Speaker: Patricio Felmer
Bio Sketch: Patricio Felmer is a Mathematical Engineer from the University of Chile and holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been Director of the Department of Mathematical Engineering (1999-2001), Member of the Fondecyt Higher Science Council (2002-2005), and is a member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences. Dr. Felmer dedicated the first part of his academic life to mathematical research, making numerous scientific contributions in the area of Hamiltonian systems, partial differential equations and nonlinear analysis. In the second part, he has directed his interests to education, dedicating his efforts to collaborate in the improvement of education with a country vision. Together with collaborators, he founded the ARPA Initiative, a teacher professional development program, whose purpose is to incorporate Problem Solving in Chilean classrooms, with the goal of transforming classroom relationships. The proposal seeks to move a classroom conducted by the teacher, with passive students, to one where students actively learn and the teacher orchestrate their work, proposing stimulating activities, and promoting autonomy and collaboration.