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Mechanical Engineering Awarded Department of Education Grant


Mechanical Engineering Awarded Department of Education Grant

September 18, 2012

Mechanical Engineering Awarded Department of Education Grant

Mechanical Engineering doctoral students Chance Garcia and Adrian Trejo.

The Mechanical Engineering Department at The University of Texas at El Paso has been awarded the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program Award from the Department of Education. The program provides fellowships for graduate students to pursue the highest degree possible in a field designated as an area of national need. This is the first GAANN grant awarded to UTEP.

At UTEP the program will support four doctoral students in the Energy Science and Engineering (ENSE) doctoral track. The primary goal for the Low Carbon Energy Engineering Doctoral Fellowship Program at UTEP is increasing the number of Hispanic Doctoral students trained in transformational technologies for affordable, abundant and low carbon energy.

Fellows in this program will learn about advanced engineering design of energy systems and the broader aspects of policy, economics and resource sustainability.

While conducting their research, each doctoral student will lead a team of 4 to 5 graduate and undergraduate students. The GAANN fellows will gain mastery of design review protocols and project management by working with their respective teams while developing their research.

The Mechanical Engineering department's philosophy is to educate engineers who understand research is not simply the production of knowledge but also the transformation of new knowledge into valuable products. According to Dr. Ahsan Choudhuri, Chair and Professor of the Mechanical Engineering Department, "These research products will ensure United States supremacy in energy technologies and create jobs that support our quality of life "

Eligible applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, have an expressed interest in pursuing the Ph.D. degree and desire to obtain extensive training in technology, entrepreneurship and engineering leadership. Funding from this grant will provide $30,000 stipends, full tuition, travel, supplies and computer equipment to the participating fellows every year for three years.

For more information on the innovative research training program for the ENSE track:


The University of Texas at El Paso
College of Engineering
Engineering Building Room A148
500 W University Ave
El Paso, TX 79968

Phone: (915) 747-6444
Fax: (915) 747-5437

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