Army General John M. Murray visits UTEP and is escorted by President Wilson, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar and co.,Monday, December 16, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre/UTEP Communications
Gen. John M. Murray, commanding general of the U.S. Army Futures Command, and other Army representatives visited The University of Texas at El Paso on Monday, December 16, to learn more about the University’s capabilities in engineering and science research.
Murray toured facilities and spoke with faculty researchers about advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, cyber security, quantum computing and counter-unmanned aerial systems, among other topics.
U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, who has been a strong supporter of UTEP and its research, also participated in the tour and discussions.
“UTEP has done exceptional research work for the Army for many years,” said UTEP President Heather Wilson. “Today we explored how we might increase the research we do for the Army on some of their toughest and most important problems.”
Murray is the first commanding general of the U.S. Army Futures Command, headquartered in Austin, Texas. The U.S. Army Futures Command orchestrates the Army modernization efforts to provide the best available technology to its warfighters.
He was accompanied by Wilson, Escobar, Vice President for Research Roberto Osegueda, College of Science Dean Robert Kirken, College of Engineering Dean Theresa Maldonado, and several UTEP faculty researchers.
“Army Futures Command is focused on modernizing our Army to ensure our soldiers have what they need in the future … and in the ‘future after that,'” Murray said. “To get that right, and to stay ahead, we’re drawing on the very best cutting-edge science and technology … from advanced materials and artificial intelligence to hypersonics. Our leading research universities around the nation are part of our overall effort.”
“Today is a great opportunity to explore the great work UTEP is doing and how that research might be able to help the Army solve problems. We’re grateful to Rep. Escobar, and President Wilson, for making this visit possible,” Murray added.