Mesa redonda: Conversando sobre Educación en Ingeniería

Lueny Morell, Uriel Rubén Cukierman, Eduardo Vendrell Vidal
19 Mayo, 2015 - 14:30
Auditorio DCC, tercer piso.
Profesor Nelson Baloian, académico DCC


Mesa redonda con tres destacados personajes de la educación en ingeniería, especialmente en temas de innovación, tecnologías educativas, y competencias.


Formato: los participantes expondrán un tema por 15 minutos cada uno y luego habrá oportunidad para preguntas y respuestas. El evento será en español.  


What Does it Take to Develop the Next Generation of Innovators?
According to Bob Johansen, former President and Board member of the Institute of the Future in Silicon Valley, we live in a “VUCA” world: volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. This growing and highly connected world is in the midst of the innovation era. Innovation can be found across all sectors, business, governments and regions shifting the world order every day. This connectivity brings about new ideas, people and resources that promote collaboration and innovation. Yet higher education hasn’t changed much. We are teaching 21st century students with 20th century curricula in 18th century classrooms, holding to a model that no longer is useful to society, as evidence suggests. This presentation will address the fundamental question of why we need to innovate higher education, especially engineering education, to better serve society. It will describe the competencies of future technology leaders and present five concrete actions higher education leaders should consider to reform, re-engineer and innovate institutions of higher learning to catalyze the development of future leaders’ competencies and make a better future.


Lueny Morell, MS, PE, is Founder and CEO of Lueny Morell & Associates and Director of InnovaHiEd, a world-class team of experts with extensive academic and industry experience offering services to help higher education leaders in transforming their institutions to better respond to their stakeholders’ needs and the socioeconomic development challenges they face. With a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and Stanford University, Lueny is co-founder of NEU, a novel platform to teach engineering in Silicon Valley, California. From 2002 to 2013 she was part of the HP Labs Strategy, Open Innovation and University Relations teams and a full professor of Chemical Engineering at University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez for 24 years, where she had various academic and administrative positions, including Director of R&D. She is an IEEE Senior Member, an ASEE Fellow and ABET Program Evaluator and has received various awards for her work, including the prestigious US National Academy of Engineering Gordon Prize for innovations in engineering education in 2006. Recognized as one of the Engineering Education Pioneers in the US in 2014,  Lueny is passionate about engineering education and innovation as fundamental pillars for economic and social well-being.  She is co-founder of IFEES (Past President), GEDC (Global Engineering Deans Council) and SPEED (Student Platform for Engineering Education Development),Lueny maintains a blog on topics associated with innovation and engineering education (;


Learning Technologies to Reduce Skills Gap in Engineering Education
Current society demands not only more engineers, but also better ones, equipped with abilities to solve complex technical challenges, working in interdisciplinary teams and dealing with social and cultural issues as well. These skills are being required by accreditation boards, engineering schools’ authorities and the industry itself, lengthwise and crosswise the whole world. Students entering the workforce are not prepared in both hard and soft skills, along with a new kind of digital literacy that far exceeds the job-specific training. Learning Technologies may help academic leaders and faculties to cope with this challenge and, by doing so, improving the quality of the teaching and learning process. This presentation will describe methodologies and resources useful for dealing with this challenge. Some practical and proven experiences will also be described.


Uriel Rubén Cukierman, MS, PE, is President of IFEES, Associate Director of InnovaHiEd and professor/researcher at Universidad Tecnológica Nacional (UTN), the largest Engineering School in Argentina. He has served as the Dean of Engineering at the Universidad de Palermo (UP) and, previously, as the Information & Communications Technologies Secretary (equivalent to a VP position) at UTN for more than 15 years. With a BS in Electronic Engineering from UTN and a MS from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Uriel has been the Electronic Department founder and former Director at Technical School ORT Argentina, also the former Director of the Learning Technologies Bachelor at UTN. Research interests in Learning Technologies include the areas of mobile devices, learning management systems and the digital divide. Professor Cukierman has contributed to the National Universities Network as a member of its Administrating Committee and has worked as consultant for the National Communication Secretary and National Education Ministry in projects for distance learning and reducing the digital divide. Taught at the university level for over thirty years in electronics, computing, multimedia and learning technologies. He has served as a lecturer in seminars, courses and other specialized activities throughout Argentina and around the world. Wrote and published several original technical documents in different newspapers, journals and magazines in Argentina and in other countries. Produced three books about Learning Technologies and Engineering Education, one of which was published by Pearson. Authored 5 book chapters and more than 40 technical papers in refereed journals and conferences. (



What about my subject? (Helping to land the teaching experience in an outcomes/competency based education world)
New educational models lead to an increasing number of competency-based frameworks that can be used as a reference for developing or innovate engineering and technology program of studies. These frameworks act as models for both academia and society, and are demanding professors to include the development of subject matter content as well as skills in their courses. But… how can we balance the teaching of subject matter with the development of skills? Do learning outcomes/competencies match the learning competences? Experience says that it is difficult for teachers to cope with the demands of educational change and this is not just “pretending”. This presentation will show how some competency-based frameworks are being used as models for degree accreditation in Europe and serve to adjust universities’ syllabi. The accreditation experience as well as the use of some practical tools in order to relate competences to learning outcomes and their assessment will be described as an example of good practice.



Eduardo Vendrell Vidal, Informatics PhD, Informatics BEng, is President of the Spanish Council of Informatics Engineering Deans and President of the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE). He is Associate Professor at Universitat Politècnica de Valencia (UPV) for more than 20 years and the Dean of the School of Informatics since 2009. He is also a member of the Committee of Education in Engineering in the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), and advisor to the Spanish Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA). During the last years, he has been involved in different educational programs related with the European Higher Education Area and the Bologna process, being coordinator of an Erasmus Intensive Programme involving students from 4 different universities in different countries (Germany, Italy, France, Spain) during 9 years. He has been also involved in the curricula change for the Informatics degrees at UPV, according to the new European framework. His teaching is related to CADCAM in the context of the Degree on Informatics Engineering given at the School of Informatics, and the Master on Industrial Informatics and Control at UPV. He is member of the Robotics research group of the University Institute of Control Systems and Industrial Computing (Instituto Universitario de Automática e Informática Industrial, ai2), at UPV. His main research interest is in Robotics, CADCAM and 3D modelling and representation. In these fields, he has been participating in several national and international research projects, with published results in conferences and journals.