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The Inter-American Commission on Women (CIM) of the Organization of American States has approved LACCEI conference activities as part of the 2010 Inter-American Year of Women iniciatives. During the LACCEI 2010 conference, a panel on women and diversity in engineering will be organized, recognition will be made of women leaders in engineering education, a taskforce will be formed, and a strategy, initiative and action plan will be developed.


Maria Larrondo Petrie is executive director of LACCEI and associate dean and professor of computer engineering at Florida Atlantic Univeristy she has helped to organized all the OAS Efta workshops on accreditation and has published 3 papers on their outcome. she developed the LACCEI model of 5 steps this model is called the enginerring education capability maturity model and has been expanded by the LACCEI accreditation task force. Dr Larrondo Petrie is a member of the international federation of the engineering education sociaties; vice chair of engienerring education innovation of the OAS advisory board for engineering the Americas(EfTA).

Lueny Morell is a member of the Strategy and Innovation Office (SIO) of Hewlett Packard Laboratories (HP Labs).  A licensed professional engineer, she holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez and an MS degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University. As part of SIO, she is responsible for developing and leveraging external research collaborations and partnerships for HP Labs. She is responsible for developing government and engineering education initiatives worldwide in support of HP Labs research and technology areas. From 2002 to 2008 she was Director of HP University Relations for Latin America and the Caribbean in charge of building research and education collaborations with universities throughout the region.

Martha Beltrán Martinez is a Specialist at the Office of Science, Technology and Innovation at the Office of Economic Development of the Organization of American States (OAS), where she works on issues related to gender and science and technology, metrology, biotechnology and energy. Previously, she worked at the OAS Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) on women’s Human Rights and gender equity and equality areas.

Richard Alo is the Executive Director of the Center for Computational Sciences and Advanced Distributed Simulation and Executive Director for Grants and Contracts in the College of Sciences and Technology at the University of Houston-Downtown. He has held these positions since 1995. He is currently PI on the NSF CI-TEAM Implementation award Minority Serving Institutions – CyberInfrastructure Empowerment Coalition (MSI-CIEC) and co PI on the NSF Broadening Participation awards: Computing Alliance for Hispanic Serving Institutions. and Paving the Pathway for Females to the Professoriate. He is co PI for Homeland Security Center of Excellence for Command, Control and Interoperability (Visualization and Analytics for Command, Control and Interoperability Environments, Purdue).