Message from the Chair

Cyndi Giorgis, Ph.D.

Welcome to The University of Texas at El Paso's latest and most innovative department and our website. The Department offers a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering Leadership, and a Master's of Science in Engineering with a concentration in Engineering Education and Leadership.

These programs are the first in the nation to support a mission of access and excellence in engineering and leadership education, as we concurrently raise both the engineering and leadership aspirations and educational attainment of the residents of our binational region and beyond.

We are providing world-class education in our highly anticipated programs, which include providing experiential learning in advanced research and scholarship that creates deep learning environments for our students, and addresses global challenges and issues of high priority nationally and regionally.

Our mission places the entwined human, economic and technical development and quality of life at the center of our teaching, research and service. Our approach is built on the foundation of strategic plans in the College of Engineering to impact the transformation of higher education in the 21st century.

The Department's integration draws on the expertise of all our departments in the College of Engineering, and through them we contribute to research facilities enabling our students to have financial aid support through research assistantships, student work study positions, fellowships, and scholarships. Several major research facilities that provide these opportunities include the NASA Center for Space Exploration and Technology Research (cSETR), W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation, Biomedical Engineering research facilities, the Center for Research in Engineering and Technology Education (CREaTE), and new design studios for design innovation and entrepreneurship. Each facility enables a unique strongly interdisciplinary field of study and combined with our engineering and leadership education provides gateways and pathways to opportunity in the US's most advanced and forthright engineering, science and technology companies.

Our graduates transition from UTEP for successful careers in the most cutting-edge, exciting engineering and technology companies in the US and abroad, working to provide engineering combined with business acumen in innovative industries across the globe; in service science and engineering companies, such as Apple, AT&T, Halliburton, Google, IBM, and in aerospace, defense, energy, and manufacturing industries; product development; NASA; DOD laboratories; and academic positions.

We look forward to working with you in the future!


Roger V. Gonzalez, Chair and Professor
Engineering Education and Leadership
Phone: (915) 747-5909