UTEP, El Paso Electric Partner for energy research, education

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – On Tuesday morning, UTEP President Heather Wilson and El Paso Electric President and CEO Kelly A. Tomblin signed a memorandum of understanding establishing a partnership that will strengthen energy research and education in the El Paso region.

Under the agreement, El Paso Electric (EPE) will collaborate with UTEP on a number of new initiatives, including the creation of exchange programs, joint research and professional development programs, and collaboration on projects. community engagement.

“Research relevant to the world around us and engaged learning help the community while better preparing our students… this partnership with El Paso Electric will generate significant energy research and the specialized training needed to prepare our graduates for jobs in the world. energy industry. “

UTEP President Heather Wilson

“At El Paso Electric, our mission is to develop the partnerships we need to fundamentally transform our energy landscape and provide our customers with the energy technology and solutions they deserve,” said CEO Kelly A. Tomblin,

“EPE and UTEP are very much aligned with the conclusion that the path to these customer benefits depends on leveraging our human capital and utilizing first-class research. We are fortunate in not needing to look beyond our own region to find institutions that create a rich talent pool that will help us achieve our mission. Our public / private partnership with UTEP will demonstrate the power of unity in purpose and vision.

The UTEP College of Engineering will spearhead the role of the University in the new partnership. The college and EPE leaders identified four areas of collaboration as a framework for driving the partnership: energy research, human capital exchange, student guided research, and community engagement.

“Our goal at the College of Engineering and across the University is to advance meaningful discoveries,” said Patricia Nava, Ph.D., Acting Dean of the College of Engineering at UTEP. “This mission is at the heart of this partnership with El Paso Electric. I am delighted to see the discovery that will occur when our students, faculty and staff work with the ECE team.

UTEP and EPE have identified initial projects in each area which will start immediately.

Energy research: Yuanrui Sang, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at UTEP, will lead the spatio-temporal monitoring of emissions from the power grid project. Its goal is to develop models to track emissions from electrical systems in real time at specific locations.

Human capital exchange: Paras Mandal, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UTEP, alongside guest speakers from El Paso Electric, will co-teach a course incorporating real industry challenges.

Guided student research: Rodrigo Romero, Ph.D., practical professor in electrical and computer engineering; and Chris Roberts, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, will oversee principal student projects to explore the use of electric vehicles as a charging alternative to reduce grid load during peak hours, as well than a mobile on the consumer side as a source of energy.

Community engagement: As part of this partnership, UTEP and El Paso Electric will engage the community through the Discover-E trailer, a 26-foot-long mobile educational classroom designed to teach engineering concepts and their relevance to the world. real while encouraging students to pursue careers in engineering. The Discover-E mobile classroom with new electrical related items will be completed in early 2022.

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