Aggie Ingeniero, September 2017

08/15/16: New dean of the NMSU College of Engineering Lakshmi N. Reddi (Photo by Victoria Palombit)As this issue of “Aggie Ingeniero” is being rolled out, our faculty members are looking at a number of ways to enhance graduate student enrollment. Current trends nationwide show declines in enrollment because of improved employment numbers, declines in numbers of international applicants, etc. However, some engineering colleges report consistent gains which are almost always attributed to their proactive s

trategies viz., marketing their research strengths, designing graduate curricula that are easily accessible to both continuing and non-traditional students. Among the initiatives we are considering right now are ways to attract our own bachelor’s students into master’s accelerated programs with scholarships and stipends designed to help them continue their studies, and using the limited number of graduate assistantships we have to leverage our external funding. Internationally, we are focusing our efforts in three directions – pipeline agreements with Changchun Institute of Technology, Taizhou University, and Agricultural University of Hebei, in China; pipeline agreements with colleges affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Nagarjuna; three universities in South India; and an agreement with Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua in Mexico.  

Graduate education is intimately tied to our faculty members’ research activities, and neither can flourish without the other. Faculty have an important role to play here; their active engagement in recruiting top-quality graduate students, particularly at doctoral level, is key to our success.

Lakshmi N. Reddi, College of Engineering Dean

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Faculty Profile: Samah Ben Ayed

Samah Ben Ayed has been teaching engineering students since fall 2015 in both the Mechanical and Aerospace and Engineering Technology and Surveying departments. This semester, Ben Ayed will serve as assistant professor in the ETSE department. She will teach fluid and thermal sciences-related courses.

Her drive to be an assistant professor was the initial impetus for her to come to New Mexico State University, but she was also drawn to explore the Western region of the U.S. Having been here for two years, she said, “I enjoy most the friendly environment of my colleagues and my students. It is a very caring community.”

Ben Ayed earned a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech, and joined the Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Mathematics at the same institution as a postdoctoral researcher. Her research interests are in fluid dynamics and reduced order modeling applied to HVAC systems, wind turbines and biomimetics. 

Outside of the academic environment, Ben Ayed enjoys socializing with friends and relatives. “I also enjoy traveling and discovering other places,” she said. A former Spanish speaker, she hopes to take classes to revive her Spanish speaking ability.


Engineering faculty research activities lauded

WRITER: Linda Fresques

The New Mexico State University Research Council Award for Exceptional Achievements in Creative Scholarly Activity awarded several College of Engineering faculty members in August at the fall 2017 Convocation. “We are all very proud of our engineering faculty and the caliber of technical research being conducted in the college’s research centers and laboratories…Continue Reading »


Mechanical and aerospace engineering professor recognized for teaching

WRITER: Linda Fresques

Andreas Gross, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received the Patricia Christmore Faculty Teaching Award during the NMSU Convocation ceremony on Aug. 22...Continue Reading »


Kenny Stevens receives Westhafer Award


NMSU Carlsbad environmental monitoring facility allays public concerns

WRITER: Linda Fresques

Over the past 26 years, the scientists and lab technicians at New Mexico State University’s Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center have been monitoring the air, soil, water and people residing in the area surrounding the Department of Energy Waste Isolation Pilot Plant...Continue Reading »


Jett family donation benefits NMSU College of Engineering scholarships

WRITER: Tiffany Acosta 

As the daughter of one of the most beloved former deans in the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University, Dorothy Jett Barr knew she wanted to give back to the university loved by her father, Daniel Boone Jett. Following the sale of the Jett family home at 935 N. Main…Continue Reading »


Arrowhead Center-supported company selected as NMSBA success story

WRITER: Lauren Goldstein

A technology company supported by Arrowhead Center, the economic development and innovation hub at New Mexico State University, has been recognized by the New Mexico Small Business Assistance program as one of 10 success stories during its annual Innovation Celebration. Earlier this month, Arrowhead Center co-hosted an NMSBA Innovation Celebration event to…Continue Reading »


Engineering professor’s photo exhibit to be on display at New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum

NMSU civil engineering professor Nirmala Khandan’s photos will be featured in the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum arts corridor from Aug. 18 through Dec. 3. The opening reception, which is free to the public and includes refreshments, is from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 24. The show features 32 images by the Las…Continue Reading »


NMSU ranks No. 1 in nation in science, engineering funding for minority-serving institutions

WRITER: Tiffany Acosta

New Mexico State University ranks first in the country for federal obligations for science and engineering activities for minority-serving institutions according to a report from the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics…Continue Reading »