Ensenada Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education
|Ensenada Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education|
|Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada, CICESE|
|Type||Public university and research center|
|Location||Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico|
The Ensenada Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education (in Spanish: Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada, CICESE) is a public research center sponsored by the National Council for Science and Technology of Mexico (CONACYT) in the city of Ensenada, Baja California, and specialized in Earth Sciences, Oceanography and Applied Physics.
Its facilities include eight buildings which house laboratories, classrooms, a specialized library, supercomputing equipment, connection to Internet 2, the oceanographic vessel Francisco de Ulloa, and valuable seismological and oceanographic instrumentation and a library that holds more than 40,000 volumes.
The center was founded in 1973 by the Mexican federal government, which aimed to create a research institution outside Mexico City (where 80% of Mexico's scientific and technical research was performed at the time). At the time, most of the research performed on the Baja California Peninsula took place at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. The team to found the institution was led by Raúl N. Ordarza, Emmanuel Méndez Palma and Remigio Valdés of CONACYT; Arcadio Poveda and Félix Córdoba of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and Nicolás Grijalva of the Autonomous University of Baja California's School of Marine Studies and Math professor at Scripps.
The institution formed part of the design group to produce the first satellite 100% designed and built in Mexico. The other major partners were the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the National Polytechnic Institute.
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