Ann Quiroz Gates

Chair Computer Science, Dept. Computer Science
The University of Texas at El Paso

Contact Information:

The University of Texas at El Paso
500 W. University CCSB 3.1002
El Paso, Texas 79902
Office: +1.915.747.5480; +1.915.747.7689 (direct)
Fax: +1.915.747.5030


Dr. Ann Q. Gates is Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department at the University of Texas at El Paso. Her areas of research are in software engineering and cyberinfrastructure with an emphasis on workflows, ontologies, and formal software specification. Gates directs the NSF-funded Cyber-ShARE Center that focuses on developing and sharing resources through cyber-infrastructure to advance research and education in science. She was a founding member of the NSF Advisory Committee for Cyber-infrastructure.  Gates served on the IEEE-Computer Society (IEEE-CS) Board of Governors 2004-2009.  In addition, she chairs the IEEE-CS Educational Activity Board’s Committee of Diversity and External Activities and has established a model for specialized student chapters focused on leadership, entrepreneurship, and professional development.  She is a member of the Computer Science Accreditation Board (2011-2013).  Gates leads the Computing Alliance for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI) and is a founding member of the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT). She received the 2015 A. Nico Habermann Award, the 2010 Anita Borg Institute Social Impact Award, the 2009 Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific Scholarship, Civic Science, and Diversifying Computing and was named to Hispanic Business magazine’s 100 Influential Hispanics in 2006 for her work on the Affinity Research Group model.

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Research Expertise

Gates directs the NSF-funded Cyber-ShARE Center of Excellence ("Cyberinfrastructure for Sharing resources to Advance Research and Education"). Cyber-ShARE's mission is to advance education and research through cyberinfrastructures that support information exchange and integration, as well as collaborative interdisciplinary research. As national leaders in the study of collaborative science and engineering, the Center has developed and applied models of team-based, cooperative learning, interdisciplinary teamwork, and knowledge integration and management. She also conducts research in software engineering. Her research focuses on development of technology for monitoring software correctness and data quality that can be transferred to both public and private industry. Specifically, the focus is on extending and defining software engineering methods and developing usable technology to support development of complex systems that are of high consequence, i.e., failure of the system will result in loss of life, equipment, security, or financial losses. Using properties to monitor systems can assist in detecting conflicts and errors during software execution or data acquisition.

Education Expertise:

Gates has led the development of the Affinity Research Group (ARG) model for structuring research groups that involve undergraduate and graduate students. The goal of the model is to provide an environment that supports persistence and participation of students from traditionally underrepresented groups. The ARG experience advances the scholarship of discovery and, as a byproduct, instills in many students the desire to continue their education. The benefits of ARG are that students learn the skills and strategies that will make them effective leaders and successful in research, academia, and industry, and they gain experience with making informed decisions about technical matters and working in teams to solve complex problems. With rapid, continual changes in technology and the omnipresence of computers in our daily interactions, it is critical that undergraduate students attain appreciation for life-long learning and a higher level of competence in technical areas. The university and departmental goals of providing innovative student programs, educating people in the region who have limited economic and educational opportunities, and preparing students to become professionals and leaders are met through development, refinement, and application of the ARG model.

In addition, Gates leads the Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI) that focuses on the recruitment, retention and advancement of Hispanics in computing through shared effective practices.


Dr. Gates teaches the capstone courses: CS4310 and CS4311.