It is Mexico's most productive research center for diverse branches of engineering.
The Institute’s policy has always been to solve general engineering problems, to collaborate with government and private entities to improve the national engineering practice and to supply engineering services. The Institute has focused on disseminating the result of its research projects to contribute to the national development and the well being of society.
The Institute was created in 1959.
January 1956 - January 1959 Fernando Hiriart Balderrama
February 1959 - July 1966 Emilio Rosenblueth Deutsch
August 1966 - June 1970 Roger Díaz de Cossío
June 1970 - June 1974 Daniel Ruiz Fernández
June 1974 - September 1982 Daniel Resendiz Nuñez
September 1982 - February 1991 Luis Esteva Maraboto
February 1991 - April 1991 Roberto Magallanes Negrete (Interino)
April 1991 - May 1999 José Luis Fernández Zayas
May 1999 - April 2003 Francisco José Sánchez Sesms
May 2003 - October 2007 Sergio Manuel Alcocer Martínez de Castro
November 2007 - February 2008 José Alberto Escobar Sánchez (Interino)
February 2008 - Adalberto Noyola Robles
The staff comprises 93 researchers, 95 academic technicians, 409 scholarship holders at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels and 184 clerical workers.
Its facilities include 13 buildings on the UNAM campus, in Mexico City, occupying 20,000 square metres (220,000 sq ft) in laboratories, cubicles and common areas, along with an auditorium.
The institute offers graduate programs in engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, or Earth sciences, conjointly with the schools of science and engineering, as well as with the Earth Sciences Institute.