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1 TM Engineering for the Americas (EftA) TM November 17, 2011 Oscar Harasic Office of Science, Technology, and Innovation (OSTI) Department of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism (DEDTT) Preparing Tomorrows Engineers Today

2 Productivity (greater production and efficiency) Engineering + Quality + Innovation (value added products, services and processes) Competitiveness (exports expansion to global markets) Engineering for Competitiveness and Prosperity Courtesy: Google images Prosperity (better quality of life)

3 Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) Consumer Protection Research and Development (R&D) Engineering Medicine/Health Telecommunications Environment Transport Energy Education Food Housing Commerce Engineering Impacts All Areas of Human Activity Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) Consumer Protection Social Responsibility Biotechnology Market Access Ecotourism Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Competitiveness Quality Manufacture Nanotechnology Research and Development (R&D) AgroindustryValue chain Innovation and productivity Vitality and economic security

4 Justification for Engineering Education No Top-Ranked Engineering Universities : Of the 100 Top Engineering Schools worldwide (76 in Developed Countries; 24 in Korea, China and India), none are from LAC countries. Low Innovation LAC countries on average rank 91st out of 139 countries in technological innovation and 71st in innovative patent production, according to the Global Competitiveness Index. In contrast, South Korea ranks 11th and 5th in these respective categories. Declining Competitiveness LAC as a region invests only 0.67% of its GDP in R&D, compared with 2.3% in OECD countries and 3.1% in South Korea. Few Partnerships Limited Industry-government-university relationships and limited opportunities for entrepreneurship. TM EftA TM

5 EftA Implementation: EEC - Engineering Excellence for Competitiveness Educational Improvement Promote engineering educational reform & expansionPromote engineering educational reform & expansion Implement advanced technologies, teaching methods & best practices for curricular improvementImplement advanced technologies, teaching methods & best practices for curricular improvement Organizational Cooperation Promote coordination & collaboration among: industries- government & universities Expand industry – academic co-ops, internships, incubators: programs to develop socio-economic benefits. Expected EEC Results Quality of Education Expand activities that strengthen the quality of engineering education so that programs meet national, regional and hemispheric standards. SOCIETAL BENEFITS - MORE & BETTER ENGINEERS MORE DIVERSE WORKFORCE MORE TECHNICAL JOBS INCREASED COMPETITIVENESS MORE INNOVATION IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY ECONOMIC EXPANSION

6 Engineering Excellence for Competitiveness Project (EEC & CIMEQ-i) Courtesy: Google Images.CIMEQ: CivilEngineering Industrial Engineering Best practices + Mentor Universities 2 universities México & Central America 2 universities Andean Southern Cone 2 universities Caribbean Mechanical Engineering Electrical Engineering Chemical Engineering First EEC Module COMPREHENSIVE EEC For ALL ENGINEERING FIELDS

7 Pilot Project Tasks ACTIVITIES Academic: -Objectives -Track/Courses Available &Comparable -Faculty Skills & Availability Administrative: -Scheduling -Reporting Requirements Financing: -Government -Universities -Private Sector Private Sector: -Industry Coop -Internships -Scholarships TASK 2 Finalize University & OAS Agreements TASK 1 Select Alternative University Engineering Disciplines & LAC – U.S. University Partnership Selections TASK 11 Final Report Continuing Activities - Accreditation Faculty Acquisition External Funding EftA Framework Modifications EEC – CIMEQ-i Modifications And Expansion Industrial (& Other) Engineering Curriculum and University Expansion ACTIVITIES -Membership Expansion -Industry/Govt/Univ Coord. -Academic Development - Consolidate Univ/Industry Best Practices -Prepare: Workshops, On- Line Courses, Seminars OPTIONS (CHOOSE ONE OR ALL) TASK 10 Course/Curriculum Upgrade & Changes TASK 5 Track/Course & Faculty Selections GENERAL APPLICATIONS TASK 9 Test & Evaluation TASK 6 Student & Faculty Exchanges TASK 8 Coordinated Projects TASK 7 Faculty Workshops TASK 4 Engineering/Professional Society Activities TASK 3 Requirements Analysis & Resource Assessments

8 Pilot Project Output Benefits OAS – OSTI PROGRAM MANAGEMENT WILL PROVIDE TO ALL EFTA/EEC/PILOT PARTICIPANTS AND COUNTRIES: Consolidation and Validation of Methods and Procedures for Expansion of Each EEC-CIMEQ Engineering Area (Civil, Industrial, Mechanical Electrical, Chemical) Individual Engineering Discipline Replication Data, Information, Methods and Decision Rules for Continuation and Application to Each EEC Engineering Area Dissemination of All Interim and Final Activity Reports, Data and Information to All LAC Representatives Continuous Information Interchanges Among LAC and North American Universities-Private Companies-Governments via Workshops, Seminars, Webinars, Broadband Telecom Expanded Professional Societies Coordination With Public-Private Sector and Universities Improved and Expanded Industry-Government Programs and Coordination Increased Local Project Participation and Enhancement of MSME Promotion of womens leadership and participation in engineering TM EftA TM

9 EEC-EftA Benefits to Partners: Universities – Governments – Private Sector Improve Quality of Engineering graduates - expand engineering/technical job opportunities in government and private sectors; Increase Innovation potential and Industry/Country Competitiveness Upgrade Engineering Programs – expand and develop curriculum based upon best technological and academic/teaching practices, methods and procedures; develop and establish LAC Academic Leadership, Mutual Acceptance & Accreditation Promote and expand domestic and international private sector Industrial-Commercial Cooperation and interaction – develop coordinated industry-academic cooperative programs, internships, scholarships to enhance industrial-educational innovation and contribute to local development Increase Government Coordination – improve and participate in cooperative engineering education policy, financial development and Community Development projects Promote cultural exchange and sharing of international and regional information and experience to Enhance Country and Regional Participation (e.g. exchange of faculty and cooperative projects) Increase national and Personal Incomes and country Economic Growth (e.g., GDP per capita) Attract Increased domestic and foreign government and private investment Expand Representation and coverage of Professional Societies and Multinational Organizations Increase opportunities for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Foster and promote Gender Equality Courtesy: Google Images.

10 Activities in Progress Pilot Project Activities In Progress: – Pilot Project Proposal: Initial Draft Completed; Circulated for Comments, Revisions & Fundraising – Active University Partnerships: Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)] and Virginia Polytechnic Institute (USA) have started joint activities for Industrial Engineering; Panama and University of Colorado for Civil Engineering; Colombia and Purdue for Mechanical Engineering; University of West Indies for Electrical Engineering; Chemical Engineering pending – Consortia & Additional LAC Countries & Universities: Brazil (CAPES) & Colombia (Colciencias) initiating Consortium; MOUs and Negotiations in Process for Additional Engineering Partnership Disciplines and Universities: Mexico – Guatemala – Bolivia - Chile – Engineering & Professional Societies Added: MOUs and Discussions in Process to Establish and Expand LAC Industrial/Commercial Relationships; Assistance from AAES - IEEE – ASEE – ASME – ASCE – NSPE – IIE - UPADI – Funding Investigations: Discussions With World Bank, InterAmerican Bank, Professional Societies, U.S. Department of State, FEMCIDI Funding and OAS Management Support Needed Pilot Project: months US$ 500k plus in-kind – Member States Being Solicited EEC-CIMEQ: Each Engineering – 3-5 years – Funding As Desired By Members TM EftA TM

11 Muchas gracias por su atención. Thank you for your attention. Merci de votre attention. Muito obrigado por sua atenção. Oscar Harasic Chief of the Science, Technology and Innovation Office (STIO) Engineering for the Americas TM EftA TM

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