Program Coordination

Lueny Morell, MS, PE, Ing.Paed.IGIP, Founder and President of the InnovaHiEd Institute. She and Uriel Cukierman are the coordinators as well as instructors of the program.


Lueny MorellLueny Morell, MS, PE, Ing.Paed.IGIP

Founder & President of the InnovaHiEd Institute, and Vice-Dean of the School of General Engineering at Beihang University in China. With a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and Stanford University, Lueny is passionate about STEAM education and innovation as pillars to develop talent to better serve society. After successful careers at HP Labs and the University of Puerto Rico, she has catalyzed the creation of two new schools of engineering: one in Silicon Valley, USA and one in Beijing, China, and currently offers capacity building and certification programs in engineering (and other STEAM areas) education and innovation as principal foundation to support regional and national economic development efforts. She President of the USA Section of IGIP and is member of several professional societies and international boards and has received various awards for her work, including the prestigious US National Academy of Engineering Gordon Prize for innovations in engineering education in 2006. Recognized as one of the Engineering Education Pioneers in the US in 2014, Lueny is author of Essentials to Innovate Engineering & Related Disciplines as well as many papers and several book chapters. She maintains two blogs on topics associated with innovation and engineering education and her consulting/mentoring activities:;

CukiermanURUriel Cukierman, MS, PE, Ing.Paed.IGIP, Associate Director at InnovaHiEd Institute

With a BS in Electronic Engineering from Universidad Tecnológica Nacional (UTN) and a MS from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Uriel has been the Electronic Department founder and former Director at Technical School ORT Argentina, also the former Director of the Learning Technologies Bachelor at UTN. He is currently the VP for Capacity Building of IFEES, former member of the GEDC Executive Committee and Director of the Center for Educational Research and Innovation at UTN in Argentina. He has served as the Dean of Engineering at the Universidad de Palermo and, previously, as the Information & Communications Technologies Secretary at UTN for more than 15 years. Recently awarded as “Distinguished Educator” by the IOEM and “Honorary Professor” by the Universidad Ricardo Palma in Lima, Peru. Professor Cukierman has worked as consultant for the National Communication Secretary and National Education Ministry in projects for distance learning and reducing the digital divide. Produced three books about Learning Technologies and Engineering Education, one of which was published by Pearson. Authored 5 book chapters and more than 50 papers in refereed journals and conferences. . ( ).

Eduardo2Eduardo Vendrell Vidal, BEng, PhD.

President of the Spanish Council of Informatics Engineering Deans (Conferencia de Directores y Decanos de Ingeniería Informática, CODDII) and President of the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE). He is Associate Professor at Universitat Politècnica de Valencia (UPV) for more than 20 years and the Dean of the School of Informatics since 2009. He is also a member of the Committee of Education in Engineering in the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), and advisor to the Spanish Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA). During the last years, he has been involved in different educational programs related with the European Higher Education Area and the Bologna process, being coordinator of an Erasmus Intensive Programme involving students from 4 different universities in different countries (Germany, Italy, France, Spain) during 9 years. He has been also involved in the curricula change for the Informatics degrees at UPV, according to the new European framework. His teaching is related to CADCAM in the context of the Degree on Informatics Engineering given at the School of Informatics, and the Master on Industrial Informatics and Control at UPV. He is member of the Robotics research group of the University Institute of Control Systems and Industrial Computing (Instituto Universitario de Automática e Informática Industrial, ai2), at UPV. His main research interest is in Robotics, CADCAM and 3D modelling and representation. In these fields, he has been participating in several national and international research projects, with published results in conferences and journals.

Rosa2Rosa Buxeda, MS., PhD.

Rosa Buxeda is Director of BioTalents, the Amgen Biotechnology Lecture Series, the Pharmaceutical Industry Association Fellowship Initiative and was the former Assistant for the Strategic Planning and External Affairs for the Dean of Arts and Sciences and chairperson of the Industrial Biotechnology Program at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez (UPR-M). She is an Academic Senator and Professor of the Department of Biology with interest in industrial microbiology, educational research and strategic partnership to improve students’ competencies.

WilsonWilson Rivera, Ph.D., Director of CISE, Ph.D. at UPRM

Director of the Computer Information Science and Engineering (CISE) PhD at UPRM, Wilson Rivera Is professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus (UPRM). He is the director of the doctoral program in Computing and Information Science and Engineering and the leader of the Parallel and Distributed Computing Laboratory (PDCLab) at UPRM. His research interests include parallel computing, distribute systems, and big data analytics. Wilson has been Principal Investigator of research projects funded by NSF, NASA, Hewlett Packard, and IBM and has developed industry collaborations for many years.

Harold Sjursen, Ph.D., NYU

is Professor of the Philosophy of Technology and Global Ethics at New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering and an Affiliated Faculty member at both NYU-Abu Dhabi and NYU-Shanghai where he is currently assigned.  His PhD is from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research where he worked closely with the social-political philosopher Hannah Arendt and the ethicist and philosopher of technology Hans Jonas.  After teaching for many years at a liberal arts college he joined the faculty of Polytechnic with the assignment to develop a philosophically based engineering ethics program.  Dr. Sjursen has held research fellowships at the universities of Copenhagen, Chicago and Iowa.  From 2008 through 2010 he was scientific chair and vice-president of the UNESCO International Center for Engineering Education based at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He has worked with many universities in China to help develop collaborative engineering teaching and research programs.

FernandaMaría Fernanda Guzmán, Ing. Paed.IGIP

Ingeniera en Computación, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Tecnología de la Universidad Nacional de Tucumán. Es Profesora Adjunta de las asignaturas Informática y Programación I de la FACET e Investigadora  en el Centro de Educación a Distancia e Investigación en Tecnologías Educativas, en el cual también desarrolló tareas de tutoría, capacitación y mantenimiento de plataforma virtual. En la actualidad esta cursando la Maestría en Procesos de Enseñanza Mediados por Tecnologías de la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. En el año 2017 curso y finalizó la certificación IGIP como educadora de ingeniería internacional.

JuanJuan María Palmieri

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