TNDr. Edward Crawley is the Ford Professor of Engineering at MIT. From 2011 to 2016 he served as the Founding President of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Moscow, a new university focused on science and innovation. Prior to that he served as the Director of the Bernard M. Gordon – MIT Engineering Leadership Program, an effort to significantly strengthen the quality of engineering leadership education for competitiveness and innovation.

From 2003 to 2006 he served as the Executive Director of the Cambridge – MIT Institute, a joint venture with Cambridge University, funded by the British government and industry, with a mission to understand and generalize how universities act as engines of innovation and economic growth. In this capacity he was in close consultation with the British Government on issues of science and innovation policy. For the previous seven years, he served as the Department Head of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, leading the strategic realignment of the department.  He was the founding co-director of the MIT System Design and Management graduate program and of CDIO.


Keynote Presentation (.8 MB):  NEET - New Engineering Education Transformation  

Dr. Kathy Perkins is Director of the PhET Interactive Simulations Project at University of Colorado Boulder (https://phet.colorado.edu). Her work focuses on the design and classroom use of interactive simulations to increase engagement and learning in STEM, and on scaling impact with free, open educational resources. Currently, PhET’s collection of 135 simulations are used around 100 million times/year, worldwide.

She is also a faculty member in Physics and a fellow of the Center for STEM Learning at the University of Colorado Boulder, and she directed CU's Science Education Initiative from 2010-16 - a $5 million investment to advance undergraduate STEM education. She has worked in the field of STEM education since 2003, reforming undergraduate courses, studying students' beliefs about science, training faculty in new forms of pedagogy, and engaging in institutional change efforts. She holds a BA in physics, MA in chemistry, and PhD in atmospheric science, all from Harvard University.


Keynote Presentation (3.68 MB):   PhET Interactive Simulations

Previous CDio Conferences


  • 2016 (12th):  Turku University of Applied Sciences, Turku, Finland
  • 2015 (11th): Chengdu University of Information Technology, Chengdu, China
  • 2014 (10th): Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2013 (9th): MIT-Harvard, Cambridge, USA
  • 2012 (8th): Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
  • 2011 (7th): Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark
  • 2010 (6th): École Polytechnique de Montréal. Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • 2009 (5th): Singapore Polytechnic, Dover, Singapore
  • 2008 (4th): Hogeschool Gent, Gent, Belgium
  • 2007 (3rd): Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
  • 2006 (2nd): Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden
  • 2005 (1st): Queens University. Kingston, Ontario, Canada



Mr. Armen Pischdotchian is an IBM Watson Academic Tech Mentor for Global University Programs, and is based in Littleton MA, USA.  He currently mentors university faculty and students and conducts enablement sessions for both IBMers and partners pertaining to the IBM Watson Solution offerings. Armen has consulted and deployed various cognitive solutions at universities around the world.

Armen started at IBM 11 years ago as course developer and trainer for the IoT solutions. He holds a BS in Organizational and Behavioral Psychology, MS in Computer Science and an MBA in Computer Information Systems. Armen writes in the Medium.com online publication and has co-authored IBM Red Books. He also holds an IBM Certified Application Developer - Watson V3 Certification and is a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM).


Keynote Presentation (15.7 MB):  IBM Watson in the Cognitive Era

Topical Program


The CDIO Initiative welcomes your ideas and invites proposals for papers and presentations at the 13th International CDIO Conference. The main theme of the conference is Engineering Education in the Digital Age. The topical program will include keynote presentations, parallel sessions, workshops and roundtables on state-of-the-art topics in Engineering Education. For authors’ instructions please see the Authors page.

The CDIO 2017 conference will begin on Sunday (June 18) with a get-together event. The full conference program will run from Monday to Wednesday, and Thursday (June 22) is reserved for new CDIO collaborators’ presentations, regional meetings and other working-group sessions. An Introduction to CDIO workshop will be provided to newcomers as part of the conference program. Please note that registration for the workshops / roundtables will take place on-site. The first opportunity to enroll in the workshops and roundtables will be during the get-together event and, thereafter, the lists will be available on the main notice board near the Front Desk.​

























The list of Full Papers to be presented at the conference is available here, and the list of Workshops and Roundtables to be delivered at the conference is available here.


The detailed Conference Program is available here


The electronic CDIO 2017 Proceedings book (Full Papers) is available as an Open Access publication here.


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS