University of Texas - El Paso

AFRL ML-RCP Partner Institution Strengths & Capabilities

Contact Information

Name: Bob Currey

Title: Asst. VP for Research

Institution: The University of Texas at El Paso


Research capabilities

UTEP’s main areas of research are listed below. The first five (highlighted) are pertinent to AFRL:

  • Additive and Advanced Manufacturing

  • Aerospace and Defense Systems Technology

  • Secure Cyber Systems and Data Sciences

  • Materials Science & Engineering

  • Sensors and Cyber Physical Systems

  • Transportation Infrastructure Systems

  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences

  • Water and Environment

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences in the US-Mexico Border

UTEP entered into an Educational Partnership Agreement with AFRL-RD&RV this year. The agreement highlights the following technical areas:

Directed Energy (RD)

  • Gas Lasers

  • Solid State Lasers

  • Laser System Integration

  • Fiber Lasers

  • High Power Microwaves & Associated Devices

  • Additive Manufacturing of RF Components

  • Atmospheric Propagation & Compensation of Directed Energy

  • Acquisition, Tracking and Pointing of Directed Energy

  • Space Situational Awareness with Directed Energy

  • Pulsed Power for High Power Microwaves

  • High Power Microwave Sources

  • High Energy Beam & Plasma Physics

  • High Power Microwave System Integration

  • Directed Energy Effects, Modeling and Simulation

  • Directed Energy Physics Modeling

  • Directed Energy Systems and Missions Modeling and Simulation

Space Vehicles (RV)

  • Space Electronics, Optronics, and Quantum Computing

  • Spacecraft Power

  • Spacecraft Materials and Structures

  • Space Sensors & Optics

  • Spacecraft Thermal Management

  • Spacecraft Protection and Radiation Hardening

  • Satellite Guidance, Navigation, & Control

  • Satellite Communications

  • Spacecraft Propulsion

  • Small Satellite Construction

  • Space Launch

  • Space Situational Awareness

  • Space Environment

  • Strategic Systems and Responsive Launch

  • Space System Modeling and Simulation

  • Operationally Responsive Space

  • Satellite Operations

  • Small Sat Technology

  • On Orbit Manufacturing

  • Materials in Extreme Environments

  • Remote Sensing

  • Uncertainty Quantification of Space Systems


  • Additive and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

  • Software Engineering

  • 3D Printing of Electronic Circuitry and Sensors

  • AM of Electrical & Electromagnetic Devices

  • AM of Parts with Electromechanical Functionality

  • Materials for 3D printing of electrical and electromagnetic devices

  • Antenna Design

  • UAS and Counter UAS Systems

  • AI and Machine Learning

  • Materials Processing and Characterization

  • Materials for Thermal Management

  • High-Temperature Electromagnetic Materials

  • Precision Femtosecond Laser Machining

  • Systems Engineering

  • Mission Assurance

  • Signal and Image Processing

  • Network Management and Analytics

  • Quantification of Uncertainty

  • Digital Engineering

  • Embedded AI Processors

  • Robotics and Soft Robotics

  • Microfabricated Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS

  • State-of-Health Monitoring

  • Generative Design for Manufacturing

  • Printed Electronics and Sensors

  • Photovoltaics

  • Software Defined Radio

  • Cybersecurity and IoT

  • Testing

To locate a specific capability or investigator go to

UTEP’s major research centers are: (details at

  • Aerospace Center (formerly the Center for Space Exploration Technology Research)

  • Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC)

  • Carbon Nanomaterials Research Center

  • Center for Advanced Materials Research

  • Center for the Advancement of Space Safety and Mission Assurance Research

  • Center for Environmental Resource Management

  • Center for Inland Desalination Systems

  • Center for Inter-American Border Studies

  • Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems

  • Cyber-SHARE

  • Research Institute for Manufacturing and Engineering Systems

  • W.M. Keck Center for 3-D Innovation

UTEP accepts federal funding and, when required, agency restrictions on publication.

Research Administration and Compliance

Is your institution registered with the US State Department Directorate of Defense Trade Controls?

a. Yes

Does your institution currently perform Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI/ NIST 800-171 compliant) research?

a. Yes

Does your institution currently perform research subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations?

a. Yes

Does your institution have a DoD Facility Security Clearance (FCL)?

a. No secure facilities at this time. UTEP has constructed ~4,000sf of secure workspace to ICD 705 standards. We are seeking a sponsor and FCL. The facility has six separate workspaces designed to safeguard at the TS/SCI level. CAGE code: 0MLB3

ML-RCP Program Expectations

a. UTEP seeks to enlarge its Department of Defense research portfolio.