Dr. Ivonne Santiago is a Clinical professor of the Civil Engineering (CE) Department at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). As Clinical Professor, her main responsibility is to foster projects that connect education and research to engineering practice and real-world applications, a staple of which is the Coordination of the CE Senior Capstone design projects. Dr. Santiago’s research is focused on innovation and entrepreneurship for providing safe drinking water to under-served communities, water quality sensors, and Engineering education in graduate and undergraduate students with a focus on Hispanic and female students.
Dr. Santiago is an appointed member of the El Paso Water Public Service Board and the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Advisory Committee. She is dedicated to providing students with service learning opportunities and uses team-based and project-based learning approaches and liberating structures for student engagement and sharing collective knowledge. She is currently part of UTEP’s NSF-AGEP program focusing on fostering Hispanic doctoral students for academic careers, and the Department of Education’s (DoE) STEMGROW Program to encourage students to pursue STEM careers, is a faculty partner for UTEP’s STEM Accelerator Program, and fellow of UTEP’s Center for Faculty Leadership and Development. Her commitment to connecting education to practice is demonstrated by the local and state teaching awards she has won: 2014 UTEP’s CETaL Giraffe Award (for sticking her neck out); 2014 College of Engineering Instruction Award; 2014 The University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award; and the 2012 NCEES Award for students’ design of a Fire Station.