Category Archives: Research News

NMSU environmental engineers examine new method for wastewater treatment, reuse

A team of New Mexico State University graduate students and Environmental Engineering professors Nirmala Khandan and Pei Xu are developing a novel water treatment process that could render municipal wastewater into drinking water and at the same time produce algal biomass for biofuel and fertilizer.

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NMSU, partners vying for $100 million hub to address water challenges

As a leader in water treatment research, the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University is a part of a team preparing a proposal for a new U.S. Department of Energy grant to create an Energy-Water Desalination Hub. The award for the hub will be approximately $100 million, $20 million per year for five years, with a five-year renewal possibility. 

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NMSU engineer adapts instrumentation for gas-giant planet research

A collaborative group of researchers in New Mexico and France have been peering into the night sky at Jupiter – through a solar telescope – to discover the origins of the Sun’s planetary system. New Mexico State University Electrical Engineering Professor David Voelz is retrofitting an instrument developed in France to detect and capture the data found with the Dunn Solar Telescope located at Sacramento Peak, Sunspot, New Mexico. 

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BHP teams up with NREL to clean up legacy mining impacts, develop biomass

BHP says it has partnered with the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to work with local universities to find a sustainable way to both clean up legacy mining impacts and develop biomass to be used as feedstock for biofuels from these impacted lands and water. 

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National Institutes of Health renews STEM grant at NMSU

New Mexico State University’s RISE to the Post doctorate program has generated nearly two decades of success in supporting underrepresented minority students to earn advanced degrees in biomedical fields. Building on that success, the National Institutes of Health has renewed NMSU’s grant for five more years with $3.6 million to expand the program in innovative ways by engaging NMSU students in integrated biology and engineering research.

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NMSU chemical, materials engineering professor receives $1.1 million grant

Jessica Houston, New Mexico State University Chemical and Materials Engineering associate professor, has been awarded a four-year, $1.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s General Medical Sciences. Her project will provide support for both graduate and undergraduate students to conduct biomedical research

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NMSU’s College of Engineering helps regional grocers implement sustainable practices

Grocers in southern New Mexico have the opportunity to generate operational savings and increased revenue through a United States Department of Agriculture-funded sustainability initiative. Led by the New Mexico State University Engineering New Mexico Resource Network, part of the College of Engineering, and Manomet, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit, grocers can begin the path toward earning an environmental certification designed to help them reduce their environmental footprint.

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From toilet to tap: how El Paso is fighting drought

By: Dr. Sanjay Gupta cnn.com Posted: Dec 04, 2018 06:36 PM CST Updated: Dec 04, 2018 06:45 PM CST EL PASO, Texas – The parched southwestern United States is no stranger to drought.  In El Paso, they are treating sewage water that comes from toilets, sinks and washing machines and sending it back into the…
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Civil engineer to evaluate effectiveness of water disinfection treatments

WRITER: Linda Fresques As in other arid and semiarid parts of the world, water is a precious commodity in the southwestern United States. New Mexico State University civil engineering Assistant Professor Yanyan Zhang is working to evaluate if commonly used disinfection processes are effective in keeping the water supply pathogen-free and safe. Zhang recently received…
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Space Grant Consortium awards fellowships, scholarships to NMSU students

WRITER: Paulo Oemig On November 28, 2018, New Mexico Space Grant Consortium at New Mexico State University awarded four College of Engineering students with Undergraduate Research Scholarships or Graduate Research Fellowships for the spring 2019 and fall 2019 semesters. Ten College of Arts and Sciences also received awards. Students in the College of Engineering include:…
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