The Center for E3S welcomes The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) as a new member.
UTEP, the second oldest academic institution of The University of Texas System, is a leading Hispanic serving education and research institution in the United States. The College of Engineering is a national leader in engineering education and a leading producer of doctoral, masters and baccalaureate degreed Hispanic engineers. The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE) conducts research in a variety of areas, including electronic and optical materials and devices. ECE’s research facilities include the Nanomaterials Integration Lab, a nanofabrication facility.
This new collaboration with UTEP will provide the Center for E3S access to a pipeline of qualified science and engineering students who will participate in the Center’s research and education activities, and allow the faculty at UTEP’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE) to engage in research on energy efficient electronic and optical devices.
Professor Eli Yablonovitch of UC Berkeley, the E3S Center Director, shared: “During my trip to UTEP, I was highly impressed by the faculty and the research facilities in the ECE Department. Besides access to students, I look forward to a strong research collaboration with the UTEP faculty.”
David Zubia, Associate Professor – ECE, will be UTEP’s lead researcher associated with the Center. Constance Chang-Hasnain of UC Berkeley and faculty with the Center will host Professor Zubia as a Visiting Scientist at UC Berkeley during summer 2013. Brandon Aguirre, a graduate student advised by Professor Zubia, will also spend the summer at the laboratories researching material growth.
Miguel Velez-Reyes, Chair and Professor – ECE, is looking forward to the opportunities that the Center for E3S can offer to the students and faculty of UTEP. “We are already seeing opportunities for our students. Besides Brandon Aguirre, two ECE undergraduates will be research interns at the Center. UTEP’s contingent of four will learn about the energy efficient research undertaken in the Center for E3S. Development of this type of partnership is a key strategy to increase opportunities for our faculty and students and contribute to UTEP’s goal of becoming a Tier 1 Research Institution. We wish Professor Zubia and the UTEP students a successful summer at Berkeley.”
– For more information about UTEP, visit engineering.utep.edu.