Pictured left to right: Visiting Senior Research Scientist, CALCE and Honorary Consul of Mexico Andrew Kluger, Under Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico for North America Minister Sergio Alcocer, and the director of Coordination and Innovations at UNAM, Maestro JM Romero Ortega.
- To foster collaboration, with the goal of participating jointly in academic, scientific and cultural activities in areas of common interest.
- To serve as a general framework for cooperation between the two institutions and will facilitate the development of specific bilateral programs of collaboration.
- To lead at UMD by the CALCE Center in CALCE’s core research and outreach areas of electronics reliability and prognostics.
This agreement was initiated by the Mexican Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs for North America, Dr. Sergio Alcocer. The negotiations were successfully finalized by Maestro Juan Manuel Romero Ortega, Director of New Programs and Initiatives of UNAM, Dr. Michael Pecht, Director of CALCE at University of Maryland, College Park, Dr. Diganta Das of CALCE, and Dr. Andrew Kluger, Visiting Senior Research Scientist, CALCE and Honorary Consul of Mexico. Prof. Elizabeth Beise, Associate Provost for Academic Planning and Programs, Ms. Jen Gartner, esq. of the Office of Legal Affairs, and Dr. Joseph B. Scholten of the Office of International Affairs facilitated the agreement at the University of Maryland.
UNAM, founded in 1910, by Justo Sierra is the largest university in Latin America and boasts three Nobel Laureates and five presidents of Mexico among its alumni. It gained full autonomy in 1929 including the ability to set its own curriculum without interference from the government, unique among public universities in the Latin America.