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Educational Objectives, Outcomes and Competencies Assesment for a Latin American Materials Engineering Program

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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Materials Division Poster Session

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26.574.1 - 26.574.12



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Moises Hinojosa-Rivera Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León

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Hinojosa-Rivera received his Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering (1988), M.Sc. (1991), and Ph.D. in Materials Engineering (1996). He completed his Postdoc at ONERA (France, 1997-1998) and has acted as a full-time professor at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico, since 1999. His main fields of research are Physics of Fracture of Heterogenenous Materials and Materials for Fuel Cells. He also works in the field of Engineering Education.
Appointments: Coordinator of Mechanical Engineering (2002-2005), Academic Deputy Director 2005-2008), Graduate Studies Deputy Director (2009-2014) and Innovation Deputy Director (2014-Present).
He is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and the Mexican Research System.

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Martin Edgar Reyes-Melo Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León

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Ph.D. in Materials Science at Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse France 2004.

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José Alejandro Cazares Teacher

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Cazares is a teacher of mathematics and physics for students in their first year of engineering. He is also a researcher on issues related to Education in Engineering, Technological Innovation, and Entrepreneurship.
He is currently the administrative head of the Office of Innovation at the Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.

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Educational Objectives, Outcomes and Competencies Assesment for a Latin American Materials Engineering ProgramThis works discusses the strategies deployed at the School of Mechanical and ElectricalEngineering of the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, for the assesment ofProgram Educational Objecives (PEOs), outcomes and competencies of the MaterialsEngineering Undergraduate program. This program has been reviewed and accredited by twoMexican agencies and recently efforts were made to adapt our procedures to comply withinternational standards and accreditation processes. Thus we succesfully reviewed and evolvedour systematic procedure for the assestment of PEOs, outcomes and competencies taking intoaccount our university academic and educational model which is based on six main components:learning-centered education, competencies-based education, curricular flexibility,internationalization and academic innovation. We had to adapt our grading system in order toasses the deveolpment of competencies throughout the different courses in the five year (tensemesters) program, passing from a single average grade to a multiple-grading systems. Thecontinuous improvement processes were particulary worked in order to integrate the programconstituencies inputs, the tutorship and guidance from the faculty members, while at the sametime complying with our ISO-certified administrative processes. We firmly believe that one keyfactor that accounts for the attainment of our PEOs is the strong collaboration with the regionalindustry which help us to offer a realistic project-based experience to our students which oftenresults in sucessful research projects and publications. We also believe that our model can be ofhelp for other Latin American engineering programs trying to evolve to international standards.

Hinojosa-Rivera, M., & Reyes-Melo, M. E., & Cazares, J. A. (2015, June), Educational Objectives, Outcomes and Competencies Assesment for a Latin American Materials Engineering Program Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23912

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