UTEP Joins The Center For Energy Efficient Electronics Science

May 8, 2013

The University of Texas at El Paso is the newest member of The Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (E3S). UTEP joins the University of California - Berkeley, Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the university members of E3S.

The National Science Foundation-supported center based at the University of California - Berkeley was established to develop transformative science and technology that reduces energy consumption in electronic systems by orders of magnitude. Through E3S research and education, the center inspires and trains a diverse generation of scientists, engineers and technicians that apply the new science and technology to benefit society.

Professor Eli Yablonovitch, Ph.D., the center director, said, “During my trip to UTEP, I was highly impressed by the faculty and the research facilities in the ECE (Electrical and Computer Engineering) department. Besides access to students, I look forward to a strong research collaboration with the UTEP faculty.”

UTEP is a leading Hispanic-serving education and research institution. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) conducts research in a variety of areas, including electronic and optical materials and devices. ECE’s research facilities include the Nanomaterials Integration Lab, a nanofabrication facility.

This new collaboration will provide the center access to a pipeline of qualified science and engineering students who will participate in its research and education activities and allow the faculty at UTEP’s ECE Department to engage in research on energy efficient electronic and optical devices.

David Zubia, Ph.D., associate professor of ECE, will be UTEP’s lead researcher associated with the center. Connie Chang-Hasnain, Ph.D., professor of electrical engineering and computer science at UC - Berkeley and center faculty member, will host Zubia as a visiting scientist at UC - Berkeley during summer 2013. Brandon Aguirre, a graduate student advised by Zubia, will also spend the summer at the laboratories researching a material growth project.  

Miguel Velez-Reyes, Ph.D., chair and professor of ECE, is looking forward to the opportunities that the Center for E3S can offer to UTEP students and faculty. 

“We are already seeing opportunities for our students,” Velez-Reyes said. “Besides Brandon Aguirre, two ECE undergraduates will be research interns at the center. UTEP’s contingent of four will learn about the energy efficient research undertaken in the Center for E3S. We wish Professor Zubia and the UTEP students a successful summer at Berkeley.”