MIAMI, May 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Representatives of engineering institutions from more than 15 countries will gather for the 2007 Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions Conference (LACCEI), in Tampico, Mexico, to analyze challenges and opportunities in engineering education and research in the region. Addressing issues of innovation and research for the global marketplace, the conference, named "Developing Entrepreneurial Engineers for the Sustainable Growth of Latin America and the Caribbean: Education, Innovation, Technology and Practice," will feature a series of workshops to discuss international cooperation mechanisms for promoting education and research in the region, and discuss best practices preparing world-class engineers for the Americas. The Executive Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing at Florida International University (FIU) Dr. Vish Prasad, and LACCEI president Dr. Jorge Ivan Velez Arocho, Chancellor of the Universidad de Puerto Rico, will present the Academic Merit Medal to Dr. Luiz Carlos Scavarda do Carmo, Vice President of Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, in recognition of his contributions to the field and to regional cooperation. Dr. Vish Prasad, the founder of LACCEI, pointed that institutional and regional cooperation was strengthened when the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) invited LACCEI to sign the Rio Declaration in 2006: "We are now part of a group of organizations that aims to create the right conditions for engineering students so they are better prepared to face the challenges of a world where technical cooperation across borders is a reality -- as an organization we are committed to elevate the standards of engineering education throughout Latin America and the Caribbean." This year's conference focus on entrepreneurship counts with an impressive roster of speakers that make collaboration between academia and the private sector a priority, including Hewlett-Packard's University Relations Daniel Marcek and Dr. Liz Kisenwether, Director of Engineering Entrepreneurship Program at Penn State University. For more information: http://www.laccei.org or firstname.lastname@example.org Florida International University is one of the 20 largest universities in the U.S. The College of Engineering and Computing at FIU offers more than 30 degrees through its baccalaureate, master and doctoral programs. Over the last five years, the College has been awarded nearly $50 million in external research funding from a variety of government and corporate sources.
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