Maria Mercedes Larrondo Petrie, Ph.D.
Dr. María Mercedes Larrondo Petrie is the Co-Founder and Executive Director, Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI); Associate Dean of International Affairs and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, at the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, USA.
Dr. Larrondo Petrie has over 20 years of demonstrated teaching excellence and leadership in public higher education. She has been appointed the Associate Dean of Academic and International Affairs for the College of Engineering at Florida Atlantic University. She was named a McKnight Fellow by the Florida Endowment Fund, and selected and funded by the National Science Foundation to participate in the Women in Engineering Leadership Summit. Dr. Larrondo Petrie is an active participant and leader in professional societies including; serving on the Board of Directors and Strategic Planning Committee of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES), Vice President of Research of the Founding Executive Board of the Latin American & Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI), elected to the Board of Directors of the Minorities in Engineering Division and of the International Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Her research interests focus on modeling complex systems, security, software engineering, and pedagogy. She has over 250 refereed publications with over 100 external citations, and has received $3M in grants funded by NSF, IBM, US Department of Defense’s Department of Information Security Assurance, US Office of Naval Research, NATO, and the South Florida Water Management District.
Dr. Larrondo Petrie is being recognized for her outstanding teaching, training of engineering educators, mentorships of both faculty and students, and her impact on diversity and inclusion. She has distinguished herself as a global leader in engineering education not only at the university level but also in helping to design and launch the first magnet high school in Palm Beach County in Florida. She has been one of the strongest leaders and promotors of excellence in engineering education not only in Latin America but also worldwide. She has served as a strong role model for other women by her unconditional service, contributions and leadership.
The IFEES Duncan Fraser Global Award for Excellence in Engineering Education recognizes individuals who have made innovative and meritorious contributions having a significant impact on the advancement of engineering education. This year we had the largest number ever of applicants for this award. All of the qualifications and experiences of the candidates were impressive and a clear indication of the exciting and creative work going on globally in engineering education. The 2016 Duncan Fraser Global Award Committee reviewed the nominations and provided their insight to the IFEES Executive Committee, who in turn selected Maria Larrondo Petrie as the 2016 recipient. The 2016 Duncan Fraser Global Award Committee was chaired by Linda Krute, and included Michael Auer, Stephanie Farrell, Gudrun Kammasch and Miguel Sosa.