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October 2010

  1. China transportation officials learn from NMSU cohorts
  2. College of Engineering Technology Forum and Exchange announces call for papers
  3. NMSU researchers work on promising water desalination technology
  4. Tailgate party set for Aggie vs. Lobo game
  5. College of Engineering hires new faculty
  6. Three electrical engineering students each receive $10K grants
  7. Patricia Sullivan recognized by energy leaders
  8. Charley Johnson named to Texas Sports Hall of Fame
  9. Engineer's Council ready for the semester
  10. EPA awards grant to engineering students for alternative fuel production technology
  11. NMSU administrative secretary to receive Roberts Memorial Staff Award
  12. Obituary: Juan David Sanchez
  13. College of Engineering sets Homecoming 2010 events
  14. Weenie roast helps students fuel for class
  15. NMSU Makes Forbes 'Best Colleges'
  16. Verge Fund Lecture Series in Innovation, Ventures and Entrepreneurship resumes
  17. Alumni News

1. China transportation officials learn from NMSU cohorts
By Mark Cramer

Chinese delegationA delegation from China's Ministry of Transportation was in Las Cruces last week as part of a three-week tour of the United States, organized by members of New Mexico State University's department of engineering technology and surveying engineering. The delegates were here to attend transportation workshops, primarily focused on bridge transport, in San Francisco, Bozeman, Mont., Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., in addition to Las Cruces. Read More


2. College of Engineering Technology Forum and Exchange announces call for papers

small logoThe dean of the NMSU College of Engineering, Ricardo B. Jacquez, has announced the second annual Technology Forum and Exchange and invites submissions of abstracts for the event will to be held to be held Feb. 21-22, 2011 on campus. The forum will offer short presentations from researchers, program managers, and entrepreneurs to stimulate interaction among attendees and create new relationships and foster collaborative opportunities. Read More


3. NMSU researchers work on promising water desalination technology
By Will Keener

Students working on desalination technologyNew Mexico State University researchers are chipping away at the secrets of a promising water desalination technology to use in rural communities. Graduate and post-graduate students, from NMSU's Chemical Engineering Department, are cooperating on the project through the Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) and WERC, a consortium for environmental education and technology development. Most of the work has been accomplished at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility (BGNDRF) in Alamogordo. Read More


4. Tailgate party set for Aggie vs. Lobo game

COE flag Join us for some hamburgers and hotdogs before the big “Tough Enough To Wear Pink” Game where NMSU will face off against UNM!

When: 4:00-6:00 pm Saturday, October 9, 2010

Where: College of Engineering Tent Located in the grassy area between Pan Am Center & Education Services Building. Look for the tent with the College of Engineering flag!

Tailgating contact: Tracey O’Neil (575) 646-7852 traceyo@nmsu.edu
RSVP by Oct. 4 if you will be able to attend the tailgate party.

To purchase football game tickets, contact: Pan American Center Ticket Office Corner of Payne and University (575) 646-1420 Hope to see you there!


5. College of Engineering hires new faculty
By Michelle Mason

The NMSU College of Engineering is gearing up this semester with new faculty and valuable experience; hiring three new assistant professors and an associate professor. The college welcomed Alla Kammerdiner, Jun Won Kang, Amit Sanyal, Fangjun Shu and Lambis Papelis. Read More


6. Three electrical engineering students each receive $10K grants
By Lorena Sánchez

Three electrical engineering students each received $10,000 grants from the National Consortium for Measures and Signatures Intelligence Research (NCMR). Richard Gutierrez was last year’s recipient, while Robert Pham and Gregorio Hinojos were the recipients of this year’s grants. The NCMR program was set up to meet the demands of the intelligence community for trained personnel in areas of specific technical skills. In this case, the three recipients had a shared interest in measurement and signal intelligence, scientific and technical intelligence gathered by intercepting signals. Read More


7. Patricia Sullivan recognized by energy leaders
By Lorena Sánchez

Patricia SullivanThe New Mexico Association of Energy Engineers’ has named NMSU‘s Assistant Dean of Engineering, Patricia Sullivan, its 2010 Executive of the Year.

Each year, NMAEE, in conjunction with the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers, holds an annual awards ceremony to recognize New Mexico professionals for energy excellence and activity. Jack McGowan, NMAEE Award Chairman said that Sullivan’s revitalization of NMSU’s energy programs and her work with NMSU electrical engineering Professor Satish Ranade were important factors in the decision that lead to Sullivan receiving the award. Read More


8. Charley Johnson named to Texas Sports Hall of Fame

Charley JohnsonThe Texas Sports Hall of Fame Induction Committee chaired by Texas Football Magazine founder Dave Campbell, has announced its Class of 2010 presented by Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Companies. Among those honored was Charley Johnson, a Big Spring, Tex. native. Johnson played basketball and quarterback at New Mexico State University with a 23-9 record in football. He was the first and only back to back Sun Bowl MVP (1959 and 1960) and the only player in NMSU school history to have his jersey retired. He is a member of the NMSU Sports Hall of Fame. He was a 15-year National Football League quarterback with the Chicago Cardinals, Houston Oilers and Denver Broncos. He was a 1963 NFL Pro Bowl Selection. Career stats: 165 games, 1,737 completions, 170 touchdowns and 24,410 yards passing. He won 60 percent of games started. He holds a Denver Broncos Ring of Fame. Johnson earned a doctorate in Chemical Engineering while playing pro football. He is currently a professor of chemical engineering at NMSU.


9. Engineer's Council ready for the semester
By MIchelle Mason

E-Council leadershipThe New Mexico State University Engineers’ Council, also known as E-Council, prepares for Homecoming, a career panel and Engineers’ Week. With a returning president and some newly elected officers, the Engineers’ Council is prepared to organize more activities and get more students participating this year.

“What we are trying to accomplish is more student involvement throughout the college,” Richard Archuleta, Engineers ‘Council president, said, “Whether it’s through student organization activity, E-Council business, or events like the weenie roast to welcome students back for the fall semester.” Read More


10. EPA awards grant to engineering students for alternative fuel production technology
By Lorena Sánchez

Nirmala KhandanA $10,000 grant has been awarded to three of New Mexico State University’s civil engineering Ph.D. candidates to build a reactor that will produce alternative fuel.

Team leader Ambica Koushik Pegallapati, team members, Balachandran Ketheesan, and Yalini Arudchelvam, along with their mentor civil engineering Professor Nirmala Khandan, submitted a proposal to the Environmental Protection Agency’s P3 (People, Prosperity, and the Planet) Program competition, and received their grant on August 16. Read More

 


11. NMSU administrative secretary to receive Roberts Memorial Staff Award
By Kristina Medley

Jarma HolguinJarma Holguin, an administrative secretary for the Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Center at New Mexico State University, has been selected to receive the 2009 Stephen W. and Robert E. Roberts Memorial Staff Award. Holguin will be presented a plaque and a $2,000 award during a ceremony at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14, in the Corbett Center Student Union Colfax Room. The ceremony will be open to the public. Read More


12. Obituary: Juan David Sanchez

Juan David SanchezFriends and family honored Juan David Sanchez with a Tuesday night memorial service in Ben Lujan Gymnasium. Juan David Sanchez beloved son of Lorenzo and Geraldine Sanchez passed away unexpectedly Friday, September 3, in Chamita, NM. He was currently enrolled at NMSU as a civil engineering student. Read More

 

 


13. College of Engineering Homecoming 2010 events

Viva Las CrucesHomecoming 2010 is set for Oct. 27-30 and the College of Engineering has planned for several celebrations, including a breakfast honoring scholarship donors, an alumni luncheon honoring Distinguished Alumna Sylvia Acevedo and classes of ’50, ’60 and ’70, naming of the NewTec Capstone Laboratory, naming of the Galassini Family AIChE Student Lounge, naming of Dr. Charles Creusere as the recipient of the International Foundation for Telemetering Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and more. Read More

 


14. Weenie roast helps students fuel for class
By Michelle Mason

Students enjoy weenie roastThe College of Engineering recently held its annual Weenie Roast, feeding more than 400 hotdogs to hungry engineering students. The Weenie Roast, which is hosted by the Engineering Living and Learning Community Peer Advisors, is only one of many events that the engineering organizations will hold through out the school year. The annual event welcomes both new and continuing students back to school. The event gives new and returning students a chance to meet and speak with College of Engineering Ambassadors, E-Council leaders, professors, deans and other faculty. Read More

 


15. NMSU Makes Forbes 'Best Colleges'

New Mexico State University was listed in Forbes Magazine’s annual ranking of the nation’s 610 best colleges. The annual ranking, compiled by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, rates 610 undergraduate programs out of 6,600 accredited U.S. colleges based on the quality of the education they provide, the experience of the students, and how much they achieve. “Appearing on our list at all is an indication that a school meets a high standard,” noted the magazine’s editors. NMSU ranked 354 on the list. Read More


16. Verge Fund Lecture Series in Innovation, Ventures and Entrepreneurship resumes

The College of Engineering is proud to present the Fall 2010 Verge Fund Lecture Series in Innovation, Ventures and Entrepreneurship. The series is made possible through a gift from the Verge Fund as a means of encouraging engineering students to explore entrepreneurial endeavors in their future career plans. The lecture series features speakers from industry that will provide students with insights into how to take their technologies and innovations and establish a successful business. Schedule


17. Alumni News

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