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Research Centers/Labs

Interdisciplinary Research Facilitation Teams

The College has five strategic interdisciplinary research areas:

  • Infrastructure and sustainability
  • Advanced manufacturing and materials
  • Biomedical and health systems
  • Information and security
  • Engineering education innovation

Research Centers

College Centers:
Center for Inland Desalination Systems (CIDS)

CIDS builds on a strong foundation of related research already being done by faculty members in geological sciences, chemistry and civil engineering. CIDS funding is currently a combination of a $2 million grant from the state of Texas through its Emerging Technology Fund, $2 million from The University of Texas System, and matching funds raised by UTEP (goal is $2 million in sponsored research from industry partners).

Center for Research in Engineering and Technology Education (CREaTE)

CREaTE promotes and celebrates research that improves our understanding of student learning and excellence in teaching. We value growth, professionalism and excellence. Engineering faculty and instructors find support here for instructional design, development, evaluation and scholarship of teaching.

Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CTIS)

It is with pleasure to announce the formation of the Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CTIS) at UTEP. The focus of CTIS, which supplants the Center for Highway Materials Research, is to coordinate basic and applied research related to the nation's transportation infrastructure at UTEP. One of the missions of this new Center is to directly support the new PhD in Civil Engineering with focus in Infrastructure Systems.

High Performance Computing (HiPCEP)

High Performance Computing (HPC) is typically defined as computation that requires greater computing power than is offered by traditional desktop computers. Greater computing power can mean more processor cycles, larger memory, faster I/O, faster network transmission, or more sophisticated visualization capabilities.

HPC resources at UTEP include beowulf class linux clusters and symmetric shared-memory multiprocessor systems. These resources offer researchers, faculty and students a total of 285 processors delivering 1145 peak Gflops of processing power, 754 GB of memory and 14.4 TB of disk storage.

Research Institute for Manufacturing and Engineering Systems (RIMES)

RIMES was created in 1995 as the Institute for Manufacturing and Materials Management. We have recently renamed the Institute and it has taken the lead in focusing on the research and applications of Systems Engineering.

W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation

Located at the University of Texas at El Paso, The Keck Center is home to state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing technology and a dedicated staff ready for any challenge, be it medical or mechanical. From surgical models to tissue engineering to product prototypes, the Keck Center is ready to transform your ideas into three dimensions.

University Centers:
Center for Environmental Resource Management (CERM)

The Center for Environmental Resource Management (CERM) provides university-wide leadership and coordination for energy and environmentally-related academic, policy, research, and service activities. CERM focuses university resources to address energy, hazardous waste, air quality, water availability and quality, ecosystem, and policy issues through an active program of research, outreach, policy and academic programs, including support for a culturally diverse student population to develop the skills necessary to become environmental engineers and scientists. CERM is committed to developing both the human and technical resources needed to build the capacity of the region to solve its environmental problems.

Center of Excellence for Sharing resources for the Advancement of Research and Education through Cyberinfrastructure (Cyber-ShARE)

The Center concentrates specifically on the aspects of CI that deal with software and middleware services and tools, with the focus on the development of scientific CI applications and on training the next generation of scientists who can effectively use CI to perform leading-edge science.

Regional Cyber and Energy Security Center

The Regional Cyber and Energy Security (RCES) Center was formed to address the cyber and energy security challenges facing diverse utilities, energy systems, and information and communications infrastructures in the region, including grid tied forms of alternative energy generation (e.g. solar and wind). Our mission is to develop innovative technologies, security strategies, and deployment solutions while raising cyber security awareness throughout the Paso Del Norte region and beyond. Key components of this mission include development of innovative processes, testing and certification methods, education and training, and products and services to ensure secure deployment in the generation, distribution, operations, and customer domains. The RCES Center will begin providing these services while protecting against cyber attacks, cyber physical attacks, equipment failures, and insider and natural threats.

Research Labs

BIG Transportation Lab

BIG stands for Border Intermodal Gateway, which was established in 2006 under the Department of Civil Engineering. The lab conducts research related to transportation on the border, including planning, traffic simulation, traffic operations and management and intelligent systems.

Center for Space Exploration Technology Research (cSETR)

The Center for Space Exploration Technology Research (cSETR) was established under the direction of Dr. Ahsan Choudhuri to promote research and education in propulsion and energy engineering. cSETR, originally established as the Combustion and Propulsion Research Laboratory, is now a university research center (URC) through the Group 5 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) URC Cooperative Agreement. The Center actively conducts a wide range of analytical, experimental and computational research in energy and propulsion engineering with a particular interest in green propulsion, in-situ resource utilizations, space structures, clean power generation, solar energy and carbon dioxide sequestrations.

Intelligent Systems Engineering Lab

This laboratory was established in 2007 with support from GM PACE, DoEd and College of Engineering. The ISEL is currently used for graduate/undergraduate teaching and research in areas such as network based manufacturing, environmentally conscious manufacturing, online laboratory, data mining and bio-Informatics.

Laboratory for Human Motion Analysis and Neurorehabilitation

The Laboratory for Human Motion Analysis and Neurorehabilitation at UTEP has embarked on a program to forge links with clinical and scientific departments to advance some basic themes that are of clinical and scientific importance. These include the interaction of neurophysiology and biomechanics, the study of chronics diseases, and neurophysiological signal processing, to mention just a few.

Laboratory for Industrial Metrology and Automation (LIMA)

Industrial Metrology and Automation (LIMA ) is a critical applied technology whose impact is felt every day in most countries of the world. A list of all international Metrology Laboratories has been collected by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and can be viewed at: . There is a need for universities to assist industry and to perform research in this area in order to continue to improve the techniques and to incorporate new technologies. In the specific case of UTEP, there is a need to partner with local industry in the El Paso-Juarez area. A research program in LIMA can also contribute to an improved competitiveness of american industry and the development of nanotechnology, MEMS, and Mechatronics.

Medical Imaging Informatics Lab

Established in Fall 2008, the focus of our research is to develop, optimize and validate advanced computational and data integration methods to convert medical image data (all laboratory, pre clinical and clinical data) to knowledge or some form of medical intervention, to be referred to as clinical decision tools. The uniqueness is to encourage leading computer scientists and electrical engineers to develop integrated solutions to medical imaging using advanced algorithms and modeling methods, and to permit quantitative clinical decision making solutions consistent with advances in personalized medicine (cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment, including image guided drug delivery).

Nano Materials Integration Laboratory

NanoMIL studies the nanoscale aspects of materials and applies nanotechnology to create novel semiconductor materials and devices. Strategically it emphasizes both the scientific and technological aspects of nanotechnology. NanoMIL integrates nanoscale matter with larger millimeter-scale assemblie and is sensitive to its constituents and the context in which it operates at The University of Texas at El Paso.


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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