Writer: Kristen Sullivan
Patricia Sullivan, associate dean for outreach and public service in New Mexico State’s College of Engineering, was recently named to the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
NM MEP is a statewide assistance center dedicated to increasing the competitiveness of New Mexico’s small and mid-sized business. The organization brings together government, not-for-profit and industry resources to offer comprehensive programs and support to the businesses of New Mexico to grow and strength New Mexico’s manufacturing.
“NM MEP is a natural alignment of with the programs offered under the Engineering New Mexico Resource Network at NMSU,” Sullivan said. “I welcome the opportunity to work with the board and staff to enhance manufacturing opportunities across the state.”
In December, Sullivan was a recipient of the 2014 Governor’s New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award for her dedication to public service. Within the College of Engineering, Sullivan has launched and developed the Engineering New Mexico Resource Network, formalizing engineering-based outreach programs geared toward enriching workforce development and the state’s economic competitiveness.
Most recently, Sullivan led an initiative to establish the Aggie Innovation Space, a new facility in the College of Engineering designed to support students in their pursuits of fostering innovation, collaboration, creativity and entrepreneurship. It is equipped with the latest engineering design tools including 3-D printers and mentors who can nurture the process. Many of the programs are supported entirely through corporate and philanthropic sources with Intel serving as a major sponsor of the new facility.
“We are ecstatic to have Dr. Sullivan join our Manufacturing Extension Partnership Board,” Eric Stebbins, board chair of MEP, said about Sullivan’s appointment. “She brings a wealth of experience and leadership to the board that will help our mission to strengthen and grow manufacturers in the state of New Mexico.”
In addition, Sullivan led NMSU’s involvement in a program that received funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration as part of the Consortium for Border Technology Manufacturing. The consortium was established to foster a resurgence in manufacturing and related employment in southern Arizona and New Mexico.
Extending her commitment to the state beyond the realm of NMSU, in 2013 Sullivan was reappointed by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez to serve a third term on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Since 2000, she has served on the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority as a board member and as a member of the Tax Allocation sub-committee. She is a founding board member of Enchantment Land Certified Development Company. Sullivan was also named a Woman of Influence by Albuquerque Business First in January of 2014 and was recognized with the BRAVO MAEStro award this fall by the National Latinos in Science and Engineering organization. She holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from NMSU.