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UTEP, AT&T Partnership Leads to Research Opportunities


Photo courtesy of UTEP
Photo courtesy of UTEP
 
Corporate executives from AT&T will be on The University of Texas at El Paso campus this week to announce new initiatives that will facilitate research and professional work experience opportunities for UTEP students and faculty.

Executives will celebrate the opening of the AT&T Network Operations Development Center in Downtown El Paso and introduce the inaugural class of UTEP student associates during a breakfast scheduled from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, at the Templeton Suite, Union Building East, third floor.

The inaugural class includes 11 science and engineering students selected for a semester-long paid internship with AT&T. These freshmen, sophomores and juniors will work as part-time employees in the new Downtown location. They will utilize the technical skills they learn in the classroom by working in a professional environment and networking with other AT&T employees around the country.

The students will gain experience with projects such as data mining and coding, integration systems and other projects that will allow them solve programming issues that will arise on a daily basis.

AT&T’s new long-term “integrated strategic relationship” with UTEP is the first of its kind for the multi-billion communications giant. AT&T will work with the University and its students to cultivate a talent pool to replenish AT&T’s workforce while also improving its demographic profile. UTEP will become a prototype for what AT&T hopes to initiate at other universities around the country.

AT&T’s long-term plan includes working with faculty, undergraduate and graduate students and its regional and corporate offices. UTEP and AT&T will collaborate to identify research projects that will benefit both entities and use student hires.

“The affiliation and strong relationship with a world-recognized leader will lead to great research opportunities for UTEP, its faculty and students,” said Ricardo Pineda, Ph.D., director for UTEP’s Research Institute for Manufacturing and Engineering Systems (RIMES) and chair of UTEP’s industrial, manufacturing and systems engineering department. “These are the kind of relationships that will take UTEP to the next level and move us toward Tier One.”