LACCEI Academic Merit Medalists 2013

Dr. Eduardo Silva Sánchez
Awarded 2013 LACCEI Academic Merit Medal on 
2013

LACCEI has awarded the Medal of Merit Scholar LACCEI 2013 to Dr. Eduardo Silva Sánchez for outstanding achievement and impact to Engineering Education in the Americas.

Eduardo Silva is a lawyer, ex-secretary of the Presidency of Colombia and specialist in Administrative Law. He is currently a consultant and Licensed Tutor. He is a Civil engineer from Universidad Nacional de Colombia (1959–1964) and also has a degree in Mathematics and Physics from Universidad Nacional de Colombia (1968–1970). He earned his Master degree in Economics (Basic courses) Universidad de los Andes (1971), Bogotá.

Mr. Silva began his teaching career at the Faculty of Mathematics, National University of Colombia, as instructor of differential calculus in Engineering and geometry instructor in Architecture. In the Colombian School of Engineering he was made professor and head of the physics section. He has taught physics class at the school since its beginning, through which have passed more than 8,000 engineering students, many of whom are widely recognized professionals. He served as Secretary General for 15 years and was named president in December 1989, a post he held for 11 years. Following that he became Director of Basic Sciences of the institution, from 2003 to 2006. The highlights of this stage of his career are achievements in forming the school of undergraduate programs in electrical engineering, industrial engineering, of high impact among engineering schools, the school being a relatively young entity in the Colombian context. He also created different study centers, which today have become the focus of the programs of specialization and expertise in the current engineering school. In 1989 the school had 2,000 students and in 2000 this figure doubled.

Mr. Silva has participated in numerous national and international seminars, conferences on the teaching of engineering from 1971 to date and has been linked to the government sector and union as a member of the Board of Directors of the Colombian Society of Engineers, Quality advisor in the Urban Development Institute of Bogota. Professor Silva participated in the creation of the National Accreditation System in Colombia, which pioneered engineering design through the SAAPI system (1993). On the subject of external evaluation in Colombia, since 1996, he proposed the creation by the Colombian Institute for the Promotion of Higher Education. In the same vein he promoted and currently heads the Basic Sciences Review-EXIM-ACOFI initiative to assessment engineering students to 50% of their studies, in which, since 2007 more than 5,000 students have participated. As an initiative of the Colombian Association of Faculties of Engineering, he has directed and has been lecturer at the Teacher Training Seminar, teaching development program for teachers of the faculties, schools and engineering programs. Over 300 teachers from 30 higher education institutions have been involved through the modules developed in different cities of Colombia.

In 2010 he had his first international experience in Ecuador. In the Colombian Association of Faculties of Engineering ACOFI- he has been President and Legal Representative, and Executive Director. Since 2007, he is an active member of the research group-Educing- Engineering Education-recognized by the Department of Administrative Science, Technology and Innovation Colombia – Colciencias. In 2008, together with the Ministry of Education and the Association of Universities of Colombia ASCUN-, in which he was aligned to encourage the training of engineers in Colombia, which resulted in agreements to support dual degree.

Since 2011, he has participated as Advisory Board Member in the International Institute for Developing Engineering Academics-IIDEA-training institute which aims to disseminate the learning of engineering education worldwide.

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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.