The Federico Santa María Technical University (UTFSM) is a Chilean university situated in Valparaíso, Chile. According to some national rankings of quality perception, it is one of the most reputed engineering universities in Chile, with special emphasis in technical fields, and a significant research growth in business. The University has campuses in Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, Santiago, Talcahuano and Rancagua, as well as an international campus in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
The University is the alma mater of several prominent businessmen, engineers and Chilean scientists. UTFSM was the first Chilean university to confer a Doctorate in engineering in 1962 and, with that, the first higher-education institution in Latin America to confer this degree. The University offers severals undergraduate and graduate degrees in technical areas. In 2011, UTFSM has been awarded nearly US$ 3 million for research projects, being one of the top technical universities in the country in terms of research funds.