Merida, Yucatan, Mexico – Within the framework of the academic collaboration between the Yucatan State Goverment and Texas A&M University (TAMU), and as part of the projects from the TEES and the System of Research, Innovation, and Technological Development of the State of Yucatan (SIIDETEY), a work session is carried out where experts from TAMU and the member institutions of SIIDETEY exchange information regarding the analysis and perspectives of engineering teaching in Yucatan.
Under the activities planned, two conferences take place. The first conference, about the “Panorama of Engineering Education in Mexico” in charge of Prof. Maria Elena Barrera Bustillos, General Director of the Chamber of Accreditation for Engineering Teaching (CACEI), and the second with the topic “Engineering at Texas A&M University” , imparted by Dr. Terri Reed, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at Texas A&M University. In this last conference, the speaker presented the history, numbers, and future of Texas A&M Engineering, and how the university works as a system, its metrics of success, decision process and actions, and pathways.
Another matter to be accomplished in this strategic meeting is a panel with the subject: “Engineering Education Research to Practice guiding actions at TAMU”. On the first part of the panel in which participated experts from both States, two topics were discussed in particular: Engineering Epistemologies and Engineering Learning Mechanisms. In the topic Engineering Epistemologies, Dr. Johanes Strobel, Director of Educational Outreach Programs at TAMU, explained the research on what constitutes engineering thinking and knowledge within social contexts now and into the future. For the Engineering Learning Mechanisms topic, Dr. P.K. Imbrie, Director of Undergraduate Academic Programs at TAMU, presented the research on engineering learners’ developing knowledge and competencies in context.
On the second part of the panel, Dr. P.K. Imbrie, participated once again with the topic: Engineering Learning Systems, in which he speaks about the instructional culture, institutional infrastructure, and epistemology of engineering educators. In his next topic Engineering Diversity and Inclusiveness, Dr. P.K. Imbrie accompanied by Mrs. María Alves, Director of International Engineering Programs at TAMU, expone how diverse human talents contribute solutions to the social and global challenges and relevance of the engineering profession. The final topic of the panel, Engineering Assessment, was imparted jointly by Dr. P.K. Imbrie and Dr. Teri Reed, presenting the research on, and the development of, assessment methods, instruments, and metrics to inform engineering education practice and learning.
The last activity in the agenda pointed the execution of a series of panel tables to discuss the state of engineering teaching in the different institutions of superior education of Yucatan, among them participate: the Autonomous University of Yucatan, Federal Technological Institutes, Metropolitan Technological University, private superior education institutions, and the Decentralized Technological Institutes.
The participants of this important meeting were:
- Eric Rubio Barthell, Governors Head of Office
- Raúl Godoy Montañez, Secretary of Education of the Yucatan State Goverment and President of the Inter-institutional Committee of SIIDETEY
- Dr. Teri Reed, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at Texas A&M University
- Dr. Zenón Medina Cetina, Director of the Yucatan Initiative from Texas A&M University
- Prof. Maria Elena Barrera Bustillos, General Director of the Chamber of Accreditation for Engineering Teaching (CACEI)
- Dr. José Humberto Loría Arcila, Director of the Engineering Faculty at the Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY)
- Dr. Ramón Peniche Mena, Director of the Mathmatics Faculty at UADY
- Dra. Marcela Zamudio Maya, Director of the Chemistry Engineering Faculty at UADY
- Dr. Carlos Sauri Duch, Rector of Modelo University
- Miguel Baquedano Pérez, Rector of Marista University
- Lila Frías Castillo, General Director of the Progreso Superior Technological Institute
- Fernán Cetina Alonzo, General Director of the Motul Superior Technological Institute
- Raúl Mendoza Alcocer, General Director General of the Valladolid Superior Technological Institute
- Juan Carlos Sánchez Vázquez, General Director of the Southern Yucatan Superior Technological Institute
- Mirna Manzanilla Romero, Director of the Mérida Technological Institute
- Ariel Aldecua Kuk, Rector of the Metropolitan Technological University
- Pedro Haro Ramírez, Director of the Conkal Technological Institute
- Carlos Durán Pérez, Director of the Tizimín Technological Institute
- Rafael Pardo Hervás, Rector of the Anáhuac Mayab University