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Townhall Meeting on Strengthening National Foundation for Advanced Modeling & Simulations at HBCU/MSIs


Morning Session 1 - Click HERE to join

08:30 – 09:00  Registration, Program Intro at 8:55 am (Organizing committee)

09:00 - 09:15   President Heather Wilson, UTEP (Welcome Remarks)

09:15 – 10:00  Leadership - Equity, Access, and Excellence issues & opportunities in advanced modeling & simulations at HBCU/MSIs

President Garnett Stokes, UNM
Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, Director, NSF
Dr. Shery Welsh, Director, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Dr. Barbara Helland, Director, DOE/ASCR

Moderators: Drs. Pokines (AFOSR) & Dr. Vinod Kumar (UTEP)


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10:00 – 10:50  Engagement – Creating an equitable environment for advanced M&S researchers at HBCU/MSIs

Dr. James P. Holloway, Provost UNM
Dr. Houssam Toutanji, Dean, Engineering & Computer Science, CSUN
Dr. William (Bill) Spotz , Program Manager, DOE/ASCR
Dr. Brett Pokines & Ed Lee, Program Manager, DOD/AFOSR
Dr. Rajesh Mehta, Program Director, SBIR/STTR, NSF

Provost Wiebe (UTEP) will welcome distinguished speakers. 

Moderators: Drs. P. Vorobieff (UNM) & Dr. Arturo Bronson, UTEP

10:50 – 11:00  Break / Yoga at your desk


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11:00 – 11:50  Partnership - Developing mutually beneficial partnerships among Industry, Academia, & Labs to develop Advanced M&S Workforce

Dr. Roberto Osegueda
Dr. Scott Collis, Director, CCR, Sandia National Labs
Dr. George Karniadakis (Brown Univ)
Dr. V. Balaji (Princeton Univ)
Dr. Karen Willcox (UT Austin)
Dr. Dipankar Choudhury,  Vice President - Research, ANSYS, Inc.

Moderators: Drs. Johari (Chair, ME/CSUN) & Chessa (Chair ME/UTEP)

 * Presenter listings subject to change.


11:50 – 13:00  Lunch - Click HERE to join the conversation

AFTERNOON SESSIONS - 13:00 to 13:50

Breakout Session 1 – DoD

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Dr. Rajesh Naik, ST, 711th Human Performance Wing
Dr. Kirk Vanden, Munitions Directorate, Using ML, Data Sets by Physics and DNS
Dr. William Roach, ST, Chief Scientist, AFOSR, Basic Research
Dr. Adel Alaeddini, UTSA
Dr. Paul M. Delgado, SNL

Moderators: Laura Sandoval (UTEP) & Jose Terrazas (UTEP)


Breakout Session 2 – DoD

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Dr. Robert Edmonds, Holloman AFB
Dr. Rao V. Gudimetla, Remote Sensing, AFRL/RDSM
Dr. Terrence E. Johnson, John’s Hopkins APL
Dr. Stavros Georgakopoulos, Florida International University
Dr. Adel Alaeddini, UT San Antonio

Moderators: Jose Terrazas (UTEP) & Richard Adansi (UTEP)


Breakout Session 3 - Energy & Sustainability

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Dr. Chris Harris, Shell Oil Company (Retd)
Dr. Justin Weber, NETL
Dr. Jorge A. Munoz, UTEP
Dr. Arturo Bronson, UTEP
Dr. Edl Schamiloglu, UNM

Moderators: Dr. V M K Kotteda (Wyoming) & Vivek Tandon (UTEP)


Breakout Session 4 - Health Sciences

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Dr. Herb Janssen, Texas Tech Medical Center
Dr. Suman Sirimulla, UTEP
Sukhi Lamba, Entrepreneur, SF Bay area

Keynote: Dr. Shafik Dharamsi, UTEP Health Sciences Dean 

Moderators: Demy Rodriguez (UTEP) & Leslie Dayana Trevizo (UTEP)


Breakout Session 5 – Education

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Omar Yanar, CEO/Founder El Paso Leadership Academy   
Dr. B. Calvo, College of Education, UTEP
Dr. N. Agarwal (XplorGuru Inc.)
Dr. Mark H. Jurado, UTEP

Moderators: Dr. C. Saldana (UTEP) & Arturo Rodriguez (UTEP)

*Presenter listings subject to change.

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