Haydee Alonso

on overcoming post graduate depression

UTEP Alumna
Artist, Jeweler, Gallery Manager at Hal Marcus
Hometown: Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico


Zuill Bailey

on the business of music

UTEP Faculty Member
Grammy Award-Winning Cellist
Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia


Peter Chan

on the culture of altruism

UTEP Alumni
Consulting Engineer and Entrepreneur
Hometown: Penang, Malaysia


Veronica Escobar

on access in our border community

UTEP Alumni
United States Congresswoman
Hometown: El Paso, Texas


Roger Gonzalez

on how Access makes the Difference

UTEP Alum & Faculty Member
E-Lead Department Chair and Non-Profit CEO
Hometown: El Paso, Texas


Gina Elizabeth Moreno

on empowering Latina Women through STEM & Leadership

Graduate Student, Systems Engineering
Research Assistant
Hometown: El Paso, Texas


Danny Olivas

on lessons learned in space 

UTEP Alumni and Staff
Former NASA Astronaut
Hometown: North Hollywood, California


Samuel Ontiveros

on the journey from street art to linguistics

UTEP Student, Linguistics
Graffiti Artist
Hometown: El Paso, Texas


Erik Pavia

on desert wisdom

UTEP Alumni and Faculty Member
Startup Founder and Executive
Hometown: Canutillo, Texas


William Robertson (Dr. Skateboard)

on the intersection of skateboarding and STEM education

UTEP Alumni and Faculty Member
Professor of Education and Former Professional Skateboarder
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia


Ayushma Sharma Timilsina

on promoting education for social change

UTEP Student
Undergraduate Research Assistant for Mechanical Engineering Department and Diversity Representative at Student Government Association (SGA), Secretary of Nepalese Student Association
Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal


Special Thanks To


Dr. Richard Pineda

TEDx Speaker Coach 


Executive Planning Committee

Benjamin Gonzalez

Laurie Banitch

Ryan Saenz

Ofelia Dominguez

Mick Martinez

Nicole Aguilar

Daniel Gomez

Ann Horak