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research for the 21st century

An exciting era of discovery and innovation is under way at The University of Texas at El Paso!

Collaboration between research centers is an important facet of research at the university, from physicians and engineers engaging in cutting edge research to working together with United States armed forces  in defense, homeland security, and aerospace projects.

With the recent opening of the first four-year medical school on the U.S. –Mexico border, biomedical engineering research at UTEP is growing stronger than ever. UTEP faculty are collaborating with teaching physicians at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso on a variety of bioengineering projects. For example, faculty and doctors are working on a project that aims to reduce the cost and improve the performance of nerve guide conduits. Constructed of nano-sized fibers, the conduits hold promise for the repair of injured nerves. Other projects led by UTEP engineers are breaking the boundaries between medicine and machines. At UTEP’s W.M. Keck Center for 3-D Innovation, researchers are using rapid-prototyping technology to build tissue-engineering scaffolds and models of organs and bones for surgical planning.

For decades, the United States armed forces, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and private industry have tapped the expertise of UTEP scientists and engineers on some of the most challenging defense and aerospace-related projects.

The strong relationship between NASA and the University has led to the establishment of a number of centers and laboratories that offer excellent research opportunities for graduate students. These facilities include the Center for Space Exploration Technology Research (cSETR), the Future Aerospace and Technology (FAST) Center, and the Research Institute for Manufacturing and Engineering Systems (RIMES).

As faculty address important homeland security and defense issues, they also strive to offer the best research opportunities for their students. Taking advantage of UTEP’s border location, adjacent to Fort Bliss and White Sands Missile Range, the University has strengthened its partnerships with government and industry through the UTEP Office of Strategic Initiatives, which oversees two important research centers on campus: the National Center for Border Security and Immigration and the Center for Dense Systems Research.

If you would like to learn more about the different research projects or research centers, please click here to visit the “Centers & Institutes” page.