The Pan American Academy of Engineering




Academia Panamericana de Ingeniería (API)

API was founded in 2000 to integrate Engineers across the Americas through the identification and selection of outstanding Engineers from each country of the Americas who have the necessary qualifications for induction as distinguished Academicians, and who share values of excellence in (1) training of Engineers; (2) educational innovations; (3) the practice of Engineering; (4) Engineering innovations; and (5) scholarship of teaching, research, and engagement.

Notable Activities of API Members

This section is under construction and will contain highlights of selected distinguished accomplishments of API Members in engineering education and practice…

Notable Scholarly Works of API Members

This section is under construction and will contain publications, presentations, and other selected examples of the scholarship of API Members in engineering education and practice…

Exclusive API Programs

This section is under construction and will contain special programs developed by API Members that will be delivered to a broad audience of engineering educators, students, and practitioners…

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Why API?

API is committed to actively promoting across the countries of the Americas the importance, relevance, transcendence, and value of Engineering for the future of our World. In support of this goal, API has been taking the following five actions:

Action 1:  Establish a constant presence of the Academy in countries of the Americas, and before national, regional, and continental organizations, through the establishment of stronger links of collaboration and exchange with: (1) Governments, Engineering Academies, Engineering Organizations, Universities, and Research Centers of the countries of the Americas with full members in API; (2) the Organization of American States and the Inter-American Development Bank; and (3) and Commissions of world organizations (such as the UN and the World Bank) focused on countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Action 2:  Diversify the Academy with an infusion of diverse leading engineers from the new generations (men and women) who represent the future of Engineering from the point of view of: (1) Multidisciplinary academic preparation in engineering; (2) Knowledge and experience of professional practice in different sectors of the economy, in different branches of engineering, and in different engineering projects; and (3) Nationality, ethnicity, culture, age, and gender. Subsequently, building on the talent, knowledge, experience, technologies, and other resources of its members, create capacities within the Academy to address three areas of critical importance, as explained next. 

Action 3: Create a capacity to address the nexus between energy, water, and food production through planning, design, construction, delivery, operations, and maintenance of infrastructure systems projects for the sustainable (1) Production, distribution, and use of energy; (2) Extraction/capture, treatment, distribution, and use of water; and (3) Agricultural production, processing, distribution, and use of food products.

Action 4: Create a capacity for the development of plans to: (1) Prepare for potential disasters caused by natural phenomena (e.g., earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, fires, floods, landslides) and climate change, which have negative effects and impacts on urban and peri-urban settlements, infrastructure systems, and buildings; (2)  Mitigate as much as possible these potential effects and impacts; (3) Deploy primary and secondary responses when a disaster occurs; and (4) Manage effectively medium and long-term recovery actions to overcome the effects and impacts of a disaster.

Action 5: Create a capacity to participate and contribute actively to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Targets at four levels: (1) An individual professional level; (2) At the level of consulting engineering, design, construction, and operations and maintenance companies; (3) At the level of professional organizations; and (4) At the academic level of teaching and research.

What API Offers

Prestigious Membership

When nominated, selected, and inducted into the Academy, Titular and Associate Members join an exclusive and select cadre of accomplished professionals from Engineering practice and education.

Life Long Learning Opportunities

The Academy offers an open exchange of knowledge (best practices), experience (lessons learned, intelligence (judgment), and wisdom (insights), which makes life long learning a core value.

Member Activities

The Academy offers a wide range of activities, not only to its members but also to Engineering professionals and educators at large, and to specific constituencies served by Engineering, from the annual Policy Forum held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of API, through specific local events across the countries of the Americas, to collaborations with other organizations and institutions around the world.

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Get Involved

This section is under construction and will contain different types of opportunities for both members of API and for non-members in programs, projects, events, and ongoing activities of the Academy…

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From North America, through Central America and the Caribbean, to South America, API brings together accomplished engineers who have left their mark on the Engineering profession, on the people served by their Engineering projects, on their communities, on their countries, and on the World.

A Welcome from the President of API

Ing. José Domingo Pérez Muñiz