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Border Solutions Alliance: Who We Are

Cities along the U.S.-Mexico border face an increasingly complex set of challenges related to health, energy, infrastructure, environment, productivity and the movement of goods and people. The Border Solutions Alliance, building on the Smart and Connected Communities framework, will foster collaboration among academic institutions, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and industry partners on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border. Research collaborations established during workshops in San Diego and El Paso, followed by a convocation in Washington, DC, will lead to the development and implementation of smart-technology solutions for long-standing trans-border community issues.  


The Alliance is a collaboration among five U.S. universities located in the U.S.-Mexico border region:

  • University of Arizona (UA)
  • University of California San Diego (UCSD)
  • New Mexico State University (NMSU)
  • University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
  • University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)


San Diego/ Tijuana – June 5-7, 2019

Invited attendees will participate in breakout sessions on urban-rural resilience, advanced manufacturing and intelligent mobility. A transversal theme of the workshop is the importance of developing a cross-border STEM talent pipeline.

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El Paso – June 10-12, 2019

Invited attendees will participate in breakout sessions on water and sewage management, healthcare, and disaster management and resilience.

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UC San Diego and Mexico: We Share More Than a Border

 UC San Diego México: Compartimos Más Que una Frontera

At UC San Diego, we prefer the path less traveled. And it has led us to remarkable new ways of seeing and making a difference in the world. Our location along the San Diego-Tijuana border gives us a global perspective that unites us with our forward-thinking counterparts in Mexico. These partnerships allow us to pursue the greater good in nonconventional fashion: collaborating with academic and research institutions, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies to develop interdisciplinary solutions to our world's most urgent problems. 

Our programs span UC San Diego, integrating big data and art, genomic medicine and economics, and conservation and community engagement to empower the next generation of changemakers to blaze a new path towards revolutionary ideas, unexpected answers, lifesaving discoveries, and planet-changing impact.

See the many different ways UC San Diego and Mexico are partners in supporting the border region and beyond: 

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