LACCEI Academic Merit Medalist 2006

Dr. Vishwanath (Vish) Prasad
Awarded 2006 LACCEI Academic Merit Medal

Dr. Vishwanath (Vish) Prasad is the Executive Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He also holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Engineering.

Since he joined FIU in 2001, Dr. Prasad’s leadership has resulted in significant progress for all areas of the College. Among his accomplishments are the creation of several new bachelors, masters and doctoral degree programs, bringing the total to over 30; the addition of world-class faculty; the development of new research centers and institutes including the Motorola Nanofabrication Research Facility, the IBM Latin American Grid System, the Eugenio Pino and Family Global Entrepreneurship Center, the Telecommunications Institute, the Advanced Materials Engineering Research Institute, and the Center for Diversity in Engineering; and an increase in the enrollment of undergraduate and graduate students. The increase is especially evident at the Ph.D. level where enrollment has grown by over 300%. Research funding for the College has almost doubled during Dr. Prasad’s deanship and through his efforts over $13 million has been raised for endowment and development funds.

Before moving to FIU, Dr. Prasad served as a Leading Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He also served as the Director of the (MURI) Center for Crystal Growth Research, a consortium of six universities, industry and national laboratories, and as the Associate Dean of Engineering for Research and Graduate Studies. From 1984 to 1993, Dr. Prasad served as a faculty member at Columbia University.

At Stony Brook, Dr. Prasad was a co-principal investigator of the National Science Foundation (MRSEC) Center for Thermal Spray Research. He is an elected Fellow of ASME and has served as a member of the USRA Microgravity Research Council for NASA Programs in Fluid Physics, Combustion and Materials as well as the Chair of the ASME Heat Transfer Division Committee on Transport Phenomena in Manufacturing and Materials Processing.

Dr. Prasad has written close to two hundred refereed articles on various topics in the areas of heat transfer, materials processing, microelectronics and plasma spray coating. He has organized numerous conferences, symposia and workshops, and has been invited to present special lectures at many academic institutions and industry in the United States and abroad. Dr. Prasad serves as the lead editor of the Annual Review of Heat Transfer and on the editorial advisory boards of two journals. In addition, he has edited or co-edited several journal volumes, books and symposium volumes. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in 1983 and M. Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Under Dr. Prasad’s leadership, the College of Engineering and Computing at FIU has developed partnerships with many engineering schools in Latin America and the Caribbean, including dual-degree programs, student exchange, faculty development and research collaboration. When Dr. Prasad started to interact with Latin American and Caribbean engineering institutions, he immediately saw a need for a forum in which these institutions could cooperate with each other. His idea led to the creation of the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI) in 2003 and he served as its founding President. LACCEI supports the achievement of excellence in engineering education and research in Latin American and Caribbean countries.

For his contributions to engineering education in Latin America and the Caribbean, Dr. Prasad has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by Santa Maria University in Caracas, Venezuela, and he has been named Honorary Professor at Universidad Ricardo Palma in Lima, Peru. He has traveled extensively, visiting institutions in almost every major country in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Formación:

  • Ingeniero de Sistemas - Universidad Central
  • Especialista en Docencia Universitaria - Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia
  • Magister en Educación - Universidad de San Buenaventura
  • Doctorando en Educación y Tecnología (curso) - Universidad de Lleida (España).

Me he desempeñado como:

  • Analista y Diseñador de Sistemas de Información
  • Auditor de Sistemas
  • Empresario del sector software- Líder de equipos de desarrollo de software
  • Docente universitario
  • Decano de Ingeniería por más de 22 años: 7 años en Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia (Cali); 6 años en Universidad de San Buenaventura (Cali); 9 años en Universidad Nacional Abierta y a Distancia

Otros:

  • Participación en comunidades académicas y profesionales
  • Delegado de Universidades ante COPNIA (Valle del Cauca)
  • Presidente de REDIS - Nodo Bogotá- Cundinamarca (2017-2018)
  • Miembro del Consejo Directivo de la Asociación Colombiana de Facultades de Ingeniería - ACOFI (2018-Actual)
  • Vicepresidente de Membresías de LACCEI (Latin American And Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions) (2021-2022)
  • Miembro de Enter Network Monitoring Committee (EngineeriNg educaTors pEdagogical tRaining ENTER)
  • Miembro de diversos Comités y Consejos institucionales y de iniciativas académicas.

Investigación:

  • Investigador junior de MinCiencias
  • Miembro del grupo de investigación Byte in Design, categorizado en A por Minciencias.
  • Temáticas de interés: Educación superior, Tecnología y educación, Sistemas de información, Ingeniería de software.

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Doctora en Ciencias (agosto de 2022) con estudios de Maestría en Ingeniería Electrónica,  Magister en Innovación Educativa, Magister en Gestión para la Creación Intelectual y Magister en Educación Superior E-learning. Es Especialista en Sistemas de Telecomunicaciones y en Procesos E-learning e Ingeniera Electrónicay Eléctrica. Desde hace 9 años, Decana de la Facultad de Ciencias de la Ingeniería de la Fundación Universitaria Antonio de Arévalo – Unitecnar, donde también se ha desempeñado como Directora del Centro de Relaciones Nacionales e Internacionales. En Unitecnar, ha ejecutado el diseño de la primera Especialización Tecnológica en el país a nivel de Educación Superior: la Especialización Tecnológica en E-learning.  En el 2014 y 2021 premiada por Fundación Color de Colombia y el periódico El Espectador como Afrocolombiana del Año categoría educación, por impulsar proyectos de educación superior y  STEM en la región Caribe en Colombia, para jóvenes de bajos recursos. Ha sido responsable de la acreditación de alta calidad para los programas de ingeniería desde la Facultad que dirige. Es Par Académico del Ministerio de Educación Nacional de Colombia para programas de Ingeniería Electrónica y áreas afines, además está capacitada por EUR-ACE (European Accreditation of Engineering Programmes).
Es miembro fundador de la Cátedra Abierta Latinoamericana "Matilda y las Mujeres en Ingeniería", asesor regional de la Secretaría Técnica de la Comisión Interamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología de la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA), desde ahí, la Ing. Valdez trabaja en el Comité de ejercicio profesional. 
Es Presidente de Expotecnología en sus 19 versiones. En 2016, participó como becaria del programa Strategic Innovation Summit on Affordable Communities (ACE2016) del Technology and Entrepreneurship Centre de la Universidad de Harvard. Recientemente ha sido postulada a los Women  that Build Awards, un reconocimiento global que busca cambiar la realidad de la industria, reducir la brecha de género y dar visibilidad a las mujeres que están construyendo una industria diversa e inclusiva en el área TI.