Federico Santa María Technical University
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|Federico Santa María Technical University|
|Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María|
|Motto||Ex umbra in solem|
|Motto in English||From the shadow into the light|
|Rector||José Rodríguez Pérez (2006–2014) (reelected in 2010)|
|Campus||Urban, 92,414 square metres (9.2414 ha) (main campus)|
|Colors||Azure, Gules and Or|
The Federico Santa María Technical University (Spanish: Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María) (UTFSM) (or simply Santa Maria University) is a Chilean university founded in 1926 in Valparaíso, Chile. The University has campuses in Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, Santiago, Talcahuano and Rancagua, as well as an international campus in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Santa María University is the alma mater of several prominent businessmen, engineers and Chilean scientists.
UTFSM was the first Chilean university to confer a doctorate in engineering in 1962 and the first higher-education institution in Latin America to confer this degree. For six consecutive years, UTFSM has been ranked the third best university in Chile in terms of quality perception given by more than 1000 important business executives. In 2012, the University was ranked 5 between 9.500 schools of engineering in the world according to their impact factor in the last 5 years (Microsoft Academics), as the latinoamerican university with the largest normalized impact factor, and as the first school of engineering in South America. The university has special emphasis in technical fields as physics, mathematics, chemistry, biotechnology, and engineering fields as civil, mechanical, electrical, electronical, industrial, information, telematics, environmental and chemical engineering with a significant growth in business research.
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The university takes its name from Federico Santa María, a Chilean philanthripist that lived in France. He raised a huge fortune as a broker in the sugar market in Paris. Before his death, he donated all his fortune to create a university in Valparaíso, his hometown. In his testament, Santa María donated his fortune with the idea of building a high-standard technical and scientific institution. This institution would accept and prepare the best students from all socioeconomic backgrounds to gain technical and scientific knowledge that contribute to the progress of the country.
Following his philosophy, on March 31, 1926, an institution was created to develop Santa María's legacy. Finally on 1931 the School of Crafts and Arts and School of Engineering José Miguel Carrera was founded. In 1935 its name changed to Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María.
The condition imposed by Federico Santa María was that, during the first 10 years, the university must receive academics from the best schools of engineering in the world. Following this imperative, the executor of this project, Agustín Edwards McLure, moved to Germany where he contacted Dr. Karl Laudien, who was the first Rector (Chancellor) of the university. From that moment, the university received strong German influences.
In 1960 the Graduate School was created. In 1962 the university became the first higher-education institution in Latin America to confer a doctorate in engineering, in cooperation with the University of Pittsburg.
The university has four campuses and two branch campuses (sedes). These are in four Chilean cities and Guayaquil, Ecuador:
- Casa Central, main campus. Inaugurated in 1931 in Valparaíso
- Campus Santiago Vitacura and Campus Santiago San Joaquín, in the capital, Santiago.
- Campus Guayaquil, located in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
- Sede José Miguel Carrera, located in Viña del Mar.
- Sede Rey Balduino de Bélgica, in the seaport city of Talcahuano.
While the campuses are focused on undergraduate, graduate and university academical activities, sedes are mainly dedicated to technical degrees.
Main Campus, Valparaíso 
The main UTFSM campus (or Casa Central) is located in Valparaíso, covering most of the front area of Los Placeres hill. The site faces the Pacific coast and it is visible from many parts of the bay of Valparaíso.
The building was designed by Josué Smith Solar, one of the most respected Chilean architects of the 20th century, and his son José Smith Miller. The American Neo-Gothic style campus is considered one of the foremost works of Chilean architecture. The campus is also recognised for its beautiful gardening, with native and exotic species.
The main campus has a gothic scholastic architecture with a privileged view to the Pacific Ocean. In 2008 it was chosen as one of the most remarkable national architectural works of the 20th century.
Due to the focused nature of the university, its organisation does not include different faculties, only different academic departments. Within the Chilean campus level, there are 12 departments, which carry out research and graduate/undergraduate educational programs.
UTFSM is the only Chilean engineering school that includes sports as an obligatory course in the curriculum.
The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. The undergraduate degrees can be of 12 academic semesters (engineering), 10 semesters (engineering, pure sciences and arquitecture), 8 semesters (Applied Engineering) and 6 semesters (technical careers). The graduate degrees (Masters and Doctorate) have a structure that can be described as follows: 2 years for masters of science and 3 to 5 years for Doctorate degrees.
Engineering degrees 
The engineering degrees at UTFSM (and throughout Chile) are offered in different degrees of difficulty. The highest degree corresponds to 12 academic semesters which, in UTFSM, is divided in 4 semesters of basic sciences (Mathematics I to IV, Introduction to Physics, Physics I to IV, Chemistry, Thermodynamics, Computer Programming, and several lectures depending on the degree), 4 semesters for lectures in the main area of the degree, and 4 complementary semesters with lectures oriented to production management, quality management, probabilities, stadistics, financial control, operations research, projects evaluation, research laboratory, soft skills, and professional thesis. At the end of the process, the student receive the professional degree of Engineer.
To differentiate it from the engineering studies of 10 semesters, the degree has the suffix of Civil. For example, the degree for 12 academic semester in chemical engineering has the title of Ingeniero Civil Químico, while the degree of 10 semesters has the title of Ingeniero Químico.
Chemical Engineering 
The Chemical Engineering School at UTFSM was founded together with the foundation of the School of Engineers in 1935, being one of the oldest degrees offered by the university. The first Chilean and latinamerican doctorate degree in chemical engineering was given to Walter Gaete Castro in 1962, with a cooperation between UTFSM and University of Pittsburg, USA. Nowadays, the chemical engineering department has the name of Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering (IQA, in Spanish), where Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering degrees are offered. The research topics at IQA are:
- Design of industrial processes
- Environmental Engineering
- Food Science and Bioprocesses
- Minerals Processing
- Automation and process control
The Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering has 12 associate professors, 11 with PhD degrees. The department offers the graduate programs of Master of Science and PhD in Chemical Engineering.
Since 2010 UTFSM has been awarded with nearly US$8 million for 76 research projects. Many of these projects involve national and international collaborations with prestigious institutions in Latin America (ANDES Laboratory Project, RIABIN Biotechnology Network), Europe (CERN, Max Planck Institut, Politecnico di Milano), and USA (MIT, SLAC), among others.
Notable alumni and faculty 
- Robert Frucht, German-Chilean mathematician, known for developing the Frucht's theorem, emeritus professor 1970.
- Miguel Kiwi, National Prize of Science (Physics) 2007.
- Herbert Appel, National Prize of Science (Organic Chemistry) 1970.
- Juan Garbarino, National Prize of Science (Organic Chemistry) 1998.
- Raul Zurita, Civil Engineer, Poet, National Literature Prize.
- Ower Villegas, Nuclear Physicist and ex Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA.
- Ivan Schmidt, Chilean physicist. He developed, in cooperation with Dr. Stanley Brodsky from Stanford University, the basic theoretical aspects to create antihydrogen atoms in the Laboratory. Based in this methods, Swiss scientists have created the first antimatter atom in the world.
- Robert Breusch, mathematician. Breusch was known for his new proof of the prime number theorem and for the many solutions he provided to problems posed in the American Mathematical Monthly.
- Karl Laudien, first Rector (Chancellor) of the University.
- Carlos Cerutti, the first Chilean who received the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by an international institution: University of Pittsburg, USA.
- Sergio Contreras, Bishop of Temuco.
- "Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María – Ingeniería en Chile". Utfsm.cl. Retrieved 2010-12-25.
- http://www.bib.utfsm.cl/nuevositio/attachments/087_80%20a%C3%B1os%20de%20universidad.pdf Reseña Histórica – Biblioteca UTFSM
- http://www.scimagoir.com/ Ibero-American Ranking
- http://www.dgc.usm.cl/2008/12/29/casa-central-elegida-una-de-las-grandes-construcciones-del-siglo-xx/ Casa Central elegida una de las grandes construcciones del Siglo XX
- http://noticias.universia.cl/ciencia-nn-tt/noticia/2010/12/28/774859/universidad-santa-maria-adjudica-17-proyectos-fondecyt.html Universidad Santa María se adjudica 17 Proyectos Fondecyt
- http://www.dgc.usm.cl/2012/02/12/universidad-santa-maria-se-adjudica-23-proyectos-fondecyt/ Universidad Santa María se adjudica 23 Proyectos Fondecyt