In Colombia, a significant part of the population's basic needs remain unsatisfied. Engineers should have the knowledge to design solutions for this situation as well as the skills to carry out social initiatives. This work presents a project that aims to develop social entrepreneurship skills in engineering students. In an undergraduate course, students observe situations of social injustice, then conceive and design engineering solutions that aim to improve living quality in vulnerable communities. The solutions must be innovative, sustainable and culturally appropriate. Preliminary results show that social entrepreneurship skills have been developed. It is expected that future engineers will be able to develop several initiatives to impact positively the social situation in the country.
Luis Caicedo is a graduate student in the Department of Industrial Engineering at Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia.
Andrea Cardenas is a graduate student in the Department of Systems Engineering at Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia.
Miguel Gonzalez is a graduate student in the Department of Industrial Engineering at Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia.
Jose Tiberio Hernandez is currently Professor of Systems & Computing Engineering in the School of Engineering at the University of los Andes (Bogota), and director of the IMAGINE Team (Visual computing R&D). He is former Dean of the Engineering School at UniAndes (1997-2005). He was at the origin of the recent renovation project of the engineering school at UniAndes. He obtained the computing engineering degree and the MSc from UniAndes in 1979, and his PhD in 1983 in Computing Engineering... Read More →
Catalina Ramirez has been an Associate Professor at the Universidad de los Andes since 1999. She earned a PhD from Politecnico di Milano (2006), a Master\'s Degree at Universidad de los Andes (1996), and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (1993).
Saturday March 24, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am
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