About Us

We are an Independent Not -for- profit organization governed by an executive board and assisted by
advisory boards consisting of recognized leaders in the field.

The Emerging Tech Foundation (TETF) believes in the E⁵ framework:
Evangelize | Educate | Empower | Enlighten | Engage

Presently Colleges and Universities are finding it challenging to cater to the ever-changing needs of the industry. This is mainly because of the gap between industry and academia. Besides, any changes to the curriculum take a very long time and effort while the technology changes come by the minute, which makes it difficult to keep up with the industry needs. By constituting the advisory boards predominantly with the global industry thought leaders, our foundation learns what the market wants. TETF with the help of its advisory boards would review the curriculum suggested by the University of Emerging Technologies for any given track / micro-degree. TETF would make necessary changes to the curriculum easing out the onus to build that ground up by TETF’s boards. Vetting and governance of the curricula by the industry leaders is a great way for democratizing the curriculum. This is one of the key tenets of TETF – Democratize the Curriculum and follow Market Needs.

Our Executive board

Prasad Mavuduri


Prasad Mavuduri brings in a varied global business experience of 32 years across a broad spectrum of industries including higher education, software services, telecommunications, hi-tech, oil & gas, steel, mines, power generation & distribution, healthcare, and finance. He holds a Master’s in Engineering from India and a Master’s in Business Administration from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, USA. He believes in role-based education and experiential learning. He is a big proponent of democratizing the curriculum to teach industry-relevant skills. He evangelizes about “employable skills” and help the next generation to be in pace with emerging technologies.He wants to complement the efforts of existing educational institutions with those of University of Emerging Technologies (powered and governed by The Emerging Tech Foundation).

Bill Vorhies

Board Member

Bill Vorhies is the President and Chief Data Scientist at Data Magnus, providing strategy, planning and project implementation services in predictive analytics, machine learning, Big Data, streaming data, IoT, and artificial intelligence projects.

Prior to Data-Magnum, he was the President of Predictive Modeling, LLC. and has practiced as a consulting data scientist since 2001. He is currently also a Contributing Editor (previously editorial director) for Data Science Central, the leading online data science community with over 800,000 monthly readers. He is also a founding board member of the American Institute of Big Data Professionals and a member of the US Department of Commerce National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) working group developing a standardized “Big Data Roadmap”.

In addition, Mr. Vorhies serves as an Advisory Director to Stanton Chase International, a top 10 international executive search firm and is a consulting associate with the Collaborative Brain Trust.

Raghu Dhulipala

Board Member

Raghu Dhulipala brings over three decades of experience and numerous high-value achievements in the realm of technological innovation and product development.

Raghu’s extensive technology leadership experience includes roles as the Global Director and head of technology for several units of Elsievier’s Clinical Decision Support group. He also performed as Chief Technology Officer of Therigy, VP of Technology with Paychex/Stromberg, and Director of Product Development and Integration with Convergys. He is currently Chief Information & Technology Officer for ClearCaptions LLC and is a co-founder and CTO of Quick’rCare.

Raghu is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur where he received an honors graduate degree in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Electrical Engineering and computer science.


Advisory Board Member

Dr Kirk Perris is a Digital Learning Strategist and has worked in this space for 20 years. His areas of expertise are in strategic planning, quality assurance, instructional design, assessment, research and thought leadership as it relates to digital learning. Dr Perris has worked in North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia-Pacific, and has lived in Toronto, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Beijing and Vancouver. Dr Perris has written widely on digital learning, having published a book (co-editor), two dozen refereed journal articles, newspaper articles, white papers, reports, and blogs focused on digital learning. Dr Perris holds a PhD degree in Higher Education from the University of Toronto.

Chandra Dasaka

Advisory Board Member

A Harvard certified Global Business Leader and dynamic Six-Sigma Black Belt Leader with over 30Years of year-after-year success in IT experience in Customer Relationship Management, Business Growth and Retention, Employee Engagement, Program Management Office, End-to-End Process Management and Project delivery. Excellent team management track record by leading a 400+ team for 5 Years and over-achieved revenue targets continuously by more than 30% each year.

Recipient of various awards including ‘Evaluator of the Year 2007’ by the General Motors – Employee Involvement Association, ‘Best PMO’ by General Electric, ‘Associate of the Year 2008’ by Satyam Computers.

Currently serving as the Chairman of Computer Society of India, Hyderabad Chapter; Board member of the Global Cyber Security Forum; Secretary of CSI’s Special Interest Group on Big Data Analytics, Chief-Editor for ‘Visleshana’, a SIG BDA’s flagship magazine, Founder-Chairman for Matrix Institute of Technology and a Member of the Board of Studies for 5 engineering colleges.”

Suzy Taherian

Advisory Board Member

Suzy Taherian has a passion for emerging technology and for education. She has 25 year experience as a senior finance executive including the last 9 years as CFO of companies with innovative technology.  She started her career with Chevron, completing over $2 billion in M&A and $4 billion in financing. She transitioned to fast-growing startups and completed successful exits.  Concurrently, she has been an active educator as an adjunct professor at UC Davis Graduate School of Management teaching international finance and international business. She’s a mentor for entrepreneur students.  She’s served on various boards such as the Athenian school, a private school near Silicon Valley celebrating excellence in teaching for 50 years.  She was appointed the Library Commissioner for Contra Costa County, advocating for better access to learning and literacy for 1 million residents. She was most recently CFO of Kinetics, a global engineering services company, with operations in the US, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. She’s currently serving on the board of NewHold Industrial Technology Corporation (NASDAQ:NHICU).

She has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Davis and Finance MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management.


Dr. Satish S. Udpa

Advisory Board Member

Satish S. Udpa serves as a University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University (MSU). Prior to reverting to his current position in October 2019, he served in many administrative capacities at MSU including Acting President, Executive Vice President for Administration, Dean of the College of Engineering, and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He also served as the President of the Michigan State University Foundation. Dr. Udpa was the Whitney Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University and a faculty member at Colorado State University before joining Michigan State University in 2001.

Udpa’s research interests span the broad area of materials characterization and nondestructive evaluation (NDE). He has published extensively, holds several patents, and is the technical editor of the Electromagnetic Nondestructive Testing Handbook, published by the American Society for Nondestructive Testing. He served as the editor of the IEEE Transactions on Magnetics and the regional editor of the International Journal of Applied Electromagnetics and Mechanics until recently.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), and the Indian Society of Nondestructive Testing. He is a member of the National Academy of Inventors. Dr. Udpa is a full member of the Academia Nondestructive Testing International. He was until recently a Member of the Michigan Governor’s Council for Future Mobility and a member of the Michigan Governor’s STEM Advisory Council from 2015 to 2017.

Dr. Seeram Ramakrishna

Advisory Board Member

Professor Seeram Ramakrishna, FREng, Everest Chair is among the top three impactful authors at the National University of Singapore (NUS)Microsoft Academic ranked him among the top 25 authors out of three million materials researchers worldwide in H-index European study placed him among the only 500 researchers in the world with H-index above 150 in the history of science and technology.  He chairs the Circular Economy Taskforce and a member of Enterprise Singapore’s ISO/TC323 committee on Circular Economy.

He received a PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK; TGMP from Harvard University, USA. He received numerous recognitions which include CUT Honorary Engineering Doctorate; APA Distinguished Researcher Award, IFEES President award- Global Visionary; GEDC Ambassador; ASEAN Outstanding Engineer Award; IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award; IITM Distinguished Alumni Award; NUS Outstanding Researcher Award; CPS Biomaterials Award; UK Cambridge Nehru Fellowship, and Singapore LKY Fellowship.

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His academic leadership includes NUS’s Vice-President (Research Strategy); Dean of Faculty of Engineering; Director of NUS Enterprise; Director of NUS Industry Liaison Office; Founding Director of NUSBioengineering; Founding Co-Director of NUS Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Institute, NUSNNI. $100 million Global Water Center by GE was established under his watch as the Dean of Engineering. As a founding Chairman, he championed the establishment of ~ $100 million Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore, SERIS. He served as a board member of several national organizations, policy institutes, and tertiary education institutions. He founded the Global Engineering Deans Council (http://gedcouncil.org/ambassadors) while serving as the Vice-President of the International Federation of Engineering Educator Societies (IFEES).

Dr. K Manivannan

Advisory Board Member

Dr. K Manivannan is currently the Associate Director of SRM Institute of Science & Technology (SRMIST) a Deemed University, Trichy campus under the MHRD, Government of India. He received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Fluid Mechanics with distinction. He earned his M.Tech in Computer Science & Engineering. His research interest and expertise include Theoretical Computer Science, Theoretical Fluid Mechanics, Fuzzy Logic, and Transform Techniques. He is also the co-ordinator of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Development Centre, sponsored by the Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India.

Dr. K Manivannan is chiefly prominent as a stickler for quality, team builder, and a natural motivator with perseverance and integrity. Complemented with these qualities Dr. K Manivannan’s excellent communication skills and leadership qualities have earned him several headship and management positions. He is now the Vice –President (Industry & academia Relations), IFEES, Chair-GEDC-India Chapter, and National Vice-President of Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE), New Delhi, one of the largest professional organizations in India, with the motto of Career Development of Teachers and Personality Development of Students and overall development of Engineering Education System.

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Before assuming this coveted position he has been elected as National Executive Council Member of ISTE for five terms. He was a member of the Academic Council of the prestigious University of Madras for two terms of six years.

Dr. K Manivannan’s life philosophy has always been: “Laugh so Hard That even Sorrow Smiles at You, Live Life so Well that even Death Loves to see you Alive, Fight so Hard That even Fate accepts its Defeat….”

Joseph Moreau

Advisory Board Member

Joseph Moreau earned his BA in Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego and his MA in Education at Cal State Los Angeles. He began his career as a videographer and media specialist for a variety of firms in the private sector.  In 1990, he left the private sector for higher education. He has held a variety of leadership positions including manager of the Instructional Resources Center at Pasadena City College; Dean of Learning Resources at West Hills College; Dean of Academic Information Services at MiraCosta College; and Chief Technology Officer for SUNY Oswego. In 2012, he was appointed Vice Chancellor of Technology and CTO for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, overseeing technology for two of nation’s premier community colleges. Joseph has served on the boards of a number of non-profit and professional organizations including California Community Colleges Chief Information Systems Officers Association, Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), Oracle Higher Education User Group, SUNY Faculty Advisory Council for Teaching and Technology. He currently serves on the board of Educause. In 2013, Joseph took on responsibility of Executive Sponsor for California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative – a $222 million project to reengineer the system’s online instruction and support services.

Dr. Maj Mirmirani

Advisory Board Member

Dean Maj Mirmirani first came to the United States in 1969 after graduating from Tehran Polytechnic University (now known as Amir Kabir University) with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering. Dean Mirmirani continued his studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where he obtained a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering in 1977.

Thereafter, he and his family returned to Iran until 1980. From 1977 to 1980, he was a Senior Analyst at the Industrial Management Institute of the Economic and Industrial Development Organization in Iran and an Adjunct Professor in Systems Engineering at the National University of Iran.

In 1980, Dean Mirmirani and his family left Iran and spent a year in the United Kingdom where he worked at the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London as an Academic Visitor.

Upon returning to the United States, Dean Mirmirani joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at California State University Los Angeles (CSULA) where he served as a Professor from 1981- 2007 and as Department Chair from 1992 to 1996 and from 2002 to 2007.

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During his tenure at CSULA, he led many major research projects – interdisciplinary in nature – funded by NASA, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, NSF, and industry exceeding $12M. Most notable among these research projects was the modeling and control of airbreathing hypersonic flight vehicles, design and development of a high endurance hydrogen fuel cell – powered UAV, design and fabrication of a precision segmented reflector testbed, three NASA STTR awards, and the establishment of the Multidisciplinary Flight Dynamics and Control Laboratory (MFDCLab) which he directed until October 2007.

Dean Mirmirani is the recipient of the CSULA 2002-2003 University Outstanding Professor Award, and the CSULA University 1996 Meritorious and Professional Promise Award. In 2007, Dean Mirmirani joined Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as the Dean of the College of Engineering.

Dean Mirmirani is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA, and a member of ASME, ASEE, TAU BETA PI-the Engineering Honor Society and PI TAU SIGMA-the International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society. He is an instrument-rated private pilot and a member of Airplane Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).

Dr. Janusz A. Koziński

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Koziński has enjoyed a distinguished academic career in leading institutions in the USA, Europe, and Canada. He is an internationally-renowned higher education academic and researcher, and one of the world’s most widely acknowledged experts in sustainable energy systems and immune building concepts applied to public safety and security. Educated in Kraków, Poland, Dr. Koziński subsequently attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and spent much of his academic career at McGill University, where he was Sir William Dawson Scholar and Associate Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations). He helped coordinate the University’s research budget of $450 million. Dr. Koziński has served as Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan where he developed a Master Plan for 2020, launched four new research centers with funding topping $26million, designed a framework for the College’s centennial celebrations, and established the first Engineering Entrepreneurship Chair in Canada based on a private donation.

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He was the Founding Dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University, one of the most ambitious projects in Canadian academia. Dr. Koziński has served as the Founding President & President Elect of the New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering. He served as Special Advisor to the President at Brock University leading new ‘Integrated Engineering’ programs co-developed with employers. He held the International Chair in Bioenergy at the Institute for Advanced Studies and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France’s most distinguished research laboratory) and completed the prestigious Advanced Management & Leadership Programme at Oxford University and the Executive Education Program on Crisis Leadership in Higher Education at Harvard University.

Dr. Koziński has created a network of leading centers of excellence involving research institutions, universities, and industrial partners around the world focused on renewable energy systems and bioenergy solutions. He has also assisted governments in formulating policies that have influenced North American and European energy legislation. Janusz sees the necessity and beauty in bringing people together to not only solve problems of today and tomorrow, but to inspire each other to improve the social fabric of our societies.

Jim Lacey

Advisory Board Member

In his role as JMark’s Vice President, Western Region, Jim Lacey is responsible for establishing the commercial business portfolio and supporting the strategic and tactical ecosystem for the company. Jim has a proven career as a results-driven business professional proficient in technology products and services with a detailed understanding of corporate strategy, market trends, customer acquisition, and global channel development. Prior to joining JMark, Jim served in key leadership roles in the information technology sector to include Director of Operations, CompUSA; General Manager, Linuxcare; President and CEO, Linux Professional Institute; President, BlacKnight Cyber Security; and Mountain Region/Chief Revenue Officer at root9B Cyber Security.

Jim graduated the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. As an airborne, air assault and ranger qualified infantry officer, Jim served in both the 24th ID and the 101st Airborne Division. During his time in the First Gulf War he participated in the establishment of FOB Cobra and FOB Viper deep in Iraqi territory with the 1/502d Infantry, 101st Airborne Division.

Dr. Padmini Murthy

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Padmini (Mini) Murthy, Professor and Global Health Director at New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice. Dr. Murthy is a physician (a trained obstetrician and gynecologist) and an activist who did her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has practiced medicine and public health for the past 28 years in various countries. She has been working in various arenas of the health care industry. She also worked as consultant for UNFPA. She has an MPH and an MS in Management from New York University. Dr. Murthy serves as the Medical Women’s International Association NGO representative  to the United Nations. She also serves as a member of the Executive Council of the NGO CSW Committee of NY, and the DPI NGO executive committee of NY at the United Nations.

Dr. Murthy has developed a complete online certificate on global health and has been able to reach out to international students. Dr. Murthy is widely published and is the author and editor of Women’s Global Health and Human Rights (Jones and Bartlett publisher) which is used as a text book worldwide and she serves as a peer reviewer for several publications. Her poetry book Mini’s Musings was published in 2012. She is currently working on her 3rd book on the use of technology in promoting health. She has made over 150  presentations on women’s and children’s health nationally and internationally in scientific conferences and in the United Nations and countries where she has been invited.to.

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She has been working to promote safe motherhood and other health initiatives focused on women in India, Malawi and Grenada. Dr. Murthy has been the recipient of numerous national and international awards. She was the 1st American woman physician to receive the Jhirad Oration Award (in Seoul, Korea) conferred at an international conference in recognition of her service and work to MWIA. She has also been the recipient of the Soujouner Truth Pin which is given to those women who excel in community service. In June 2015, she was presented Millennium Milestone Maker Award at the 9th Annual Women’s Symposium at Sias University, China. In 2016 She was the first Indian born American in over 70 years to receive the Elizabeth Blackwell Medal from American Medical Women’s Association for her work in promoting women’s health globally. She is the recipient of the Lalita Pawar memorial award in 2016 conferred by the Association of Medical Women in Nagpur, India for her work in promoting women’s health and human rights. In 2017 Murthy was conferred the prestigious Dr Homi Colabawall Oration in Mumbai India for her work on promoting women’s health. In 2018 she received a mentor ship award from the Australian medical students and Exceptional Woman of Excellence Award at the Women economic Forum in New Delhi and award for promoting human rights of women from Taiwanese Medical association at Health Literacy conference. In March 2019 Murthy received for a second consecutive year a mentorship award for mentoring Australian medical students from the Notre Dame University in Sydney Australia. She is also the 2019 recipient of the Human Spirit and Cultural Harmony award  from African Views and the Board of Trustees of the National Council of Traditionally rulers of Africa

Dr. Murthy is currently chair elect of the International Health Section of the American Public Health Association which is one of the largest associations of public health professionals in the world.

Dr. Tagwa A. Musa

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Tagwa A. Musa is an Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Sudan University of Science and Technology (SUST)- Khartoum, Sudan and the former dean of College of Petroleum Engineering and Technology at SUST. She is the first Sudanese woman to receive a PhD in petroleum engineering. She has an extensive research and teaching experience in addition to significant contribution to industry, engineering education and community service programs both locally and internationally. In 2017 she received the Women in Industry and Academia award from Industrial Engineering and Operational Management Society (IEOM) and in 2019 she received the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Regional Service Award for Middle East and North Africa region.

Dr. Tagwa has been elected as Global Engineering Dean’s Council (GEDC) executive committee member in 2019. She has a Bachelor with First Class Honors degree from SUST, and a Master’s and a PhD from China University of Geosciences (all in petroleum engineering).

Dr. Ahmet Oztas

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Ahmet Oztas is a University Professor at Tishk International University (TIU) and serving as the director of International Relations Office and Research Center. Prior to these duties in June 2017, he served as the president of TIU (Previously known as Ishik University) from 2012 to 2017. Before presidency in TIU, Dr. Oztas has also many other international experiences as an administrator like Director of Vocational High School in Gaziantep University in Turkey from 1999 to 2004 and Dean of Engineering Architecture Faculty in Epoka University in Albania from 2008 to 2012.

Dr. Oztas is a civil engineer with strong math background and a member of Turkish Chamber of Civil Engineers since 1987. Before joining to Gaziantep University/Turkey as a research assistant, He has worked as civil engineer in Turkish Construction Companies in different types of jobs like, structural designer, site engineer and quantity surveyor.

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He has started to his academic career in Gaziantep University, Civil Engineering Department after completing master program in Istanbul University on Construction management in 1988. While working in Gaziantep University, He has been granted a PhD. Scholarship by Turkish Higher Education Council (YÖK) and completed his PhD in University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) at 1995. His research was on delay management and developed a Knowledge-Based System on the Mitigation of Construction Delays using Goldworks and LISP.

Dr. Oztas is a scientist in the field of construction project management with a track record in civil engineering, an experienced lecturer in higher education, and an inspiring leader of a multi-disciplinary team. He has work and research experience in 5 countries (Turkey, U.K., Italy, Albania and Iraq). He has also created a number of new courses in undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Gaziantep, Epoka and TIU universities.

Dr Oztas is also expert on developing new international collaborations in higher education. So far, he has established fruitful collaborations with universities/Companies in Germany, Poland, Italy, USA, U.K., Malaysia, India, Jordan and Georgia.

Dr. Uriel Cukierman

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Uriel Cukierman is an Electronic Engineer from the National Technological University (Argentina). He is a specialist in Information Systems and Masters in Information Technology from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain).

He is currently working as Professor and Researcher and Director of the Center for Educational Research and Innovation at UTN. Dr.Uriel is a Research Professor at University of New Mexico (USA) and also the President of the Argentinean Section of IGIP (International Society for Engineering Pedagogy). He is also a member of Institute of Education in Engineering, National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Uriel is also the Associate Director of InnovaHiEd.

Dr. Uriel is a Former President of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) and Honorary Professor at Universidad Ricardo Palma (Perú). He has received IEOM Distinguished Educator Award (EUA) and IGIP International Engineering Educator Award (Austria).

Dr. Hans Jürgen Hoyer

Strategic Advisor to the Board

Dr. Hans Jürgen Hoyer serves as the Executive Secretary of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) and the Secretary-General of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES). Additionally, Dr. Hoyer is a Resident Scholar in Global Engineering at the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University, Global Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland BC, and co-founder of the Indo-Universal Collaboration for Engineering Education (IUCEE).

Dr. Hoyer initially became involved with IFEES and the GEDC when he served as the Director of international Programs and Strategy for the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He is co-founder and advisor of the African, Asian, and Latin American Engineering Deans Councils; works closely with over fifty engineering education societies globally and enjoys a close partnership with the World Bank in regards to their activities in Africa; with UNESCO where he serves on their Advisory Council; and also the OAS. He also works in close partnerships with over 10 international, multi-national corporations including Airbus; Siemens; Dessault Systemes; National Instruments; Mathworks; Quanser; Liaison; Granta; Phoenix.

Prior to 2006, Hans J. Hoyer was CEO of World Links, a spin-off of the World Bank. In this capacity, he worked globally on issues related to secondary education, teachers’ education, and on-line collaborative learning focusing on science; IT and social studies among high school students across the globe. Dr. Hoyer has led several international development programs, including CARE, Plan International, and Heifer International. In these latter roles, he held executive leadership positions such as Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, and Regional Executive and was responsible, among others, for a large number of staff and for raising financial resources from a multitude of donors including government agencies, the World Bank, IAB, several foundations, corporations, and private donors. He also represented the largest U.S. farming membership association as a spokesperson at the European Union and European Parliament in Brussels and also represented them in Mexico and Central America.

Dr. Hoyer has served with Nelson Mandela on the board of directors of El Taller, a global civil society network headquartered in Tunisia as well as on several social-action community groups. He was also on the staff of the Inter-American Foundation, created by the U.S. Congress to support socio-economic development throughout Latin America/Caribbean. He was on Hewlett Packard’s e-Inclusion Global advisory board related to their scientific and engineering work in South Africa and founding member of the Board of the Engineering for the Americas (EftA) initiative under the umbrella of the OAS.

He currently serves on the Governing Board of the International Center for Engineering Education/UNESCO/ Tsinghua University; Strategic Advisory Board of UNESCO’s second Ten Year Report on Global Engineering; as co-founder and Advisory Board member of the Indo-Universal Collaboration for Engineering Education (IUCEE) and Information Technology in Higher Education and Training (ITHET); and Global Advisor to SUSTech, Shenzhen, China, and Beihang University School of Engineering, China. He is the co-founder of SPEED, a global engineering student organization that conducts engineering student capacity building worldwide.

He has been, continues to be a keynote speaker for conferences globally focusing on engineering education and capacity building. Dr. Hoyer has been a Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Studies at MIT, a fellow at Harvard’s School of Education, and a visitor at the Kennedy School of Government. He was dean of the graduate program at the School for International Training, World Learning and Executive Director of the Executive Training Program for global governmental and NGO leaders in Brattleboro, Vermont. He also taught at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and Montgomery College, Maryland, USA.

Presently, he is an Honorary Professor at universities in Hungary, India, Kazakhstan and Peru. Born in Germany, he immigrated to the United States of America as a teenager. He earned his Ph.D. at American University in Washington, D.C. As a post-doctoral fellow with the Organization of American States (OAS), Dr. Hoyer carried out research in the Rio de la Plata region of South America. He started his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer and high school teacher in Linares and Talca, Chile, and has lived in over twenty countries including India, Sri Lanka, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Argentina, Mexico, South Asia, Belgium, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. Over his extensive career, he has visited 150 countries, is fluent in four languages, and conversant in additional five languages. Each of his four children was born in a different country. He has written and published on a broad range of subjects related to engineering education; international development, strategic planning; politics, health, and education

Dr. Alaa K. Ashmawy

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Alaa K. Ashmawy is Special Advisor with ABET, the global accreditor of academic programs in engineering, computing, engineering technology, and applied and natural science. Formerly, he was dean of engineering at the American University in Dubai, and professor of civil engineering at the University of South Florida. He is a founding member of MENAREES, and serves as its managing director.  He earned his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University in West Lafayette (Indiana, USA), and his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with Distinction from Alexandria University (Egypt).  He also held interim appointments with the geosystems group at Georgia Tech in Atlanta (USA) as a research fellow, the National Research Centre in Cairo (Egypt) as a visiting researcher, and at the Universidád de las Americas in Puebla (Mexico) as a visiting professor.  Ashmawy has been a member of GEDC since 2007, and served on its executive committee and on several task forces in different capacities.  He is a member of ASEE, ASCE, IEEE, and Sigma Xi, and is past Chair of the UAE Engineering Deans Council.  He also serves as a Program Evaluator for ABET’s Engineering Accreditation Commission and SACS Commission on Colleges.  He is the recipient of numerous research, teaching, and service awards at the institutional and national levels, including the IEEE Education Society EDUCON Meritorious Award, the Jerome Krivanek Distinguished Teacher Award (USF), and the President’s Institutional Effectiveness Award (AUD).  Ashmawy’s technical expertise is in geotechnical engineering, with interests in environmental geotechnics and micromechanics of granular media.  He authored and co-authored two book chapters and more than 100 papers in his field.  His research has been funded by the US National Science Foundation, the US Department of State, and the Florida Department of Transportation.  He consults regularly on a broad range of projects in the USA and the UAE, and is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Florida, USA.


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