Writer: Darrell Pehr
Ricardo B. Jacquez, Regents Professor of civil engineering and interim department head for civil engineering at New Mexico State University, has accepted an appointment as interim associate provost.
“Dr. Jacquez brings a tremendous record of achievement at New Mexico State University to this position,” said NMSU Executive Vice President and Provost Waded Cruzado. “We are excited he has accepted this important assignment.”
Jacquez will focus on academic affairs and NMSU’s community colleges.
During his career, Jacquez has earned a reputation for broadening student opportunities, establishing important pathways to graduate studies, providing research and transfer assistance to community college students, and providing underrepresented high school students reasons to aspire to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) post-secondary education.
He has served as a board member of the New Mexico Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement program, co-chair of the NMSU STEM Education Working Group, and faculty adviser to the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. He is a 2006 recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.
Jacquez’s most significant accomplishments include:
- Serving as founding director of the New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation, the New Mexico AMP Bridge to the Doctorate, the Collaborative for Excellence in Teacher Preparation, the Hewlett Foundation Engineering Schools of the West Initiative, the Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Scholarship Program, and the STEM Talent Expansion Program.
- Serving for 10 years as the education director of the DOE-funded Waste-management Education and Research Consortium (WERC) during which time he led the effort to establish the master’s degree in Environmental Engineering at NMSU.
- He was the founding adviser of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) student chapter at NMSU, one of the first student chapters in the nation. Under his leadership, the chapter established the NMSU SHPE Career Fair and was recognized on two occasions as the National Outstanding Student Chapter of the Year.
- Most recently, Jacquez and the New Mexico AMP team have developed and implemented the Freshmen Integrated Learning Communities project in the College of Engineering to improve retention and progression of engineering students.
Jacquez has served as principal investigator for grants totaling well over $25 million, with the majority of these efforts focused on the mentoring and professional development of community college and university students throughout New Mexico.