History of the School
MORE THAN 60 YEARS TRAINING ENGINEERS
In 1961, the University of Navarra created the technical school of Industrial Engineers in the city of San Sebastian, thus acceding to the demands of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa and increasing with a School of Industrial Engineers the ever-growing academic programs of the University of Navarra. This is its history.
Inauguration of the first course
At noon on October 16, 1961, in the Throne Hall of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, the solemn act of inauguration of activities of the technical school of Engineers took place, with the presence of the President of the University of Navarra, Mr. José Mª Albareda, the president of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, Vicente Asuero, the mayor of San Sebastián, Nicolás Lasarte, the vicar general of the Diocese, Mr. José Cruz Sudupe, the first academic staff of the School and other authorities. The following day, October 17, 1961, classes began.
Officiality of education
During this year, the official status of the courses taught by the University of Navarra was recognized by Decree 2294/1962, of September 8, 2002, of the Ministry of National Education , which recognizes the civil effects of the courses taught by the University of Navarra for the purposes set forth in the Agreement signed between the Holy See and the Spanish State on April 5, 1962.
III IESE Assembly
First event between the School and IESE on the occasion of the III Assembly of the Institute of Higher Business Studies in San Sebastian, which opens the history of collaboration between the two centers of the University of Navarra. IESE brings together in Donostia the executives who have followed its senior management programs with its professors and scientific staff , in order to channel the continuity of the ongoing training work it provides. Since then, many students have gone on to complete their professional careers as managers at IESE, since "IESE and the school share the same submission and dedication to their students. The Technical Research Center of Gipuzkoa (CIT) was also created, with Pachi Tegerizo as its first director . The aim is to create an industrial and research laboratory at the service of Gipuzkoa's industry, which carries out its activities in perfect symbiosis with the school, also collaborating in the teaching of the fourth and fifth years.
New Study program
The duration of Industrial Engineering is reduced to five years, eliminating the two years of Selective and Initiation, and also incorporates the specialisations of Mechanics and Chemical-Metallurgy into Industrial Engineering.
1st promotion of Industrial Engineers
The first graduating class of Industrial Engineers from our School, made up of twelve graduates, concludes their studies. It is the pioneer class, which began and finished their studies in the half-remodelled Urdaneta building.
Graduation 1st female engineer
The School's first female Industrial Engineer, María Belén Mongelos, graduates. Together with 31 other classmates, they constitute the III Promotion of the School.
1st promotion of Physical Sciences
With nine students, it graduates in 1970. This year, the specialisations of Mechanics, Metallurgy, Electricity and Industrial Organisation for Industrial Engineers.
A new "electronic brain" is installed in the school, the HP 2100s computer, which can be connected for the first time to work as a remote terminal.
The Center for Technical Studies and Research (CEIT) is born.
The CEIT, a center of scientific and technical excellence, promotes innovation in industry through the promotion of research projects for companies seeking to develop new products and services. Its first General Director is also Director of the School, José Mª Bastero, and Manuel Fuentes is the scientific director .
Tecnun celebrates its silver jubilee in 1986 after twenty-five years of technical school of Industrial Engineers in San Sebastian. Three are the continuous witnesses of this quarter century of life and receive the first silver medals of the University of Navarra. They are administrative assistant Conchita Elormendi and professors Pachi Tegerizo and José Casares. 1,116 graduates, 36 doctors, three of whom were already university professors, and a total of 987 students studying engineering in its classrooms.
Origins of the ERASMUS programme
The School was chosen, along with eighty other European universities, to participate in a pilot program developed by the European Commission's General Administration of Employment, Social Affairs and Education for the recognition of transferable credits between universities in the twelve member states of the then European Communities. These were the beginnings of what later became known as the ERASMUS Program of the European Community for the mobility of students between university institutions.
Beatification of Saint Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer
A group of students from the School travel to Rome for attend to attend the beatification of St. Josemaría Escrivá, Founder of the University. This year the School was also invited by the International Olympic Committee ( committee ) to participate in the Barcelona Games through three research projects on sports biomechanics in the disciplines of high jump, pole vault and fixed bar in gymnastics. For this, the School sends a team of students led by Professor Javier García de Jalón.
New Study program
Again this year, a change of Study program, the University Reform Law, is implemented. The Industrial Engineering degree program is renewed and the School will offer four degrees in Higher Engineering: Industrial Engineering, Industrial Organization Engineering, Industrial Automation and Electronics Engineering and Materials Engineering. The degree program lasts five years. In addition, the LRU allows student to choose part of the subjects.
School Employment Day
The Employment Day are some conference that bring the company to the School, thus bringing potential employers closer to the new engineering graduates at Tecnun. During the conference, held in February or March, students have the opportunity to learn what the different participating companies do, what they need from future engineers, thus bringing supply and demand of engineers closer, and opening the possibility of obtaining a job, summer internships, or the development of the project end of career.
Joaquín Casellas, first director of the School, received the University's Gold Medal in 1995. This is the highest award awarded by the University in recognition of outstanding services rendered by individuals or legal entities.
degree program Telecommunication Engineering begins to be taught at the School. In the same year, Chair of Thermal and Fluids Engineering Fundación Antonio Aranzábal-Universidad de Navarra is created.
Canonisation of Saint Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer
The University of Navarra celebrates its fiftieth anniversary and that same year, in October, the Founder of the School, St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, is canonized at place in St. Peter's by Blessed John Paul II. In the same year, 2002, Tecnun received the accredited specialization of Quality from the Ministry of Education for its doctoral program of Industrial Engineering.
Doctor 'honoris causa
A proposal of the School, the University has conferred three honorary doctorates, the latest being Anthony Kelly, in 2003, formerPresident of the University of Surrey and founder of Churchill College, University of Oxford. Previous recipients were Christopher M. Sellars of the University of Sheffield (1989) and Manuel Elices of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (1994).
Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Asturias inaugurate the Miramón building.
The new degrees of Degree, nine, adapted to the EHEA, were implemented: Industrial Technologies Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Electronics Engineering, Telecommunication Systems Engineering, Communications Electronics Engineering, Industrial Organization Engineering, Industrial Engineering design and development of Products, and Biomedical Engineering.
In 2009, the Tecnun Motorsport team participates for the first time in the Formula Student competition, driving its single-seater at the Silvertone and Hockenheim circuits. More than 45 students from the School participate in the project .
Tecnun celebrates its 50th anniversary. In its half century of history, more than 6,000 engineers and physicists have attended graduate . The events closed with the unveiling of the sculpture called "From Plane to Space", by the artist Néstor Basterretxea, which today presides over the entrance to the technological campus of San Sebastián.
Thesis issue 500
The engineer Leire Labaka defends the thesis issue 500 of the School. The effort researcher of TECNUN has been focused mainly on projects of applied research to the day to day of the companies, both in Gipuzkoa and globally. The first thesis defended at the School was that of engineer Juan Manuel Martinez-Apezteguía. In the photo the authors of both theses blowing the celebration cake.
For the first time, master's degrees adapted to the EHEA were introduced: Industrial Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Production Management in the Automotive Sector. By 2020, all Degrees and master's degrees will obtain the accreditation EURACE, European Seal of International Quality in Engineering.
Tantaka, the solidarity time bank, was launched at Tecnun at the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year with the goal to act as an intermediary between the associations of Gipuzkoa and the campus of Donostia-San Sebastián. Since then, more than 200 people, including students and staff of the School and research center CEIT , participate annually in activities of volunteer activities in areas such as care for children and adolescents, elderly, sick or disabled people.
committee advisor of Companies
In May 2018, the committee advisor was formed. Today it is made up of 32 companies and institutions with which Tecnun has collaboration agreements to jointly and structuredly review the present and future of engineering education, so that the institutions positively influence Tecnun and thus improve the profile competency of graduates and their suitability for the labor market.
Campus of Madrid
In September 2019, Tecnun began teaching in Madrid. The Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering started at the new postgraduate headquarters of the University of Navarra with students from both the School and other Spanish universities and with a strong involvement of companies associated with the Master's Degree that collaborate by teaching, giving lectures and organising visits to their facilities.
Teaching and Innovation
The degrees of Degree are renewed and the National Agency for Assessment of Quality and Accreditation approves new curricula for all Degrees, with common complementary itineraries of Computer Science, Data Analytics, development Sustainable and Making & Hacking. The School continues its commitment to innovation in teaching and joins the network CDIO, made up of the 120 best engineering schools worldwide.
Artificial IntelligenceTecnun implements two new official master's degrees: Master in Artificial Intelligence (Campus San Sebastián), Master in Technological Innovation (Campus Madrid)
SOME OF THE SCHOOL'S PIONEERS
The School of Engineering was founded in 1961. Its first director was Joaquín Casellas. With him, other professors started the School, such as Pachi Tegerizo, Carlos Jordana, Jaime Faustmann, José Antonio Pero-Sanz, Manuel Fuentes, Manuel de la Morena, Javier Urquía, Diego Ramírez, Antonio Idarreta, José González Ibeas, Miklos Palfy and Facundo Sancho.
José Mª Bastero, who joined the School in the late 1960s, replaced Casellas as director in 1978. In 1996 he was appointed President of the University.
The chapter of pioneers closes with some professors such as Javier García de Jalón, former student of the School, disciple of the first ones.
And of course, we cannot forget Conchita Elormendi, the first administrative assistant of the School, who arrived at Tecnun when the future first headquarters on Urdaneta Street was still under construction.
* Click on the image to learn more about the School's pioneers.
Joaquín Casellas was the first director of the School between 1962 and 1978. In those years the Technical Research Center of Gipuzkoa (CIT) was created and the Ibaeta buildings were built.
He was a member of the National committee of Education.
In 1995 he received the Gold Medal of the University.
Pachi Tegerizo was commissioned in June 1960 to start up the School, of which he was the first professor.
He was the first director of the Technical Research Center of Gipuzkoa (CIT) created in 1963.
He died unexpectedly on February 10, 1988.
Conchita Elormendi, the first administrative assistant of the School, joined after Tegerizo's arrival. The future first building was still under construction, and enrollment was done in an office lent by the Provincial Council.
She worked at Tecnun until her retirement in 1995.
Carlos Jordana was Full Professor of Electrical Engineering, which he taught from the beginning of the School, as well as other subjects at area. He was director of studies and Deputy Director of the School.
Jaime Faustmann was another of the first to join the School. Encouraged by Pachi Tegerizo, he trained in Materials at the University of Aachen.
In 1969 he became the first professor of the School to publish a book.
José Antonio Pero-Sanz
José Antonio Pero-Sanz, like Faustmann, traveled to train abroad, in his case at the School de Sciences de Paris-Orsay and at the Institut des Sciences et Techniques Núcleaires de Saclay.
He taught various subjects at area from Materials Engineering and director from department.
Manuel Fuentes, PhD in Physical Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid and an engineer and PhD in Materials Science from the University of Sheffield, joined the School in the 1960s.
He was the first scientific director of Ceit; and its general director between 1994 and 1999.
Manuel de la Morena
Manuel de la Morena, a native of Malaga, arrived at Tecnun in 1962/63, the second year of the School.
For 50 years he was professor of Chemistry and Thermodynamics.
Javier Urquía, a doctor in Civil Engineering, participated from the very beginning in the launching of the School. Besides being a professor at Structures, he was a great connoisseur of the history of the Basque Country, member of the Real Sociedad Bascongada de Amigos del País.
Diego Ramírez, who joined Tecnun in 1963, was, in 1966, the first professor of the School to obtain a University degree Chair . He was at the University of Oviedo, where he stayed for a year and a half before returning to the School.
He taught Mathematics until 1997.
Antonio Idarreta, PhD in Industrial Engineering from the School of Madrid and Ingénieur Papetier from L'Instutut Polytechnique de Grenoble, started the specialization program Industrial Organization and was mentor for other professors and numerous students at Tecnun.
José González Ibeas
José González Ibeas joined the School in 1965 when the Physics Section was created. He was then Associate Dean of the School of Sciences, of which he was appointed Dean in 1969.
Facundo Sancho also joined Tecnun in the early years. In 1966, he became the first professor of the School to publish a scientific article in an international journal, the prestigious 'Proceedings of the Physical Society'.
José Mª Bastero
José Mª Bastero arrived at Tecnun in 1969 as director of studies. In 1978 he replaced Joaquín Casellas at the head of the School. He was director until 1993.
He was also the first general director of Ceit, created in 1982.
In 1996 he was appointed President.
Javier García de Jalón
Professor Javier García de Jalón became in 1980 the first engineer and doctor in Engineering, both degrees from the School, to obtain a university Chair , that of Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines from the University of the Basque Country.