Dr. Paul C. Maxwell

Beginning in 2012 Dr. Maxwell began a new career as an artist living in Santa Teresa, New Mexico after more than 47 years as an academic, government policy wonk, university administrator and head of a non-profit for bi-national business development.  His new artistic endeavors, begun after a fifty year hiatus, have taken him literally around the world where he experienced first hand some of the border issues important to our nation and the world–some of which he has reported in his blog.  Hopefully, his art will impact positively those who view it as he has attempted to positively impact society through his other professional endeavors. He continues to provide comments along with guest contributors in Border Crossings blog.

Dr. Maxwell, a recognized expert in domestic and international science and technology policy, from 2005 to 2014 served as the Executive Director and CEO of the Bi-National Sustainability Laboratory (BNSL), whose main facilities are located in Santa Teresa, NM.  A bi-national enterprise, BNSL’s mission is to focus on emerging technologies to create and implement economic development efforts within the entire U.S.-Mexico border region from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean.  They have helped more than a dozen new technology based start-ups and count over 45 major stakeholders and service providers throughout the 10-state border region.  They were among the founding organizations of the newly inaugurated Hub of Human Innovation Incubator in El Paso, TX, where Dr. Maxwell served on their Board of Directors.

From 1999 to 2005 Dr. Maxwell was Vice President for Research and Sponsored Projects at the University of Texas at El Paso responsible for the policies and directions of the University’s diverse research portfolio of more than $185 million.  Previously, he worked for the U.S. State Department as an Environment, Science and Technology Counselor serving at U.S. Embassies in Buenos Aires, New Delhi and Mexico City and earned citations for his efforts on non-proliferation and science cooperation. He was also a senior Staff Science Consultant for the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives and an associate professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Central University of Venezuela.

Dr. Maxwell holds a doctorate and masters degrees in materials science and engineering from Stanford University and a BS degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso.  He has served as President of the North American Institute (NAMI) in Santa Fe, NM and was on the founding Board of Directors of the Texas Lone Star Education and Research Network (LEARN) organization.  Dr. Maxwell also served on the Texas Product Development and Small Business Incubator Board (Dec 2004-Jan

2012) and the Texas Emerging Technology Fund’s Life Science Center Board (2005-08).

Dr. Maxwell resides in Santa Teresa, New Mexico and has four adult children.  He is fluent in Spanish and enjoys painting, running, travel and flying his own plane among many other activities.

Guest Contributors

Dr. James Peach

Dr. James Peach

Jim Peach is Regents Professor of Economics at New Mexico State University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1980.  He is a past president of the Association of Borderlands Studies and the first editor of the Journal of Borderlands Studies.


Dr. Marshall Carter Tripp

Ms. Marshall Carter-Tripp

Marshall Carter-Tripp served as the Director of the UTEP Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens from June 2006-2010. Prior to joining the museum staff, Carter-Tripp retired from the US Foreign Service after 24 years as a diplomat. She studied anthropology and political science at Beloit College in Wisconsin, and earned her bachelor’s degree there. She holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  During her initial career in political science she was a visiting professor at UTEP.  She has written several textbooks, and currently writes travel articles for a blog.

Dr. Abbas Ghassemi

Dr. Abbas Ghassemi, Professor, NMSU

Dr. Ghassemi is the Director of Institute for Energy and Environment (IE&E) and professor of Chemical Engineering at New Mexico State University.  As the Director of IE&E he is the Chief Operating Officer for programs in education and research, and outreach in energy resources including renewable energy, water quality and quantity and environmental issues.  He is responsible for administrative duties, operation, budget, planning, and personnel supervision for the program.  In addition to teaching, Dr. Ghassemi has authored and edited several text books and has many publications and papers in the areas of energy, water, carbon cycle including carbon generation and management, process control, thermodynamics, transport phenomena, education management and innovative teaching methods. His research areas of interest include risk-based decision making, renewable energy and water, Carbon management and sequestration, energy efficiency and pollution prevention, multiphase flow and process control. Dr. Ghassemi serves on a number of public and private boards, editorial boards, and peer review panels.


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  1. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say wonderful blog!

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