Aggie Ingeniero, October 2017

08/15/16: New dean of the NMSU College of Engineering Lakshmi N. Reddi (Photo by Victoria Palombit)

The NMSU College of Engineering currently offers a curriculum culminating with a major design experience in each of the departmental programs in varying formats. The overall objective of the engineering capstone classes is to prepare students for engineering practice based on ‘”the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier coursework and incorporating appropriate engineering standards and multiple realistic constraints” (EAC of ABET, Inc., General Criteria 5). In addition, Engineering Technology programs seek to “develop student competencies in applying both technical and non-technical skills in solving problems,” through their capstone (ETAC of ABET, Inc., General Criteria 5).

Our industry partners and employers are increasingly seeking interdepartmental capstone experiences from our students and expect them to have business and communication skills in group settings. Our college is blessed with industry support that is second to none in the country.  Some programs already incorporate industry support in their capstone projects and we now seek to expand similar partnerships to all of our programs.  I thank Provost Dan Howard for providing financial support for us to investigate this initiative this year. With this support, a Director of Engineering Design will explore college-wide interdepartmental capstone projects and industry partnerships.  This person will also articulate the synergy between Aggie Innovation Space, the Manufacturing and Technology Engineering Center (M-TEC) and the Student Project Center, so that these facilities could provide seamless design resources to our students.

NMSU engineering has enviable facilities, excellent support from faculty, staff and industry, to give our students outstanding design experience. These are exciting times to be associated with the college. 

Lakshmi N. Reddi
Dean,College of Engineering

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