The Diamond plays host to International Engineering Conference

The Diamond plays host to International Engineering Conference

27 July 2016

The University of Sheffield’s new £85 million teaching facility- The Diamond played host to an innovative education conference earlier this month when it hosted the 6th International Symposium on Engineering Education (ISEE)

A biennial event, this is the second time the conference has been held in Sheffield, following the 4th ISEE in 2012.

Taking place 14-15 July, the event was sponsored by a number of companies involved in engineering education and attracted over 90 delegates from around the world, as far as Taiwan, Australia and USA,  as well as attracting keynote speakers from across the educational spectrum, from engineering, science and social sciences to philosophy and business.

The conference was formally opened by the Organizing Chairman, Dr. Plato Kapranos who is also an active and passionate Conference Sheffield Ambassador. 

Head of Multidisciplinary Engineering Education and Director of the Diamond Prof. Stephen Beck, went on to formally welcome the delegates, before the conference worked through an extensive programme of speeches, workshops and ideas exchange sessions.

As the University of Sheffield’s flagship Undergraduate Engineering Facility, this was a particularly poignant conference for The Diamond to host and also offered an opportunity to showcase Sheffield to highly regarded international audience as the meeting brought together leading educationalists, engineers, practitioners, industrialists, and students.

Sheffield is steeped industrial heritage and continues to be a key player at the forefront of advanced manufacturing and engineering, with the University of Sheffield taking a key role in the ongoing innovation that comes out of the city. 

Event organisers added a unique touch to the conference with personalized 3D printed titanium mementos for all the keynote and invited speakers. These awards were designed and made at the University of Sheffield’s Mercury Centre using an additive manufacturing technique known as Electron Beam Melting, and made for  a truly ‘Made in Sheffield’ gift with a nod to the vision that has seen the University become a centre for engineering excellence.

Dr. Plato Kapranos said:  “The conference theme was ‘Interdisciplinary Engineering - Breaking Boundaries’ and it absolutely lived up to expectations.

“It was a particular pleasure for me as an individual to organize and run this conference for the simple reason that Sheffield has been my home for 28 years, my kids have grown up here, I am proud to say that I appear in the book ‘Steel City Scholars’ and being a recipient of a Centenary medal from the University for my services; so my roots here are deep and I feel that this is one more way for me to say thank you to this special city.”

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