About Us


The university serves as a catalyst for economic development and quality of life in the El Paso del Norte region. Located on the border of the United States and Mexico, UTEP students live and study in the world’s largest bi-national metropolitan area, unlike any other university setting. UTEP has set a goal to become the first national research university serving a 21st century student demographic while maintaining a strong commitment to access. UTEP has been ranked by Washington Monthly magazine among the Top 10 of all U.S. research universities and ranked #1 nationally for fostering student social mobility – enabling students from modest backgrounds to set and attain the highest educational and life aspirations

The Computer Science Department contributes to UTEP’s history of excellence by providing programs of the highest quality through a participatory approach to education, research, and service to the community. The undergraduate program has been accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Commission since October 1, 1988. UTEP is designated by the NSA and DHS as a national Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

The department has broad expertise in four flagship research areas: development of theory for practical applications, software engineering, interactive systems (human-computer interaction), computer systems and high performance computing. Many of the department’s faculty serve on national advisory boards, editorial boards for prestigious journals, and program committees for national and international conferences.  Two of our  current faculty are past or present National Science Foundation CAREER awardees, NSF’s most prestigious award for early career faculty.  In education, faculty members contribute to national models for STEM learning. UTEP leads the NSF-supported Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI), a consortium of Hispanic-Serving Institutions committed to Hispanic and female student recruitment, retention, and advancement in computing, and its Affinity Research Group model is being adopted by numerous institutions across the nation.

The mission of the Department of Computer Science is to serve the region, the nation, and the world by providing access to excellence through:

  • Innovative educational programs that contribute to effective learning for our students, and that prepare graduates to be leaders and innovators in computer science,
  • Pioneering research programs that foster the creation of computing knowledge and invention of new technologies,
  • Design, development, and potential commercialization of technologies to solve science and engineering problems, and active partnerships and collaborations with educational, government, non-profit, and commercial organizations, maintaining a commitment to diversity.