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UTEP Awarded Grant to Study Desalination Methods

GM Drive Experience
Photo by Chad Puerling / UTEP University Communications
GM Drive Experience Event
Officials from the Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) program announced a $169 million in-kind donation to UTEP of computer-aided engineering software and equipment during a special event on Friday outside of the Engineering Building.

PACE members include General Motors, EDS, Sun Microsystems and UGS.

In the top photo, Roderick D. Gillum, GM's vice president of Corporate Responsibility and Diversity, shakes hands with UTEP mechanical engineering senior and former GM intern Carlos Ramirez, right, who spoke at the event (read speech).

To celebrate the announcement, the automobile manufacturer brought the GM Drive experience to UTEP, which let students test drive 21 of the company's hottest vehicles, including the 390-horsepower Chevy SSR (at right).

Photo Gallery: PACE Announcement