Job ID: 128668

Two Assistant Professors - Hypersonics and Autonomous Systems

The University of Texas at El Paso

  • Sep. 6, 2019
  • Two Assistant Professors - Hypersonics and Autonomous Systems
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • The University of Texas at El Paso
    El Paso, TX
  • Open until filled
  • Sep. 1, 2020
  • Assistant Professor
  • Structural Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Engineering Physics
    Engineering Mechanics
    Electrical and/or Electronics
    Computer Science
    Engineering - Other

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso is pleased to invite applications for two tenure-track positions in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Assistant Professor level starting Fall 2020. The department will consider applications in two general areas but applicants outside these areas are also encouraged to apply.

HYPERSONICS including but not limited to: Experimental and computational hypersonic aerothermodynamics; hypersonic propulsion; vehicle design and testing; high-speed flow; coupled boundary layer material ablation; related applied science/physics; non-equilibrium and plasma flow; heat management; high-performance materials; and advanced manufacturing.

AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS including but not limited to: unmanned aerial systems (UAS); unmanned ground vehicles (UGV); space robotics; sensors and controls; unique mission planning; machine learning and artificial intelligence; aeroelasticity and flutter control; and aircraft design, build, test.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering or a closely related discipline is required. Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and the potential for developing an externally funded research program.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers an ABET-accredited B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering. The Department of Mechanical Engineering also offers a Graduate Certificate in 3D Engineering and Additive Manufacturing and is currently developing a proposal to offer an M.S. degree and an undergraduate concentration in Aerospace and Defense Systems Engineering. The Department of Mechanical Engineering has 1400 undergraduate students, and graduates nearly 200 undergraduates a year, making it one of the top awarders of mechanical engineering bachelor’s degrees in the country. The Mechanical Engineering Department’s Graduate Program has 130 graduate students, including 60 doctoral students; nearly all graduate students are full time and research active. Both graduate and undergraduate programs see an approximate 7% growth rate annually. The Department of Mechanical Engineering has annual research expenditures in excess of $5 million, making it one of the top producing departments in the University from both a research and educational impact.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) in conjunction with NASA MIRO Center for Space Exploration and Technology Research (cSETR) operates several facilities which are available to UTEP faculty, including: (1) a 2500 sq.-ft. Spacecraft Design and Engineering Facility, which contains several vacuum and environmental chambers, a shaker table, electronics board fabrication equipment and a small satellite integration area; (2) a 15 sq.-mile Technology Research and Innovation Acceleration Park in Fabens, TX (35 miles from the UTEP main campus) dedicated to rocket engine testing, demonstration vehicle testing and integration, and autonomous vehicle testing with an adjacent non-towered airport; (3) the Tornillo Unmanned Aerial Systems Flight Test Range with 3,000-ft runway and 1/4 mi UAS track; and (4) through a partnership with TMD Defense and Space, a 21,000 sq.-ft Hazardous Material Assembly Facility in Horizon City, TX (27 miles from the UTEP main campus) with numerous missile assembly cells and storage magazines with a high-flow firefighting system.

The Department houses two of UTEP’s top research centers, the cSETR and the W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation, a platinum-level America Makes satellite facility. The Department’s research and education programs strive to create abundant opportunities for students and to bring the Southwest border region to the pinnacle of advanced technology research excellence. The Department has laboratories for research in the areas of advanced manufacturing and aerospace and energy systems engineering. The Department also has exceptional computational capabilities as well as state-of-the-art manufacturing and design practice facilities.

Additional information about the Department and College is available at and

ABOUT UTEP: The University of Texas at El Paso is a R1 and Community Engaged research university ranked among the nation’s top-tier research universities, according to 2018 Carnegie Classification of Initiations of Higher Education. Located at the heart of the U.S.-Mexico border region, committed to the ideals of access and excellence, UTEP enrolls more than 25,000 students – about 80 percent of them Hispanic – and is the only doctoral research university in the nation with a majority Mexican-American student body. The city’s border location makes it an ideal venue for academic programs and research studies on topics of national interest. The region’s center for intellectual capital, UTEP has awarded about 130,000 degrees since its founding in 1914. UTEP is one of the major economic engines in the Paso del Norte region, adding $1.4 billion to the local economy annually and creating an estimated 26,499 new jobs, according to a January 2015 report by Economic Modeling Specialists International.

RANK & SALARY: Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Anticipated appointment date is Fall 2020. Applicants must submit 1) a cover letter, 2) detailed curriculum vitae, 3) names of at least three references, 4) a statement of teaching philosophy and 5) a statement of research interests pertinent to the position.

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Hiring decisions are based upon budget approval.

  • In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, the University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all.

    The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity in employment or the provision of services.

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Contact Information

  • Calvin M. Stewart, Ph.D.
    Mechanical Engineering
    The University of Texas at El Paso
    500 W University
    El Paso, TX 79968
  • (915) 747-6179
  • (915) 747-5019

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