From Craftsmen into Engineers During Undergraduate Education

  • Eduardo JuárezEmail author
  • Edgar Fernández
  • José Velázquez
  • Rocío Aldeco-Pérez
  • Lilia Rodríguez
  • Antonio Del Rio
  • Claud Robinson
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 865)


The software development industry has an urge for trained software engineers capable to deliver successful software projects. To be successful, software projects require engineers with discipline on the application of sound engineering practices. Those practices are usually learnt after engineers have spent years working in the industry, resulting in a low percentage of successful projects. In this paper we propose a challenge-based learning experience that develops such sound engineering practices and discipline during undergraduate studies, therefore, guaranteeing that the rate of successful projects where the engineers will participate will be higher, as they have acquired the competencies to deliver such projects.


Challenge-based Competency-based Education Undergraduate Training Agile 



The authors would like to thank the team involved in the designing, implementation and evolution of this learning experience including but not limited to students, professors, development partners, directors, colleagues and staff.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eduardo Juárez
    • 1
    Email author
  • Edgar Fernández
    • 1
  • José Velázquez
    • 2
  • Rocío Aldeco-Pérez
    • 1
  • Lilia Rodríguez
    • 2
  • Antonio Del Rio
    • 3
  • Claud Robinson
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Engineering and ScienceTecnologico de MonterreyMonterreyMexico
  2. 2.School of Humanities and EducationQuerétaroMexico
  3. 3.CallpickerQuerétaroMexico
  4. 4.West CorporationOmahaUSA

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