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NOAA CREST Partner Institutions

University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus

CREST Consortium

University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus

Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez PO Box 9000 Mayagüez PR 00681-9000
(787) 832-4040
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The University of Puerto Rico was created by an act of the Legislative Assembly on March 12, 1903. It was in the College of Agriculture that the Mayauez Campus had its origin. The strengthening and diversification of the academic programs at Mayauez were recognized years later when, in 1942, the campus was organized with a considerable degree of autonomy into the Colleges of Agriculture, Engineering and Science.

NOAA-CREST research at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayauez is comprised of researchers in the following departments and areas:

CREST Campus PI and staff


Rafael Rodriguez-Solis - Campus Principal Investigator
Email: rafael.rodriguez19@upr.edu
Phone: (787)-832-2825
Fax: (787) 832-2485

Dr. Jonathan Muñoz-Barreto -  Deputy PI
Email: jonathan.munoz@upr.edu
Phone: 787-832-4040 x-3499
Fax: (787) 832-2485

Ms. Maribel Feliciano-Ruiz, MBA, CAP
Administrative Officer III
email: maribel.feliciano1@upr.edu

Soliris Maldonado CPA, MBA
Project and Finance Coordinator
email: soliris@ece.uprm.edu

CREST Research Projects and Task


Institute of Research in Integrative Systems & Engineering <
University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez
P: (787) 832-2825 / (787) 832-4040 Ext. 5263
F: (787) 832-2485

CREST research projects at UPRM are conducted under the following themes:

Theme I: Coastal Resilience
Project: CREST Coastal Ocean Observing Systems

Theme III: Water Prediction
Project: Hydrologic extremes-A systematic risk assessment of droughts and floods using 
in-situ and remote sensing products

Theme IV: Ecosystem Services
Project: Synoptic and seasonal monitoring of the Earth System

CREST remote sensing facilities at UPRM includes: (1) The Bio-Optical Oceanography Laboratory (http://bio-optics.uprm.edu) which is one of the most advanced laboratories studying bio-optical properties in the Caribbean region. The laboratory is located at Isla Magueyes Field Station of the Department of Marine Sciences in La Parguera, Lajas, Puerto Rico and (2) The Lidar Laboratory at ECE Department.

CREST remote sensing instruments at UPRM include: DBS system, CIMEL Sun-photometer, Pyrometers, Radiosonde System, and CREST L-Band Microwave Unit .

Degrees Offered


  • BSc, ME, MS, and PhD – Electrical Engineering
  • BSc, ME, MS – Computer Engineering
  • PhD – Computer Science and Engineering
  • BSc, ME, MS, and PhD – Civil Engineering (Water Resources/Environmental)
  • MS, and PhD – Marine Sciences

University Career & Student services contact information:


URL: http://placement.uprm.edu/

Sra. Nancy Nieves Arán (Director)
Email: placement@uprm.edu
Phones: (787) 832-4040, x’s- 2070, 2074, 3691, 3898, 3858

Our Facilities

NOAA-CREST spans to different facilities, laboratories, weather stations and academia performing scientific research and development.

CREST Consortium

CREST is led by The City University of New York and brings together Hampton University, VA; University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, PR; San Diego State University, CA; University of Maryland Baltimore County, MD; University of Texas at El Paso, TX.