Instituto Politécnico Nacional
The National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico (Spanish: Instituto Politécnico Nacional de México. Spanish pronunciation: [instiˈtuto poliˈtekniko nasjoˈnal] (
Instituto Politécnico Nacional
|Motto||La Técnica al Servicio de la Patria|
Motto in English
|The Technique at the Service of the Fatherland|
|Established||1 January 1936|
|Dean||Mario Alberto Rodríguez Casas|
|Director||Ing. Mario Alberto Rodríguez Casas|
|63,891 (High school)|
|Campus||Several across Mexico, mostly urban|
|Colors||Maroon and white|
|Athletics||Burros Blancos (White Donkeys)|
Águilas Blancas (White Eagles)
ONEFA Central Conference
|Affiliations||AMECYD, ANUIES, AUIP, CLARA, COMEPO, CUDI, ECOES, OUI, UDUAL, Universia|
|Sports||27 varsity teams|
|Staff, students and organization data is for 2013. High school students account for the difference between its total number of students and the sum of undergraduate and postgraduate students.|
The institute consists of 98 academic units offering 293 courses of study. It includes 78 technical careers, 80 undergraduate and 135 postgraduate programs. Its main campus, called 'Unidad Profesional Adolfo López Mateos' or 'Zacatenco', is on approximately 530 acres (2.1 km2) north of Mexico City.
The institute was founded on January 1, 1936 during the administration of President Lázaro Cárdenas in what had been previously known as the Ex hacienda Santo Tomás — a large estate initially owned by Spanish conqueror Hernán Cortés in the 16th century and donated by the federal government.
The construction of what is now the Professional Unit "Adolfo López Mateos" (Zacatenco) began in 1958. In 1959, former President Adolfo López Mateos, the former minister of education Jaime Torres Bodet, and former director of IPN Eugenio Mendez Docurro, inaugurated the first four buildings of Zacatenco, which were occupied by the Superior School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (ESIME) and the Superior School of Engineering and Architecture (ESIA).
The institute is organized around 98 academic units including 18 vocational high schools (operates as CECyT), 26 university colleges, 20 scientific and technical research centers, 17 continuing education centers, 4 units for educational support, 3 support units for education innovation, 8 support units for research, development and technological and enterprise foment, and 2 units affiliated to science, enterprise research and development.
Some units (particularly the semi-autonomous, internationally renowned CINVESTAV) enjoy a high degree of academic and budgetary freedom. The institute as a whole is headed by a director-general appointed by the President of Mexico, usually (but not always) after some consultation with members of its academic community. Since November 2017, its director-general is Mario Alberto Rodríguez Casas.
In addition to its academic endeavors, and as part of its cultural promotion strategy, the institute operates 'Canal Once' ('Channel Eleven'), the oldest public broadcast service in Latin America featuring original cultural, scientific, information and entertainment programming, foreign shows and classic, rare, and non-commercial films from all over the world.
The Institute offers 80 undergraduate programs leading to four- or five-year bachelor's degrees and 135 postgraduate programs leading to 29 postgraduate diplomas, 70 master's degrees and 36 doctorate degrees.
Like most public universities in Mexico, in addition to its undergraduate and graduate schools the institute sponsors several vocational high schools called 'Centros de Estudios Científicos y Tecnológicos' (C.E.C. y T.), most of which are in Greater Mexico City. Upon completion, they lead to a technician degree. For this level of study, the institute offers 78 technical careers.
IPN fields 27 varsity teams in sports or activities such as archery, American football, athletics, baseball, basketball, body building, bowling, boxing, chess, cycling, frontenis, gymnastics, handball, indoor soccer, judo, karate, kendo, mountaineering, rowing, soccer, swimming, taekwondo, tennis, touch football, volleyball, weightlifting and wrestling.
The university maintains a fierce rivalry with all the athletic teams from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); it has a particularly bitter competition with UNAM's football program, the "Pumas Dorados" (Golden Pumas).
Scientists and technologists
- Guillermo González Camarena: television pioneer; inventor of an early color television transmission system.
- Jerzy Rzedowski: plant scientist; pioneer of neotropical floristics.
- Esther Orozco: biology researcher, winner of the 1997 UNESCO/Institut Pasteur Medal and the 2006 L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science for her work on amoebiasis.
- Evangelina Villegas: biochemist laureated with the 2000 World Food Prize and whose work with maize led to the development of Quality Protein Maize (QPM).
- Pablo Rudomín: neuroscientist laureated with the Prince of Asturias Award (1987).
- Gilberto Calvillo Vives: president of the United Nations' Statistics Commission.
- Alberto Pérez Gómez: architectural historian and winner of the 1984 Alice Davis Hitchcock Award.
- Ruth Rivera Marin: architect, the first woman to study architecture at the College of Engineering and Architecture.
- Constantino Reyes-Valerio: chemist and art historian, discovered the recipe to create Maya blue and coined the term Arte Indocristiano.
- Raúl Rojas: professor of computer science and mathematics and a renowned specialist in artificial neural networks.
- Ernesto Zedillo: former President of Mexico (1994-2000).
- Josefina Vázquez Mota: former Secretary of Education (Mexico).
- Reyes Tamez: Secretary of Education during the Fox administration.
- Victor Bravo Ahuja: Secretary of Education during the Echeverría administration.
- Eugenio Méndez Docurro: Secretariat of Communications and Transportation during the Echeverría administration
- Héctor Mayagoitia Domínguez: former Governor of Durango (1974-1979).
- Miguel Borge Martín: former Governor of Quintana Roo (1987-1993).
- Roberto Kobeh González: ICAO Council President (2006-2014)
- Luis Montes de Oca: former Secretary of Finance (Mexico) 1927-1932.
- See also Category: Instituto Politécnico Nacional faculty
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