SEFI 2021Maffioli Award of Excellence for Developing Learning and Teaching in Engineering Education

Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedScientific


The SEFI Francesco Maffioli Award, launched by SEFI to commemorate its late President Prof. Francesco Maffioli (Politecnico du Milano), is given by SEFI, the Société Européenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs, to individual teachers, or a team of teachers, of higher engineering education institutions members of SEFI, in recognition of open-minded development of curriculum, learning environments or tools, novel didactics, methods or systems in engineering studies.

Gunter Bombaerts and his colleagues were nominated based on their consistent and evidence-informed efforts to continuously improve the ethics and history of technology basic course for 2000 students. Eindhoven University of Technology has a strong tradition of providing T-shaped engineering education. A dedicated program in the BSc curriculum focuses on the user, societal and entrepreneurial aspects of technological innovations. All over Europe, technical universities are continuously improving there T-shaped education, amongst others using challenge-based learning (CBL) to realise this. TU/e is strongly investing in CBL in general, but also for its engineering ethics education.

Professor Bombaerts and his team developed a challenge-based learning programme to boost the quality of the engineering ethics education, also in collaboration with other professionals from diverse educational institutions, to mutually improve ethics education via CBL. Several qualitative research papers have been and are about to be published on their work.

As a result, Professor Bombaerts was awarded for his continuous open-mined development of a large and multidisciplinary first-year ethics and history of technology course (“USE basic course”) at TU Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
Degree of recognitionInternational
Granting OrganisationsSEFI European Society of Engineering Education

Awarded at event

Event title49th SEFI Annual Conference: Blended Learning in Engineering Education: Challenging, Enlightening - and Lasting?
LocationOnline, Virtual, Berlin, GermanyShow on map
Period13 Sept 2021 → 16 Sept 2021