Category Archives: Research News

NMSU’s PSL conducts unmanned aircraft systems detect and avoid tests for FAA

With increased popularity and usage of unmanned aerial systems, commonly referred to as drones, keeping the skies safe is critical. New Mexico State University is part of a team conducting testing to help the Federal Aviation Administration achieve that goal.

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Thomas Klein to lead Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center

Thomas M. Klein was recently named director of the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center, administered by the New Mexico State University College of Engineering. Klein will lead collaboration among Los Alamos National Laboratory, the College of Engineering, the Nuclear Waste Partnership and Sandia National Laboratories in this internationally-recognized research facility.

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A Giant Leap for Española Chile, the First to be Grown in Space

For Española native Jacob Torres, what he sees on his daily commute to work is something that just never seems to get old. The goosebumps resurface nearly every day. “Almost every day — even this morning — I wake up and on the way here, I can’t believe it,” Torres said in a June 26 interview. “You drive past the space shuttles and see the VAB (Vehicle Assembly Building), which you see on the Discovery Channel and stuff. Every day my hair stands up and I can’t believe I get to work here.”

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Engineering professor awarded over $300k NSF grant for advanced water treatment

With limited water resources posing a challenge for citizens around the globe, Reza Foudazi, a chemical and materials engineering assistant professor at New Mexico State University, is working on a project involving new methods for advanced water treatment. He has received a three-year, nearly $315,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for his project, “Stimuli-responsive membranes from mesophase templating.”

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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 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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