Sal Hernandez Receives TxDOT Award
September 15, 2010 | UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS
Dr. Sal Hernandez
Dr. Salvador Hernandez, assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at The University of Texas at El Paso has received nearly $100,000 by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to study the El Paso regional ports of entry.
The project, titled "El Paso Regional Ports of Entry Operations Plan", will encompass the entire El Paso region, from Santa Teresa, New Mexico, to the Tornillo/Guadalupe port of entry.
According to Hernandez, the objective of the plan is to review existing ports of entry in the region, analyze how the ports function, and develop recommendations that will improve cross-border mobility in the region.
Working with Hernandez is Dr. Soheil Nazarian, professor of civil engineering; Dr. Kelvin Cheu, associate professor of civil engineering; Dr. Carlos Chang, assistant professor of civil engineering; Dr. Tom Fullerton, associate professor of civil engineering; and Dr. Raed Aldouri, assistant professor in UTEP's Geospatial Center. Together, this team will develop and forecast inventory and assessment of the transportation infrastructure in the El Paso region, conducting a market evaluation of regional transportation assets. UTEP will also assist TxDOT in modeling the Juarez-El Paso region by developing demographic and commodity flow profiles and analyzing border wait times and economic analysis.