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The Ibero American Engineer: An Asibei Project On Global Education

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Capacity Building: Engineering for Development & Megatrends

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10.1292.1 - 10.1292.5



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Rafael Quevedo-Camacho

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Juan Manuel Ramírez-Cortés

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Mario Gomez-Mejia

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The Ibero-American Engineer: An ASIBEI Project on Global Education

Rafael Quevedo-Camacho1, Juan Manuel Ramírez-Cortés2, Mario Gómez-Mejía3

1. Asociación Iberoamericana de Instituciones de Enseñanza de la Ingeniería (ASIBEI); President / 2. Asociación Iberoamericana de Instituciones de Enseñanza de la Ingeniería (ASIBEI); Past President / 3. Asociación Nacional de Facultades y Escuelas de Ingeniería (ANFEI); Executive Director


The importance of recognizing engineers in American and Iberian-American countries is discussed. The Ibero-American Association of Engineering Schools (ASIBEI), has been working on the concept of the “Ibero-American Engineer.” In this paper, the authors discuss the characteristics that a professional would need to demonstrate in order to be considered in that classification, as well as the ideal knowledge, abilities, and attitudes required in the modern world, toward a global degree recognition. Iberian-American countries have concluded that the concept of an American engineer, and that of an Ibero-American engineer, are similar. It is agreed that cultural, economic, social, and political situations must be taken into consideration, in addition to the academic and technical development of each individual country.


The globalization of the economy is resulting in ever-increasing border openness. Technological development is one of the primary detonators of this globalization, and engineering has been the main drive behind technological development. This situation has caused engineering professionals from all over the world to seek to identify themselves, as collaborative projects between engineers of different nationalities become more and more common. For several years, American and Iberian-American countries have been carrying out studies exploring this topic. In the ASEE and ASIBEI, one of the primary tasks has been to establish definitions of the American and the Iberian-American engineer.


America and Iberia-America have many aspects in common; when one speaks of America, it is usually understood as a reference to all American (Western Hemisphere) countries. With regards to cultural and ethnic origins, nearly all areas share a European ancestry, but we may identify two major categories: Latin American and Anglo-Saxon. With regards to language, Spanish is spoken in most American countries, English is the second-most widely-spoken, and is followed by

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Quevedo-Camacho, R., & Ramírez-Cortés, J. M., & Gomez-Mejia, M. (2005, June), The Ibero American Engineer: An Asibei Project On Global Education Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14485

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