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UTEP Puts Innovations on Display at South by Southwest

Frank Duran
UTEP Puts Innovations on Display at South by Southwest

The University of Texas at El Paso was well represented in a showcase of the El Paso region during the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, in March 2018. 

A UTEP delegation joined an El Paso contingent that sent a representative group to the popular festival March 10-15. 

 Above: A delegation from The University of Texas at El Paso attended the South by Southwest festival in Austin in March to showcase the University’s growing list of technological advancements and learning opportunities. Attendees included, from left, Jose F. Motta, graduate research assistant for the W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation; Xavier Jimenez, graduate research assistant for the Keck Center; Erik Pavia, clinical professor in UTEP’s College of Business Administration; and Laurie Banitch, development officer for Asset Management and Development. Photo: Courtesy

Above: A delegation from The University of Texas at El Paso attended the South by Southwest festival in Austin in March to showcase the University’s growing list of technological advancements and learning opportunities. Attendees included, from left, Jose F. Motta, graduate research assistant for the W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation; Xavier Jimenez, graduate research assistant for the Keck Center; Erik Pavia, clinical professor in UTEP’s College of Business Administration; and Laurie Banitch, development officer for Asset Management and Development. Photo: Courtesy

UTEP’s presence at the SXSW trade show was geared toward letting attendees know about the technological advancements and learning opportunities the University is creating. 

Several campus departments had direct representation, including the W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation, the Cyber-ShARE Center of Excellence, the Discovery Analytics Laboratory, the Center for the Advancement of Space Safety and Mission Assurance Research (CASSMAR), the Center for Arts Entrepreneurship, the Border Biomedical Research Center, and the School of Nursing Center for Simulation. 

Festivalgoers who visited the booth were greeted by a sleek rectangular prism emblazoned with UTEP graphics and a video detailing recent campus highlights. Interactive displays included demonstrations of 3-D printing technology by the Keck Center and a look at an apparatus that allows wearers to sing in tune invented in UTEP’s Department of Computer Science. 

The final two days of the festival featured visits by UTEP alumnus Danny Olivas, Ph.D., former astronaut and director of special initiatives for CASSMAR. 

More than 70,000 people from throughout the world attend the annual festival, organizers said.

- Pablo Villa