Motivational Speaker


Dr. Daniel Ibarrondo's experience in STEM began at the University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez Campus (UPRM) where he served as Special Assistant to the Chancellor for International and External Affairs (1997-1999). UPRM is the nation's largest public university graduating Hispanic engineers and the largest in producing Hispanic researchers, scientists, and mathematicians. He equally served as Executive Director of the Department of Institutional Development and Sponsored Programs at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR) (2002-2005). PUPR is the nation's largest private institution of higher education producing Hispanic engineers and researchers.

Daniel's experience in STEM is in designing programs that serve to increase research, technology initiatives, develop new academic programs, and increase retention and graduation rates of STEM students.  

"Daniel's hallmarks of attention to detail, research, strategic planning, budget development, and ability to absorb knowledge of engineering education, programs, served our institution well.”

                                                                                                                                    Ernesto Vazquez-Barquet, President
                                                                                                                                    Polytechnic University of Puerto 

STEM Institutional Achievements

Increased STEM research funding by 40%.

Directly obtained over $30 million in federal funding in support of STEM initiatives.

Developed greater access to STEM opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

Developed the first "Hispanics in Engineering National Conference"

"While at the Sponsored Research Office at PUPR, Mr. Ibarrondo offered a series of workshops with regard to federal funding opportunities and proposal writing. These comprehensive workshops helped me to write effective proposals in order to secure federal funding for my research."
                                                                                                                                          Dr. Marvi Teixera, Professor
                                                                                                                                          Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico

STEM External Resources Obtained (Sample)

Engineering Laboratory Acquisition for Research and Integration of Technology: Conceived and drafted a U.S. Department of Education (CCRAA) proposal and successfully obtained over $4 million in funding for (1) the purchase of research equipment for eight engineering laboratories, and, (2) the integration of technology into the teaching-learning process.
2 + 2 Transfer Programs: Conceived and drafted a U.S. Department of Education (CCRAA) proposal and successfully obtained over $1.5 million in funding for the development of an engineering bridge program for the enrollment of 2 year engineering program students into a 4 year program.

Freshmen Retention Rates: Conceived and drafted a U.S. Department of Education TRIO-Student Support Services proposal and successfully obtained
$814,602 to support the retention of first-year students.
Undergraduate & Graduate Engineering Scholarships: Conceived and drafted a National Science Foundation proposal and successfully obtained over $400,000 in scholarship funding to assist in the retention of top tier engineering undergraduate and graduate students based upon academic achievement.

Engineering Program Support: Conceived and drafted a U.S. Department of Education proposal and successfully obtained over $2 million for (1) engineering laboratory equipment acquisition to enhance laboratory research experiences for faculty and students in six undergraduate engineering programs, and (2) the development of a constructivist retention program.


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