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Saturday, March 17 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Evolving COIL: Sustainable COILed solutions thru a partnership for intercultural learning and research.

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We will present a review of our challenges as COIL partners to connect our science classes in sustainability projects with civic professionalism goals to an evolving partnership that unifies our specialities in chemical processes, plant science, where students reflect on their own community, forming groups about sustainability topics that concern them, researching the problem to propose sustainable solutions.

In this presentation we will introduce our new horizon as COIL partners presenting a research project aimed at design a production unit to dry regional products (vegetables, fruits and aromatic plants) using solar energy in a sustainable rural microenterprise model in a small community located in Coahuila, México.
Thanks to a COIL collaboration and partnership, students and teachers from Monroe Community College in USA and teachers and students from Instituto Tecnológico de la Laguna in México apply their knowledge and skills to serve the community in order to empower women through technology and entrepreneurship. This project granted by Partners of America and Televisa Foundation, promotes international partnership for innovation, collaboration and training opportunities for students and teachers in both countries.


Maria Luisa Lopez

Professor, Instituto Tecnológico De La Laguna/Tecnológico Nacional De México
Maria Luisa Lopez Segura - Chemical Industrial Engineer, M.Sc. in Quality and Productivity, M.Sc. in Chemical Processes Engineering. Ph.D. in Biotechnology and Food Industries. Certification in Food Safety, Civic Engagement and Citizenship across the curricula, Collaborative Learning... Read More →

Saturday March 17, 2018 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
Great Hall FIT Conference Venue