Global Impact of ECE in Society

Saturday, March 18
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm 

Sponsored by:
National Instruments

The direct involvement and active participation of ECE faculty members in leadership positions at higher-education institutions in LATAM will help to identify areas of common interest and priorities, to develop stronger ties with North-American universities, funding agencies, industry and supporting institutions such as ECEDHA, ISTEC, LACCEI and others. Further, defining an action plan to improve the ECE discipline as a whole while simultaneously improving the quality of life through real-world applications and solutions are part of the many challenges our society has.

During this session, we will discuss and identify the best ways for developing networks and collaborations between industry, government and community, with strong participation from the academic sector.  The format for this session is centered around open discussions on the topics listed below; focusing on those challenges and needs that are common to the larger LATAM community, while leveraging ECE faculty, universities and existing networks such as ISTEC, LACCEI and others in the region to create real impacts on the LATAM society.

  • Educational exchanges of LATAM universities with their counterparts in the US and Canada; student and faculty mobility
    • Academic Research Collaborations in areas of common interest
    • Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship in Engineering
    • Industry-Academia-Government-Community Collaborations and benefits
    • Professional development for Engineering faculty – “Educational Innovation” - in order to be able to properly educate the new generations of engineers required by society - be able to join the scientific and the technological advances with the human, ethical, communication and social aspects
    Igor Alvarado 
Academic Business Development
National Instruments

Mr. Alvarado is a Mechanical Engineer (Kansas State University, 1984) and currently works with National Instruments (NI) as the Business Development Manager for Academic Research. He has been with NI since 1999 and was the founder and CEO/CTO of two start-up technology companies. Mr. Alvarado has more than 30 years practical experience in the design, development and deployment of real-time, measurement and control systems the involve high-performance numerical methods in C, C++, FORTRAN and NI LabVIEW using PC-based and embedded technologies for a wide spectrum of academic and industrial sectors. Mr. Alvarado led the development and implementation of monitoring and control systems, and system-level solutions using NI LabVIEW and NI data acquisition/control hardware for customers in Latin America and the U.S. He has also led the development of collaborative initiatives with leading research universities. On the STEM teaching/education side, Mr. Alvarado has been involved in the design and implementation of novel approaches for teaching/learning and undergraduate research in science/engineering with a special emphasis on hands-on learning, undergraduate research projects, innovation and entrepreneurship.  Mr. Alvarado has published papers in technical publications and has taught courses to engineers and scientists involved in instrumentation, control and automation applications in industry and academia. He has also been an invited speaker at numerous leading universities in the U.S. and Latin America, as well as national/international meetings. Over the past 30 years, he has served as a consultant or advisory board member for several institutes, colleges, universities, corporations and research laboratories and currently advises two international innovation institutes in the U.S.

Pritpal Singh
    Pritpal Singh
Professor and Chair
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Villanova University College of Engineering                                                       
Pritpal Singh received the BSc (Hons.) degree in Physics from the University of Birmingham in England and the MS and PhD degrees in Applied Science/Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware. He joined the faculty of electrical engineering at Villanova University in 1984 and was promoted to Professor in 2005. He has been the chairman of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department since 2005. His research interests are in the areas of solar cell materials fabrication and characterization, battery and fuel cell modeling, and alternative energy systems.

During his academic career, he has participated in more than 40 funded research projects valued at more than $8 million of which his share is about $3 million. During this 26 year period he has graduated 1 Ph.D. (Villanova Engineering only started the PhD program six years ago), and over 40 MS students. He has also supervised over 200 students in senior design projects. He holds six issued patents. He has led several department and College initiatives including the development of a student exchange program with the University of Manchester, a complete revamping of the undergraduate electrical and computer engineering curricula, development of an Engineering Entrepreneurship minor program, and developed and taught a new freshman core course. He has taught over twenty different courses from freshman to second level graduate level and has been nominated several times for the university teaching award. He has served as the Branch Counselor for Villanova's IEEE student branch and was the Chairman of the Student Activities Committee for the Philadelphia Section of IEEE.
    Badri Roysam
Department Chair
Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Houston 
Badri Roysam is the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor, and Chairman of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Houston (2010 – present). In this role, he has overseen numerous initiatives including research growth, development of industry-university consortia, undergraduate laboratory modernization, an undergraduate Maker laboratory, in-class project based learning, K-12 outreach, and innovative faculty recruitment methods. From 1989 to 2010, he was a Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, USA, where he directed the Rensselaer unit of the NSF Engineering Research (ERC) Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems (CenSSIS ERC), and co-directed the Rensselaer Center for Open Source Software (RCOS) that was funded by a major alumnus gift. He played a central role in Rensselaer’s Studio Classroom and related undergraduate innovation initiatives.

He received the Doctor of Science degree from Washington University, St. Louis, USA, in 1989. Earlier, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Electronics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India in 1984.

  Zhihua Qu
Professor and Chair
Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Central Florida
Dr. Qu received his Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1990 and currently is SAIC Endowed Professor and ECE Chair at the University of Central Florida. His research areas are systems and controls, with applications to autonomous vehicles and smart grids. He authored 3 books in robotics, nonlinear robust control, and cooperative control. He is a recipient of National Science Foundation's Research Initiation Award. Dr. Qu is a Fellow of IEEE and AAAS.


  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. During his his years at Trinity University he was campus representative of the ASEE and student branch counselor for the IEEE (1983-1991). 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.  Also, in 1992, Dr. Dieck-Assad coordinated the ABET reports of the Engineering self-study assessment, previous to the campus visit.  He participated as evaluator for the  SECAI (System of evaluation of the engineering teaching quality in Latinoamerica), integrating internal and external evaluation commitees in Mexico and South America from 1996 to 2002. Dr. Dieck-Assad was a member of the SNI (Mexican National System of Researchers) from 1993 to 2001 and from 2010 to 2012. He has consulted for: CFE (Comisión Federal de Electricidad), Hospital San José de Monterrey, CERREY (Combustion Engineering Co. subsidiary of Monterrey), AXXA-Yazaki, Hospital San José de Monterrey, DELNOSA, ZENITH, PEMEX, Performance Engineering of Austin, City of Austin Utility  and Southwestern Public Service of Austin.

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), from August 2006 to May 2008, Associate Dean of the DMTI from January 2008 to December 2009, and adjoint Graduate Program Director for the School of Engineering and Information Technology (EITI) from 2010 to June 2014. He is also a member of the Trinity University Engineering Science board of advisors in San Antonio Texas, USA. Since June 2014, he is the Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE) and he is a member of the  Sensors and Devices Research group at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey campus.


  Wilfrido Moreno

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.  His research interests are oriented toward system integration by providing "off-the-shelf" hardware/software solutions to industrial applications in areas such as Digital Signal Processing, Communications, Energy, Robotics & Control, Nano/Micro-electronics, Medical  Engineering and Multimedia solutions applied to engineering education.

    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.

In 2016, she received the Duncan Fraser Global Engineering Educator Award given by the Global Engineering Deans Council, and was inducted into the Pan-American Academy of Engineering. Currently, she serves on the Board of Governors of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Education Society, on the Executive Board of ASIBEI (Ibero-American Engineering Education Society), on the Advisory Board of Engineering for the Americas (headquartered of the Organization of American States), on the International Board of the Journal of Engineering Education (JEE), and on Boards of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) International Division, Women in Engineering Division and Minorities in Engineering Division.  She was past Vice President for the Americas of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES), and a Past President of the Upsilon Pi Epsilon International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines.  She is part of the Education Committee of the Pan-American Federation of Engineering Organization (UPADI), and the Director of the OAS Center of Excellence in Engineering for the Americas. Her research focuses on modeling complex systems, security, ethics, remote laboratories and engineering education.  She has more than 250 refereed publications and has been awarded about three million in grants.


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