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ARNOLDO HAX Arnoldo Hax was born in Santiago, Chile in 1936. He studied Industrial Engineering at the Universidad Católica of Chile, graduating with a first-class degree in 1960. His concern to broaden his academic training led him to undertake a MS in Industrial Engineering at the University of Michigan, which he completed in 1963. On finishing his studies at the University of Michigan, Dr Hax returned to Chile to take over the management of the School of Engineering at the Universidad Católica, being the youngest director in the School’s history. In that capacity he co-led a complete overhaul of the engineering learning process at the university and throughout the country.



In 1965 he worked for his Ph.D. in Operations Research at the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated in 1967. His career is highlighted by two constant points of reference: the strong relationship with his homeland and his adopted country, the United States of America, and the development of research and training focused in strategic planning and operation management. Through his lifetime, Dr. Hax has applied this knowledge in many key organizations, both academic and otherwise. In 1991, Arnoldo Hax was given the Doctor Honoris Causa degree by the Universidad Católica of Chile recognizing his achievements and commitment. In 2013 he was awarded the Medal of Comendador de la Orden al Mérito de Chile (Commander of the Order of Merit of Chile) in recognition of a lifetime of distinguished service to the country given by the President of Chile. Arnoldo Hax is currently Professor Emeritus of Management at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has collaborated with the Harvard Business School, the University of California, Berkeley, and the IESE Business School, among other higher education institutions.


Chile has now reached a position in which its universities are able to generate development proposals that have global outreach. The natural and social conditions that accompany its human potential make the country a privileged setting for solutions that have a global impact.


Chile’s current regional and global position represents a strong and favorable setting for its universities to generate new development proposals that can have worldwide impact. Our proposals stem from the generation of scientific and technological knowledge, and we hope to instill in our students the spirit of innovation and the thirst for entrepreneurship. Both the potential offered by the natural and social/cultural conditions of Chile, as well as the necessary human potential that makes Chile a development platform for the whole of Latin America, have turned this country into an attractive hub for international partners.


“No profession unleashes the spirit of innovation like engineering. From research to real-world applications, engineers constantly discover how to improve our lives by creating bold new solutions that connect science to life in unexpected, forward-thinking ways. Few professions turn so many ideas into so many realities. Few have such a direct and positive effect on people’s everyday lives. We are counting on engineers and their imaginations to help us meet the need of the 21st century”. (National Academy of Engineering, USA).


The UC School of Engineering aspires to be one of the 50 best engineering schools in the world, through the application of a model that focuses on science and technology, based on a foundation of innovation and interdisciplinary problem-solving. The UC School of Engineering is the only institution of its kind in Chile accredited by ABET. Over the coming decade, the School seeks to change from a good to a great school of engineering: the first of its kind in Latin America to be ranked among the 50 best engineering schools in the world.

Thus is the new UC School of Engineering a model based on interdisciplinary training, research and innovation.


The most important emerging global challenges, especially environmental challenges (water resources, climate change, energy, population growth, etc.), are increasingly complex and interdisciplinary. Successfully addressing these challenges will require system-wide thinking and approaches, and teamwork involving participants from a variety of disciplines. Within the university, the current separation of disciplines into academic departments and degree programs is actually an obstacle when attempting system-wide interdisciplinary activities.

Through our regular continuous improvement processes, we have identified a key opportunity and priority to increase the role of interdisciplinary studies and research in our undergraduate programs, particularly in the earliest stages.

Even though there are already a few initiatives at the university that involve teams from different cooperating departments, interdisciplinary studies represent one of the least developed activities within the Pontifical Universidad Católica (UC).

For historical reasons, undergraduate education and programmatic activities have tended to take place in disciplinary “silos,” often disconnected from related fields of knowledge. As a result, students are less adequately prepared to deal with problems that involve complex socio-technical interactions, particularly those where multiple disciplines are needed in order to identify solutions.

An interdisciplinary approach unleashes new worlds for development of mindkind.

While the broad array of sustainability challenges can be approached from many different disciplines, no single discipline can adequately address these complex challenges. Furthermore, multidisciplinary teams will not be successful if the experts from each discipline offer only a technical view of their specialty, without accounting for the role that the other disciplines have to offer.



INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH SPACES Bio and Biomedical Engineering Virtual reality, robotics and simulation Microelectronics Engineering design Sustainable urban development Smart cities, grids and clean energy Food Technology GRADUATE STUDENT SPACES Active learning Massive online courses Integrated interactive student spaces INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH CENTERS Center for integrated disaster management Center for sustainable urban development Center of advance studies of water security Other interdisciplinary research centers



The new worlds of today are emerging in the margins between the traditional disciplines. The Arnoldo Hax Interdisciplinary Building will be a meeting place of academics and students in the sciences and engineering of these new worlds.

The Arnoldo Hax building will be the place where new knowledge will flourish and solutions to the needs of future generations will be developed. It will provide a space for academics and students to collaborate in the fields of biology, physics, mathematics, chemistry and design.

Sloping yard Laboratory of Bioengineering and Robotics

Laboratory of Engineering Simulation

572.33 MT2 6,150 FT2 Access Hall

Underground patio


SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING San Joaquín Campus Avda. Vicuña Mackenna 4860, Macul, Santiago, Chile Phone: (56-2) 2354 7277

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