Portuguese American Journal

Convention: Terceira hosting engineering students from two continents – Azores

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI) are holding a joint annual Global Colloquium on Terceira island, Azores, from September 16 -18, 2017, hosted by the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP).

In its 45th edition, the ASEE annual conference was held previously in Beijing, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, Istanbul, Cape Town, Budapest, Singapore and Shangai. The conference will take place at the Cultural and Congress Center of Angra do Heroísmo.

Young people from dozens of countries are participating in conferences and workshops, debating issues related to the various branches of engineering teaching. Opportunities will be given to participate in solving local engineering problems. Some solutions will be presented in loco for existing challenges in engineering and engineering education in Azores.

The event brings together engineering educators, lecturers, researchers and corporate colleagues who will have an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas and perspectives.

“Education Excellence for Sustainability” is the theme of the conference, a subject of relevance for the Azores.

123generalGuest speaker, Maj. Gen. Jocelyn M. Seng, holds a Doctorate, Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. She is the mobilization assistant to the Commander and President, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, and leads leading the intellectual and leadership center of the U.S. Air Force.

The three-day program includes opportunities to practice golf and discover some of the charms of the island and Angra do Heroísmo, the historical city of the Azores, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

All questions should be emailed to sefi2017@isep.ipp.pt

Registration is open here.



The Azores (population 250,000) is a region of Portugal composed of nine islands. The archipelago discovered by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century, became an Autonomous Region of Portugal in 1976. The government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores includes the Legislative Assembly, composed of 57 elected deputies, elected by universal suffrage for a four-year term; the Regional Government and Presidency, with parliamentary legitimacy, composed of a President, a Vice-President and seven Regional Secretaries responsible for the Regional Government executive operations. The Autonomous Region of the Azores is represented in the Council of Ministers of the Central Government by a representative appointed by the President of Portugal. According to the latest US census over 1.3 million individuals of Portuguese descent live in the United States, the majority with roots in the Azores. It is estimated that over 20,000 US citizens live in Portugal.

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