Aggie, Ingeniero February 2014


NMSU Engineering Assistant Dean Sullivan named a Woman of Influence

Albuquerque Business First has recognized Patricia A. Sullivan, New Mexico State University College of Engineering assistant dean, as a Woman of Influence for 2014. She is among 30 honorees that have been deemed as “New Mexico’s top women leaders . . . shaping New Mexico’s economy and showing leadership in times of change.”

Albuquerque Business First’s 10th annual Women of Influence awards ceremony to be held on March 6 will recognize some of the most powerful and innovative women in New Mexico. These women come from diverse fields, and their journeys show that they are experts in the art of transforming challenges into opportunities.

Judges selected 30 honorees across six industry categories from among more than 450 nominations, Sullivan was recognized in the education category. Also selected in the education category was Michelle Huff, senior associate university counsel, special assistant to the vice president for research, research and development services (interim), University of New Mexico.

Sullivan, an NMSU employee for more than 30 years, has experience in developing academic and corporate collaborative partnerships that foster innovation, entrepreneurship, technology application and development of a high technology workforce across New Mexico and west Texas.

“She combines that sense of purpose with the willingness to spend the time and energy on difficult long-range visionary projects. I believe she has a unique sense of improving education opportunities along with the ability to bring others to participate. The students of New Mexico end up the winners,” said Edward Pines, industrial engineering department head.

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.

Within recent months, 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.

“Ms. Sullivan is leaving a lasting legacy in New Mexico by ensuring that NMSU fulfills its land-grant college mission to educate the rural population of New Mexico,” said Anthony J. Medina, Sandia National Laboratories, campus executive for NMSU.

Extending her commitment to the state beyond the realm of NMSU, last year 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 and as a board member of Enchantment Land Certified Development Company.

For more information about the 2014 Women of Influence Awards, visit


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