Category Archives: STEM News

NMSU engineer using smartphone sensing to identify falls risk

A New Mexico State University engineer is exploring one of the fastest emerging fields as a means to predict and prevent a pervasive problem. Phillip De Leon, associate dean of research for the College of Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering, and recently graduated doctoral student Matthew Martinez are using artificial intelligence and deep learning to help predict a person’s risk of falling.

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Algal Process Affords Sustainable Wastewater Treatment And Disinfection

Publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) are required to reduce the pollutants in urban wastewaters to statutory levels prior to discharging the treated wastewater into natural water bodies. To fulfill this mandate, POTWs have been utilizing a sequence of treatment processes, each designed to remove a specific pollutant in the wastewater. Even though these processes have served well in meeting the discharge standards and in protecting public health and water quality, the sustainability of this practice has now emerged as a major concern.

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NMSU joins University of Alabama Huntsville in unmanned aircraft systems research

New Mexico State University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville are collaborating in drone research.

The two universities signed a three-year memorandum of understanding to work together on UAS, or unmanned aircraft systems, for development policy, programs and use in research, education and other commercial areas.

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NMSU engineering research project aims to improve flight time of unmanned aerial systems

Model aircraft, which are also referred to as UAS, or unmanned aerial systems, could be used for rangeland and forest monitoring, and a research project in the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University is focused on increasing the endurance of such aircraft.

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NMSU engineering extension programs find money-saving, efficiency resources for small businesses

For small business owners, finding ways to cut expenses can be essential. New Mexico State University’s College of Engineering is uncovering cost-saving methods for small business owners across the state. “We’ve implemented several of their recommendations that have led to a reduction in our utility bills and helped us improve our waste management streams,” said Josh White, owner of Syzygy Tile in Silver City, New Mexico. 

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NMSU professor receives NASA funding for virtual telescope

Steven Stochaj is often referred to as the father of New Mexico State University football’s adored and famed tee receiver, Striking the Wonder Dog. Yet, Stochaj’s accolades go beyond training and handling the beloved pup.  
Currently, Stochaj serves as a professor and interim department head for the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NMSU, and recently received funding from National Aeronautics and Space Administration to develop a virtual telescope for X-Ray observations.

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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 Design Contest Challenges Engineering Students to Solve Environmental Issues

From air and water pollution to climate change, there’s no shortage of problems facing the environment. But future engineers are up to the challenge of solving them. More than 150 engineering students and faculty from universities nationwide met at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum to test prototypes they designed and built to solve tasks.

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NMSU professors to speak on satellites and water at Farm and Ranch Museum

Fewer than 10 percent of the farms in the Mesilla Valley are reaching their full potential yield due to water inefficiency, said Zohrab Samani, Foreman Professor of water resources at New Mexico State University.

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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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