Mexico’s Undersecretary for North American Affairs to Give Centennial Lecture

What: Centennial Lecture by Sergio Alcocer, Ph.D.

When: 5 p.m. Thursday, March 6

Where: Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 106, UTEP campus

Sergio M. Alcocer, Ph.D., undersecretary for North American affairs with the Mexican government, will speak at The University of Texas at El Paso as part of the University’s Centennial Lecture Series. The lecture, titled “Mexico in North America: A Region of Opportunities, Knowledge and Shared Prosperity,” is free and open to the public.

Alcocer has served in his current role at the Secretariat of Foreign Relations in Mexico since January 2013.

During his distinguished career in the Mexican public sector, he has been Undersecretary for Energy Planning and Technology Development, and Research Director of the National Center for Disaster Prevention.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and a Ph.D. in engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

He has held several positions at UNAM, including secretary general (provost), coordinator for innovation and development, and director of the Institute of Engineering.

Alcocer is vice president of the Mexican Academy of Engineering and a member of the National System of Researchers, the Mexican Academy of Sciences and several technical societies.

In 2012, the Mexican Society of Civil Engineers (CICM) recognized him with the José A. Cuevas Award for the best technical paper of that year.

In 2014, The University of Texas at El Paso celebrates the 100th anniversary of its founding as the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy. The Centennial Lecture Series invites noteworthy speakers to the UTEP campus to share their perspectives on a broad range of contemporary issues that are likely to impact our society, culture and lives in the years ahead.