Fifteen engineering students from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) are being exposed to The University of Texas-Pan American's state-of-the art engineering facilities as part of an exchange program from June 11 to July 11.
Gabriella Mora, 21, enjoys the hands-on experience she's received while in the month-long program.
"You learn a lot more about engineering subjects when you go into the lab and use the equipment," Mora said. "A lot of the equipment is not available where I study."
This is the first year the program has been available for students, and engineering professor Dr. Karen Lozano hopes it will continue.
"It's great for UTPA to be working with such a good school like Monterrey Tech," Lozano said. "Programs like this help us develop a healthy relationship with other schools."
Students pay to enroll in two classes, manufacturing processes and plastics. During the four-week period, they acquire the knowledge and experience needed in their field of study through lectures and laboratory exercises.
"The purpose of the visit is for students to take two classes in manufacturing and mechanical engineering programs while using UTPA's state-of-the-art facilities," said Dr. Miguel A. Gonzalez, director for the manufacturing engineering program. "In addition to the classes, they will visit various places of interest and go on tours of local industrial entities."
Gonzalez said the program allows both universities the opportunity to work together and develop a strong academic relationship.
"It also represents a first step in what we hope is an exchange program that will lead to mutual benefits for UTPA and ITESM," he said. "These benefits will be in the form of further exchange of students, perhaps at the graduate school level."