Walid G. H. Saad

LBG Turin

Topic Group Member – EBEC Final 2017

What does EBEC mean to you?

Olympics of Engineering, gathering young people with extraordinary potential from every corner of Europe.

When you look back at event, what are you most proud of?

I am certainly most proud of the team of great people I worked with: our spirit, our motivation, our dedication and determination on creating a competition that would significantly impact the future of hundreds of students!

How did organizing EBEC Final helped your personal development?

It helped me gain improvisation skills by organizing, together with two Spanish veterans and Topicantes, the first Educational Summit during EBEC SIM, where local and international volunteers of BEST came together for a profound team building and spirit ignition. Some argue that without the Educational Summit, BESTies wouldn’t have had the motivation to successfully conclude EBEC Final.

What is the most important thing you learned during the organization of EBEC Final?

I learned that when you volunteer and invest your time and energy for the improvement of others, you most definitely are the first one to feel the impact: skills, friends, improvement, fun, and gratitude!

humans of ebec announcment

Announcing “Humans of EBEC”

When you hear “European engineering competition” what is first thing that pops in your mind? Some serious people with glasses, in white coats, surrounded by wires, cables, sitting behind large monitors? Or 20-something year old students, running through halls of university, carrying piles of materials or cleaning the corridors, laughing and shouting?

First Final round of EBEC was organized in 2009 by Local BEST Group Ghent, and today we want you to meet Lucien Romagnoli – founder of EBEC and it’s first coordinator. For Lucien, EBEC represents new service for engineering students in BEST universities and it brings more focus to technical aspects of engineering studies. 2009 was the first time all LBGs organised a joint pyramid of events, bringing their winners to the same place after two rounds of competition, which was never done before. This was accomplished with support of United Nations, and it was the first time we used media to build and promote the event.

“In 2008, when late night talks about the idea raised, we could have never imagined that a 10th edition would even be possible. Congratulations to all of you” says Romagnoli.

While organizing this big event, most important thing he learnt is “Run fast alone, run far together”, and that is exactly what we are doing this ten years.

You may say we’re still kids, too young and not serious enough, or that we’re not doing it right maybe. But we are doing it our way.

Engineering dream coming true

A long time ago, on the soil of Europe in heads of many an idea was born – to organize engineering competition. To help their friends and colleagues from technical faculties develop their skills, and use their wide theoretical knowledge they have in practice, for solving simulations of real engineering problems and to prepare better for their future jobs. From 2003 lots of Local BEST Engineering Competitions was conducted in Europe, and the first regional round was organized in Portugal, followed by Spain, Poland, and Belgium.

In 2009 National competitions were brought together, under the name of EBEC, and first Final round took place in Ghent. The rest is history.

Initially, there were four different categories of EBEC, but after a couple of years and feedback, Team Design and Case Study were instated as the official categories of the EBEC pyramid.

Years and years EBEC Project has continued to grow constantly, and nowadays it gathers more than 6500 students every year.

Soon, first NRRs will happen, and in July we’ll meet Europe’s best young engineers in Turin, and until that, local BEST groups are organizing local rounds of competition. This winter, engineers from Aachen, Saint Petersburg, Brussels, Madrid, Copenhagen, Brno, Budapest, designed their future.