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Azael Jesús Cortés Capetillo - Faculty

Azael Jesús Cortés Capetillo, National Director of the Engineering in Innovation and Development Program

Azael Jesús Cortés Capetillo

National Director of the Engineering in Innovation and Development Program

Campus Monterrey, School of Engineering and Sciences, Tecnológico de Monterrey.


Environmental Engineering / Environmental Health
Manufacturing Engineering
Mechanical Engineering



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2018 to date, joined Monterrey TEC (ITESM) as Research Professor on topics of Innovation and Technology Management, and Product Development. I also hold the position of Director of the Innovaction GYM, a pre-incubator space to accelerate the development of early technology entrepreneurs whose projects maturity range from TRL1 to TRL 5. 

2017 to date, Nuevo Leon 4.0, an strategic technology program for Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Dealing with open innovation, collaborative frameworks, public policy and grants. 2015-2017, Innovation leader for Katcon, a mexican company for the design/manufacturing of automotive exhaust systems. Working in the development of new technologies, collaborative research with universities/research centres, grants and the development of an innovation management framework. 

2007-2010, Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) by the UK government. Working with UVGI Systems, Ltd and the University of Leeds, UK on the development of a novel UV air sterilisation system and its commercialisation. In charge of design, product quality, and performance testing. Science advisor solving technical questions from clients. The project successfully finished in March 2010 with the development of a family of air sterilisation products for Health Care. 

2004 - 2006, Product Development Engineer in Metalsa S.A. de C.V. Heavy truck division in charge of engineering accounts for Mack/Volvo, Oshkosh, and GM.

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Teaching Activities

  • Engineering Innovation Design Project
  • Innovation and Creativity Workshop
  • Innovation, Design, and Business Context Workshop
  • Methodologies for Innovation
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Education and Training

Doctor of Philosophy, Environmental Engineering, University of Leeds

Master in Science, University of Leeds

Mechanical engineer, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León


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  • FabLabs in vulnerable communities: STEM education opportunities for everyone.  International Journal on Interactive Design and Manufacturing.  
  • Collaborative learning for innovation education.  IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON.  2020-April:630-637. 2020 
  • Engineering for inclusive STEM education. An interdisciplinary collaboration project for the design and creation of accessible and inclusive learning materials 2019 
  • Thermal analysis of a thermoelectric generator for light-duty diesel engines.  Applied Energy.  226:690-702. 2018 Article has an altmetric score of 3 


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Awards and Honors

SIAT 2017: Best Conference Paper on Simulation and Modeling, conferred by ARAI, 2020

Reconocimiento a la Excelencia en el Desarrollo Profesional 2018, conferred by UANL, 2018

MSc. Scholarship, conferred by University of Leeds, 2008

KTP scholarship, conferred by UK Government, 2007

Mexican Researcher Certification - Candidate (Cortes-Capetillo, Azael Jesus)