Relevant Characters at the IPN

Víctor Chambón Burgoa

The IPN battle chant official author and a member of the first American Football team. He was an educated man who spoke several languages, played a variety of musical instruments and loved sports, especially American Football. He was born on October 13th, 1917 and studied accounting at ESCA. Professionally, he collaborated founding an American factory making waxed paper in Mexico. There he spent most of his career, as well as in the American Machine Foundry (AMF). He passed away on 7th December, 1987.

Armando González Domínguez

IPN’s hymn music writer. Born in Motul, Yucatán, he became a renowned piano man. He started his studies in Mérida, and after moving to Mexico City, he entered The National Conservatoire of Music. He started working at the IPN Social Action Department on July 1st, 1957. He was a multifaceted and musically prolific man who wrote the music and the lyrics of some hymns. He was the director of several orchestras and the composer of several plays and waltzes. He directed two musical bands composed of 90 musicians in a commemorative ceremony to celebrate the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. Armando González passed away in Mexico City on February 15th, 1993. He remains alive in the voice of the IPN’s students as they sing his hymn.

Carmen de la Fuente

IPN’s hymn lyricist. She was a great woman who succeeded both academically and musically. Carmen de la Fuente started her career at IPN in 1945 working as a teacher; after that, she became the coordinator and supervisor of Spanish, Castellan and Universal literature at pre vocational and vocational schools. She organised art exhibits displaying the works of José Ma. Velasco, Dr. Atl and Joaquín Clausell’s. “Viaje por un siglo” is one of her most famous literary works as it contains high quality prose and poetry. It was written in four volumes and edited by the IPN. Out of her love for the institution, Carmen de la Fuente created her masterpiece for the IPN community which is still fervently sung: the IPN Hymn. She passed away in Mexico City on October 13th, 2013.

Armando López Fonseca

He was one of the students who designed the IPN’s emblem. He was born on May 28th, 1924 in Hidalgo del Parral, Chihuahua. He completed his studies as a Technical Constructor at the legendary Technical Industrial Institute. Armando López was executive manager at the Mexican Association of Engineers in Mechanics and Electricity for over 12 years. During the building of PEMEX Tower, he was industrial security counselor. He has been considered as one of the first Industrial engineers in Mexico. He worked on different academic and administrative senior positions at the Technological School of Chihuahua, being a founder teacher. He currently works at the Technological centre for Industry and Services # 122 in Chihuahua.

Jesús Robles Martínez

While an IPN student, he wrote the IPN’s motto. He was a brilliant student who graduated during the first generation of Engineers in Electric and Electronic Communications at ESIME in 1940. While studying, he became the first president of the National Federation of Technical Students in 1937; and he started his career as an IPN teacher on August 1st, 1944. He pursued an ample political career; he was the teachers’ union representative, later appointed General Secretary of the Trade Union of Education and the Federation of the Trade Union of State Workers and manager at the National Bank for Public Works and Services of Mexico. Jesús Robles also assumed positions by popular election at the Chamber of Deputies on 14th June 2004.