Fernando García Roel

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Fernando García Roel
2nd Rector of the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM)
In office
Preceded by Víctor Bravo Ahuja
Succeeded by Rafael Rangel Sostmann
Personal details
Born (1921-08-14)14 August 1921[1]
Monterrey, Nuevo León[1]
Died 26 February 2009(2009-02-26) (aged 87)[2]
Torreón, Coahuila
Spouse(s) Laura Molina (married on 1 July 1946)[1]
Children Fernando and Héctor[1]
Alma mater National Autonomous University of Mexico and University of Wisconsin–Madison
Profession Chemical engineer

Fernando García Roel (14 August 1921 – 26 February 2009) was a Mexican chemical engineer. He served as the second rector of the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM, 1960–1984).

García Roel was born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, into a family composed by Mario A. García and María Roel,[1] sister of prominent historian Santiago Roel.[3] He received a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (1943) and a master's degree in the same discipline from the University of Wisconsin–Madison (1948).[4]

In 1966 he was given the University of Wisconsin–Madison's Distinguished Service Award[5] and in 1984 the Víctor Márquez Domínguez Prize of the Mexican Institute of Chemical Engineers.[6] He was conferred an honorary doctorate by the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1979.[7]

One of the streets crossing the main campus of the Monterrey Institute of Technology is named in his honor.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e Lajoie, Lucian F.; Myer, Jack D; Castillo Nájera, Francisco (1972). Who's Notable in Mexico. vol. 1 (1st ed. ed.). Mexico City, Mexico. OCLC 1784836. 
  2. ^ "Muere ex rector del Tec de Monterrey" (in Spanish). El Siglo de Torreón. 2009-02-27. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  3. ^ Garza, José (1997-02-09). "Entrevista a Adriana García Roel" (in Spanish). El Norte. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  4. ^ Ortiz, Aída (2009-03-06). "Rinden homenaje póstumo a Fernando García Roel, ex Rector del Tecnológico de Monterrey" (in Spanish). Crónica Intercampus. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  5. ^ "Engineers' Day 1966 Award Recipients". University of Wisconsin–Madison. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  6. ^ "Premio Ing. Víctor Márquez Domínguez al Progreso Profesional en la Ingeniería Química" (in Spanish). Instituto Mexicano de Ingenieros Químicos. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  7. ^ "Recipients of Honorary Degrees Conferred by the UW-Madison". University of Wisconsin–Madison. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  8. ^ "Rinden homenaje a Fernando García Roel" (in Spanish). Crónica Intercampus. 2006-02-24. Retrieved 2008-10-11.