Current Fitness Research Lab Members
Sandor Dorgo, PhD, CSCS, *D
Professor and President of the Faculty Senate
Department of Kinesiology
Dr. Sandor Dorgo is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology. Dr. Dorgo obtained a bachelor’s degree in coaching and a Master’s degree in Physical Education. He attended the University of Georgia where he obtained his PhD degree in Sport Sciences, with an emphasis on studying strength and conditioning. Dr. Dorgo joined the UTEP Kinesiology Department in 2003. Dr. Dorgo earned tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor in 2010, and promotion to the rank of Professor in 2018.
Dr. Dorgo’s expertise is the scientific principles of fitness, strength training and conditioning, as well as aging and physical activity. As a professor he taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses related to fitness, strength and conditioning, and gerontology. In addition, Dr. Dorgo organizes the field-work component for undergraduate students to get involved in the Physical Fitness in the Golden Age program, as well as the internship in strength and conditioning. Dr. Dorgo has numerous publications, published abstracts and conference proceedings in a variety of journals, and he has regularly given presentations at regional, national and international level conferences for the past several years. Dr. Dorgo is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). His professional service focuses on serving the NSCA, to include chairing the NSCA Research Committee and serving as a Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
Samuel Montalvo, MS., CSCS
Sam is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences PhD Program under the mentorship of Dr. Dorgo. Sam also serves as a Teaching Assistant for the Kinesiology Department. Sam was also a travel award recipient for the 2018 NSCA National Conference in Indianapolis, IN. Sam is interested in researching advanced training methods to improve muscular power and strength performance using biomechanical and physiological techniques. Recently, Sam published a paper on the “The effect of different stretching protocols on vertical jump measures in college age gymnasts” at the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. Sam’s Dissertation focuses on exploring how different stretching configurations can impact muscular strength and power before and after a 6-week exercise intervention. Upon graduating from the program, Sam hopes to land a post-doctoral position and eventually become a university professor.
Martin Dietze-Hermosa MS, CSCS, USAW, FMS
Martin is a Doctoral student and Research Assistantship recipient in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences PhD Program under the mentorship of Dr. Dorgo. His desire is to explore various heath and performance measures such as balance, mobility, muscular strength and muscular power in young and older adults. Martin is an active member of various leading health and fitness organizations including the NSCA and the ACSM. Most recently he spoke at the NSCA Idaho state clinic and was invited to speak at the Utah state clinic. Martin is also a scholarship recipient from the NSCA Foundation. His deep passion for the field of kinesiology enables him to teaching others about topics within this field and one day he aims to become a university professor. Furthermore, he looks forward to contributing to research in the field of strength and conditioning.
Lance Gruber, BS
Lance is a Master’s student under the mentorship of Dr. Dorgo. His main research interest is strength training in powerlifters. Upon graduation from the graduate program, he intends to continue on to a PhD program. Lance has been awarded with the Dodson Graduate Research Grant funding for his Thesis study and currently serves as a Teaching Assistant for the Kinesiology Department. Lance was also a travel award recipient for the 2017 NSCA National Conference in Las Vegas, NV.
Lizette Terrazas, BS
Lizette is a Master’s student under the mentorship of Dr. Dorgo. Her main research interests are manual resistance training and body composition in young adults. Lizette’s future goal is to get certified as an ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist and work for clinics or hospitals. Lizette has been awarded with the Dodson Graduate Research Grant funding for her Thesis study.
Matthew Gonzalez, BS
Matthew is a Master’s student under the mentorship of Dr. Dorgo, who transitioned from the Kinesiology undergraduate program into the Master’s program through a fast-track curriculum award. As an undergraduate Matthew assisted with several research projects and developed his own research project by the first semester of his Master’s program. The project examines the relationship between manual resistance training and post-activation potentiation. Matthew is also a member of ACSM and NSCA and serves as a Teaching Assistant for the Kinesiology Department. Matthew was also a travel award recipient for the 2018 NSCA National Conference in Indianapolis, IN.
Joshua Del Rio, BS
Joshua is a Master’s student under the mentorship of Dr. Dorgo. Joshua’s anticipated Thesis will focus on a muscular strength and functional movement intervention for improved sprint performance with pre- to post-intervention comparison.
Alondra Rodriguez, BS
Alondra is a Master’s student under the mentorship of Dr. Dorgo. Alondra’s interests are resistance and endurance training methods and their effect on body composition as measured with Dual X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) technology. Alondra was also a travel award recipient for the 2018 NSCA National Conference in Indianapolis, IN.
Devin Bastian, BS
Devin is a Master’s student under the mentorship of Dr. Dorgo. Devin joined UTEP after obtaining his bachelor’s degree at BYU in Provo, UT. His research interest lies on using non-periodized strength training with novice lifters. Devin’s future career plans are to become a physical therapist and a strength coach. Devin is also a member of the NSCA.
Itzel De La Torre
Itzel is an undergraduate student in the Kinesiology program. She is a volunteer research assistant for several projects which will help her explore various topics under the mentorship of Dr. Dorgo. Itzel plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Kinesiology.
Ileana is an undergraduate student in the Kinesiology program and is a volunteer research assistant for several projects. She presented a poster at the 2018 Spring UTEP Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives (COURI) Symposium entitled “Anthropometric Measures Predict Vertical Jump Height and Reactive Strength Index”. Ileana was also a travel award recipient for the 2018 NSCA National Conference in Indianapolis, IN.
Physical Fitness in the Golden Age Program Supervisors
The Golden Age program employs several program supervisors whose duties include program session planning, program participant supervision, as well as undergraduate student trainer mentoring. Golden Age program supervisors are all graduates of the Kinesiology undergraduate program with Exercise Science concentration and have all taken an extra elective course titled “Practical Applications of Strength and Conditioning.” Program supervisors in the Fall 2018 semester were:
Standing row, left to right: Mariana Luna, Emily Horsch, Thalia Hernandez, Deneb Acevedo, Jasmin Samaniego
Kneeling row, left to right: Marcel Alvarez, Sergio Terrazas