Platform for Cross-Border Collaboration
2014 Mazatlan Forum

“Technology and the Future(s) of Education: U.S. and Mexican Perspectives.”

Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, California) and El Colegio de Sinaloa (Culiacán, Sinaloa) are jointly sponsoring the 2014 Mazatlán Forum: “Technology and the Future(s) of Education: U.S. and Mexican Perspectives.” The Forum will take place March 27th to the 29th at Teatro Angela Peralta in downtown Mazatlán, Mexico. Please see the schedule for more details.
Video of Mazatlan Forum 2014 coming soon!
Note: Apart from the Opening Keynotes session, all other sessions will follow the following format: Each presenter will have a maximum of 10 minutes; the rest of the session’s time will be devoted to structured conversation.

Wednesday, March 26th

6:30 p.m. – Opening cocktail reception

Thursday, March 27th

9:00 am – Meet and greet over coffee
9:30 am – Opening Ceremonies
10:00 am – Opening Keynote - Dr. Javier Elguea: Building New Educational Practices Supported by

11:00 am – Conversation/Coffee Break
11:30 pm – Panel #1 - Re-inventing education and transforming learning. Presentations by:
  • Dr. Terri Griffith - Lead by Letting Go: Create a Mosaic of Education

  • Dr. Ana Luz Ruelas - Role of Technologies in transforming Education in the 21st century

  • Dr. Stephen Carroll - Meta Learning: Enhancing Life Long success by teaching students to be come self directed learners

  • Dr. Luis Alberto Muñoz Ubando - The Urgent Need to Improve Early Access to International Innovation Behaviors

“Framing Questions” for this session: What needs to happen in order for educational institutions to become centers for innovation? What are the leadership preparation challenges? Should technology be the motivation for the transformation or a tool to support desired practices and outcomes?

1:30 pm – Lunch
3:30 pm – Free time / informal discussion
8:00 pm – Gala opening dinner

Friday, March 28th

8:30 am – Meet and greet over coffee
9.00 am – Keynote— Dr. Mohammad Qayoumi: Reimagining the Comprehensive Urban University
10.00 am – Conversation/Coffee Break
10:30 am – Panel #2 - The Digital Classroom Revolution. Presentations by:
  • Dr. Tim Urdan - Using In-class Time Differently in Flipped Classrooms

  • Dr. Inés Dussel - Digital Technologies in School: Reflections on South American Experiences

  • Dr. Judith Kalman - Possible Changes in Teacher Practice: Introduction of information, Communication, and Design Technologies in Mexican Secondary School Classrooms

  • Dr. Christine Bachen -The Global Classroom: Using Digital Games to Promote Ethics and Empathy

“Framing Questions” for this session: What are the roles that technologies can play to help us re-imagine how teaching and learning happen in our schools? How can educational research on technology integration inform our decisions to change institutions and practices?

1:00 pm – Lunch
2:30 pm – Panel #3 - Building Systems to Support Change. Presentations by:
  • Dr. Christopher Kitts - Real World Engineering Enterprises: Approach to Increasing Authenticity in Engineering Education

  • Dr. Manuel Gándara - Double Task: How to Prevent Bad Human-Computer Interaction Design from Obstructing Learning

  • Dr. Nicholas Tran - Rethinking Keyboard Design for Touch-screen Devices

“Framing Questions” for this session:? How do we build systems and structures that support innovation? Should we have an education system that is tightly connected to the world of work? What are the factors that help teachers, students, parents, administrators, and the communities around schools and universities understand that education really matters for our future?

5:00 pm – Informal discussions and free time.
8:00 pm – Angela Peralta Theater—Performance by Dzul Dance Company of New York

Saturday, March 29th

9:00 am – Panel #4 - Overcoming Divides to Achieve Educational Equity. Presentations by:
  • Dr. Cristina Casanueva - Challenges of inequality in the availability of telecommunication services in Mexico, as a critical infrastructure for access to education

  • Dr. Cheryl McElvain - Bridging the digital divide for California first-generation Mexican immigrants.

  • Dr. Irán Guerrero - Technologies on the edge: Reconceptualization of equity in tech use by youth and adults

  • Dr. Scott Robinson - Technology and education as spaces where borders are crossed: Learning challenges on both sides of the border.

“Framing Questions” for this session: What are the social, political, economic, cultural, and other barriers that need to be overcome en ensure equity in access to high-quality education for all? How can successful pilot projects or local/regional initiatives in one country “scale up” and be useful in the other?

11:00 am – Conversation/Coffee Break
11:15 am – Summary and Integration of Ideas.
11:45 am – Closing Keynote—Howard Charney, J.D.: The Innovation of Everything: Global Technologies, Global Education
12:30 pm – Closing Ceremonies
1:00 pm – Closing lunch


Dr. Christine Bachen

Associate Professor of Communication
Director of the Office of Assessment, Santa Clara University

Chris joined the Santa Clara faculty in 1989. She currently serves as the university’s Director of Assessment and is also a co-director of the Faculty Collaborative for Teaching Innovation. As part of her work in the Collaborative for Teaching Innovation, she is involved in research related to the pedagogical uses of electronic portfolios (ePortfolios) to promote reflective and integrative learning; studies of mobile technology and learning; and research on flexible classroom design.
As Director of Assessment, she works with several programs - including the University’s Core Curriculum - to assist in the meaningful assessment of student learning. Dr. Bachen also teaches media studies courses, including courses in her area of research specialization -- Media and Youth.
She is engaged in ongoing research in her discipline where she studies the uses of computer games for civic engagement and ethical development in young people. Pior to SCU, Dr. Bachen was at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communications. She earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1982.

Hazel Blackmore, M.A.

Executive Director of the Mexico-U.S. Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchanges, Fulbright-García Robles
Professor of Education, Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico, ITAM

Since 2012, Hazel Blackmore is the executive director of the Mexico-U.S. Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchanges (Fulbright-García Robles). She is also a professor at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) since 2001, where she also served as the assistant director of international relations for Latin America and as the executive director of the Center for International Studies and Programs.

Dr. Stephen Carroll

Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Santa Clara University

Dr. Stephen Carroll’s projects focus on intersections of pedagogy, technology, assessment, writing, and learning. His career-long involvement in faculty development includes founding and developing a teaching center at UC Berkeley, publications in books about teaching, and dozens of presentations on teaching and learning at national conferences. He has directed writing programs at Berkeley and Santa Clara University (SCU), where he has recently served as the Faculty Director for a Residential Learning Community. Dr. Carroll has developed and taught a number of experimental, cross-disciplinary pilot courses to explore new ways to enhance student learning, and is investigating using course-specific writing practices to enhance learning in the sciences. His recent publications focus on how to use assessment practices to drive innovation in teaching and learning and on leveraging existing technologies to enhance communication and accelerate learning, especially in undergraduate learning communities.
His current research focuses on using the latest findings in neurobiology, cognitive science and learning theory to improve teaching and learning. He is especially focused on helping students become more self-directed learners by teaching them metalearning skills. He currently runs a pilot program that builds on this research, using Learning Facilitators—peers who tutor students on learning strategies—to improve academic performance at all levels. Dr. Carroll is Primary Investigator on a National Science Foundation grant aimed at improving student learning (and assessment of that learning) in STEM through the innovative SALG (Student Assessment of their Learning Gains) instrument and website. He also moonlights as a science writer for the National Science Foundation, having completed two reports on their Undergraduate Research Centers/Collaboratives project.
His strong background in information technology stems from many years in the corporate world, where he served as a computer operations manager, help desk manager, and technical training manager. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement and was recently asked to join the editorial board for their journal: Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal. He is also a member of the leadership team for SCI West—a SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) Center for Innovation. Dr. Carrooll earned his BA in Rhetoric, a BA in Sociology and a PhD in rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Cristina Casanueva-Reguart

Professor of Education, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City

Dr. Cristina Casanueva’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Iberoamericana University, a master’s in Public Policy in Education from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Education and Development from Stanford University. She has worked in public administration at the federal level in the area of telecommunications regulation, in the Federal Competitiveness Committee, and in the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation.
Her research on telecommunications and poverty has been published by numerous academic journals both nationally and abroad. She has also been advisor to the Sub-secretariat of Communication on issues relating to the politics on universal service and social coverage (2008 – 2010). She is a level 2 member of the National System of Researchers. For over 12 years she has been a full-time faculty member in the Department of Education at Iberoamericana University in Mexico City.

Howard Charney, J.D.

Senior Vice President, Office of the President, Cisco Systems

Senior Vice President Howard Charney is a member of Cisco’s Office of the President and Executive Staff. He contributes to Cisco’s strategy and direction, and advises businesses, governments, and educators around the world on implementing critical Internet technologies to improve productivity and competitiveness.
During more than 30 years in Silicon Valley, Charney has overseen the development and proliferation of key technologies that led directly to the global build-out of the Internet. After joining Cisco with the acquisition of Grand Junction Networks, he helped grow Cisco’s new two-tier distribution business to more than US$2.4 billion and, with Cisco’s brand and market momentum, helped turn Fast Ethernet and low-cost switching into fundamental, global Internet technologies.
Previously, Charney founded Grand Junction Networks in 1992. Grand Junction invented Fast Ethernet and low-cost switching, which transformed the economics of switching. In 1980 Charney co-founded 3Com, the progenitor of Ethernet and local area networking. 3Com’s breakthrough technologies enabled Internet access to the desktop.
A licensed patent attorney, Charney belongs to the State Bar of California and the Federal Bar. He sits on the boards of several technology companies and on the advisory board for the Center for Science, Technology and Society at Santa Clara University. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and master’s of business administration and juris doctor degrees from Santa Clara University.

Dr. Inés Dussel

Department of Education Research - CINVESTAV, Mexico City

Dr. Dussel was born in Delaware in the United States but grew up in Argentina. She did her undergraduate work at the faculty of philosophy and letters in the University of Buenos Aires. She earned her M.A. in Social Sciences with an emphasis on Education at FLACSO/Argentina under the direction of Dr. Cecilia Baslavsky, and her doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the direction of Dr. Thomas S. Popkewitz. Between 2001 and 2008 she directed the education area at FLACSO/Argentina where she coordinated several research projects in the area of teacher preparation and the production didactic materials on inequality in education, and on new technologies in the classroom.
Her areas of interest have been pedagogical theories and the historical sociology of curriculum and the school. In her doctoral research, a comparative history of school uniforms, she looked into the material culture of the school and a theoretical and at the philosophical and theoretical perspectives on educational technology. In the last 10 years she has been working in the politics and pedagogies of the visual designing teacher education programs, conducting research in schools, and producing instructional materials (such as educational documentaries video games, short animated features, and TV shows for kids) and a review of educational and curricular policies. She created a South American network for media literacy and image and visual literacy, “Frames, Education, Images, and Citizenship” with institutions from Argentina, Chile, and Peru.
Her most recent research before moving to Mexico was conducted at the Pedagogic University in Buenos Aires, and looked at changes in knowledge and power in wired classrooms that are part of the program “Conectar Igualdad” [Connecting Equity] of the Argentinean government that provided netbooks for all secondary school students.

Dr. Javier Elguea

Rector, TELMEX Technological Institute, Mexico

Dr. Javier Elguea is Rector of the TELMEX Institute of Technology, and INTTELMEX IT, as well as Corporate Coordinator of the Human Resources Committee and Organizational Development. He earned a B.A. from Universidad Anáhuac in Mexico City, then obtained two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from Stanford University before being a post-doctorate at Harvard University. He has been a visiting professor at various universities including Stanford, Harvard, MIT, and the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University in California. He is a former MacArthur Fellow in International Development. As a research professor at El Colegio de Mexico (The College of Mexico), he has authored three books on international development, the most recent of which was published by Colegio de México. He has been an advisor to the president of the Carso Group as well as Director of Human Resources for TELMEX.
Today, INTTELMEX is one of the more renowned institutions for Corporate Professionalization with social and business character in the world of Telecommunications. In it industry and academia converge to create next-generation initiatives in education, technology, and digital culture, seeking to improve productivity and quality in business and institutions, contribute to including populations in the “knowledge society,” and boosting technological innovation. INTTELMEX is comprised of specialty work teams where experienced representatives from the telecommunications industry collaborate with experienced researchers from different fields of knowledge as well as renowned facilitators and scholars.

Dr. Manuel Gándara

Professor, National School for Conservation, Restoration, and Museum Studies, INAH

Dr. Gándara has a doctorate in Design and New Technologies from the Autonomous Metropolitan University-Azcapotzalco, as well as a doctorate in anthropology from the National school of Anthropology and History. He is a professor and researcher of the National Institute of Anthropology and History since 1972. He has been director of the National Institute of Anthropology and History, and of the Center for Technology and Educational Media at the federal Ministry of Public Education in Mexico. He was President of EduMac, S.A. and also served as the coordinator of the Center for Digital culture of the TELMEX Technological Institute. In 1986 he created for the National Institute of Anthropology and History the first multimedia catalog using a microcomputer. He has created more than three dozen multimedia programs on historical and cultural issues for different Mexican museums.
Since 1984 he has been working with computers in education. He wrote a simulation titled “South of the Cuenca.” He has developed commercial educational software (including “Mexican Traveler”, now published by Edumundo as “The Half Moon Express), and coordinated development teams in different institutions. He has contributed to several teacher preparation programs and led courses, workshops, and seminars for the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM), La Salle University, Latin American Institute for Educational Communication (ILCE), and other national and foreign universities, including the University of South Wales in Australia and the ministry of Education in Panama.
As an expert in interface design and the design of interaction and usability, he has advised many different national and foreign institutions, including the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and other public and private universities, as well as different areas of the Ministry of Public Education, CONACULTA, and the Museum of the Child in Mexico City. He was an advisor on projects like Enciclomedia and Galileo II for the Latin American Institute for Educational Communication (ILCE). His doctoral thesis, titled “Social Aspects of the User Interface,” from 2001, and his many articles on interface design and usability are frequently used in courses for developers of educational software. He is currently on the faculty of the post-graduate program in Museum Studies at the National School for Conservation, Restoration, and Museography and the post-graduate program on Technology and Educational Communication of the Latin American Institute for Educational Communication (ILCE).

Dr. Terri Griffith

Professor and Chair, Department of Management, Leavey School of Business
Santa Clara University

Professor Terri Griffith (BA, UC Berkeley; MS, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University) is Chair of the Management Department at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. She joined SCU in 2001 and has her first online course available on She is one of the 100 honored members of the 2012 Silicon Valley Women of Influence and served on the organizing committee for TEDxBayArea’s Global Women Entrepreneurs conference in 2011 and 2012.
Professor Griffith’s work reaches a broad audience with her public speaking, workshops, and writing. Through her “Technology and Organizations” blog and freelance work (Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review Blog, Women 2.0, GigaOM's WebWorkerDaily), she has the opportunity to follow people as well as science, technology, and engineering trends.
Her ideas are outlined in her recent book, The Plugged-In Manager: Get in Tune with Your People, Technology, and Organization to Thrive. Her research addresses how people come to understand and use technologies in organizations and global teams, how to make combined technology and organization decisions and then effectively implement these changes. She has published widely in journals such as Organization Science, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, IEEE – Transactions on Engineering Management, and the Academy of Management Review. Some of her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation. She is an editorial board member of IEEE Transactions on Engineering and the Journal of Managerial Issues, past senior editor for Organization Science, as well as a past associate editor for MIS Quarterly.

Dr. Irán Guerrero

Center for Regional Cooperation for Adult Education in Latin America and the Caribbean

Dr. Guerrero earned a BA in Education at the Autonomous University of Yucatán, and a masters and doctorate in Education Research at the Center for Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute. She is the founding researcher of the Education, Technology, and Society Laboratory.
Her professional practice has taken place in both the private and public sectors of education. She has held a variety of teaching positions at institutions such us the Ministry of Public Education, the National Institute for the Evaluation of Education, the Latin American Institute for Educational Communication, and the College of Education of the UADY, among others. Currently she serves us the head researcher at the Center for Regional Cooperation for Adult Education in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is a collaborator with the Education, Technology, and Society Laboratory. She has participated in conferences and been a panelists in many fora, and her publications appear in a variety of books and academic journals.

Dr. Pedro Hernández-Ramos

Associate Professor, Department of Education, Santa Clara University

Pedro joined Santa Clara University in 2001, with a joint appointment in the Department of Education and at the Center for Science, Technology, and Society. He served as chair of the Department of Education from 2010 to 2013. Prior to Santa Clara, Pedro worked at Cisco Systems, Acer America, the IMS Global Learning Consortium, and Apple Computer. At Apple he served as the Research Manager for the Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT) international program. His major area of research and teaching is educational technology, with specific interests in K-12 technology integration, project-based learning with technology, teacher professional development, and the use of simulations and games for learning. His academic background includes a B.A. (“Licenciatura”) from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City (1979), and a Ph.D. from Stanford University (1984).

Dr. Dennis Jacobs

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of Chemistry, Santa Clara University

Since 2012, Dr. Jacobs has served SCU as the Chief Academic Officer. He provides leadership and management for all aspects of academics, student life, information services, and athletics, and ensures that the educational programs and offerings are consistent with the University's vision, mission, and values. As a professor at the University of Notre Dame, his research focused on studying reactions relevant to semiconductor processing in the microelectronics industry, and non-thermal processes at the gas/solid interface. In 2008, he launched a yearlong experiment on the International Space Station to record how polymeric materials (plastics) degrade under continuous attack by energetic particles in low earth orbit. The research sought to identify and inhibit chemical pathways by which synthetic materials are eroded on the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. These experiments were part of a national effort to develop inexpensive, lightweight materials for use in next-generation satellites.

Dr. Diane Jonte-Pace

Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and
Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, Santa Clara University

Diane Jonte-Pace is Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University. In her administrative role she supports the work of the Provost by supervising the teams that are responsible for two broad areas: 1) faculty and the curriculum (Faculty Affairs, Undergraduate Studies, and the Core Curriculum); and 2) high impact practices that enhance student learning (Global Education programs, the University’s Art Museum, and the Writing Center). Recent new initiatives include the “Faculty Collaborative for Innovation in Teaching” which focuses on collaborative, high tech, teaching spaces, and mobile technologies that enhance student learning; and the Hispanic Ministry Initiative which offers an online/hybrid Master Degree for students throughout the western region.
Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Jonte-Pace served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Chair of the Core Curriculum Implementation Team (2007–2010); Associate Provost for Faculty Development (2001–2007); and Interim Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences (2000–2001). Between 1988 and 2000 she taught in the Department of Religious Studies. Dr. Jonte-Pace has been honored by the University with the Sisterhood Is Powerful Award (2003) and the Joseph Bayma Award for Excellence in Scholarship (2003).
Dr. Jonte-Pace earned a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion and Psychological Studies from the University of Chicago. She is a well-known scholar of the Psychology of Religion. Her publications include one book, three edited volumes, and numerous articles. Book-length publications include Mourning Religion, 2008; Teaching Freud in Religious Studies, 2003; Speaking the Unspeakable: Religion, Misogyny, and the Uncanny Mother in Freud's Cultural Texts, 2001; and Religion and Psychology: Mapping the Terrain, 2001. A recent article on Santa Clara's core curriculum and Jesuit Education, “Walking Different Pathways: Coming to Know Our Own Journey Better—the Core Vision of GC 35” can be found at:

Dr. Judith Kalman

Department of Education Research - CINVESTAV, Mexico City

Dr. Kalman completed her bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Hispanic Literature at the UNAM, a master’s degree in Education Research at Cinvestav, and a doctoral degree in Education with emphasis in language and literacy at the Graduate School of Education in the University of California, Berkeley. From 1997 to 1999, she was a postdoctoral fellow with the National Academy of Education and the Spencer Foundation.
She worked at the National Pedagogic University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the National Cooperative Center for Adult Education in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2002, she received the International Literacy research Award from the UNESCO Education Institute for her study “Saber lo que es la letra” (To know what the letter is), which was published in Spanish, French, and English.
Since her admission to DIE in 1993, she has developed a line of research about the social construction of the written language. Currently, she coordinates the Laboratory for Education, Technology and Society (LETS) where she studies the use of information, communication, and design technologies for the teaching and learning of Spanish and social sciences in basic education. She also conducts research the use of digital technologies in the social world.
Dr. Judith Kalman has authored books and academic articles, as well as textbooks.

Dr. Christopher Kitts

Associate Professor & Director, Robotic Systems Laboratory
Santa Clara University

Dr. Christopher Kitts is an Associate Professor at Santa Clara University where he serves as the Director of the Robotic Systems Laboratory. Through this Lab, Dr. Kitts runs an ambitious field robotics program specializing in the design, control and teleoperation of highly capable robotic systems, to include field-grade underwater vehicles, clusters of land rovers, autonomous aircraft, and microspacecraft. This program has been awarded millions of dollars in funding over the past five years and includes collaborators from government, industry, academia, and the non-profit sector. Highlights of the program include robotic-based scientific discoveries, such as evidence of tsunami waves in Lake Tahoe, and unique engineering accomplishments, such as controlling a series of NASA spacecraft for advanced space biological research. Prof. Kitts’ professional experience includes work ranging from a research engineer to an operational satellite constellation mission controller, and he has held appointments as a US Air Force officer, as a NASA contractor, and as U.S. national lab research fellow. Dr. Kitts currently holds joint appointments as an Associate Researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and as the Mission Operations Director for a series of NASA small spacecraft. He earned degrees from Princeton University, the University of Colorado, and Stanford University.

Valery López Aguilera, M.A

Provost, Universidad Iberoamericana Tijuana
Valery Lopez Aguilera earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and a Masters degree in Education from Universidad Iberoamericana Tijuana. Since 2001 she has taught at various levels, promoting and implementing new methods, techniques, and pedagogical strategies by making more efficient the use of new technological resources with young adults.
She has worked professionally since 2007 as academic Coordinator of the Communication and Language area at Ibero College. Later she served as Coordinator of the Center for Educational Development (CED) at the Universidad Iberoamericana Tijuana, where she implemented the use of new technologies and innovative teaching resources for teachers who teach undergraduate and graduate level courses.
Since 2012 she is Provost of the Universidad Iberoamericana Tijuana, in charge of raising the academic quality of all educational programs and the training of the academics who teach at the University. She serves as Chair of the Academic Committee of the University and is a member of the Academic Council of the Jesuit University System (SUJ), a nationwide network.

Dr. Cheryl McElvain

Lecturer, Department of Education, Santa Clara University

Dr. McElvain joined Santa Clara University in 2005 with an appointment in the Department of Education. Her academic background includes a B.A. in Social Science from San Jose State University (1979), an M.A. in Education from San Jose State (2001), and an Ed.D. in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco (2005). Prior to Santa Clara, she taught at San Jose State University and the University of San Diego as an adjunct lecturer in the Teacher Education programs.
Understanding the obstacles facing underserved first- and second-generation immigrant students in California, Cheryl has focused her research efforts on ELL literacy instruction, bilingual cognition, and developing transactional learning communities. Cheryl advocates K-12 school reform efforts in the Teacher Education and MA in Interdisciplinary Education programs through the development of online curriculum units, service-learning projects, and webquests. Current research articles in submission are: (a) The bridge project: Connecting home, school, and community for Mexican immigrant youth (to The Journal of Latinos and Education), (b) El proyecto de los libros abecedarios: Learning from the inside out (to The Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences), and (c) Curiosité: Inquiry-based instruction and bilingual learning (to the Bilingual Research Journal).

Dr. Luis Alberto Muñoz Ubando

Director of Innovation, Plenum Group, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico

Dr. Muñoz Ubando earned a B.S. in Electronic Systems Engineering from ITESM (1993), then a masters in Scientific Computing from INRIA in France (1994) and a doctorate in Images, Vision, and Robotics from the same institution, followed by a post-doc at Oxford in the United Kingdom (1998-2000). He spent a sabbatical at UT Wien (2005-2006) studying Cognitive Vision. Since 2007 he has been the Director of Innovation at the Plenum Group in Mérida, Yucatán (Mexico). He has worked at Televisa, Banamex, McDonald’s, ITEMS, ITAM, UA, UNAM, and Anáhuac University. As a researcher he has worked at the University of Pisa in Italy, Tokyo in Japan, Karlsuhe in Germany, and Stanford and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in the United States.
For the federal government, Dr. Muñoz Ubando has held posts at the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) in 2000-2002, and the College of Science at UNAM from 2006 to 2009. He was a research faculty member at UADY from 2002 to 2006 where he contributed to the creation of the B.S. program in Computer Engineering and the masters program in Mathematical Sciences. He has directed more than 30 undergraduate thesis, 15 masters thesis, and 6 doctoral dissertations. He has created and contributed to the creation of several academic graduate programs in engineering. He has published more than 50 articles in trade publications and journals, books, and conference presentations both nationally and internationally. In 2008 he founded The Robotics Institute of Yucatán in Mérida ( where more than 500 children and youth are served every year through specific courses to develop early their scientific and technological skills. He holds patents in energy, logistics, e-health, sustainability, and education. He founded several companies in Mexico and the United States. He serves as Vice President for Innovation, Science, and Technology at CANIETI. He is a member of the advisory board for the Journal of Software Engineering for Robotics ( and a manuscript reviewer for several journals in the areas of scientific research, technology development, and innovation management.

Dr. Octavio Pescador

Research Associate, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California–Los Angeles

Dr. Octavio Pescador is a research associate and co-founder of the Paulo Freire Institute at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. He is one of two faculty members originally selected by the UCLA Chancellor to serve on the Governing Council of the K-12 UCLA Community School. Dr. Pescador has taught education and social science at the University of Southern California (USC) and California State University– Los Angeles. Dr. Pescador earned a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA, a M.A. in International Development from Stanford, and a Ph.D. in Education from UCLA. Over the last two decades he has worked extensively with students, community service non-profits, and immigrant groups in Los Angeles.

José Ángel Pescador Osuna, M.A.

President, El Colegio de Sinaloa

Mr. Pescador pursued formation as a teacher at the Escuela Normal de Mazatlán [Normal School of Mazatlán], obtaining the title of Professor in Elementary Education in 1964. He subsequently pursued a degree in economics at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México [Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology] (ITAM), where he earned a B.A. with honors in 1970. He received the degrees of Master of Education and Master in Economics at Stanford University, California, where he is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics of Education.
He is the author of a number of articles published in books and magazines.Mr. Pescador worked professionally in Mexico as Director General of the National Institute for Educational Research, Director General for Adult Education, Rector of the National Pedagogical University, Vice-Academic Rector at the Universidad Iberoamericana, President of the National Council of Technical Education, and Secretary of Public Education, among others. He served as Undersecretary for Population and Migration Services for the Mexican Secretariat of Government (1999-2000). For seven years he served as Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles, as well as President of the Mexican Cultural Institute in that city.
José Ángel Pescador became a member of El Colegio de Sinaloa in March of 2002, and he is its current President.

Dr. Mohammad Qayoumi

President, San José State University

Mohammad Qayoumi is the 28th president and a professor of electrical engineering at San José State University. He holds a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the American University of Beirut and four degrees from the University of Cincinnati: a master’s in nuclear engineering, a master’s in electrical and computer engineering, an MBA and a doctorate in electrical engineering. He has over 32 years of engineering and administrative experience in several universities. He has also published eight books and more than 100 articles and chapters in books.
He is a licensed professional engineer and a certified management accountant.

Dr. Scott Robinson

Autonomous Metropolitan University - Iztapalapa Campus

Dr. Scott Robinson received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Occidental College, then his master’s and doctorate degrees in Social Anthropology from Cornell University. He was a special student at Harvard University. He has taught at Iberoamericana University, the National School for Anthropology and History (ENAH), the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and the Autonomous Metropolitan University of Mexico where he became full professor in 1983. He has been a member of the National System of Researchers since 1991.
Among the projects he has directed, the most renowned are: “Red de Información Rural” (Rural Information Network), sponsored by the Ford, Kellogg, and Rockefeller foundations in Mexico; the agreement between Metropolitan University and the Secretariat for the Environment, Natural Resources, and Fishery (Semarnap) to create the Information System for sustainable development; “Telecentros, desarrollo municipal, y gestión ciudadana en cinco municipios de los Altos de Morelos, Mexico” (Telecenters, municipal development and civic engagement in five municipalities in the Altos de Morelos, Mexico); and “Salud del Migrante” (Migrant’s Health), sponsored by the Ford Foundation in collaboration with the National Institute of Public Health. Dr. Robinson belongs to a group of researchers that studies governance and civil society on the Internet, and is Director of “Punto Focal”, S.A. de C.V. (Focal Point), a company that produces documentaries and digital services. His publications are collected in a diversity of memoirs, yearbooks, books, and electronic portals.

Dr. Ana Luz Ruelas

Faculty of International Relations, Autonomous University of Sinaloa

Dr. Ruelas is professor at the Faculty of International Studies and Public Policy. She received her doctoral degree from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in 1989. Her research interests are framed in the regulation and legislation of information and communications technology, and Constitutional Law.
Professor Ruelas has studied the digital divide and the public spaces for digitalization in Mexico; the process of privatization and regulation of Mexican telecommunications, mobile communications and its effect on young people in Sinaloa. Her current research focuses on the new legislation in telecommunications in México, representing the first step to reorienting the industry, services and contents, and the establishment of a new federal regulatory agency. Her areas of teaching include Constitutional Law, new information and communication technology; Research methodology.
Ana Luz Ruelas got her BA in Law at the Autonomous University of Sinaloa, and a PhD in Law from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She spent two years as an invited researcher at the Center for U.S. and Canadian Studies at UNAM (1990-1992). She has done postdoctoral research in The Institute on Latin American Studies of the University of Texas at Austin (1994-1995). From 2009 to 2010 she was a visiting scholar at the International Forum for U.S. Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She was president of the Mexican Association for Canadian Studies (2007-2009), and Director of the Mexican Journal of Canadian Studies.

Dr. Nicholas Tran

Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Santa Clara University

Nick teaches computer programming, graphics, algorithms, and complexity in the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science. Dr. Tran’s work on computational complexity and information security has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. One of his research activities focuses on building software tools to support teaching and learning. Together with his students, Dr. Tran has developed efficient software to detect plagiarism based on DNA matching techniques. Dr. Tran’s current interests include exploring the potentials of tablets as knowledge production and consumption devices. As a Faculty Associate in the Faculty Collaborative for Teaching Innovation, he has worked on electronic content development and mobile learning. Dr. Tran assembled a group consisting of five instructors of introductory computer science courses in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Leavey School of Business, and the School of Engineering. This team’s goal is to develop electronic content for tablet computers that will serve as modules for these courses, focused on a concepts that students have the most difficulty learning. Dr. Tran received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1992 and held positions at IBM, University of Pennsylvania, and Wichita State University before joining SCU in 2000.

Dr. Tim Urdan

Professor, Department of Psychology and Department of Liberal Studies
Santa Clara University

Dr. Tim Urdan joined the Santa Clara faculty in 1996, with a joint appointment in the Department of Liberal Studies and the Department of Psychology. Prior to joining the faculty at Santa Clara University, Dr. Urdan was an Assistant Professor of Education at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He received his Ph.D. in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1994, his Ed.M. from the School of Education at Harvard University in 1988, and earned is Bachelor of Arts degree from U.C. Berkeley in 1986, where he majored in Psychology.
Dr. Urdan teaches developmental psychology, educational psychology, and statistics. His current research focuses on the intersection of student motivation and ethnic identify, particularly among Latino students. In addition, Dr. Urdan has examined classroom-based motivation, primarily from an achievement goal theory perspective, among early and late adolescent students. He has worked with teachers and administrators on projects designed to enhance the motivational climate of schools and classrooms and to increase student engagement in school. Dr. Urdan has published approximately 50 journal articles and book chapters and has edited and co-edited a dozen books, including the Advances in Motivation and Achievement book series and the Educational Psychology Handbook. He is an Associate Editor of the Merrill-Palmer Quarterly and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Educational Psychology, Contemporary Educational Psychology, and American Educational Research Journal. In 2011, Dr. Urdan was named a Fellow of Division 15 of the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Urdan is excited about the potential of emerging technologies to enhance teaching and the assessment of student learning, particularly for online and hybrid classrooms. As a 2012-13 and 2013-14 Faculty Associate of the Faculty Collaborative for Teaching Innovation, Dr. Urdan has convened and led the Hybrid/Online Working Group, a group of faculty interested in reconfiguring single lessons or entire courses. In 2013-14, this Collaborative Innovation working group will be working on developing online content, including modules that can be delivered online or as a part of a flipped or hybrid classroom.

Dr. Agnieszka Winkler

Founder and Chairperson, The Winkler Group

Ms. Winkler was the founder and Chairperson of The Winkler Group, a San Francisco-based management consultancy specializing in branding and marketing efficiency and effectiveness and the founder, Chairperson, and Chief Executive Officer of Winkler Advertising, an award-winning San Francisco-based advertising and branding agency founded in 1984, and TeamToolz, Inc., a venture capital funded software development company making workflow and collaboration software for marketing, founded in 1999 (last two were acquired). She is the founder of the not-for-profit Mazatlán Forum, an interdisciplinary, intercultural and intergenerational platform for conversations between U.S. and Mexican intellectuals on subjects of mutual interest. The inaugural Mazatlán Forum was held in March 2013.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ascension, a $22B not for profit healthcare system, the Board of Trustees of Santa Clara University, and the Board of Trustees of Holy Names University. She has also served on numerous other public and private company boards such as RenoAir, Supercuts, The Cheesecake Factory, and Intertel (all NASDAQ companies) Iplocks, TeamToolz, and Winkler Advertising (private and VC funded), and many non-profit and professional organizations such as The American Association of Advertising Agencies, The Committee of 200, Western Folklife Center, and others where she has served on a variety of committees and chaired a number of them.
Ms. Winkler is the author of the book Warp Speed Branding, published by Wiley in the United States, China, and Turkey. She is a frequent speaker on the subject of branding and marketing and more recently on spirituality in business as well as corporate governance issues. She was featured as a “Digital Mad Woman” in Joan Voight’s series for ClickZ and has been the recipient of numerous awards including “100 Best and Brightest Women in Marketing and Advertising;” Best Woman in Advertising, McCall’s Magazine in conjunction with Adweek; “25 Women to Watch,” Advertising Age; Outstanding Alumni Award, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University; “50 Most Influential Women San Francisco Bay Area,” San Francisco Times; 10 Most Innovative Products of the Year, Seybold 2002 (for TeamToolz); President’s Medal, Holy Names University.
She holds an MA in History, an MBA and a Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Ms. Winkler is a member of The Committee of 200 (C200), Women Corporate Directors (WCD) and of the College of Fellows of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California.