UTEP Community Engagement and Research in COVID-19
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This community connects UTEP faculty and professional staff who are involved in community engagement activities or research related to COVID-19.
The goal of this community is to connect and support interaction among members and related community stakeholders. The efforts of this community provide a snapshot of the various ways that UTEP is responding to COVID-19 in the community and beyond. For information on research issues related to UTEP and COVID-19 visit the ORSP website.



  1. Community Engagement
  2. coronavirus
  3. COVID-19
  4. pandemic


Aley, Stephen
Science - Biological Sciences
Bioinformatics, genomics, proteomics, Infectious Disease, Microbiology, Parasites, Biochemistry, STEM Education, Curriculum Development
Featured: Awards

Health Sciences - Kinesiology
skeletal muscle, metabolism, insulin resistance, obesity, type 2 diabetes, exercise, physical activity, neuromuscular electrical stimulation, NMES, electrical stimulation, muscle contraction, high fat diet, nutrition, lipid metabolism, COVID-19, mental health
Featured: Awards

Associate Professor
Science - Physics
Science: x-ray and neutron Scattering, separation science, carbon capture, energy storage. Phenomena: ion adsorption/intercalation, ion solvation, mineral nucleation, growth and dissolution, soft matter nanostructure (polymers, proteins, complex fluids),Materials: ionic liquids, polarity switching solvents, deep eutectic solvents, porous materials, planar interfaces
Featured: Awards

Engineering - Metallurgical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering (MMBME)
Biomaterials, Inkjet Printing, Tissue Engineering, COVID-19
Featured: Awards

Engineering - Civil Engineering
transportation engineering, intelligent transportation systems, transportation security, cross border transportation, parking, smart cities
Featured: Awards

Related Efforts

Volunteers assisting El Paso Children’s Hospital
UTEP Related Effort
Contact: Leslie Robbins

Volunteer students and faculty assist the hospital with mobile testing and office/charting support.

UTEP supporting City of El Paso with COVID-19 testing
UTEP Related Effort

UTEP Contact: Robert Moss, Environmental Health and Safety
An agreement between UTEP and the City of El Paso enables qualified UTEP faculty from Clinical Laboratory Sciences and Biology to assist the city’s Department of Public Health in identifying cases of the novel coronavirus. Ten faculty are involved in this effort.

MiFi (mobile hotspots) for UTEP students

UTEP Contact: Ivette Savina, Outreach and Student Access
UTEP is working with Workforce Borderplex Solutions to provide MiFi to UTEP students.

Ventilator production using 3-D printing
UTEP Related Effort
Contact: Ryan Wicker

UTEP is producing a 3-D printed ventilator alternative using design from TTUHSC Emergency Room Physicians.
The have completed a ventilator using Additive Manufacturing.

UTEP Keck Center website
UTEP Resource
Related Effort:
Requesting 3D printing of mask skeletons for N95 masks
UTEP to manufacture protective face shields for healthcare workers
Ventilator production using 3-D printing
Ryan Wicker

Our vision is for additive manufacturing (AM) technology to revive the economy through a transformation in the way products are designed and manufactured, taking advantage of distributed manufacturing and 3D multi-functional designs enabled by AM. Our mission is to lead the AM transformation through multi-disciplinary activities that include education, research, outreach, technology development and commercialization, and industrial partnerships.

UTEP Office of Environment Health & Safety website
UTEP Resource
Related Effort:
Collaboration between Texas Tech and UTEP to become test sites
UTEP Partners with Local Health Care Professionals to Fit Test Personal Protective Equipment
UTEP supporting City of El Paso with COVID-19 testing
UTEP to purchase disinfection system to decontaminate and re-use N95 respirators

The Environmental Health & Safety Office was established to develop, promote and maintain a safe, healthy learning and working environment for the students, faculty, staff and visitors at the University of Texas at El Paso.

UTEP Office of Research & Sponsored Projects (ORSP) website
UTEP Resource
Related Effort: Collaboration between Texas Tech and UTEP to become test sites
Roberto Osegueda

The vision of the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) is to accelerate the research and sponsored program enterprise while adhering to university policies and federal regulations.

UTEP Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) website
UTEP Resource
Related Effort: UTEP supporting City of El Paso with COVID-19 testing
Lorraine Torres

The CLS Program is committed to providing high quality educational experiences that develop knowledgeable, skillful, and ethical professionals who will fulfill leadership positions and contribute to the growth and advancement of the health care community of our US-Mexican Border and Southwest region.


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