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Message From Dean Schoephoerster

Dean Richard T. Schoephoerster

Richard T. Schoephoerster.
College of Engineering

It all started with engineering.

UTEP began as the Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy in 1914 with only a handful of students and one degree, Engineer of Mines. Since then The University of Texas at El Paso has grown considerably in size and diversity of programs. Two major initiatives in the past 20 years have shaped the look of the university and the College of Engineering. First, the university made a concerted effort to partner with the local community and educational organizations to provide the underserved population with access to higher education. This resulted in a major demographic shift where now the demographics of the university and college mirror those of the El Paso region. Secondly, the university began to heavily invest in its research and graduate programs to develop the infrastructure for academic excellence. Now the university, and the College of Engineering, is the largest research intensive, doctoral granting institution with a Mexican-American majority student population.

During this time of rapid growth and change, the College of Engineering has grown to offer six B.S. programs, 10 M.S. programs and five Ph.D. programs with an enrollment of about 2,500 students. It also features active research programs in a number of areas such as infrastructure and sustainability, advanced manufacturing and materials, biomedical and health systems, information and security, and engineering education innovation.

We will continue to grow and expand our programs and as well as the opportunities for our students, faculty and partners with the following principles in mind:

Diversity Drives Innovation
Research Fuels Preeminence
Collaboration Creates Opportunities
Balance Secures Sustainability

By staying true to these principles, we will Change the Face of Engineering by providing Access to Excellence in everything we do.


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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