2018 ConTex Collaborative Research Grants

ConTex, the Conacyt/UT System initiative, which supports academic and research cooperation between Texas and Mexico, has announced the 2018 ConTex Collaborative Research Grants. We congratulate the nine winners from UT Austin, who this year represent areas in Architecture, IC2, Engineering, Geophysics, Liberal Arts, and Natural Sciences.

Dr. Tan Bui-Thanh, Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
High Resolution Magnetic Resonance Elastography with Uncertainty Quantification
Mexican partner:  Dr. Marcos A. Capistrán, CIMAT

Dr. Anthony Di Fiore, Professor, Department of Anthropology
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
Mexican partner:  Dr. Filippo Aureli, Universidad Veracruzana

Dr. Juan Murcia-Delso, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Assessment of Seismically Retrofitted Concrete Buldings Following the 2017 Earthquake in Mexico City
Mexican partner:  Dr. Sergio Alcocer, UNAM

Dr. Patricia Wilson, Professor, School of Architecture
Sustainable Cities:  Testing the Efficacy of Human-Centric Design for Urban Connectivity
Mexican partner:  Dr. Carlos Aparicio Moreno, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León

Dr. Stephen Walker, Professor, Department of Mathematics and Department of Statistics and Data Science
Bayesian Nonparametric Time Dependents Models
Mexican partner:  Dr. Ramsés Mena, UNAM

Dr. Simon Humphrey, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
Synthesis and Characterization of Functionalized Metal-Organic Frameworks for the Capture of Airborne Pollutants, and for Clean Energy Applications
Mexican partner:  Dr. Ilich Ibarra, UNAM

Dr. Elsie Echeverri-Carroll, Senior Research Scientist, IC2 Institute
Building a Database of New and Young Technology Firms and Their Networks with Local Influencers and Institutions as Learning Tool to Promote Regional Entrepreneurship in Guadalajara Metropolitan Area
Mexican partner:  Dr. Adrián de León Arias, Universidad de Guadalajara

Dr. Kenneth Greene, Associate Professor, Department of Government
How Do Vote-Buying Attempts Influence Voters, Elections, and the Quality of Democracy in Mexico?
Mexican partner:  Dr. Alberto Simpser, ITAM

Dr. James Austin, Jr., Senior Research Scientist, Institute of Geophysics
A Gateway Revealed:  Understanding the History of Flow Through the Florida Straits
Mexican partner:  Dr. Jaime Urrutia Fucugauchi, UNAM

We extend our congratulations to all Mexican collaborators and to our sister UT institutions also honored this year.

To view all awardees, click here.