SPEED is a global, non-profit student organization that functions as an interdisciplinary network of engineering students, who aspire to provide opinion and create an impact on future development of engineering education and its effect on society and environment.
SPEED was founded by student participants of the 1st Global Student Forum (GSF) in October 2006 during the 5th Global Colloquium on Engineering Education (GCEE), organised by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The following years, SPEED co-organised the 2nd and the 3rd GSF with ASEE in Istanbul, Turkey and Cape Town, South Africa, and in cooperation with IFEES the 4th GSF in Bhubaneswar, India. SPEED hopes to expand the Global Student Forum initiative significantly in the coming years through global cooperation and feedback from students and through other activities to further enrich engineering education curricula worldwide.
SPEED strives to empower students to become a factor of change in EE by providing them with the skills, knowledge and resources necessary to become a global engineer and show them how they can think globally and act locally.
Through engineering education initiatives and collaboration with academia, industry, society and government, SPEED is committed to improving the future of engineering education whilst embracing the considerable engineering challenges being faced in the 21st century.
Any current student interested in affecting change in the way engineering education is delivered is welcome in SPEED. We have had students at various stages in their academic careers: undergraduates, masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral studies. Members can be from any discipline of engineering studies (civil, computer, biotechnology, design, etc.), as well as from other fields (education, for example) whose interests in the issues we discuss were highly relevant. Further, we have students from myriad countries. We take pride in the variety of perspectives these students bring to our discussions, and we firmly believe the concrete outcomes we strive for are more well-informed because of the diversity of our participants.
To become a member of SPEED, an individual must be a member of an institution of higher education who can contribute to the advancement of the organization. To apply, the student must fill out a registration form and submit all required information. Once the application materials are received, the Executive Committee will review them. Within one week, if no objections are raised, a new member is welcomed into the group! If you are interested, JoinUs with our newsletters and SignUp with the website to get involved with SPEED.