1. Bid from Chile Selected for GEDC 2019

In 2019, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) will host the GEDC's first stand-alone conference in South America. Juan Carlos de la Llera Martin, longtime GEDC member who serves as the Dean of PUC's Faculty of Engineering, spearheaded the bidding process. 

The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) was founded in Santiago on June 21, 1888 under the initiative of the Archbishop of Santiago, Monsignor Mariano Casanova, with the aim of being an institution that integrates academic excellence and a formation inspired by Christian doctrine. The university had a great impact in Chile and plays a relevant public role in all aspects of society.

According to the 2018 QS ranking, PUC is number one in Latin Amderica and 137th worldwide. The Faculty of Engineering was established in 1892 with a focus in Civil Engineering and just 30 students. Today, the Faculty's 5,550 account for approximately 20% of the university's entire student body and 13 disciplines in the Faculty of Engineering and another school dedicated to engineering for civil construction. 

GEDC 2019 Santiago is planned for October 2019 in Chile. Conference details will be published after WEEF-GEDC 2018 Albuquerque. 

Faculty of Engineering

Bid Committee Members

Natacha DePaola (Chair), Illinois Institute of Technology, United States of America
Cristina Amon, University of Toronto, Canada
Theo Andrew, Durban University of Technology, South Africa Alaa Ashmawy, American University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Ken Ball, George Mason University, United States of America 
Alejandro Jadresic, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile 
Peter Jimack, University of Leeds, United Kingdom 
Sushma Kulkarni, Rajarambapu Institute of Technology, India 
Ahmet Oztas, Ishik University, Kurdistan (Iraq)
Sirin Tekinay, Sabanci University, Turkey
Don Zhang, Peking University, China
Hans-Jürgen Hoyer (non-voting), IFEES-GEDC Secretariat, United States of America

Advisers to the Committee

Peter Kilpatrick, University of Notre Dame, United States of America
Miguel Angel Sosa, Universidad Tecnológica Nacional - Facultad Regional Delta, Argentina