University description (as per official university website)
National Technological University
Founded in October, 1952 with the ultimate purpose of fostering industrial development in the country, the National Technological University (Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, UTN) was conceived as an educational institution closely bound to the production field. It aimed at offering students from high technical schools, who were already working for the industrial sector, the possibility to graduate as Factory Engineers.
This genesis imprinted special characteristics on the University still distinctive at present:
Federal in character: 29 colleges and two developing centers all over the country;
Full dedication to the teaching of engineering and other programs related to technology; it is the only university in Argentina that has engineering as its main objective;
Teachers coming from the production field and the majority of the students belonging to the working force.
Engineering Academic Programs at UTN:
UTN represents a paradigmatic case of change management aimed at continuous improvement. In Argentina, as well as in the rest of Latin America, assessment and accreditation processes started to gain momentum in the ´90s. Since 2003, different actions have been implemented to make UTN a leader regarding its curriculum design, faculty members, postgraduate education, conversion of part-time into full-time teaching positions, growth of the outreach services and research activities, etc. Some state funding programs have helped to achieve these objectives. These funding programs include: incentive programs for researcher-professors, funds for higher education quality improvement, programs for relocating young researchers, programs to improve engineering education, a connectivity program (ITC’s), programs for university infrastructure (mainly new buildings), etc. A balance has been achieved between the number of full-time professors and part-time professors, who continue professionally active outside the university context while making their contribution to the programs through their empirical knowledge.
It also offers degrees in Industrial Organization and Rural Administration, in addition to approximately 20 short programs, 8 Bachelor degrees, 30 Masters and PhD programs, and 10 articulation programs.
There are about 58.000 students at UTN. Recently, 10 of the university engineering programs have been accredited; this means 89 engineering programs with a total of 26.574 students representing 32.8 % of all engineering students in the country and 34.1% of all the graduated engineers per year.
Bahía Blanca Regional Faculty
It was established in 1954. The Faculty comprises a modern building infrastructure consisting of two towers and a central building for administration, occupying a total area of 7000 sq. mts. One tower is a ten-storey building devoted to lecture rooms and a computing center, and the other six-storey building includes laboratories, library and research groups.
The first implemented programs were Mechanical Engineering, Construction Engineering and Electrical Engineering. Initially, these programs had 50 students; today, the Faculty has over 2000 students.
Over the last years the Faculty has grown, making its academic programs wider. At present, the programs are the following:
Electronics Engineering -with the intermediate degree of Electronics Technician
Degree in Industrial Organization
Doctorate in Engineering program
Master in Business Administration
Master in Environmental Engineering
Graduate program in Labour Engineering
Students are fully assisted by the Office of Students’ Affairs, which implements several systems covering aspects like health, sports, scholarships and internships.
In order to strengthen the relationship between the University, Industry and Community, the Office of Outreach and Culture was created. Nowadays, a modern Technological University Outreach Centre (CEUT) is being built, adding an area of 3,500 sq. mts.
Some examples of its activities are:
Centre for Professional Teaching and Competencies Accreditation (C4P) placed in the heart of the Industrial Park of the city, helping workers to get professional up-grade and providing the enterprises with highly qualified, technical human resources. Even though the Welding School is its main activity, other courses, such as instrumentation, construction, piping and pumps, are offered.
Language University Centre (CEDI), in which several foreign languages are taught to people from the community, such as: English, Portuguese, German and Italian.
An ambitious safety program has been conducted together with several important enterprises of the Bahia Blanca Petrochemical Site for the last 15 years, contributing to achieve safer working conditions for over 60,000 workers.
A Regional CISCO Academy teaches IT and network technologies.
Science & Technology
Scientific and technological research activities are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology. At present, the following research groups are active:
Centre for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Research (CIMTA)
Environmental Engineering Study Group (GEIA)
Energy Studies Group (GESE)
Automation and Control Group (GEMA)
Educational Computing Study Group (GEIE)
Mathematics Teaching Research Group (GIEM)
Bioengineering Study Group (GEBI)
Knowledge Management Study Group (GEGeCo)
Materials Study Group (GEMAT)
Coasts and Ports Study Group (GEPC)
Urban Planning Study Group (GEPU)
Communication and Information Technologies and Systems (SITIC)
Some research and development projects conducted by these groups are:
Steel behavior in components subjected to high temperatures and/or corrosive atmosphere.
Theoretical development and implementation of a Geographical Information System (GIS) for a port management and planning system. Study case: Ingeniero White Port
Comprehensive optimization of renewable energies with the hydrogen vector
Conflict and politics on water management . Territorial governance and development in answer to the resource crisis.
Noise pollution in urban and industrial environments.
Damage identification and lean structures design through optimization techniques
Modeling and Simulation of Sequential Batch Reactors in a process of anaerobic digestion of agro-industrial waste
Natural and anthropogenic processes in coastal and continental marine environments
Networks, protocols and systems for data communication. Study, modeling, simulation and development for high requirement applications.
Development of theoretical and experimental methods for predictive diagnosis of stator and rotor failures in AC electrical machines.
Analysis of the BSC applicability for the development of ontologies in management computing.
Initial training in Engineering and Industrial Organization Programs: students, teaching practices and tutorial actions
Analysis, modeling and development of mechanical systems applicable to land mobile platforms for handling explosives
Study of relationships between steel structure and its mechanical properties for use at room and high temperatures
QFT robust controller design for multivariable systems with significant uncertainty.
A Technological Transfer Office works with the Science and Technology Department offering:
Mechanics Computational Mechanics
Mechanical Vibrations & Noise
Transport and Traffic
Electrical Energy consumption optimization
Alternative energy sources
Testing and calibrations
Process control systems
Civil Laboratory of concrete
Laboratory of asphaltsEnvironmental Engineering Urban planning Ports and coasts
Electronics Automation and control
Electromagnetic fields pollution
Computing, networks and databases
Industrial Organization Quality Management
Human Resources Management
Labour Industrial hygiene and safety