Eduardo Silva Sanchez

2013 Pioneering Regional Leader

Esteemed colleague, Dr. Eduardo Silva Sánchez passed away on May 31st in Bogota, Colombia.

In 2013, Dr. Sánchez received the 2013 IFEES Presidential Award for Pioneering Regional Leader for his contribution to engineering education through research, teaching and important administrative roles, including serving on the IIDEA Advisory Board.

Eduardo Silva was a lawyer and ex-secretary of the Presidency of Colombia and specialist in Administrative Law. He most recently served as  a consultant and Licensed Tutor.

He studied civil engineering at the National University of Colombia (1959–1964) and also earned degrees in Mathematics and Physics from the same university from 1968 to 1970. He earned his Master’s degree in Economics at the Universidad de los Andes (1971), Bogotá. Mr. Silva began his teaching career at the Faculty of Mathematics, National University of Colombia, as an instructor of differential calculus in Engineering and geometry instructor in Architecture. At the Colombian School of Engineering, he was made professor and head of the physics department. He has taught physics class at the school since its beginning, through which have passed more than 8,000 engineering students, many of whom are widely recognized professionals. He served as Secretary General for 15 years and was named

Mr. Silva began his teaching career at the Faculty of Mathematics, National University of Colombia, as an instructor of differential calculus in Engineering and geometry instructor in Architecture. At the Colombian School of Engineering, he was made professor and head of the physics department. He had taught physics class at the school since its inception, through which have passed more than 8,000 engineering students, many of whom are widely recognized professionals. He served as Secretary General for 15 years and was named President in December 1989, a post he held for 11 years.

Following that, from 2003 to 2006, he served as Director of Basic Sciences of the institution. The highlights of this stage of his career include forming undergraduate programs in electrical engineering and industrial engineering. He also created different study centers, which today have become the focus of the programs of specialization and expertise in the current engineering school. In 1989, the school had 2,000 students and by 2000 this figure had doubled. Since 1971, Mr. Silva had participated in numerous national and international seminars, conferences on the teaching of engineering and was linked to the government sector and union as a member of the Board of Directors of the Colombian Society of Engineers, Quality advisor in the Urban Development Institute of Bogota.

Professor Silva participated in the creation of the National Accreditation System in Colombia, which pioneered engineering design through the SAAPI system (1993). In the area of external evaluation in Colombia, he proposed the creation of the Colombian Institute for the Promotion of Higher Education. In the same vein, he promoted and headed the Basic Sciences Review-EXIM-ACOFI initiative to assess engineering students to 50% of their studies, which, since 2007, more than 5,000 students have participated in. As an initiative of the Colombian Association of Faculties of Engineering (ACOFI), he directed and lectured at the Teacher Training Seminar, a teaching program development for teachers from faculties, schools and engineering programs. Over 300 teachers from 30 higher education institutions have been involved through the modules developed in different cities of Colombia. In 2010 he had his first international experience in Ecuador. He has served

In 2010 he had his first international experience in Ecuador. He has served as President, Legal Representative and Executive Director of ACOFI. Since 2007, he has been an active member of the research group, Educating – Engineering Education-recognized by the Department of Administrative Science, Technology and Innovation Colombia (Colciencias). In 2008, together with the Ministry of Education and the Association of Universities of Colombia (ASCUN), in which he was assigned to encourage the training of engineers in Colombia, which resulted in agreements to support dual degree programs. Since 2011, he served on the Advisory Board of the International Institute for Developing Engineering Academics (IIDEA) training institute which aims to disseminate the learning of engineering education worldwide.

IFEES was pleased to recognize Mr. Silva’s numerous accomplishments, particularly in South America with the 2013 IFEES Presidential Award.