Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
University of Texas at El Paso
firstInitialLastname AT utep DOT edu
Phone: 747-5883

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I am an Associate Professor of the Department of Computer Science at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). I joined the department in Fall 2017. Prior to this, I was a Research Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of CyberShare Center of Excellence at UTEP.

My research spans information retrieval, data integration, and machine learning aspects of artificial intelligence, focusing on deepening our understanding of emerging threats such as cyber vulnerabilities, malware, and disease outbreaks. One area of focus is navigating the complexities of integrating multiple data sources for AI-driven modeling to solve tasks like threat detection, forecasting, and risk analysis. My goal is to develop robust, AI-powered tools and frameworks that can anticipate and mitigate risks in various domains, including cybersecurity, public health, and education.

I am looking for highly motivated graduate students with strong academic backgrounds, who are interested in working in any of these areas.

Fundings Awards

Federal grants

  • Department of Energy through CyManII. Enhancing Manufacturing Security through AI-Powered Vulnerability Analysis, Risk Prediction, and Mitigation Strategies. 2023-2024

  • Department of Energy through CyManII. Vulnerability Analysis Using Publicly Available Cybersecurity Data. 2022-2023

  • NSF IUSE proposal for An Online Tool to Support Productive Struggles and Improve the Self-Efficacy of Undergraduates Students in Introductory Computer Science Courses was awarded funding in 2022.

  • NSF SFS renewal grant for Advancing A Successful Cybersecurity Education And Workforce Development Program was awarded funding in 2021.

  • Our recent NSF STEM+C proposal on building A Research-Practice Partnership (RPP) for Developing Computational Thinking through Linguistically and Culturally Relevant CS Curriculum in Middle School was awarded funding in Fall 2019.

  • An NSF IUSE proposal (Collaborative Research: Active Learning for Out-of-class Activities to Improve Student Success), in collaboration with the Winston-Salem State University, was awarded funding in Fall 2017.

  • NSF SUPPLEMENT through CyberShARE and the Digital Library Research Laboratory at Virginia Tech to investigate recommendation systems and the management of essential metadata and relationships needed to integrate and analyze information collected from disparate sources in 2016 .

  • Industry and Internal grants

  • The CS4HS (Special Topics) grant to introduce computing concepts to students in several El Paso area middle schools in El Paso, using a game-based learning platform named Sol y Agua.
    • We offered the workshop in collaboration with Region 19 in Spring 2019.
  • Support from the Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce (MLCIC) for investigating border health information exchange (BHIX) in Fall 2018.