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September 2007

  1. NMSU expert to inspect Minneapolis bridge disaster site
  2. NMSU honors educators during Fall Convocation
  3. Living Learning Communities increase chances of student success
  4. NMSU engineering dean appointed to National Science Foundation and National Academy of Engineering advisory committees
  5. New laser system: Short pulses promise big benefits
  6. Bingaman tours NMSU outreach program
  7. New Mexico State University ranks 32nd nationally in research expenditures
  8. NMSU's Career Expo largest ever
  9. NMSU Institute pioneers global renewable energy development
  10. NMSU joins the world of Myspace.com
  11. College of Engineering plans Homecoming events
  12. College of Engineering receives new grants
 

1. NMSU expert to inspect Minneapolis bridge disaster site
By Linda Fresques

Kenneth C. WhiteA New Mexico State University civil engineering professor has been invited to perform a preliminary inspection of the Minneapolis bridge that crashed into the Mississippi River Wednesday, Aug. 1, killing at least five people.

NMSU has conducted the nation’s only Bridge Inspection Training Program for more than 35 years. Ken White, academic department head of civil engineering at NMSU, was contacted by the National Transportation Safety Board to get a first-hand look at the disaster site and other information related to the Interstate 35W bridge. Read More

 

2. NMSU honors educators during Fall Convocation
By Justin Bannister

Award winners at NMSU's fall ConvocationNew Mexico State University celebrated the beginning of the fall semester as well as the achievements of several outstanding faculty members during Fall Convocation at the Corbett Center Student Union Ballrooms.

Jon Holtzman, an associate professor in astronomy, is the winner of the 2007 Dennis W. Darnall Faculty Achievement Award. The award is presented each year to a faculty member for achievements in teaching and research and for service to the community and the university. Holtzman plays an active role at NMSU’s Apache Point Observatory and is known for his research and calibration work with the Hubble Space Telescope, among other things. Read More

 

3. Living Learning Communities increase chances of student success
By Bryant Million

Studies have shown that students are more successful when their academic experiences are integrated into their lives. So New Mexico State University’s Housing and Residential Life Department and cooperating colleges have set up several Living Learning Communities in on-campus residential areas that give participating students opportunities to interact with other students, academic staff and faculty from the college of their major. The Living Learning Community for freshman engineering students in Garcia Hall was slated for full occupancy early this summer. Read More

 

4. NMSU engineering dean appointed to National Science Foundation and National Academy of Engineering advisory committees
By Linda Fresques

Dean Steve CastilloNew Mexico State University College of Engineering Dean Steven P. Castillo has been appointed by National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Academy of Engineering to serve on committees related to engineering education and research. Castillo will serve on the Committee on Engineering Education, a committee of the National Academy of Engineering Office of the President. Read More

 

5. New laser system: Short pulses promise big benefits
By Karl Hill

David Voelz and Gary Rayson New Mexico State University researchers now have on-campus access to a new type of laser system that many believe could lead to technological breakthroughs in fields ranging from medicine to antiterrorism.

With help from the Governor’s Office, the university has installed an ultra-short-pulse (USP) laser system developed by Raydiance Inc. that is small, easy to use and reliable. Read More

 

6. Bingaman tours NMSU outreach program

Senator Jeff Bingaman tours NMSU outreach programFrom left, Victor Martinez, a seventh-grader at Chaparral Middle School in Chaparral, N.M., and Lauren Abraham, an eighth-grader at Morehead Middle School in El Paso, demonstrate to U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., how the Lego Space Elevator they built and programmed travels up and down as Laura Lomas, far right, assistant director of the Southern New Mexico Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SNM SEMAA) looks on. Bingaman toured the New Mexico State University SNM SEMAA lab Aug. 17, where he learned about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs at NMSU. The university currently operates 58 STEM programs that reach out to students and teachers from kindergarten to the doctoral level. Martinez has participated in the SEMAA program for five years and Abraham for one. (NMSU photo by Darrell J. Pehr)

 

7. New Mexico State University ranks 32nd nationally in research expenditures
By Karl Hill

New Mexico State University ranked 32nd nationally in research and development expenditures among universities and colleges without a medical school in fiscal year 2005, according to the National Science Foundation’s latest report. The NSF lists New Mexico State’s total R&D expenditures at $125.42 million for FY 2005, the most recent year for which comparative statistics are available. Read More

 

8. NMSU's Career Expo largest ever
By Bryant Million

New Mexico State University’s Career Services will host employers from across the nation at the 23rd Annual Career Expo, an event that gives employers the opportunity to meet with students interested in networking and broadening their experience in career environments. Nearly 200 employers will attend the event and approximately 140 will attend on Wednesday, specifically seeking engineering and technology students. Read More

 

9. NMSU Institute pioneers global renewable energy development
By Therese Shakra

Honduran engineers conduct a field demonstrationNew Mexico State University researchers are advancing the growth of international renewable energy systems with the ultimate goal of replicating technological success and facilitating clean, energy independence for many developing nations.

The Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) through the College of Engineering is assisting countries with overseas stand-alone photovoltaic (PV) solar and wind energy systems technology and training, which provide cost-effective power for lighting, communication, fans, refrigerators and water pumping. Read More

 

10. NMSU joins the world of Myspace.com
By Bob Nosbisch

Myspace.com is a wildly popular Website for both teens and adults to catch up with friends and find the latest music and videos. Now, it also is a place where the millions of people who visit each day can find out more about New Mexico State University. NMSU recently launched www.myspace.com/gonmsu and for the next few months, the College of Engineering will be featured on the site.

The site is designed for everyone, but is geared predominantly toward current, former and potential students. Geared to coincide with a new advertising campaign in the ASEE Go For It! magazine used to recruit engineering students, the site will run an engineering slide show and have links to College of Engineering Departmental web sites. The campaign will give potential students the opportunity to sign up for to win an iPod Nano until December 13. Read More

 

11. College of Engineering plans Homecoming events

The College of Engineering will celebrate Homecoming 2007 with the naming of three facilities and honors for alumni and faculty. Robert G. Myers, mechanical engineering class of 1958 will be honored as the distinguished alumnus. The college will dedicate the Intel Computer Classroom, the Herman Baca Capstone Laboratory and the General Motors Mechanical Engineering Classroom. Dr. David Voelz will be awarded the Paul W. and Valerie Klipsch Professorship. A reception will follow ceremonies at the Paul W. and Valerie Klipsch Museum on the Bromilow Mall by the Engineering Tower of Dreams. All are welcome. Schedule of Events

 

12. College of Engineering receives new grants

The following grants have been recently awarded to the NMSU College of Engineering:

  1. NMSU site of Bridge to Doctorate program again
  2. FDA funds E coli detection research for WERC Design Contest
  3. ConocoPhillips funds desalination research
  4. Sandia extends funding for stream flow and ground-water flow software development
  5. NRC funds development of nuclear minor program
  6. Invertix and NMSU to develop novel antenna technology
 

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