Dr. Ivonne Santiago is Co-Director of the ASPIRE ERC and Associate Professor Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso. She is passionate about equity in two areas: Access to safe drinking water and access to clean transportation, two key factors for social mobility that she promotes inside and outside the classroom. She is Co-PI of UTEP’s NSF H-AGEP program focusing on mentoring Hispanic doctoral students for academic careers and the Department of Education’s STEMGROW and YES SHE CAN programs that encourage and support Hispanic and female students and students with disabilities to pursue STEM careers. Dr. Santiago is also Chair of the Public Service Board, which manages El Paso Water. Dr. Santiago has received numerous awards including: the 2014 University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award; the 2018 ASCE’s Texas Section “Service to the People” award; and the 2019 El Paso Engineer of the Year award by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers.
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