Message from the Chair
Our department holds a rich legacy dating back to 1914 when it was established as part of the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy at El Paso. This journey continued, and in 1919, it transformed into the College of Mines and Metallurgy, marking it as the second oldest academic program within the University of Texas System.
Throughout its storied history, the department's commitment to excellence has remained unwavering. Our degrees have evolved in tandem with the advancing landscape of engineering. The B.S. degree in Metallurgical Engineering, introduced in 1957, transitioned to the B.S. degree in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering around 1987. This shift was inspired by the recognition of "materials" as a pivotal focus at UTEP, highlighting the strategic importance of this field. It's worth noting that the B.S. in MME has proudly held accreditation since 1991, a testament to our dedication to providing quality education.
As we look to the future, our department continues to shape innovative engineers who stand at the crossroads of science, technology, and creativity. The inclusion of Biomedical Engineering into our programs underscores our commitment to addressing real-world challenges and making a tangible impact on lives.
Join us in our journey of excellence and innovation. Be part of a department that holds history close, yet constantly looks forward. Explore our programs, engage with our exceptional faculty, and immerse yourself in an education that not only builds careers but also transforms lives. We currently offer the following degrees:
- B.S. in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (MME)
- Minor in Material Science Engineering
- Minon in Biomedical Engineering
- M.S. in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (MME)
- M.S. in Biomedical Engineering (BME)
- Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering (BME)
- Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering (MASE)
Why Choose Our Programs?
Hands-On Experience: Our programs are designed to be more than just theoretical. We believe in the power of doing. We emphasize the crucial connection between materials processing, structure, properties, and performance. This approach allows you to see the tangible impact of your work and accelerates your learning journey.
Engagement in Action: Our commitment to student engagement goes beyond the classroom. Our top-notch laboratory resources ensure that you're not just learning about materials - you're actively experimenting, analyzing, and innovating. This practical approach not only deepens your understanding but also hones your problem-solving skills.
Strategic Industry Collaborations: We believe in preparing you for the real world. Our strong ties with multiple industry partners ensure that your education is not isolated to textbooks. Through internships, projects, and collaborative research, you'll gain insights into real industry challenges and solutions, setting you on a path to becoming a sought-after professional.
Biomedical Engineering Integration: Our department is not just about materials; it's about impact. By incorporating Biomedical Engineering into our offerings, we've broadened our scope to address challenges in healthcare and medicine. This expansion opens doors to diverse opportunities where your engineering skills can directly contribute to enhancing lives.
We're excited to welcome you to the Department of Metallurgical, Materials, and Biomedical Engineering at UTEP. We welcome visitors and encourage you to contact us to set up a tour of our department. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your interests! Together, let's create a future that's forged by knowledge, driven by innovation, and defined by your potential.
Stella A. Quiñones, Ph.D.
UTEP Distinguished Teaching Professor
Freeport-McMoRan Distinguished Chair in Metallurgical Engineering
UT Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awardee