College Station, Tx – As part of the Engineering and Agriculture and Life Sciences projects conducted between CINVESTAV and TAMU,  a visit is set up at College Station to discuss the progress of the projects and interchange information with TAMU researchers.   CINVESTAV is the Center of Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute – Merida Unit.

En el marco del acuerdo de colaboración académica entre el Gobierno del Estado de Yucatán y la Universidad de Texas A&M (TAMU), y como parte de los proyectos en Ingeniería y Agricultura y Ciencias de la Vida de la Iniciativa Yucatán que se realizan en conjunto entre TAMU y el Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, CINVESTAV-Mérida, se realizan dos visitas conjuntas de diferentes disciplinas del CINVESTAV con objeto de discutir avances e intercambiar información con investigadores de TAMU.

Two different disciplines from CINVESTAV make this visit:


Dr. Pedro Castro, Researcher at CINVESTAV

Mr.Ricardo Combaluzier and son, industry partners from Yucatan

Ms.Fernanda Arce, Graduate Student


Dr.Romeo de Coss,  Director of CINVESTAV-Merida

Dr.Leopoldina Aguirre

Dr. Ismael Mariño

Dr.Victor Vidal, Researcher from CINVESTAV – Marine Sciences Department

The Engineering team held a series of work meetings regarding sustainable housing to define a specific working agenda for the development of the energy projects, and to analize possible collaborations between CINVESTAV-Merida and the College of Engineering at TAMU. Those that participated in this meeting include,  Dr. Zenon Medina-Cetina, Director of the Yucatan Initiative at TAMU, Dr. Edgar Sanchez-Sinencio, Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computational Engineering, and Dr. Homero Castañeda, Director of the National Corrosion and Material Security Center.

Dr. Sanchez-Sinencio, Dr. Vanegas, and Dr. Castro met with Mr. Combaluzier and son, to discuss possible collaboration opportunities in energy projects.

Morever, Dr. Castañeda and Ms. Fernanda Arce, held a meeting to discuss opportunities to enter graduate school at TAMU under his mentorship.

CINVESTAV – Geosciences´ main goal was to visit the different laboratories in the school of Geosciences at TAMU, and to meet with Dr. Jack Baldauf, Executive Dean of the Department of Oceanography, and Dr. Debbie Thomas, Director of the Deparment.

The first stop was at the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), an international research collaboration that coordinates seagoing expeditions to study the history of the Earth recorded in sediments and rocks beneath the ocean floor. The tour was led by Dr. Carlos A. Alvarez Zarikian, Project Lead at the IODP. The next stop takes place at Haynes Coastal Engineering Laboratory, large-scale, specialized testing capabilities model in coastal, dredging, hydraulic, and offshore processes.

The last lab visit is at the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG), a center of excellence in applied geosciences within the College of Geosciences; the tour is guinde by Dr. Gerardo Gold, Science Team, and Dr. Anthony Knapp, Director of the GERG.