UTEP has made accelerated progress in developing its research capacity. With the University’s recent investments in state-of-the-art equipment, laboratories and buildings, it is an exciting time to be a part of the research community at UTEP.
UTEP is ranked among the top 5% of universities in the country for the volume and quality of its research. Faculty scholars conduct more than $100 million worth of research annually on studies that range from water desalination and Hispanic health disparities to additive manufacturing and bilingual language acquisition – topics that advance knowledge and its application. Research soon will be enhanced by a new Interdisciplinary Research Building. This $85 million project, funded largely through Tuition Revenue Bonds, is expected to be completed in spring 2020. The building will add 150,000 square feet of critically needed space for continued growth in research activity, and enhance UTEP’s competitiveness for the funding that supports it.
In addition, The University of Texas System Board of Regents recently approved $70 million in funding for a major new facility that will house UTEP’s growing research and teaching program in additive manufacturing. The funding also will improve UTEP’s test facilities for rocket engines and drones currently located in east El Paso County. The Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Aerospace will substantially increase the number of students engaged in advanced manufacturing and aerospace research, with plans to train more than 600 graduate and undergraduate students annually to create unparalleled employment opportunities for students upon graduation. It augments the existing Technology Research Innovation Acceleration Park (tRIAC) in Fabens, Texas, and Test Site Bravo near Tornillo, Texas.
Research opportunities abound for students, beginning at the undergraduate level through the Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives, or COURI. COURI’s goal is to prepare students to compete effectively for admission to the best graduate and professional programs in the world and join a globally engaged 21st-century workforce. In 2018- 19, 1,531 undergraduate students were employed in research experiences on campus.