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President’s Message

Hello, and welcome to Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR).

PUPR exist to serve people. Our constituents – prospective students, current students, professors, staff members, graduates, parents, neighbors, accrediting agencies and many others – are contributing to the quality of service we provide to our society. You are helping us to help others. Thanks for your help.

PUPR moved three steps higher in its history of success. In its persistent effort of providing opportunities for individuals from diverse backgrounds to achieve their personal academic goals, in addition to the Middle States Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSCHE of MSACS) full accreditation; PUPR obtained the accreditation of three of School Engineering and Geomatic Science programs submitted to ABET accreditation process for the first timewww.abet.org. During the same accreditation process, ABET extended the accreditation to the five oldest engineering programs.

The School of Engineering and Geomatic Science of PUPR now has seven programs accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission, one by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, and one by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB), as follows:

Chemical Engineering (BS) [2006] First Time EAC
Computer Engineering (BS) [2006] First Time EAC
Land Surveying and Mapping (BS) [2006] First Time ASAC
Environmental Engineering (BS) [2002] Second Time EAC
Civil Engineering (BS) [1996] Third Time EAC
Electrical Engineering (BS) [1996] Third Time EAC
Industrial Engineering (BS) [1996] Third Time EAC
Mechanical Engineering (BS)[1996] Third Time EAC
Master of Landscape Architecture (first professional degree)[2011] First Time LAAB

PUPR was recently designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE) for the years 2009-14. This center is one of 100 in the nation – USA 50 states and its territories. It indeed, speaks very well of our Computer Science and Computer Engineering programs at the undergraduate and the graduate levels.

Additionally, our School of Architecture is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and the School of Management is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). The Master of Landscape Architecture is our most recently accredited degree by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB). The investment in time and resources of every kind required for these achievements is worthwhile. Our aim has always been to attract students, from diverse socio cultural backgrounds, to cultivate their potential for leadership, productivity and competitiveness while demonstrating that the programs meet the accreditation criteria required by these national accrediting agencies. Our students will acquire greater social responsibility toward their communities through exposure to intellectual, humanistic and technological advancement. To accomplish this goal PUPR employs multiple methods of delivery to educate them.

As a Hispanic-serving Institution, PUPR envisions meeting societal and industrial standards in general without loosing our global perspective. This is always performed in association with public and private enterprises. We emphasize that our academic environment should be characterized by an emphatic relationship between faculty members and the students in context with a client oriented quality service culture, empowerment and teamwork.

Ernesto Vázquez Martínez