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March 2010

  1. NMSU interim associate provost named College of Engineering dean NMSU
  2. NMSU graduate wins Gates Cambridge scholarship
  3. NMSU professors patent unique process to convert waste into useful products
  4. NMSU professor awarded $1.68 million grant from National Science Foundation
  5. NMSU professor will build rocket engine test stand from NASA experience
  6. NMSU alumnus Alvy Ray Smith receives Washington Award
  7. NMSU alumna Shakti Davis named Most Promising Black Engineer
  8. “Serial entrepreneur” to present lecture on starting up your start up
  9. Engineering physics program chair Heinz Nakotte awarded Gardiner Professorship
  10. Engineering a strength for NMSU
  11. NMSU receives designation as 'military-friendly' university
  12. Recent Research Grants
  13. Alumni News

1. NMSU interim associate provost named College of Engineering dean NMSU
By Mark Cramer

Dr. Ricardo JacquezRicardo Jacquez, interim associate provost for academic affairs and community colleges at New Mexico State University and a Regents professor of civil engineering at NMSU, has been named the new dean of the university’s College of Engineering. Jacquez was one of five finalists selected to interview on campus and participate in candidate open forums with the campus community. He will assume the office on April 1. Read More

 


2. NMSU graduate wins Gates Cambridge scholarship
By Justin Bannister

Mohammad GhassemiMohammad Ghassemi, a recent New Mexico State University electrical engineering graduate, has won a Gates Cambridge Scholarship for 2010. The scholarship, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, pays the full cost for students from outside the United Kingdom to pursue graduate study and research at Cambridge University in England. Read More

 

 


3. NMSU professors patent unique process to convert waste into useful products
By Lorena Sánchez

Zohrab Samani and Adrian HansonA New Mexico State University professor is working to revolutionize the way we dispose of our waste.

In December 2009, civil engineering professors Zohrab Samani and Adrian Hanson received a patent for a process that economically converts municipal and organic waste into methane gas and a soil amendment. Samani said although converting waste into fuel is nothing new, creating a functional and cost-efficient device to achieve this is new. Read More


4. NMSU professor awarded $1.68 million grant from National Science Foundation
By Mark Cramer

Dr. Ou MaOu Ma, a professor in the New Mexico State University College of Engineering’s mechanical and aerospace engineering department, has been awarded a four-year, $1.68 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop new reduced-gravity simulation technology for astronaut training and biomechanics research. The grant money also will go towards developing a new simulation facility to house the research. Read More

 


5. NMSU professor will build rocket engine test stand from NASA experience
By Bryant Million

Dr. Ed ConleyEd Conley, who has taught mechanical engineering at New Mexico State University for 20 years, has spent the last two summers researching rocket engine test stands during his NASA Administrator’s Fellowship and plans to incorporate what he has learned into NMSU’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

To help advance NMSU’s aerospace studies further, Conley will design a rocket test stand for the department for the final portion of his fellowship. Conley’s rocket engine design will be similar to those he researched with NASA, but it will be to a smaller scale. Read More


 

6. NMSU alumnus Alvy Ray Smith receives Washington Award

Dr. Alvy Ray SmithDr. Alvy Ray Smith, NMSU electrical engineering alumnus, has received the Western Society of Engineers Washington Award. Each year during Engineers' Week, the prestigious Washington Award is conferred upon an engineer(s) whose professional attainments have preeminently advanced the welfare of human kind. Read More

 


7. NMSU alumna Shakti Davis named Most Promising Black Engineer

Dr. Shakti DavisDr. Shakti K. Davis, who graduated in 1999 from NMSU with a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering was named Most Promising Engineer or Scientist for 2010 at the U.S. Black Engineer of the Year Award conference held Feb. 18-20 in Baltimore, MD. Following is the profile of Davis that appears in USBE&IT magazine. Read More

 

 


8. “Serial entrepreneur” to present lecture on starting up your start up

Paul ShortThis semester, the Verge Fund Lecture Series in Innovation, Ventures and Entrepreneurship opens with Paul Short, a self-described “serial entrepreneur.” Short will present a lecture entitled, “Starting up your Start Up: How to Find Out if You Really Have Something,” on Friday, Feb. 5 at 3:30 pm in Thomas and Brown Hall Room 104. The lecture is free and open to the public. Read More

 


9. Engineering physics program chair Heinz Nakotte awarded Gardiner Professorship
By Linda Fresques

Dr. Heinz NakotteHeinrich “Heinz” Nakotte, professor of physics and chair of the engineering physics program at NMSU, has been awarded the George W. Gardiner Professorship.

The Gardiner Professorship is awarded every two years to a physics faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership, research and training. The endowed professorship is given by the estate of Anna H. Gardiner, wife of George W. Gardiner, who was the first department head of physics and founder of the Physical Science Laboratory at NMSU. Read More


 

10. Engineering a strength for NMSU
By Gabriel Vasquez
The Las Cruces Bulletin

Imagine a colony of highresolution night-sky cameras burrowed miles apart from each other in New Mexico, watching the celestial bodies for signs of danger. Or an unmanned aerial vehicle mapping the course of Somali pirates traveling across the Gulf of Aden.

This technology is becoming a reality, thanks to students, researchers and professors at the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University and the Physical Science Laboratory (PSL). Read More


11. NMSU receives designation as 'military-friendly' university
By Audry Olmsted

Military Advanced EducationNew Mexico State University is committed to the needs of the men and women who serve in the military. Now, the university has gained its second national recognition as a military-friendly institution.

Military Advanced Education magazine puts out an annual guide of military-friendly colleges and universities based on a series of criteria that include the evaluation of an institution's academic programs, online programs and the support the institution offers to veterans. NMSU was highlighted in the magazine's November/December 2009 edition for the wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs it offers, which attract high interest from students in the military. NMSU was also named a military-friendly school in G.I. Jobs' 2010 Guide to Military Friendly Schools in 2009. Read More


12. Recent Research Grants


13. Alumni News


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