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ISTEC Accomplishments

Founded on 1990, ISTEC has served as a catalyst to promote strategic alliances between Academia, Industry, and Government to incite social, cultural, political and economic development. Here are some statistics about the work that ISTEC has done in the last 2 decades:

  • CISCO Systems Growing with Technology Award 2004: Recognizing Innovative Companies that Are Networked for Growth
  • In 18 years of collaboration with the OAS over 200 scientist and engineers were trained in the areas of Digital and Image Processing; over 500 software laboratories were implemented using KHOROS; and the prototype of the Educational Portal of the OAS was developed, a highly successful platform bringing on-line education to the region.
  • Participated in the creation of the Center de Excellence at the Universidad de Monterrey
  • Designed and continue to conduct numerous international engineering student contests
  • More than 15 corporate partners have actively collaborated with academia
  • Partner in the creation of an Economic Development center “La Plazita” in the South Valley of Albuquerque
  • 10 IT Challenge forums to create awareness, analyze existing ICT models and develop ICT regional agendas
  • Over 60 libraries sharing information in real time within the ISTEC Digital Library Linkage Initiative (Liblink)
  • On average 20,000 documents are transferred annually within the Liblink network, with an annual average savings of $400,000 for the region
  • Over 172 R&D labs in 17 countries (mostly in the area of digital signal processing, microcontrollers, and embedded systems). More than 600,000 students have been trained in the past 10 years
  • More than 3,000 engineering equipment donations; over $5 million on equipment donations from Motorola, Hewlett Packard, Nortel Networks, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, National Instruments, Xilinx, and Intel.
  • Xilinx Centers of Excellence, or train-the-trainer models, have been created in Ecuador, Colombia and Perú, creating installed capacity in the region in FPGA technology and training approx. 200 students and professors each year.
  • Strategic alliance with Aldebaran Robotics to transfer NAO humanoid robot technology to the region via an comprehensive package of: (1) heavily discounted purchase program; (2) on-line and in-situ training series; (3) design of a regional NAO student contest in 2015, geared toward NAO applications in areas that contribute to quality of life.
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Engineering for the Americas. The EftA is an Initiative at the level of all Heads of State of the Region that proposes a change of paradigm, wherein engineering provides a basis for broad, sustainable improvements throughout the Americas. Engineers, whose degrees are based on international standards of quality, are critical to provide an essential skilled workforce to compete with Asia, India, and the European Union. By seeking to improve engineering education and apply quality assurance, mobility of both work and workflow can open new doors, drive organic creativity, create jobs and foster economic and social growth. Efta has three primary objectives:
  • Improve the quality of engineering education
  • Foster mechanisms for regional accreditation of engineering degrees
  • Stimulate job creation through better linkages between universities and industry
  • Member of the Executive Board of International Federation of Engineering Education Societies IFEES, 2009-2011.

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