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Engineering Annex A-325
CHAIR: Dr. Miguel Velez-Reyes 


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will provide programs of the highest quality to produce world class engineers who can address challenges of the millennium. 


The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering will:

  • Dedicate itself to providing its students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes that will allow its graduates to succeed as engineers and leaders.
  • Maintain a vital, state-of-the art research enterprise, which provides its students and faculty with opportunities to create, interpret, apply and disseminate knowledge.
  • Prepare its graduates for life-long learning to meet intellectual, ethical and career challenges.
  • Recognize and act upon the special mandate to make high quality engineering education available to the residents of El Paso and the surrounding region.


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers a PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Computer Engineering, and a Graduate Certificate in Electric Power and Energy Systems. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, and a Minor in Electrical Engineering for non-majors.

Master of Science

Doctor of Philosophy


CHAIR: Dr. Miguel Velez-Reyes


Benjamin Flores 
Contact Information:; 915-747-6961 
Education: BS, UTEP; MS, UTEP; Ph D, Arizona State University 
Research Interests: Radar Signal Processing, STEM student success, mentoring

Paras Mandal 
Contact Information:; 915-747-8653 
Education: MS, Asian Institute of Technology; Ph D, University of the Ryukyus 
Research Interests: • Energy forecasting and optimization; renewable generation forecasting, uncertainty estimation and integration to power grid; energy load demand and price forecasting. • Power system markets and economics • Power system scheduling/dispatch • Computational analysis for power system planning and operation • Energy management systems; Demand response; Energy storage systems; Electric vehicles • Distributed generation; Micro grid; Smart grid • Application of AI techniques in power system; Power system optimization • Resilient and sustainable energy systems • Energy and environment • Engineering education

Patricia Nava 
Contact Information:; 915-747-5994 
Education: Ph D, New Mexico State University; MSEE, New Mexico State University; BSEE, New Mexico State University

Joseph Pierluissi 
Contact Information:; 915-747-6967 
Education: BS, University of Puerto Rico; MS, Cornell University; Ph D, Texas A &M University 
Research Interests: Electrorcardiography Modeling and Imaging

Wei Qian 
Contact Information:; 915-747-8090 
Education: Ph D, Southeast University; Post Doctoral, University of South Florida; Post Doctoral, University of Notre Dame

Stephen Riter 
Contact Information:; 915-747-7890 
Education: BA, Rice University; BS, Rice University; MS, University of Houston; Ph D, University of Houston

Scott Starks 
Contact Information:; 915-747-8856 
Education: BS, University of Houston; Ph D, Rice University

Miguel Velez-Reyes 
Contact Information:; 915-747-5534
Education: BS, University of Puerto Rico; MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ph D, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Associate Professors

Sergio Cabrera 
Contact Information:; 915-747-6968 
Education: BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MS, University of Arizona; Ph D, Rice University 
Research Interests: Digital Signal Processing, Image Processing, Image Compression, Compressive Sensing, Volumetric Data Compression, 3D image processing, Biomedical Signal Processing

Eric MacDonald 
Contact Information:; 915-747-6959 
Education: Ph D, The University of Texas at Austin; MS, The University of Texas at Austin; BS, The University of Texas at Austin 
Research Interests: VLSI, Design for Test, Printed Electronics, Structural Electronics, Electronics Reliability, Low Power Design

John Moya 
Contact Information:; 915-747-6972 
Education: BS, New Mexico State University Las Cruces; MS, New Mexico State Univ.; Ph D, University of New Mexico

Homayoun Nazeran-Esfahani 
Contact Information:; 915-747-8937 
Education: BS, University of Texas at Austin; MS, Case Western Reserve University; Ph D, University of Texas (Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas) & UT Arlington

Thompson Sarkodie-Gyan 
Contact Information:; 915-747-7011 
Education: ScD, Technische Universitatet Berlin

Bryan Usevitch 
Contact Information:; 915-747-6964 
Education: BS, Brigham Young University; MS, University of Illinois, Urbana; Ph D, University of Illinois

Assistant Professors

Valentin Bolborici 
Contact Information:; 915-747-5822 
Education: Ph D, University of Toronto 
Research Interests: Electro-thermal modeling of Li-ion batteries and ultracapacitors, Modeling of hybrid electrical energy storage systems containing Li-ion batteries and ultracapacitors, Modeling and control of piezoelectric traveling wave rotary ultrasonic motors, Modeling of piezoelectric structures with the finite volume method, Design and implementation of computer programs for modeling of electromechanical systems, Design and optimization of electromagnetic devices for high frequency operation, Design and implementation of microprocessor controlled electrical drives

Stella Quinones 
Contact Information:; 915-747-6939 
Education: BS, The University of Texas at El Paso; MS, The University of Texas at El Paso; Ph D, The University of Texas at El Paso 
Research Interests: Engineering Education, Selective Epitaxial Growth of CdTe on Si substrates, Melting Phenomena of Nano-Patterned Si substrates

Jose Rosiles 
Contact Information:; 915-747-7956 
Education: BS, University of Texas at El Paso; MS, University of Texas at El Paso; MS, Georgia Institute of Technology; Ph D, Georgia Institute of Technology

Tim Yao 
Contact Information:; 915-747-6958 
Education: Ph D, University of Maryland

Ricardo von Borries 
Contact Information:; 915-747-7959 
Education: BS, Universidade de Brasília; Ph D, Rice University; MS, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro 
Research Interests: Digital signal processing with emphasis on wavelet transforms, Fourier transform, time-frequency analysis, compressive sensing, tomographic imaging, overcomplete signal expansions, and parameter estimation. Processing of one-dimensional or multidimensional signals, collected with dense sensor arrays and processed with computationally intensive algorithms running on computer clusters. The main applications of the research include tomography and source localization in biomedical and radar imaging. Other interests include digital and analog hardware architecture and design to create dedicated instrumentation that complements the infrastructure needed for the research.