Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (Superior Polytechnic School) grew out of a demand for a technical and scientific education in the Ecuadorean coastal region.
In May of 1959, ESPOL began it’s academic life with two specializations: Naval Engineering and Petroleum and Mining Engineering.However, the dynamic development of the country demanded the creation of new careers. This is what led ESPOL to create, in September 1986, Computer Engineering in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering.
The first graduates obtained the degree of Electrical Engineers in the specialization of Computer Sciences.
In February 1991 ESPOL approved the new graduates of that career to receive the title of Engineer in Computer Sciences, which would lead the faculty to change its name to the Faculty of Engineering in Electricity and Computer Sciences.
The program was created on September 30, 1986 with the name of electrical engineering, computing specialization. Immediately, in the year 1991, because of the content of the program and the professional activities carried out by the graduate, the name was changed to computer engineering.
In 1999, the program coordination decided to create two new specializations. Technological systems and information system. In 2003, a new specialization was added to the program, multi media systems. In the year 2005, a curriculum reform was carried out in the country that generated changes throughout all the programs offered at ESPOL. This reform including the re-designing of a study plan centered on credits instead of courses and the inclusion of formative categories. In this sense, the courses that formed part of the academic program were organized into the following axes: humanistic, basic sciences, professional (core of required courses: nucleus and nucleus orientated), optional (a list of courses that are chosen by students according to their professional orientation), free electives (from a list of courses offered to all ESPOL students not directly linked to their program). Additionally, extra activities were established for the students with the purpose of satisfying the required hours for professional practice or internships and the graduation project.
In 2009, the program’s study plan was revised (CP / 09-03-072, CAC-2009-124, CP / 09-02-049, CAC - 2009-057). The new plan included a change to the title of Engineer in Computer Sciences. This change was carried out because the program offered before did not meet the international ABET/EAC standards required for Computer Sciences Engineering.
In 2010, all the programs at ESPOL had to eliminate specializations because of new regulations in Ecuador, which in the specific case of Computer Sciences meant that there were now three orientations: Technological Systems, Information Systems, and Multimedia Systems (CP / 10-03-059, CAC - 2010-048).
All this changes reflect how dynamic changes have been at ESPOL and especially in the Engineering in Computer Sciences. This has kept it in continuous change especially as new technologies have appeared. As a consequence of this constant change, beginning in 2017, another series of changes will make this career more specialized, modern and competitive.