Biography of José Manuel Páez Borrallo
Jose Manuel is currently the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Director for Internationalization, before that, Prof. Páez was the UPM (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) Director for North America, also, has been President’s Delegate at RCC in Harvard University (2014-2016), Vice President for International Relations of the University (2004-2014), Dean of the Telecom Engineering School (2002-2004) and Vice-Dean for PhD studies (1998-2002). He also occupied several positions in international universities, as Invited professor at Universidade de Sao Paulo, Visiting Senior Researcher at International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) and Berkeley Wireless Research Centre (BWRC), both institutions linked to University of California at Berkeley (USA).
After working in the private sector in Germany, besides having created and supported several startups, he has dedicated his professional career to foster internationalization in education and research. He negotiated and promoted the creation of the permanent delegations of UPM abroad: China, USA, Brazil; is Founder, President & Honorary President of Magalhães Network.
Biography of Pedro Nájera
Pedro Nájera was a student at Tecnológico de Monterrey in campus Morelos from 1988 to 1992, acquiring a bachelor degree in electronic systems and graduated with honors. After that, he would go on to get his masters at the same school, this time on computer sciences in 1993, and he graduated with honors once again in 1995.
Pedro has a variety of skills that later on helped him to achieve labor success. He is proactive and a good time player. Not to mention that he has a wide knowledge in: programming languages (C++, AHDL); software (Matlab, Autocad); operating systems (DOS, OS9); development tools (PLDs, Intel microprocessors). And that is just to mention a few. Besides all that, Pedro can speak three languages: Spanish (native language), English (advanced level) and German (basic communication).
Pedro’s labor history started at the Institute of Electric Investigations where he had to collect and register the algorithms of the digital control at the thermoelectric central regarding combination cycles in Gómez Palacio, Durango. In 1996 he started to work for Temic Telefunken at Ingolstadt, Germany, where he developed as the Senior Test Engineer in charge of the resistor alignment station at an airbag production line. After six months of working in Germany he returned to Mexico, but he kept working for Temic, at Telefunken Microelectronics in Cuautla, where he was the Senior Test Engineer in charge of the building, setup and optimization of test equipment regarding ABS brakes.
In august 1998 he decided to go back to Tecnológico de Monterrey, this time to Campus Cuernavaca as an assistant professor in the electronics department, in charge of the Real Time Systems Lab. In 2001 he became the dean of academic programs of electronics and mechatronics at the same campus, and by 2006 he was in charge of Academic Links of the department of Engineering and sciences. After a year, he became the principal of the Science department at high school level. And from 2010 up to date he is Professor of Electronics and Mechatronics at campus Cuernavaca.
Above all that, Pedro is interested in teaching and researching in the fields of electronics and mechatronics, technological entrepreneurship, and poetry.
And from 2010 up to date he is Professor of Electronic and Mechatronics at campus Cuernavaca. Pedro has selected as the MOST INSPIRING PROFESSOR at Cuernavaca campus in 2016.
Biography of Inés Sáenz
Dean of the School of Humanities and Education
She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) and is a professor of contemporary Latin American literature. She is currently Dean of the Graduate School in Education, Humanities and Social Science of Tecnológico de Monterrey. Throughout her career, she has contributed to the design of graduate academic programs, such as the Master of Humanistic Studies and the Doctorate in Humanistic Studies. She has also directed Humanities programs, such as the Alfonso Reyes Chair, and designed and implemented Humanistic and Citizenship Education as part of the undergraduate curriculum for Tecnológico de Monterrey students. As a researcher, she has participated in the CRAL (Centre de Recherches sur les Arts et le Langage) of the Paris Échecs, in two research seminars during 2009-2011: “Narratologías contemporáneas” and “Por una epistemología de lo literario”. As a member of the Ethics and Culture of Peace Research Group for human rights matters, her research has focused on the role played by artistic and literary imagination in peace processes. She regularly contributes to the newspaper Milenio.
Biography of Jaime Bonilla Ríos, Ph. D
Dr. Jaime Bonilla Rios has developed a successful academic and administrative career at Tecnologico de Monterrey. Currently, Dr. Bonilla is the Associated Dean for Internationalization and for Continuing Education and Integral Solutions of the National School of Engineering and Sciences.
Dr. Bonilla served as the National Director for Academic Experience and Industry Liaison Program within the Office of the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs (2015-2017). Dean of the School of Engineering and Information Technologies at Campus Monterrey (2009-2015); National Director for the Alumni Relations Office and the Life and Career Centers (2004-2009). Among other positions in Tecnologico de Monterrey, Dr. Bonilla has been a Director of Research and Continuing Studies (2001-2004) and Director for the Chemistry Program in Campus Monterrey (1998-2001). He conducts research at the Center for Innovation in Design and Technology and has been a Visiting Professor at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He was the president of the Latin American Global Engineering Deans Council (2012-2014) and the President for the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (2015). Currently he is member of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
Dr. Bonilla has also worked as consultant for major companies and institutions in Mexico and the United States such as Hylsamex, Nemak, Vitro, Alkali Industries, Manufacturing and Industrial Processes, CYDSA, TOTAL Petrochemicals USA.
As teacher and researcher, Dr. Bonilla has focused on the generation of knowledge in their specialty area, he has worked in collaboration with other researchers and has been advising master and doctoral theses. Dr. Bonilla is part of the Mexican National Research System Level 1 (SNI 1).
Dr. Jaime Bonilla Rios has a B.S. in Chemistry, from ITESM, Campus Monterrey. A Master in Chemical Engineering from Rice University and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Engineering with emphasis on Polymer Rheology, from the Texas A & M University.
Biography of Pablo Beneitone
He is the Director of the Tuning Academy at the University of Deusto since 2013 and he has a large experience running several international projects (Erasmus +, ALFA, TEMPUS, Erasmus Mundus). He has been working in Tuning process since 2001. In relation to Latin America, he was project manager of Tuning Latin America since 2004 and coordinator of Erasmus Mundus Lot 18 ARBOPEUE. He was Advisor of Mercosur in the design of a Mobility Programme for the region in 2010-2013.
Fields of expertise in (inter)national higher education:
• Educational Policy
• International Education
• Tuning Process
• Curriculum Development
• Student Workload and credits
Selection of publication in the field of International Education:
- Global generic competences with local ownership: a comparative study from the perspective of graduates in four world regions. In Tuning Journal for Higher Education (TJHE), Issue Nº2, June 2014.
- Tuning and Harmonization of Higher Education: The African Experience. Co- editor with Charles Awono Onana, Olusola Oyewole, Damtew Teferra, Julia González y Robert Wagenaar. Universidad de Deusto. Febrero 2014. (Edited in English and French).
- Meta-perfiles y Perfiles. Una nueva aproximación para las titulaciones en América Latina. Co- editor with Julia Gonzálezand Robert Wagenaar. Universidad de Deusto. January 2014. (Edited in English, Portuguese and Spanish).
- Towards Comparability of Higher Education Programmes. Information Review. Co- editor with Artur Demchuk, Ivan Dyukarev, Evgeniya Karavaeva, Julia González y Robert Wagenaar. Universidad de Deusto. December 2013. (Edited in English and Russian).
- Student Workload and Degree Profiles: the experience of CLAR credit in Latin America. In Tuning Journal for Higher Education (TJHE), Issue Nº1, November 2013.
- Proyecto Tuning América Latina: innovación educativa y social. In Revista Argentina de Educación Superior – Volumen 4. RAES ISSN 1852-8171 June 2012.
- Sistemas de Reconocimiento y Acreditación de Estudios en la Movilidad de Estudiantes. In La Educación Superior en le Sector Educativo del Mercosur. Serie Educación Superior. REUN Red de Editoriales de Universidades Nacionales. June 2009.
Biography of Debbie Hughes
Debbie Hughes is BHEF’s vice president of higher education and workforce. She leads strategy and implementation of BHEF’s National Higher Education and Workforce Initiative (HEWI) to align business and higher education around workforce development and future talent. HEWI’s focus is on emerging fields: cybersecurity, data science and analytics, water science, media and broadcast engineering, and culture and behavioral ethics.
Hughes’ work has resulted in the development of 20+ new programs across member and partner higher education institutions as well as national resources and playbooks. Since joining BHEF in 2011, Hughes has also led initiatives focused on 21st century workplace competencies and credentials, the T-shaped professional, experiential education, and scaling of best practices.
She has been awarded or served as a central part of the team for 15+ grants from national foundations. Hughes is the principal investigator for a five-year National Science Foundation project focused on building innovative business-engaged postsecondary programs and pathways in five regions in the country, as well as measuring the impact of business engagement in supporting students, particularly women and underrepresented minorities, transferring and persisting in STEM degree programs.
Hughes has more than ten years of experience in the areas of talent development, competitiveness, innovation and economic development, strategic visioning, partnership creation and facilitation, and program implementation. Prior to BHEF, Hughes was the director of public-private partnerships for Project Lead the Way, where she oversaw strategic relationships and a national STEM education agenda. Hughes also served as a program manager in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists, where she created opportunities for students and educators to participate in America's research enterprise as a means to improving U.S. competitiveness.
Biography of Tracy Huang
Tracy Huang is an associate director at C&M International, an international trade, investment, and regulatory policy consulting firm based in Washington, D.C., where she guides the development and management of international public private partnerships in the science and education sector. Tracy also advises Fortune 100 companies and trade associations on international trade and foreign policy matters in support of their engagement with U.S. government and international organizations.
Tracy serves as the chief coordinator and secretariat of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Project DARE (Data Analytics Raising Employment) initiative which seeks to facilitate development of a data analytics-enabled workforce across the APEC region to effectively support sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the region. Project DARE is led by the United States (U.S. Department of Labor) in APEC with co-sponsorship from the governments of Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Peru, Chinese Taipei, and Viet Nam and endorsed by the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).
Prior to joining C&M International in 2012, Tracy was with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she assisted multinationals in China and the United States to comply with anti-corruption requirements. She also previously worked on a variety of China and Taiwan-related matters at the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Treasury Department.
Biography of Lydia Cheng
Lydia Cheng leads the Digital Custom Solutions Group for Wiley and is responsible for shaping and coordinating both US and Global learning strategies for unique educational initiatives. Lydia coordinates different teams, from editorial and instructional design to project management, technology infrastructure, and operations within Wiley to support the development of custom solutions that meet specific market and geography-specific needs.
Lydia serves on the advisory board on behalf of Wiley for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Project DARE (Data Analytics Raising Employment) initiative in coordination with BHEF and C&M International. Since Wiley has partnered closely with BHEF to develop the DSA competency map, Lydia’s team is leveraging their experience in competency-based learning to define the curriculum requirements to support DSA course development for non-computer science or data science major both in the US and abroad.
Prior to joining Wiley in 2011, Lydia was a consultant to Wiley with her own consulting firm blending more than 15 years of experience in interactive publishing, media, sales, technology expertise to help transform communication and education for B2B and B2C customers.
Biography of Pablo Henri Ramirez Didou
Pablo Henri Ramirez Didou obtained his Ph.D. in Thai Studies at Chulalongkorn University. He is currently the Coordinator of Internationalization at the Union of Universities of Latin America and the Carribean where he is in charge of the programs related to student mobility (PAME), accreditation and evaluation of higher education institutions (CEAI) and the ENLACES program. Previous to this position, Dr. Ramirez Didou worked as the Research Coordinator in the School of Communications Arts at Bangkok University, Thailand.
Biography of Irais Barreto
Irais Barreto is currently a PhD student at the Department of Educational Research at the Center for Research and Advanced Study of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV) in Mexico City and her research is about the Mexican internationalization of higher education: some experiences with Asia Pacific. She is a member of the Network on internationalization and academic and scientific mobilities (RIMAC). She has a bachelor´s degree in International Relations from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and a master´s degree in International Development Cooperation from the Institute Dr. José María Luis Mora.
She has experience in International Development Cooperation, South South Cooperation and internationalization of Higher Education in Latin America. She has worked in different institutions like the Latin American Institute for Educational Communication (ILCE), the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV), the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) among others. Throughout her professional career she has collaborated in important cooperation mechanism like the Pacific Alliance, the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness and the Facilitation Project for the Trade Agreement between Mexico and the European Union.