I have to say that it is an honor and a privilege to be the General Chair of the first edition of the EDUNINE - IEEE World Engineering Education Conference I am sure that it will be the first successful scientific event of IEEE Education Society in Region 9, Latin America.
The theme of the conference is "Engineering Education - Balancing Generalist and Specialist Formation in Technological Carriers: a Current Challenge", an exciting topic that has brought a wide range of collaborations from the scientific community.
After FIE (Frontiers in Education) a very well established conference in IEEE Education Society Region 1 to 7; the EDUCON (IEEE Global Engineering Conference) IEEE Education Society Region 8 that continues growing in Europe, Middle East and Africa and TALE (IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering) in the Asia and Pacific area of the IEEE Education Society Region 10, EDUNINE2017 is the next successful conference held in IEEE Education Society Region 9 Latin America.
The conference is a great opportunity to keep constant contact with colleagues from different countries and thus to provide a fertile ground for discussions and exchange of experiences so important to the development of science and technology. The ideas, opinions and professionals contributions are shown in lectures, plenary sessions, presentations of papers and workshops. The opening session counts with the participation of promoters of the event and several authorities. At the end, the closing session presents the main results of the event.
We are very proud to have the conference in such a venue, Santos in Brazil. It is an island at the seashore of Sao Paulo state in Brazil. Considered the cradle of Brazil's Independence, it has the biggest seaport in Latin America, besides a large number of universities and its beachfront garden with 5,335 m in length, which figures in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest beachfront garden in the world. It is a city to visit and enjoy!
The EDUNINE2017 is hosted by the Santa Cecilia University - UNISANTA a prominent university in the City, providing magnificent environment for the accomplishment of the event. We are proud to organize this congress in such institution that has opened its door and providing the excellent organizing committee that has been working restless to make of this another successful congress. We could not forget to thank in special the directors of UNISANTA Prof. Antonio Penteado e Prof. Aureo Pasqualeto, for their efforts and great work.
The EDUNINE2017 - 1st IEEE World Engineering Education Conference is organized by a partnership between IEEE Education Society (Education Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and COPEC (Science and Education Research Council) and in Technical Cooperation (in alphabetical order): AAMP (Fishing Museum Friends Society), ABENC (Brazilian Society of Civil Engineers), ABENGE (Brazilian Society for Engineering Education), AENUI (Asociación de Ensenantes Universitarios de la Informática), ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education), ASIBEI (Iberian-American Association of Engineering Education Institutions), GCMM (Global Congress on Manufacturing and Management), , IFEES (International Federation of Engineering Education Societies), IGIP (Internationale Gesellschaft für Ingenieurpädagogik), INTERTECH (International Council for Engineering and Technology Education), ISTEC (Iberian American Science & Technology Education Consortium), OERN (Institute of Engineers of Portugal - North Region), Porto Gente (PortFolk), RBE (Brazilian Network of Engineering), RCI (Réseau Carthagene d'Ingénierie), SBA (Brazilian Automation Society), SBC (Brazilian Computer Society), SEFI (Société Européenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs), SHERO (Safety, Health and Environment World Congress), SPEE (Portuguese Society for Engineering Education), SPEED (Student Platform for Engineering Education Development), WCCA (World Council on Communication and Arts) and WCSEIT (World Council on Systems Engineering and Information Technology).
Let's not forget to thank our sponsors CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development) and CAPES (Coordination for Improvement of Personnel of Superior Level).
We thank all the participants for their collaborations and we would like to express our appreciation for the hard work of the team that helped us throughout the conference and that really cooperated for the success of the event such as the local organizing committee members and the staff.
Our deepest gratitude to all our colleagues of the IEEE Education Society Board of Governors who supported this idea to have a new conference in IEEE Region 9, also to the Past President Jr, Prof. Jim Sluss, the President Elect Prof. Russ Meier and also the Former Past President Prof. Rob Reilly as well as the Co-chairs of EDUNINE2017 Prof.Manuel Castro, Past President Sr., Prof. Melany Ciampi, General Secretary, the Technical Program Chair of EDUNINE2017. Prof. Henrique Santos, Vice President on Conferences and Workshops for their hard work and dedication.
So on behalf of EDUNINE2017 Steering Committee and myself we are extremely happy to welcome and talk to all the participants of the conference and we believe that all the participants will take the best of this experience.
Thank you all.
Prof. Dr. Claudio R. Brito
EDUNINE2017 General Chair
IEEE Education Society President