LATAM Webinar June 2017 ECEDHA-LATAM Webinar

The Global Impact of ECE in Society - 
Spotlight on Latin America

June 14, 2017 at 2:00pm EDT

Presented by: 

In partnership with:
National Instruments       


Webinar content to be presented in English & Spanish

As a professional career, electrical and computer engineering (ECE) is rapidly evolving as new technologies and applications demand engineers who can design, build, maintain, and operate complex systems that are tightly coupled with mechanical, software, and biomedical engineering as well as other disciplines. But not everything is about technology; the social component in the student’s education is also key. Students should have the “ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability,” per the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

ECE is also part of the “convergence” of disciplines in which “transdisciplinary integration of life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, and beyond helps to form a comprehensive synthetic framework for tackling scientific and societal challenges that exist at the interfaces of multiple fields” (National Academy of Sciences). Many of today’s complex systems that ECE professionals design can be considered systems of systems (SoS) in which different distributed agents that conduct specialized tasks are simultaneously collaborating through wired/wireless communication channels to achieve a global objective. Examples of these SoS include a whole new generation of cyber-physical systems (CPS) that intrinsically involve controls, communications, and computing together with sensing and actuation, cyber security, and data analytics such as smart cities.

Attend this webinar to learn how to join this international effort to improve the ECE academic program through accreditation, student mobility, research collaboration, knowledge networks, and faculty professional development. 

Learn and participate in the panel discussion covering the following areas:  
  • Student mobility and engineering program's accreditation
  • Academic research collaborations
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation in engineering
  • Regional networks and eco-systems
  • Faculty professional development


Igor Alvarado
Business Development Manager for Academic Research
National Instruments
Mr. Alvarado is a Mechanical Engineer and has worked with National Instruments since 1999.  His current responsibilities include the developing of strategic partnerships with leading universities in the U.S. and research collaborations with support of NSF, NIH, DARPA, DOE, and other agencies. Mr. Alvarado has more than 30 years of experience in the design, development, and deployment of real-time, measurement and embedded control systems that involve high-performance numerical methods.

Graciano Dieck Assad
Dean, Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Graciano received the M.S. and PhD. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, in December 1979 and May of 1984, respectively.  He was assistant and associate professor of electrical engineering at Trinity University in San Antonio from 1983 to 1991. In 1989, Dr. Dieck- Assad was promoted to Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and he stayed at Trinity University until 1991. In June of 1991, He joined the Electrical Engineering Faculty at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico, and from 1992 to 1996 he coordinated the Graduate Program in Electronics Engineering. Dr. Dieck Assad was the EE department head from 1994 to 2003 and the director of the Electronics and Communications Engineereing program from 2003 to 2008 at  the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey  campus. From 2006 to 2014, Dr. Graciano Dieck Assad held the following appointing positions at the Tecnológico de Monterrey: Graduate Program Director for the DMTI (Division of Mechatronics and Information Technologies), Associate Dean of the DMTI,  and adjoint Graduate Program Director for the School of Engineering and Information Technology (EITI). Since June 2014, he is the Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE)
  Wilfrido Moreno
Chairman of the Board
Wilfrido Moreno received his M.S.E.E & Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida (USF), Tampa – Florida in 1985 and 1993 respectively.  He is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Florida, Tampa – Florida.  Since 1994, Dr. Moreno has been facilitating students and faculty mobility throughout the Latin American region; over 120 faculty members have earned their Doctoral degrees from USF.   From 2003 he has served as the R&D Initiative Director for the Ibero-American Science and Technology Educational Consortium (ISTEC) fostering academia-industry-government Teaching/Learning & Research collaborations throughout the Ibero-american region.  Dr. Moreno is a founding member of the former Center for Microelectronics Research, (CMR), which is currently the Nanotechnology Research & Education Center, (NREC).  Dr. Moreno is the author of over 100 technical publications.
  Roberto Murphy
Roberto Murphy studied Physics at St. John’s University, Minnesota, and got his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the National Institute for Research on Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics (INAOE), inTonantzintla, Puebla, México.. In 1994-1995 he was a visiting researcher at the Interuniversitary Microelectronics Center (IMEC) in Heverlee, Belgium. He is currently a senior researcher with the Microelectronics Laboratory, and the Academic Dean of the INAOE. Dr. Murphy’s research interests are the physics, modeling and characterization of the MOS Transistor and passive components for high frequency applications, especially for CMOS wireless circuits, and antenna design. Dr. Murphy is a Senior Member of IEEE, a member of ISTEC’s Board of Directors, he is the Treasurer for the Mexican Council of Graduate Studies (COMEPO), is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and belongs to the Mexican National System of Researchers.

Maria Petrie
Executive Director
Dr. Maria Mercedes Larrondo Petrie is a Professor of Computer Engineering and the Associate Dean of International Affairs in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Florida Atlantic University.  She serves as Executive Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI), a non-profit network of more than 200 academic institutions that offer Engineering degrees in Latin American and the Caribbean, and others interested in academic and research collaborations with this region.

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