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Georgia Tech Hosts Convention of Engineers

March 28, 2006

The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is hosting the 30th bi-annual Pan American Convention of Engineers/Union Pan Americana de Asociaciones de Ingenieria (UPADI), September 19-22, 2006. This is the first time the conference has been hosted in Georgia and by Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech joins a list of sponsoring organizations and societies including UPADI, American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society for Engineering Education, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Pan-American Federation of the National Associations of Consulting Companies in the Americas (FEPAC), and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations. The convention will be held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, located in the heart of downtown Atlanta.

The theme of the bilingual conference is “Building a Sustainable Infrastructure: Education, Technology Innovation, and Economic Development.” Features of the four-day meeting include a series of technical congresses and presentations, along with five plenary sessions focusing on transparency and global ethics, economic development, free trade, sustainability and education. Plenary session speakers include Ciro de Falco, executive vice president, Inter-American Development Bank; Raquel Alfaro, Fund for Fostering Scientific and Technological Research; Carlos Braga, senior advisor, International Trade Department, The World Bank; and Alberto Alemán Zubieta, chief executive officer, Panama Canal Authority.

UPADI is calling for final paper submissions by the June 2006, deadline, as well as inviting students to enter UPADI’s Student Design Paper Competition. Submission guidelines can be found at the following links:
www.upadi2006.com/english/papers.shtml
www.upadi2006.com/english/competition.shtml

Registration and conference details for UPADI can be found at www.upadi2006.com/english/index.shtml.

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