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Argentine Academy of Engineering
R.Biasca becomes a new member (October,2000).

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Thursday 26, October 2000

This is the summary of the formal ceremony in which Rodolfo Eduardo Biasca became a Member of the Argentine Academy of Engineering.

In first place, the Academy President (Arturo J. Bignoli) described the role of the Academy and awarded the new member with a certificate and a medal.

In second place, the Academy Second Vicepresident (Isidoro Marin) made a brief description of R. Biasca's resume.

Finally, R. Biasca delineated his approach to business transformation.  Key concepts follow.

The World is beginning the Third Millennium speaking more of change, because organizations need more, and not less, change.  In this environment, the role of the argentine industrial engineer has being changing.  Now it is considered a change agent that helps organizations in the competitive improvement effort.
Different studies have demonstrated that change efforts results are less than satisfactory.  For that reason, R. Biasca, proposes a holistic, interdisciplinary and practical three-phase model.  The purpose is to determine a precise transformation and to improve results substantially.

The three phases are:

- The competitive position assessment.
After analyzing the environment and the firm, the competitive deterioration is estimated to determine how much change is needed and how much time is available to make the change.

- Improvement proposals definition.
After an exhaustive study of change approaches, research on the subject and managerial experience a general business transformation "formula" is derived.  For each competitive situation the formula is different (and usually different names are used to mention it).  The formula is a set of innovation projects with different priorities and impact.

- Action.
To transform ideas in concrete results at least four dimensions need to be considered: the necessary implementation steps, how to modify human behavior, the competitive position and the country where the organization is located.

CAETS International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences

On January 1, 2001, the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences, Inc. (CAETS) altered its structure and began operations under its new Bylaws. CAETS incorporated in the District of Columbia on June 30, 2000.

Beginning in 1978 as an informal meeting of academies of engineering, CAETS was formed in 1985 with the objective of promoting effective contributions to engineering and technological progress for the benefit of national policy objectives. The five founding members of the Council are: Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (Australia)(ATSE); National Academy of Engineering (Mexico) (ANI); Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA); Royal Academy of Engineering of the United Kingdom (RAEng); and National Academy of Engineering (United States) (NAE).

Membership is open to one academy per country, with peer-elected members who have made significant personal contributions to engineering, technological sciences, or related activities. Each member academy is to be governed by its members, have at least a five-year record of programs consistent with the objectives of the Council, and subscribe to the non-political and non-governmental international character of the Council.

The academies elected to membership in CAETS since 1985 are: Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV) (1987); Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW) (1988); National Academy of Technologies of France (NATF) (1989); The Finnish Academies of Technology (FACTE) (19989); The Engineering Academy of Japan (EAJ) (1990); Royal Belgian Academy Council of Applied Sciences (R.BACAS) (1990); The Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA) (1990); Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) (1991); Netherlands Society of Technological Sciences and Engineering (NFTW) (1993); Hungarian Academy of Engineering (MMA) (1995); Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) (1997); Ukrainian Academy of Engineering Sciences (UAES) (1998); Academy of Engineering in Poland (AIP) (1998); National Academy of Engineering (Argentina) (ANI) (1999); Engineering Academy of the Czech Republic (EA CR) (1999); Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) (1999); Academy of Engineering of Spain (AIE) (1999); The National Academy of Engineering of Korea (NAEK) (2000); Croatian Academy of Engineering (HATZ) (2000); Slovenian Academy of Engineering Sciences (IAS) (2000); and National Academy of Engineering (Uruguay) (ANIU) (2000).

Since 1978 biennial convocations have been held, in conjunction with the annual meetings of the Council of member academies. The management of CAETS rests with its Board of Directors, which includes the president, president-elect, secretary/treasurer, past-president, and 4 directors. The term of office for the presidents and directors is one year and the selection of the member academies to provide these persons is determined by a member academy's date of election to CAETS. For the year 2001 FACTE (Finland) provides the president, EA CR (Czech Republic) the president-elect, NATF (France) the past-president, and NAE (USA), provides the secretary/treasurer and the CAETS office.

Topics of current attention include energy and climate change, and public understanding of engineering and technology. The biennial convocations focus on an important engineering issue of multi-national interest; the papers and discussion summaries are published. Recent meeting and report topics include:

  • Harnessing Engineering and Technology for Economic Growth: Opening the Dialogue Between the Engineering Communities of the East and West;
  • Technical Resource Information for Central and Eastern Europe;
  • The Technological Future; · Harnessing Technology for Development;
  • Sustainable Development: The Challenge of Developing Transportation for Society;
  • The Role of Technology in Environmentally Sustainable Development: Creating Wealth In Harmony With The Environment;
  • Engineering Innovation & Society;
  • Engineering Education;
  • Technology and Health.
Note: National Academies in Argentina have a maximum of 40 "members". These selected persons are selected from the most prestigious professionals in their field.


During his trip to China in February 2001, R.Biasca contacted the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE). After the visit,CAE made a formal proposal to send a delegation to Argentina and to sign a cooperation agreement.

In June 2001, a delegation of eleven people, headed by Dr. Song, President of the Chinese Academy arrived to Argentina. The agreement was signed and numerous visits were made to argentine private companies,research centers,government agencies,etc.

From left to right:
R.Biasca, Dr.Song (CAE),A.Bignoli (ANI).

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