ConTex September Updates

ConTex staff joins CONACYT leadership for Second Annual Advisory Board meeting

The second annual ConTex Advisory Board meeting took place on August 27, 2018 in Mexico City. The agenda included a presentation of results of the second year of activities and a session on strategic planning in order to solidify this important collaboration between CONACYT and the University of Texas System.


The working session included participation from CONACYT Director, Dr. Enrique Cabrero Mendoza; Dr. Arturo Borja Tamayo, Director of International Cooperation; Dr. Julia Tagüeña Parga, Deputy Director of Scientific Development, and María Dolores Sánchez Soler, Deputy Director of Postgraduate and Scholarships.

From UT System and ConTex, attendees included Dr. Randy Charbeneau, Vice Chancellor for Research of the UT System, Dr. Guadalupe Carmona, Executive Director of ConTex; and Paloma Perry, ConTex Director of Programs.

Additional members of the board from both sides of the border included Dr. Jorge A. Schiavon, Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Program in Migratory Studies and Executive Director of the Mexico, the Americas and the World Center at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas  (CIDE); Dr. Jesús González Hernández, General Director of the Centro de Ingeniería y Desarrollo Industrial (CIDESI); Dr. Edmundo Calva Mercado from the Institute of Biotechnology at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM); Dr. Ricardo C. Ainslie, Director of the Mexico Center and Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin; Dr. Jorge Gardea-Torresdey, Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering and Department Chair and Professor of Chemistry at The University of Texas at El Paso; and Dr. Manuel Quevedo-Lopez, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at The University of Texas at Dallas.

ConTex was established in 2016 as part of an agreement between CONACYT and UT System to provide funding to doctoral, postdoctoral, and collaborative research partners to promote binational academic collaboration for transformative research and innovation that contributes to the development of Mexico and Texas.

ConTex congratulates first graduate

ConTex is proud to announce its first graduate. Alejandra Reyes Ruiz del Cueto earned her Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning at UT Austin this summer.

  Alejandra Reyes Ruiz del Cueto

Alejandra Reyes Ruiz del Cueto

Alejandra is a native of Zacatecas, Mexico. Her dissertation is titled "Mexico's Housing Paradox: The Political Economy of Inaccessibility and Vacancy." Dr. Elizabeth Mueller, of the Department of Community and Regional Planning, was her advisor at UT Austin.

Alejandra also has a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Berkeley and a Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning from UT Austin.

We are happy to have been part of her educational journey.

2018 Collaborative Research Award Recipients Announced

Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the 2018 ConTex Collaborative Research Grants

Juan Carlos Jáuregui Correa - Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro

Krystel Castillo - UT San Antonio

Shape-Morphing Blades Coupled with Tailored Aerodynamic Add-Ons for Enhanced Wind Energy Conversion


Marcos Capistrán - Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas

Tan Bui-Thanh - UT Austin

High Resolution Magnetic Resonance Elastography with Uncertainty Quantification


Filippo Aureli - Universidad Veracruzana

Anthony Di Fiore - UT Austin

An integrated approach to protect endangered species and ecosystems in the face of climate change and increasing anthropogenic impact in the Yucatan peninsula: Combining new tools and well-established techniques              


Sergio M. Alcocer - Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Juan Murcia-Delso - UT Austin

Assessment of seismically retrofitted concrete buildings following the 2017 earthquake in Mexico City


Carlos E. Aparicio Moreno - Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León

Patricia Wilson - UT Austin

Sustainable Cities: Testing the Efficacy of Human-Centric Design for Urban Connectivity


Ramsés Mena - Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Stephen Walker - UT Austin

Bayesian Nonparametric Time Dependent Models


Jonatan Peña Ramírez - CICESE

Justin Ruths - UT Dallas

Attack Detection for Hybrid Cyber-Physical Systems


Illich A. Ibarra - Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Simon M. Humphrey - UT Austin

Synthesis and Characterization of Functionalized Metal-Organic Frameworks for the Capture of Airborne Pollutants, and for Clean Energy Applications


Adrián de León Arias - Universidad de Guadalajara

Elsie Echeverri-Carroll - UT Austin

Building a Database of New and Young Technology Firms and Their Networks with Local Influencers and Institutions as a Learning Tool to Promote Regional Entrepreneurship in Guadalajara Metropolitan Area


Alberto Simpser - Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México

Kenneth Greene - UT Austin

How Do Vote-Buying Attempts Influence Voters, Elections, and the Quality of Democracy in Mexico?


Oscar Esparza del Villar - Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez

Jennifer Eno Louden - UT El Paso

The Self-Stigma of Mental Illness Among Latinos on the U.S.-Mexico Border


Jaime Urrutia Fucugauchi - Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

James Austin Jr. - UT Austin

A Gateway Revealed: Understanding the History of Flow Through the Florida Straits