EL PASO, Texas (CBS4) — Construction is set to begin on the new Advanced Manufacturing and Aerospace Center on UTEP's campus.
Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, State Senator César Blanco, UT System Chancellor James B. Milliken and other regional and local leaders will join UTEP President Heather Wilson and other university officials to commemorate the start of construction work.
Heather Wilson, the President of UTEP, told CBS4 that this construction will take about two years for the facility to be in use.
Many different partners, including the Chancellor of the university and the Texas Regents, provided $80 million of funding for this project.
"We’ll have many of our partners who are vital and are helping us secure the funding for this building, particularly the chancellor of the university and the Texas regents who provided 80 million dollars to help us build this building," Wilson said.
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Wilson said that some of the students at the university have been hired at Blue Origin and NASA for their research.
“We’ve done, just over the last ten years, a couple million dollars of research in advanced manufacturing and aerospace and we're continuing to grow in that area. We’ve got hundreds of students who are engaged in undergraduate and graduate research here. And in fact now have a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering," Wilson said. "We also have a very strong aerospace program here, we do a fair amount of NASA research on rocket engines, we have a lot of our students who are hired into Blue Origin and Nasa."
The University of Texas El Paso will break ground on Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Hawthorne Street and Rim Road.
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