Category Archives: STEM 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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Retired Las Cruces rocket engineer recalls mission

“While the rest of the world was glued to their television sets watching as Apollo 11 astronauts landed on the Moon, all of us at NASA were breathing a sigh of relief,” retired Las Cruces NASA engineer Ray Melton said. A 1966 graduate of New Mexico State University, Melton was part of the NASA and contractor team at White Sands Test Facility (WSTF) working on the spacecraft propulsion systems that landed the Apollo 11 lunar module (LM) on the Moon July 20, 1969 – 50 years ago this week.

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NMSU receives national geomatics, surveying education grand prize

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying recently awarded the New Mexico State University Geomatics/Surveying Engineering program the grand prize for the 2019 NCEES Surveying Education Award. This annual award recognizes surveying programs that best reflect the organization’s mission to advance licensure for surveyors in order to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the public.

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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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ANGLeS Challenge Championship set for July 20

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and to prepare for the next giant leap, NASA’s Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline will hold the Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge — The ANGLeS Challenge. The event is hosted by the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University. The event is free and all are invited to attend. 

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Atomic Aggies represent MAE, NMSU at 3rd annual Spaceport America Cup

The Atomic Aggies, NMSU’s high-powered rocketry team, achieved their first successful launch at the 3rd annual Spaceport America Cup this past June. This rocketry competition attracted 124 schools from 14 countries to design, build, and launch rockets to either 10,000 or 30,000 feet. 

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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 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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