Aggie Ingeniero, September 2020


There has been a lot of activity on campus over the summer getting ready to keep everyone safe. It has been a challenging time adjusting to our new reality. We are fortunate in the College of Engineering to have colleagues who are caring and empathetic and who will reach out to one another and show kindness.

We’re starting academic year 2020-21 with some good news—new research awards last year went up by 50 percent, perhaps the largest increase in the history of the college. And our initial enrollment numbers appear to be holding steady so far; no negative impacts due to COVID. The first batch of students in our new Professional Master’s in Information Technology have been enrolled. Six new faculty and an equal number of staff members have joined us.

I’m sure that you are aware of the budget difficulties facing NMSU. I want you to know that our leadership team is brainstorming to find the best way forward without negatively impacting our core mission of providing our students with the best engineering education possible. I would even venture to say that this may bring some new opportunities to enrich our programs and make our offerings more efficient and relevant. We will keep you posted.

We are fortunate in the College of Engineering to have colleagues who are caring and empathetic and who will reach out to one another and show kindness during these most difficult of times. I’m proud to work with all of them.

Lakshmi N. Reddi


NMSU engineering grant to focus on first-generation, low-income student success

As a land-grant institution, as well as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, New Mexico State University’s principle goals are to enhance student success and social mobility. A recently awarded $2.1 million National Science Foundation grant to the College of Engineering is directly aimed at achieving that, helping first-generation, low-income students succeed in engineering.












NMSU students continue Nicaraguan water project from home

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, a project of nearly a year in the making to provide residents of Oyanca, Nicaragua with potable water continues from New Mexico State University, with hope of finishing the on-site work next summer. Engineering Technology Professor Kenny Stevens and a group of NMSU students are working to increase the amount of water that hydraulic ram pumps deliver for the community.










DOE renews funding for NMSU-administered Carlsbad environmental monitoring facility

Continuing a relationship that began in 1991, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management, Carlsbad Field Office, has renewed a grant to New Mexico State University. The project value is $14,470,270, with a five-year project period. Administered by the NMSU College of Engineering, environmental monitoring will be performed at the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center.






NMSU engineering graduate awarded National Science Foundation fellowship 

Ryan Quintana found his passion for research as an undergraduate student at New Mexico State University. The Santa Fe, New Mexico, native earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in May 2020 and is a recipient of a highly-competitive 2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.


NMSU Pride band plays on with the help of student-designed masks

New Mexico State University’s Pride of New Mexico Marching Band, known as “The World’s Most Dangerous Marching Band,” may now be the world’s safest, after a student created two different types of masks that allow members to continue playing the music they love while still reducing the spread of COVID-19.