Jan. 7, 2009
The UTEP College of Engineering has joined the International Road Federation(IRF) to help
faculty and students expand their networking capacity, improve research funding and attract highly qualified students.
Established in 1948, the federation is a nonprofit organization that advocates for relevant road industry issues including, financing, technology, development and safety.
As a member of the federation, UTEP can assign IRF Fellows to attend its graduate programs, nominate an international graduate transportation student for the IRF Executive Leadership Workshop, participate in the IRF essay competitions, and send students to the IRF Road Scholar Career Fair.
IRF also is launching a new research fellowship program where students and professors can apply for a fellowship during which they can complete a research project. The federation also provides students and professors opportunities to publish papers and research in the IRF Examiner.
“Being an IRF member will increase UTEP’s visibility in the U.S. and internationally,” said Carlos Chang, assistant professor of civil engineering. “We now have access to the incredible IRF network of contacts in academia, the private sector and government officials. This should facilitate bringing more research funds to UTEP and attract top, best qualified students to study at our college”.
Luis Galicia, a civil engineering Ph.D. student at UTEP, will attend the IRF Executive Leadership Program in Washington, D.C., Jan. 7-17.
“Without a doubt, this opportunity will enhance my professional networking since it will allow me to make contact with some future national and international leaders as well as top-level executives in the road and transportation engineering industry,” Galicia said. “I feel honored and very fortunate to represent UTEP in the 2009 IRF’s Fellowship program.”
Galicia will listen to and meet with representatives from the World Bank, the Transportation Research Board, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and other private-sector firms.
“UTEP has consistently provided high-level training to engineering students and IRF is proud to welcome UTEP as part of the IRF organization,” said Pat Sankey, IRF executive director. “IRF looks forward to working with UTEP in continuing to expand our educational activities to provide more opportunities for more students.”
– Jennifer Rasberry