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Colección:
La Educación
Número: (132-133) I,II
Año: 1999

7. How is ISTEC organized?

The Consortium is open to Universities and other institutions dedicated to higher education and research, industrial firms, foundations and funding agencies, and other non-profit organizations located in New Mexico, USA, Campinhas, Brazil, Spain, and Portugal; as well as international entities whose activities encompass, in full or in part, this geographical area. The Consortium consists of the following entities:

General Assembly (GA): All members institutions belong to the General Assembly, the functions of which are to identify the direction of the Consortium, to establish policy, and to discuss and approve activity reports of the Executive Committee. The General Assembly has the authority to alter the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding and to admit new members. The GA meets on an annual basis, in accordance with a schedule established by the Executive Committee in consultation with members of the Assembly. Each full member has a voting privilege, although non-voting observers are permitted to attend the annual meetings.

Executive Committee (ExCom): ExCom members are elected by the General Assembly. These members carry out the policies established by the General Assembly, promote Consortium activities, and have authority to endorse proposals submitted by members. The ExCom holds regular meetings every six months, and whenever it is appropriate for the correct operation of the Consortium, providing funds are available. The ExCom also has the capacity to admit new members on a provisional basis.

The Executive Committee consists of nine to thirteen members; one third of the members from industry and two thirds from educational institutions. The General Assembly elects the members of the Executive Committee for a period of three years. The Executive Committee members from educational institutions are drawn from all geographical areas involved with ISTEC as determined by the General Assembly.

Executive Office (EO): This office handles the day-to-day administrative tasks and acts as a central source for coordination, management, production, and dissemination of ISTEC information. The EO submits annual financial reports to all members, and is responsible for distributing minutes of all meetings of the above-mentioned bodies to ISTEC members.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of New Mexico, in cooperation with the Latin American and Iberian Institute (at UNM), is providing the Executive Office services until the General Assembly modifies the Executive Office assignment. There are other support sites that have convenient geographic locations at Universidad de Vigo, Spain, and Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil.

Institutions can be associated with ISTEC in one of several ways:

 Full Member: has representation in the General Assembly, Executive Committee, and participates in all ISTEC activities. Members for the Executive Committee are selected from the General Assembly. Full Members have access to all databases, contacts with researchers, professors, and to student project results.

Collaborator (Industrial Category): has representation in the General Assembly. Participates in specific projects and has limited access to databases, contacts with researchers, professors, and to student project results funded by them.

Sponsor: (Industrial Category): General Assembly observers. Participates in specific projects and has limited access to databases, contacts with researchers, professors, and to student project results funded by them.

Institutional: Award to service, non-profit and government agencies. The member is limited to observer status in ISTEC activities.