Engineers supply personal protective equipment

WRITER: Linda Fresques, 575-646-7416,

When COVID-19 became an unfortunate part of life, NMSU College of Engineering Aggie Innovation Space employees and students added the design and production of personal protective equipment to their workload. Since then, they have supplied the Las Cruces community and the NMSU campus with much needed gear.

They have produced more than 2,000 face shields for hospitals, nursing students and police, and child-sized shields for students who require face-to-face services in public schools. Protective plexiglass desk shields were produced for various campus high-student traffic locations, such as the Natatorium and Activity Center, and academic offices.

AIS student employees are working on the development of a sanitizing mister, which is difficult to find.

Senior Mechanical Technician Taylor Fresques and student innovator Veronica Gurrola say the projects have given them great experience and the reward of seeing their work benefit others.

Since its official opening in 2014, the Aggie Innovation Space has been an avenue for students to have access to state-of-the-art resources, receive hands-on experience and cultivate innovation and entrepreneurship. For more information, contact

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