the work of the 2015 shortlist and finalists, visit Diversity in Engineering. To learn more about Fadi Aloul’s work and to access case studies about this course, visit the course page on his website.