Building Together #8 - IEEE Education Week in Romania 2: Trends and Challenges in Engineering Education

Building Together #8 - IEEE Education Week in Romania 2: Trends and Challenges in Engineering Education

Organized in collaboration with IEEE Romania

#shapingtogether #developingtogether

Life and education in pandemic continue and after almost two years we have gained experience, provided numerous research and analysis, we reflected on the steps taken in 30 webinars Online Together. We know what we could have done better, we have ideas on how to do better, how to set education for the digital age, what we would like to learn from science and technology and now it is time to act. 

In this new series of webinars Together, our aim is to provide information, ideas, analyzes, challenge you to discussions and encourage you to build a future on how to make the necessary changes, move further and shape education and science for today and tomorrow.

The Politehnica University of Timișoara with the Education Romania Chapter. organised two events in affiliation with IEEE Education Week, part of the Build Together webinar.

We Build Together #8 Webinar of April 6, 2022 brought to the fore a debate on the sustainability of engineering education and the role of the IEEE in supporting student training, a debate on online and offline education, how to train future engineers and how to attract young people to study engineering. 

Professors and students from the technical universities of Timișoara, Bucharest, Cluj Napoca, Iași discussed who are trends and possible solutions for integration and individual development, but also at university level, of an engineering student at all levels of education (bachelor's, master's, doctorate).

In the webinar #8 the following topics were discussed: 

  • the impact of online, digital education on how to train the future engineer
  • online - offline benefit analysis
  • the challenges of how to train the future engineer and how to attract young people to study engineering sciences
  • the role of the IEEE in the development of engineering education in Romania
  • the vision of technical education in 2030

The debate was supported by professors and students from technical universities in several cities. they looked for solutions of integration and individual development, both at a general level and at a particular level, of a university, of an engineering student, at all three levels of education (bachelor, master, doctorate).

In this online session, each presenter spoke from his own experience gained during the years of teaching and engineering in the field of engineering, presenting the best experiences, but also challenges, concrete and real situations, applicable ideas and beneficial advice.

Also, the participants did not hesitate to show their interest during this meeting, so they trained in discussions and intervened with questions, precisely to get the information as well as possible.

Also, on the same day, from 19:00, the webinar took place Virtual mobility collaboration project, based on the project TalkTech, and was supported in English by Diana Andone (Polytechnic University of Timisoara) and Mark Frydenberg (Bentley University), the professors who initiated and continuously lead this project since 2008.

Through this webinar, the presenters sought to encourage and inspire, but certainly provide, participants with the tools to bring a new dimension to their teaching activities in terms of designing activities for students to become co-creators of educational content.

As in this project, students can create artifacts that can be used back in education as OERs, and open education and OER production information will also be included.

Education Romania Chapter.  encourages and supports activities to promote engineering through a variety of actions, support materials created and shared among IEEE colleagues, organizes conferences where studies from educational experiences, seminars and webinars for inspiration for best practices.

IEEE offers pre-university STEM, university, and continuing professional education resources for engineers and technical professionals all over the globe!

From local and regional activities, to webinars and online courses, to scholarships and events, and so much more, IEEE offers members and the global community a wealth of educational resources.

In support of this mission, the IEEE Education Society organized a full program of company-sponsored events from April 4-8, 2022, as part of IEEE Education Week.

IEEE Education Week

is a week to showcase the educational opportunities offered by the IEEE and its many organizational units, societies and committees around the world. IEEE Education Week is a great way to explore IEE's educational programs and offerings.

The webinar was broadcast live on the Zoom platform (registration required), Facebook and YouTube.

Together we will respond to the challenges of building models and structures in education and science in collaboration with IEEE Romania, EDEN Europe Association, Romanian Alliance of Technical Universities and Politehnica University of Timisoara.

Watch the full event recording below:


Lucian Toma

Lucian Toma has a PhD in electrical engineering from the "Politehnica" University of Bucharest since 2002 and 2010, respectively. He is currently an associate professor at the same university, in the Department of Electrical Energy Systems.
His areas of interest include power system dynamics, computer modeling of power system components (including FACTS and HVDC devices), smart grids, and electricity markets. Since 2014, he has been Romania's representative on the CIGRE B4 Study Committee "HVDC and Power Electronics".
Dr. Toma is the co-author of Power System Dynamics: Modeling, Stability, and Control and Advanced Solutions in Power System: HVDC, FACTS, and Artificial Intelligence, published by IEEE Press and Wiley in the Power Engineering Series. over 60 papers published in journals and conference papers. He has been involved in 9 international and 10 national research grants and 10 industry consulting projects.
In 2009 Dr. Toma co-organized the IEEE PowerTech Conference in Bucharest.

Paul Svasta

Prof. Dr. Eng. DHC much. Paul SVASTA is Professor Emeritus at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology and Director of the Center for Technological Electronics and Interconnection Techniques, UPB-CETTI.
He is an Honorary Doctor of the Technical University of Cluj Napoca and of the University of Pitești. He received in 2000 the National Order "Faithful Service" with the rank of officer. In 2014 the Medal of Merit, the Armed Forces Association for Communications and Electronics (AFCEA), received in 2015 the IEEE CPMT Regional Contribution Award - Region 8 (Europe, Africa, Middle East) and in 2021 it received from the IEEE-Electronics Packaging Society , David Feldman Outstanding Contribution Award.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of ESTC (Electronic System-integration Technology Conference) and General Chair of the 2022 edition, the most important conference and exhibition in Europe under the auspices of IEEE-EPS. He has been a member of the Steering Committee of the ISSE conference (under the auspices of the IEEE) for over 25 years and has organized three editions in Romania with colleagues from UT Cluj-Napoca and the University of December 1, 1918. He is a member of IMAPS (International Microelectronics and Packaging Society) and represents IMAPS Chapter Romania in ELC (European Liaison Council).
Its main activities are focused on the issue of electronic packaging, which it promotes in our country, through a very close collaboration with colleagues from all Romanian universities that are involved in the training of electronics and telecommunications engineers. Several years ago, together with colleagues from technical universities, he set up the EPETRUN network (Electronic Packaging Education and Training University Network). The result of the collaboration, within the established network, can be seen following the editions of TIE (Techniques of interconnection in Electronics) or SIITME (International Symposium of Informatics and Technology in the manufacture of Electronic Modules). Both events are very well appreciated by the IEEE EPS board, a company that technically sponsors them. The participants in the events are from academia and industry and are a very good bridge between academia and industry. He is the president and founder of APTE (Association for the Promotion of Electronic Technology) and ELINCLUS (Electronic Innovation CLUSter). APTE, as the cluster management entity, after being evaluated by ESCA (European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis), was labeled with Silver Label.
He is a co-founder and active member of IEEE-EPS and Nano Hu & Ro, Joint Chapter. He created two SBCs within the UPB (021 EP and 042 Nano) and supported initiatives to set up similar chapters at UTCluj-Napoca, UT GH. Asachi Iasi, and UP Timisoara. He is the author or co-author of 31 books, 4 patents, over 250 articles and over 40 national or international research projects.

Radu-Emil Precup

Radu-Emil Precup (M IEEE '03 - SM IEEE '07) was born in Lugoj, Romania, in 1963. He received the Diploma of Engineer (Hons.) Degree in automation and computers from the Polytechnic Institute "Traian Vuia" in Timisoara, Romania, in 1987; Diploma in Mathematics from the West University of Timișoara, Timișoara, in 1993, and Doctoral Diploma in Automatic Systems from the "Politehnica" University of Timișoara, in 1996.
He currently works at the Polytechnic University of Timișoara, Romania, where he became a professor at the Department of Automation and Applied Informatics, in 2000, and is currently a PhD supervisor in Automation and Systems Engineering. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the School of Engineering, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, WA, Australia. He is also the Director of the Center for Research in Automated Systems Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Timisoara, Romania. He is a member of the editorial board of several prestigious journals, including IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, Information Sciences (Elsevier), Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence (Elsevier), Applied Soft Computing (Elsevier), Expert Systems with Applications. (Elsevier). ), Evolving Systems (Springer), Healthcare Analytics (Elsevier) and Communications in Transportation Research (Elsevier).
He is the author or co-author of over 300 papers published in various scientific journals, arbitrated conference papers and contributions to books.
His research interests include the development and analysis of new control structures and algorithms, soft computing theory and applications, computer aided design and control systems, modeling, optimization, embedded systems, power plant control, servosystems, electric drive systems.
Prof. Precup is a corresponding member of the Romanian Academy. Since 2020, he is the president of the Timișoara Branch of the Romanian Robotics Society.

Bianca R. Lazar

Bianca R. Lazar - SBC Chair Timișoara is a graduate of the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technologies - Applied Electronics at the Polytechnic University of Timișoara.
He is currently a master's student in the ESI - Intelligent Systems Electronics curriculum at the same faculty. Bianca plans to continue her professional training with a doctoral degree program in the field of Power Electronics.
At the same time, he is a year representative and a student representative in the Faculty Council

Ovidiu Aurel Pop

Ovidiu Aurel Pop received his bachelor's and doctorate in electronic engineering and telecommunications at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca in 1994 and 2005, respectively.
He is currently a professor at the same university, in the Department of Applied Electronics, and is the dean of the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology.
His areas of interest include power electronics, electronic devices, sensors, and modeling and simulation of electronic devices and circuits.
Prof. Pop is the author and co-author of 6 books, co-author of a book chapter published in an international publishing house and of over 70 papers published in magazines and conference proceedings. He has been employed in 8 international and 10 national research grants.
Over time, Prof. Pop has been active in several IEEE international conference organizing teams. In 2020, Prof. Pop was the technical co-chair of the European IEEE EPS ESTC 2020 flagship conference and is the executive chair for IEEE ESTC 2022.
Since 2021 he has been the Associate Editor of Component Transactions, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology. He is also responsible for the IEEE EPS & Nano Student Branch chapters within the IEEE EPS & Nano Joint Chapter Hu & Ro.

Radu Vasiu

Radu Vasiu is the President of the Senate of the Polytechnic University of Timișoara and the Director of the Multimedia Research Center. He is also a professor at the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technologies of the Polytechnic University of Timisoara. His recent research focuses on e-learning, multimedia, web technologies, open data and smart cities. He has published 12 books and presented over 100 papers at various international conferences. He has participated in 28 international research and cooperation projects and is part of 7 international professional associations.

Florin Dragan

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Eng. Florin Dragan is the Rector of the Polytechnic University of Timisoara. With a PhD in Automation and numerous important positions during his academic career, among the current responsibilities of Assoc. Florin Dragan is: University Representation; University Credit Officer; General coordination and operative management of the university; Wealth management Relationship with the economic environment and the public sector; Coordinating medium and long term strategic development and global and sectoral policies; Management of resources and financial policies, institutional evaluation; Scientific research, innovation, technology transfer; IT infrastructure, international relations, image and communication; Management of the Board of Directors; Coordination and control of the General Administrative Directorate; Coordination and control of the General Secretariat; Coordination and administrative control of the Legal Bureau; Coordination and control of the Public Internal Audit Department; Coordination and control of the Internal Control Department; Coordination of human resources development policies; Coordinating the development of investment policies; Coordinating the elaboration of the policies for the use of the real estate patrimony; Coordination of computerization policies; Coordination and management of sports and cultural activities of the university; Hiring and dismissing staff; Relationship with employees' trade unions and professional organizations; Educational process, student issues and quality assurance; Relationship with students' trade unions and professional organizations; Relationship with graduate associations.

Diana Andone Diana Andone is the Director of the ID / IFR and e-Learning Center of the Polytechnic University of Timișoara, Romania, responsible for the planning and implementation of digital technologies, online learning technologies and the award-winning Virtual Campus of CVUPT University.
He is also a teacher at the Polytechnic University of Timișoara, Romania, in the area of multimedia, interactive and web technologies. Since 1998, he has been teaching course modules at universities in the UK, France, USA, Finland, Italy, Greece.
She holds a PhD in e-learning design for digital students from the University of Brighton, UK, has extensive experience in intensive publishing (over 17 books, 100 research papers, 11 awards for best work) and over 30 research and educational projects, mainly funded by the European Commission. She is passionate about ubiquitous access to technology and how it can be used to improve people's lives.
Dr. Andone actively promotes the use of OER, MOOC and the principles of open education, developing for digital skills training, acting in international associations (EDEN, IEEE, AACE, IADIS, IAFES), and actively supporting local start-ups ( movements such as StartUp Weekend, HackTM, hackathons, CoderDojo, Girls in Tech, Women in Tech) and STEM education.
He also works in the Board of Directors of Romanian NGOs (Foundation for You), in the Implementation Team of Timișoara European Capital of Culture 2023 and in other volunteer organizations.
Dr. Andone is an EDEN Senior Fellow, has been awarded the Distinguished Chapter Leadership Award 2021 by the IEEE Education Society, has been the EDEN Vice President for Communication and Communities (2018-2021) and is a member of the IEEE Education Society Governing Council (2021-present). ) and in IEEE Romania Section of the Department of Educational Activities (2019-present).

Florin Ciocan

Nokia Romania ecosystem and innovation
Professional Professional Experience:
21 years of experience in telecommunications; Coordinator of educational programs in Nokia Romania; Nokia Romania Innovation Garage Manager; Member of the Advisory Board of the "Politehnica" University of Timisoara
Master in Telecommunications; Professional in project management; Former president of the League of Students from the Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications Timișoara; Former Student Representative in the Senate of the University "Politehnica" Timisoara;

Marius is an innovative person and has excellent leadership skills, effective in communication, able to motivate and negotiate with people.
A qualified communicator, who leads by example, performs well in a multinational environment, adaptable and able to maintain cultural sensitivity, has good relationships with various groups and promotes team cohesion.
A confident professional with extensive experience in people and project management, involved in multiple activities from international research and development projects to local innovation events, from various educational programs to corporate social responsibilities.

Muscar Lorena

Muscar Lorena, a student at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology, Base of the Department of Electronics, Signal Processing Group, represents IEEE TUC-N SB. She is currently a second year master student at the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology. Lorena's doctoral field will be Electronic Engineering, Telecommunications and Information Technology.

Cosmin Moisa

He studied Electrical Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Timișoara between 1999 and 2006 with a 6-month contract with IPA "Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation" in Stuttgart, Germany.
In 2005, he started as a Hardware Engineer at Siemens VDO, Timișoara. In 2008, he was named Team Leader for Hardware teams for Daimler and Porsche OEMs under Continental Automotive Romania. In 2009, he acted as group leader for Home Electronics.
Since 2010, he has joined the Interconnection Techniques in Electronics (TIE) competition as co-chair of industry and the IEEE International Symposium for Design and Technology in Electronic Packaging (SIITME) as co-chair of the conference.
Since 2011, he has been the head of the hardware and systems engineering department.
Between 2012 and 2019 he was an associate lecturer and coordinator for the external class - Electronic Products Development, at the Faculty of Electronics of the Polytechnic University of Timisoara. In 2014, it hosted EuroTraining at Continental, which supports Eastern European higher education.
Since 2015, leading the Product Development Center, Camera Camera and Interior Sensing Timisoara.
In 2020, it co-organized and hosted the start of the joint chapter IEEE Hungary and Romania EPS and NTC.
In 2021 IEEE Romania Industry Ambassador.

Daniela Tărniceriu

Daniela Tărniceriu is a PhD in Engineering in the Department of Telecommunications and Information Technologies, Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology at the "Gheorghe Asachi" Technical University of Iasi.

Vasile Topa

Prof. univ. dr. eng. Vasile Ţopa is part of the Bureau of the Board of Directors of the Technical University of Cluj Napoca, as Rector.