Research Centers

Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring & Research Center (CEMRC)

CEMRC is a division of the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University. This 26,000 ft2 radiochemistry facility includes environmental and general radiochemistry laboratories, a special plutonium-uranium lab, an in vivo bioassay facility, mobile laboratories, computing operations and offices. The facility can perform a wide range of environmental and radiochemistry work, characterization, monitoring, and feasibility studies in support of performance assessment, radiological and environmental training and education, subsurface flow and transport experiments, nuclear energy issues, and issues involving Homeland Security particularly those involving radiation dispersal devices (RDDs or dirty bombs).  CEMRC’s programs include: environmental monitoring of almost any radiological and inorganic constituent; actinide chemistry and repository science particularly concerning the environmental behavior of Pu, Am, U and Np; dirty bomb mitigation research and training particularly for 137Cs and 60Co, head space gas and volatile organic compound (VOC) analyses; in vivo and in vitro bioassay, whole body dosimetry, military small arms range clean-up, evaluation and design of innovative treatment technologies, and soil, water, air and waste characterization.

Funding: Dept. of Energy, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Sandia National Laboratory (SNL), and Nuclear waste Partnership, LLC (NWP)
Contact: Dr. Punam Thakur, Technical Director

Engineering Research Center for Re-inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt)

Re-NUWIt is a multi-institution research center whose goal is to change the ways in which we manage urban water. Our vision is of safe, sustainable urban water infrastructures enabled by technological advances in natural and engineered systems and informed by a deeper understanding of institutional frameworks.

Funding: National Science Foundation
University Partners: Stanford Univ, Univ California Berkeley
Contact: Prof. Nirmala Khandan


iCREDITS: Interdisciplinary Center of Research Excellence in Design of Intelligent Technologies for Smart Grids

iCREDITS was established at NMSU in 2014, with a grant awarded from the National Science Foundation. The Center brings together experts in electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics, management, and education. Its goal is to serve as a new epicenter for research and training in smart grids.

Funding: National Science Foundation
Contact: Dr. Olga Lavrova


CBBG: Center for Bio-Mediated and Bio-Inspired Geotechnics

The goal of CBBG is to develop and implement into practice nature-inspired sustainable solutions to geotechnical engineering and infrastructure problems in four research thrust areas. The center-wide thrust areas include hazard mitigation, infrastructure construction, resource recovery, and environmental protection and restoration.

Funding: National Science Foundation
University Partners: Arizona State Univ, Univ. California Davis, Georgia Tech
Contact: Prof. Paola Bandini

Tran-SET: Transportation Consortium of South-Central States

The goal of the Tran-SET center is to extend the life of transportation infrastructure, preserving the environment and preserving the existing transportation system. The Center’s research thrusts include improving durability of transportation infrastructure, pavement, and bridges.

Funding: U.S. Department of Transportation
University Partners: Louisiana State Univ, Oklahoma State Univ, Texas A&M Univ, Univ. Texas San Antonio
Contact: Prof. Craig Newtson, Dept. Civil Engineering

Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Center (M-TEC)

The Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Center (M-TEC) is a state funded facility which receives funding from the State of New Mexico for Economic Development through the Manufacturing Sector Development Program. M-TEC is housed in the College of Engineering and uses the extensive amount of resources in the College of Engineering to help businesses and entrepreneurs in the state. M-TEC has worked with many different individuals, industries, and businesses in New Mexico on a vast array of projects and products providing technical assistance in the form of engineering, design, analysis, and product development. M-TEC is a recognized leader in prototyping and concept validation. M-TEC has created a synergistic environment which allows students to gain valuable work experience while they are in school. M-TEC also makes available the resources in the College to the public, as part of the outreach and public service mission of New Mexico State University. M-TEC works with their clients to find an affordable solution that will fit the clients’ specific needs.

Contact: Prof. Luke Nogales

National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI)

The National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI) is a research consortium formed in 2017 to partner with the U.S. Department of Energy to create the Energy-Water Desalination Hub. NAWI envisions an affordable, energy-efficient, and resilient water supply for the U.S. economy through decentralized, small-scale, fit-for-purpose desalination.

Funding: Department of Energy
Contact: Prof. Pei Xu

Southwest Technology Development Institute (SWTDI)

The SWTDI is a non-profit, university-based organization that provides applied research and development services to private and public sector clients. SWTDI was established in 1977 as the New Mexico Solar Energy Institute, and has active research programs in energy and related systems.   SWTDI provides training and contract engineering services for systems analysis, hardware development and evaluation, and feasibility studies, and computer modeling, and informational kiosks. SWTDI performs contract engineering for a wide variety of private and public sector clients, including research organizations, utility companies, and local, state, and federal government agencies.

Contact: John Wiles