Deans Yannis C. Yortsos, left, and Gonzalo Guerrero Zepeda
Viterbi School Dean Yannis C. Yortsos and UNAM Dean of Engineering Gonzalo Guerrero Zepeda signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a relationship that will encompass a wide range of areas but will begin with exchanges of students and faculty.
"We believe interaction between institutions like these carrying on research at the highest level is very valuable," said Zepeda. "Technologies like the ones we will work together on can contribuite to resolution of many important societal issues." said Zepeda.
Yortsos paid tribute to UNAM's academic excellence and historic standing. "This is an extraodinary and excellent institution, a university that traces its roots back more than 450 years," he said. ""Engineering is enabling the solution of pressing societal problems worldwide. We are very pleased to have UNAM as our partner in these endeavors."
Viterbi School Associate Dean for Masters and Professional programs Kelly Goulis spearheaded the initiative that led to the agreement, helped by Associate Professor Francisco Valero-Cuevas of the department of biomedical engineering.
From left: Yortsos, Vidal-Valles, Goulis, Valero-Cuevas
Potential areas of joint research will include:
The Viterbi delegation was invited to a formal luncheon hosted by UNAM's Provost Dr. Sergio Alcocer, General Secretary of the university. It also attended a number of meetings leading up to the signing with various UNAM faculty, including Ricardo Vidal Valles, Coordinator of Social and Constituent Liaisons; Ricardo Jose Padilla Sanchez, Chair of Earth Sciences; Francisco Javier Garcia Ugalde, Chair of Electrical Engineering; and Ernesto Riestra Martínez, Director of Continuing Education and Distance Learning.
In addition to Yortsos, Goulis and Valero-Cuevas, the Viterbi School participants included CiSOFT Executive Director and Professor of Petroleum Engineering Iraj Ershaghi, and Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering Co-Chair Alexander Sawchuk.
left to right: Ershaghi, Vidal-Valles, Goulis, Zepeda, Sawchuk, Yortsos, Alcocer, Valero-Cuevas, and Martínez