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UTEP Awarded $1.1M NASA Cooperative Agreement to Develop Aerospace Manufacturing Workforce and Supply Chain

The University of Texas at El Paso's NASA MIRO Center for Space and Exploration Technology Research (cSETR) has significantly enhanced opportunities for UTEP engineering students through a new cooperative agreement with NASA that will benefit 23 UTEP graduate and undergraduate students and provide internships at NASA centers for six of them.


“This is another example of UTEP being at the forefront in catalyzing a technology-driven and engineering talent integrated economy for El Paso,” said Ahsan Choudhuri, Ph.D., associate vice president for strategic initiatives and cSETR’s founder and director. “We are pleased to strengthen our partnership with NASA and our regional economic development stakeholders through this program.”

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UTEP at Forefront of National Low-Altitude Airspace Safety Initiative

The NASA MIRO Center for Space Exploration and Technology Research (cSETR) at The University of Texas at El Paso has successfully communicated with its Orbital Factory-2 (OF-2) satellite project, a significant feat that highlights UTEP’s position as a national leader in technological research and its implementation.


The achievement is a momentous example of the promise UTEP holds for innovation, 21st century workforce development and student research opportunities.The Orbital Factory-2, which was designed and developed in collaboration with Lockheed Martin Space and NASA to demonstrate on-orbit repair of solar cells using 3D printing technology, pinged a reply to a cSETR research team at 8:51 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, while in orbit 295 miles above the Earth.

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The University of Texas at El Paso
MIRO Center for Space Exploration and Technology Research
(915)747-8252
College of Engineering 
Metallurgy Building Room M-305
500 W University 
El Paso, Texas 79968-9521