Launching a premier partnership, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) created this collaboration to increase the collective impact of both institutions by expanding science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) opportunities for students and by developing collaborations between PNNL researchers and UTEP faculty. This partnership aims to grow both organizations via research collaborations, joint appointments, teaching opportunities, knowledge development, new research programs, and by expanding the hiring of students, postdoctoral research associates, and research staff members.
In addition to this partnership having direct influence on national and global scientific research, it will produce continued investment in the local communities of each institution. This collaboration allows both PNNL and UTEP to continue their strong history of economic contributions, community service, and workforce opportunities. The commitment to regional and local neighbors is a high priority for both institutions—and this collaboration represents an innovative model that centers on community impact in an effort to accelerate scientific impact.