Category Archives: Research News

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, 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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