The IDDS team at UVG-Altiplano Mayarí Perez Tay has always been curious about the way machines work. Growing up, she dreamed of transforming society through the engineering design process. Excited to pursue her goal, in 2012 she enrolled at UVG, which she choose because it emulates US ideas and values and is a champion of creative spaces for innovation in science and technology. Double majoring in mechanical and industrial engineering, in 2016 she was invited to visit Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to present UVG’s Makerspaces project at the International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces (ISAM). She was the only undergraduate to [...]
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Attendees at USFUVG’s October 2018 reception at the Organization of American States in Washington DC heard about a revolutionary technology known as Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) that has revolutionized Maya archeology. Revealing pre-Columbian civilization to be far more complex and interconnected than previously thought, Lidar shoots lasers down from planes to pierce the thick foliage and paint a 3-D picture of the ground below. Structures long lost to this jungle are revealed in the data. UVG is part of the largest Lidar survey project in the Maya area, Dr. Tomás Barrientos, Chair of UVG’s Department of Archaeology and the Director of [...]
When I was in elementary school, my music teacher showed us a trumpet. It was just an ordinary trumpet, but as soon as I saw it, I wanted to explore it as a piece of musical machinery. I wanted to pick it up and play it. It seemed like such an amazing tool! This kind...
In 1999, a symbol of war began its transformation into a beacon of education--the former military base of Sololá became a vibrant UVG campus serving the largely Mayan population of the Altiplano region. UVG turned former barracks into lecture halls, dorms, science laboratories, and distance learning facilities. The shooting fields were converted into agricultural experimentation plots. The campus now offers curriculums in agriculture and forestry, entrepreneurship, food safety, tourism, teacher training, and ESL, along with community development programs that serve the surrounding villages. Along with matriculated students, it’s not rare to find a class of school children visiting the library, a [...]
The first-ever Guatemalan satellite, “Quetzal 1,” a 1U-size CubeSat, rocketed from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station on March 6, 2020 in 2020, and was deployed from the ISS on April 28, 2020. Developed through the collaborative efforts of undergraduates from UVG’s mechanical engineering, mechatronics, electronics, and computer science departments, and supported by UVG faculty, its Research Institute, and international advisors, the miniature satellite’s mission is to collect real-time data on the cyanobacteria — toxic algae — that threatens Guatemala’s treasured Lake Atitlán. Quetzal 1 will be an integral part of the ongoing lake-water monitoring and evaluation conducted through UVG’s [...]