UTEP Faculty Earn Engineering Society Leadership Positions


UTEP Faculty Earn Engineering Society Leadership Positions


American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

Four engineering faculty at The University of Texas at El Paso have been appointed to leadership positions within the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

Associate Professor Bill Tseng, Ph.D., is the new assistant chair of the manufacturing engineering division; Associate Professor Heidi Taboada Ph.D., is the new chair of the industrial engineering division; Coordinator Oscar Salcedo is the new secretary/treasurer of the systems engineering division; and Professor Peter Golding Ph.D., is the new chair of the systems engineering division. All faculty members except for Dr. Golding, who is in UTEP's Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, work in UTEP's Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering Department.

An organization of individuals and institutions committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology, ASEE develops policies and programs that enhance professional opportunities for engineering faculty members. It also promotes activities with the purpose to increase student enrollment in this division.

"Per President Obama's previous statement about the future of manufacturing industry – bring manufacturing back to the U.S. – it is anticipated that the growth of manufacturing will take place for the years to come," Tseng said. "Therefore, it is essential for UTEP to cultivate Hispanic manufacturing engineering leaders on campus and work very closely with professional societies like the American Society of Engineering Education in the near future."

UTEP was ranked No. 2 in awarding engineering bachelor's degrees to Hispanics in the U.S. (excluding Puerto Rico) and No. 4 for the number of Hispanic tenured and tenure-track faculty in engineering, according to a previous ASEE report. UTEP also was ranked No. 37 in degrees awarded in industrial, manufacturing and systems engineering (for a total of 38 degrees awarded).

"I am honored by this appointment and am doubly happy to see that all three disciplines in the Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering Department (IMSE) have leadership representation in their respective ASEE divisions," Salcedo said.

About UTEP's College of Engineering
The College of Engineering is a national leader in engineering education and a leading producer of doctoral, master's and baccalaureate degreed Hispanic engineers. The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is the second oldest academic institution of The University of Texas System. Washington Monthly magazine ranks UTEP as #7 in the nation in its annual College Guide and Rankings. The magazine's rankings were based on a combination of social mobility, research production, commitment to service and cost-effectiveness of degree completion. For more information, visit engineering.utep.edu.