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Hewlett Packard University Relations: Helping Build Engineering Capacity In Latin America

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

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June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

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June 27, 2007



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Building Knowledge Based Economies: the Role of Industry-University-Government Partnerships

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12.802.1 - 12.802.13



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Lueny Morell Hewlett-Packard

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Lueny Morell, M.S., P.E., is director of University Relations staff of the Hewlett Packard Company. She is responsible for relations with universities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining HP, Lueny was full professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez where she held positions at the Campus and UPR system level, including director of the UPRM R&D Center. Recipient of the 2006 US National Academy of Engineering Bernard M. Gordon award, her work in curriculum, research, accreditation and economic development activities has been published in more than 50 papers, book chapters and journals.

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Martina Trucco Hewlett-Packard

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Martina Y. Trucco is a member of the University Relations staff of the Hewlett Packard Company. Her responsibilities include engaging in and supporting strong, strategic relationships with key Universities in Latin America, from fostering development of research collaborations to facilitating implementation of emerging technologies in the classroom. Prior to joining HP, Martina helped found a Tablet PC start-up company in Germany where she was responsible for marketing and business development; she also developed innovative e-marketing strategies at Eli Lilly in France, and continues to study the pharmaceutical e-marketing space.

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Edgardo Torres-Caballero Hewlett Packard

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Edgardo Torres-Caballero. Joined HP in June 2004 as a Business Planning Manager for the Ink Supplies Business, Americas Hub. Since July 2005, Torres-Caballero has been working as Government Affairs Manager / Public Sector Advocacy business alignment for Latin America and Caribbean, where he supports HP’s business units in this region and is responsible for advancing HP’s interests on public policy issues, access to markets, access to technology and advocacy efforts before government entities. Edgardo is a former deputy secretary of Economic Development and Commerce of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. He earned a BA with a minor in International Relations, Economics and Latin American studies from the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

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Francisco Andrade Hewlett-Packard México, S. de R.L. de C.V.

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Francisco Andrade is program manager of University Relations staff of the Hewlett-Packard Company from 2006. His responsibilities include engaging in and supporting strong, strategic relationships with key Universities in Mexico. Before joining HP, Francisco was consultant and professor of Information Technologies at Tecnológico de Monterrey where he participated in the creation of the Electronic Commerce Master Degree Program that is offered through Universidad Virtual.

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HP University Relations: helping build engineering capacity in Latin America


Engineering is key to economic growth for developed as well as developing countries. Engineering education and capacity building is a critical pillar in developing knowledge-based economies. Science, technology, engineering and innovation play a fundamental role in the creation of wealth and economic development and in the improvement of the quality of life for all citizens globally. This paper describes the role that HP University Relations is playing in the Latin America region in building engineering/science human capacity and infrastructure; from engineering education activities, sponsored research, and infrastructure projects; to student and faculty internships and the development of new technology communities. The paper will describe specific examples and the role of academia, government; non-governmental organizations as well as HP and other partners are playing.

I. Introduction – on capacity building, technology infrastructure and innovation

Recent research by ECLAC (UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean) [1] on the contribution of investment and other sources of funding to Latin America’s growth during 1960-20021 , describes four broad periods in Latin America’s growth experience: (1) The 1960s, representing the last “gold decade” of the import substitution industrialization (ISI) strategy combined with mixed external conditions; (2) the 1970s, representing the accelerated decay of the ISI model and mixed external conditions (improved terms of trade for oil exporters but falling terms of trade for non- oil exporters, and low real external interest rates); (3) The 1980s, representing the debt crisis and lost “decade”, which marks the accelerated transition from the ISI to a new export-led development strategy, a period of stabilization and reforms combined with deteriorated external conditions; and (4) the 1990s and early 2000s, associated with the gradual insertion of Latin America into the new globalization era: growth recovers but modestly compared to the 1960s and 1970s.

The research [1] found that secondary education was an important force contributing to per capita GDP growth during the 1960s and 1970s but its role declined in the 1980s and further in the 1990s and 2000s, as coverage of secondary education increased. The evidence suggests that education policies should incorporate new forms of expanding the base of human capital, mainly through efforts to improve the quality of all types of education and other training that facilitates a dynamic adoption of new technologies.

1 The research combined growth accounting and regression analysis, and is based on a sample of the six largest Latin American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Venezuela) which produce nearly 90 per cent of Latin America’s GDP.

Morell, L., & Trucco, M., & Torres-Caballero, E., & Andrade, F. (2007, June), Hewlett Packard University Relations: Helping Build Engineering Capacity In Latin America Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--1547

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