EL PASO, TX – The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) announced that it has opened a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. This program will give students the opportunity to prepare to work in an in-demand field and diversify the workforce.
“The new degree will play an important role in meeting the national demand for a diverse workforce,” said Kenith Meissner, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering.
Undergraduate students in the program will have the opportunity to conduct research and work with faculty in national and international collaborations. Students will graduate to work in industry or enter graduate school.
“Computer engineers are critical to many industries, including software, automotive, energy, consumer products, industrial automation and control, robotics, aerospace and many more. Giving students access to this engineering degree will support Texas’ competitiveness in the global marketplace,” said Dr. Miguel Velez-Reyes, chair of UTEP’s department of computer and electrical engineering.
In addition, the new program will help make the careers it can lead to more accessible to people in the El Paso region. Currently, the nearest similar bachelor’s degree program is more than 250 miles away in New Mexico or 345 miles away in Texas.
“The bachelor’s degree in computer engineering will contribute to the national need for a diverse workforce. According to the Pew Research Center, Hispanics represent 17% of the overall workforce, but 8% of the computing workforce. Offering this degree program in El Paso with a large proportion of Hispanic residents will most likely increase the number of Hispanic graduates with a computer-related degree subsequently prepared to participate in the computer workforce,” said Velez-Reyes.
Students seeking internships and full-time employment after graduation will have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings, including private organizations, research and development, and government.
“Students can pursue career opportunities with companies such as Texas Instruments, Raytheon Technologies, Intel, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, IBM, NASA, Blue Origin, National Laboratories and more,” Velez-Reyes added. “Graduates can also be recruited into healthcare and non-technology companies.”
The bachelor’s degree in computer engineering is UTEP’s 75th bachelor’s degree program. The College offers 33 programs in its seven academic departments, including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in fields such as aerospace, mechanical, civil, computer, electrical and computer engineering, among others.
The faculty’s more than 4,400 students also have access to 15 state-of-the-art laboratories and research centers.