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Faculdad de Ciencia e Ingenierķa en Alimentos (Ecuador)

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The "Faculdad de Ciencia e Ingeniería en Alimentos" (FCIAL - Faculty of Food Science and Engineering) is part of the "Universidad Técnica de Ambato" (Ambato Technical University), organized on 14 April 1969 in Ambato by State Law No. 5.
FCIAL was founded on 18 November 1963 as the "Escuela Técnica Industrial" (Industrial Technical School), part of the "Instituto Superior de Contabilidad y Gerencia" (Higher Institute of Accounting and Management). On 14 April 1969, the institute was transformed into the "Universidad Técnica de Ambato" and the school became the "Facultad de Ingeniería Industrial" (Faculty of Industrial Engineering), with two schools, "Escuela de Tecnología en Cuero y Caucho" (Leather and Rubber Technological School) and "Escuela Técnica de Alimentos" (Food Technical School). On 23 May 1974, the "Facultad de Ingeniería Industrial" was renamed "Facultad de Ingeniería" (Engineering Faculty).
On 18 October 1974, the "Facultad de Ingeniería" was divided into three schools, "Escuela de Ingeniería en Alimentos" (School of Food Engineering), "Escuela de Ingeniería Civil" (School of Civil Engineering) and "Escuela de Ingeniería Agronómica" (School of  Agronomic Engineering). On 21 March 1984, the "Escuela de Ingeniería en Alimentos" was transformed into the "Facultad de Ciencia e Ingeniería en Alimentos".
Source: FCIAL website
Ivan Sache, 07 November 2011


The flag of FCIAL, as shown graphically on the faculty's website, is "slightly heterodox". It is divided yellow-green by an ascending curve line, paralleled by a white DNA molecule encircling the seal of the faculty. "Indian maize yellow" represents the sun's photic energy and light, which allow the development of life on our planet. "Olive green" represents vegetation and ecosystem development, symbolizing the different (vegetal, microbial, animal and human) components of life. The curved line represents a section of planet Earth. The DNA molecule is at the origin of all kind of life. The central loop in the molecule represents the dissociation of the two-stranded molecule to allow its duplication, and therefore the emergence of new life. This dissociation is at the origin of Food Engineering, as a cosmic projection represented by the emblem of FCIAL.
The emblem of FCIAL is made of an orange apple placed inside a gray gear wheel, the whole over a blue and white erlenmeyer flask. The apple is a generic representation of food, standing here for food science. The Erlenmeyer flask represents science; the blue color represents water that initiates and maintain life on our planet. The Erlenmeyer specifically represents training and research performed in laboratories. The gear wheel represents engineering, machines, technology, and devices.
Ivan Sache, 07 November 2011