The Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce sponsors, conducts and promotes three main avenues of research: research in innovation and commerce, research for commercialization of innovation, and research in entrepreneurship education. The Center was founded in 2012 through generous contributions from UTEP alumnus Mike Loya. The Center connects the College of Business Administration and the College of Engineering. The Center is part of a UTEP and El Paso ecosystem to support innovation and commerce. This ecosystem includes as partners the Center for Research on Entrepreneurship and Innovative Enterprises and the Hub of Human Innovation.

Support Activities

In support of its research mission, the Center provides support for faculty and students pursuing projects related to innovation and commerce. These support activities include:

  • Hosting an innovator in residence, who works with faculty and students working on commercialization of UTEP innovations.
  • Providing space for interaction among students and faculty interested in innovation and e-ship, with space with whiteboards for brainstorming, computer terminals, display walls for updates on projects, and notices of upcoming activities.
  • Mentoring UTEP faculty to be entrepreneurial in their approach to education and research


  • Come back soon to learn more about upcoming opportunities for you!


The Mine has a new Entrepreneur in Residence! That is right, our student incubator has appointed Mark Frazer as the new Entrepreneur in Residence. If you remember Mark was previously appointed as Innovator in Residence for the Mike Loya Center, and now you will have the opportunity to learn from him and be mentored as your projects on the incubator progress.

Mike Loya Center Funding for Technology Start-Ups in Engineering! Through funds provided by the Mike Loya Graduate Research Fellows endowment, the Mike Loya Center supports research and development projects that hold the potential for commercializing UTEP discoveries, innovations, and inventions. Applications are due twice a year. Up to one project will be funded per semester. Proposals for spring semester are due October 31, 2015. Go to the Mike Loya Center Application

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