The demands of the knowledge society, characterised by globalisation, information, communication and the growing economic value of structured knowledge, require qualitative changes from the scientific and technological community in order to improve quality and effectiveness.
In an effort to meet this challenge, the Government of Aragón established the Aragón Institute of Engineering Research (I3A) on May 14, 2002 (Decree 169/2002). This is the first institute of its kind created at the University of Zaragoza. It is based on inter-departamental collaboration and is highly multidisciplinary, comprising members from the Engineering School (EINA), the Faculty of Sciences, the Faculty of Economic and Entrepreneurial Sciences, the School of Medicine and the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences.
The I3A is an Interdisciplinary University Research Institute specialising in engineering. It emerged from a strong conviction of the importance of the synergy that can be obtained in research planned in an interdisciplinary manner. This leads to an increase in working efficiency a high capacity to deal with multidisciplinary projects. The complete research cycle from the basics to prototype design is covered. The generation of new knowledge is one of our essential activities. The aim is to generate, manage and transfer scientific knowledge to society, and contribute to the technological innovation of industry as an active agent for regional, national and international economic development.
The Institute aims to be recognised as a European and national reference point for certain specific strategic lines of research and in technological innovation in specialist fields. The purposes are promoting and improving scientific research in the continuing search for excellence, supporting economic development through technology transfer to the industrial sector, providing high quality training at postgraduate and doctoral level, and promoting science and technology in society.
Since its creation, the I3A has grown both nationally and internationally, consolidating a shared vision among scientists and technicians and gaining recognition as a reference point in many fields of research.
Juan Ignacio Garcés Gregorio