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Faculty of Engineering (UNAM)

School of Engineering (UNAM)
Seal of UNAM's College of Engineering
Established 1910
Type Faculty
President Carlos Agustín Escalante Sandoval
Students 12,000
Undergraduates 10,900
Postgraduates 1,190
Location Mexico City,  Mexico
Colors Blue & Gold          (of the University)           (of the faculty)
Back part of main building
Faculty buildings

The School of Engineering (Spanish: Facultad de Ingeniería) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) is one of the most prestigious engineering schools in Mexico, one of the first of the whole Latin America and one of the most important in all the world in 1993. At the undergraduate level, it offers thirteen majors and some graduate programs. In the first semester of 2008 there were over 10,900 enrolments at the licenciatura level and 1,115 postgraduate students.[1] The School of Engineering offers undergraduate studies in:


The school of Engineering at the UNAM has its origins as the Real Seminario de Mineria (Royal School of Mining), which building is still standing near the Zocalo in Mexico City. After the university was closed in 1833, several scientific institutes were established in Mexico, all of them related to some branch of engineering. These eventually merged into a single institution which in 1910 was put under the supervision of the newly created UNAM and renamed to Escuela Nacional de Ingeniería (National School of Engineering).

In 1954 the school changes its location to Ciudad Universitaria. In 1959, with the creation of the Engineering Institute and the availability of its first graduate program, the school changes its name to Facultad de Ingeniería.

Organization and departments

The school of engineering is organized in divisions (somewhat the equivalent of departments), each under the direct supervision of a Head of division. These are themselves coordinated and supervised by the faculty dean, currently Carlos Agustín Escalante Sandoval.

Is in charge of subjects such as physics and mathematics, every student has to take one or more subjects of this department, specially during the first 4 semesters. These subjects on fundamental science are then common to all students and are often regarded as the most difficult among all.

In charge of the majors in the name, is the contact between the school and the industry, there are some programs for young entrepreneurial and some courses that may resemble a BA program in US

The Electric Engineering Division is in charge of three different bachelor degrees: Electric Engineering, Computer Engineering and Telecommunication Engineering. It is the biggest division by number of students, as the degrees it offers have a high employment rate. This division has established many industrial partnerships with enterprises such as Telmex and Microsoft

  • Earth Sciences Engineering (DICT):

This division is organizes the Mining, Petroleum, Geophysics and Geology Engineering bachelor Programs. Is one of the oldest divisions in the school and currently has some joint programs with PEMEX among other petroleum companies.

  • Distance and Continuing Education Division:

As the name implies, this division is in charge of courses and diplomas for active professionals who wish to stay up to date with current technological trends or wish to stay in contact with the academic community in some way other than the conventional graduate programs.

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Division (DCSyH):

In charge of cultural activities and some subjects, such as literature, ethics and history.

Location and facilities

The school of engineering has numerous facilities, most of which are located in Ciudad Universitaria in Mexico City, near the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Administration.

It has two libraries for undergraduate students and one for postgraduates. It also has some of Mexico's finest laboratories for civil and mechanical engineering,and various laboratories of electronics engineering with end technology.

Faculty Rankings

According to the QS Universities Rankings (2012)[2] the Faculty of Engineering is positioned in the next rankings:

Mechanical Engineering:151-200

Civil Engineering:51-100

Electrical Engineering: 51-100

Student organizations

The school of engineering has several student organizations, among them a Tuna, a chorus and a photo club.

Each major has its own student organization, which is in charge of promoting activities related to each specialization, such as extracurricular courses, workshops or congresses.

  • SAFIR Sociedad Astronómica de la Facultad de Ingeniería (Astronomical Society of the Faculty of Engineering )[3]Sitio oficial de SAFIR en Facebook

Presidents of SAFIR

Period President Career coursing Notes
1997-? Alejandro Farah Simón Mechanical Engineering Founder, researcher of Instituto de Astronomía de UNAM.[4]
2012-2013 Diego Ulises Mendoza Arroyo Telecommunications Engineering
2013-2014 Aldo Daniel Acosta Duran Computer Engineering Primera Jornada Astronómica SAFIR
2014-2015 Antonio Lledías Mechanical Engineering
2015-Present Oscar Iván Calderón Hernández Geophysical Engineering

Graduate programs

Each division within the school of engineering organizes graduate programs. There are also graduate programs in cooperation with other graduate programs and other higher education institutions in Mexico.


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  3. ^ Página de la sociedad SAFIR
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External links

  • Facultad de Ingeniería–UNAM, official website (Spanish)
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