New Mexico State University faculty and staff were welcomed back to campus on Tuesday, Jan. 16, during the spring 2018 convocation ceremony at NMSU’s Atkins Recital Hall. Every fall and spring, convocation is held to honor excellence on campus.
“This has been a good year for NMSU on a number of fronts – the size of our first-year class experienced the largest increase since 2000; our four-, five-, and six-year graduation rates are increasing; and we successfully implemented a first-year residency requirement,” said Provost Dan Howard. “The foundation for all this good news is our faculty and staff, and spring convocation provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate their fine work and accomplishments.”
Eleven faculty members received the Donald C. Roush Award in recognition of their teaching excellence. The award is named for former NMSU Executive Vice President Roush in recognition of his 34 years of teaching improvement in New Mexico.
Among this year’s recipients of the Roush Award is Krishna Kota, mechanical and aerospace assistant professor in the College of Engineering. Kota runs the Surface-thermal-fluid Interaction REsearch Laboratory (SIRE Lab) and his research interests are in thermal science and energy.