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Datye elected a fellow of American Institute of Chemical Engineers

7-29-15-Abhaya Datye, department chair and Distinguished Regents Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of New Mexico, has been elected as a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. The rank of fellow is the highest grade of membership in the organization.

Datye is internationally known for his research in catalysis and nanomaterials. He has been at UNM for more than 30 years.

UNM’s Formula SAE team learning from their experiences

7-27-15-For the University of New Mexico’s LOBOMotorSports team, it’s been a sweet few years. The team has done well at the Formula SAE competitions, and seemed to do better each year.

In 2014, the team placed 11th overall. In 2013, they took 12th place, and the team scored a 10th-place finish in 2012.

But at the Formula SAE competition June 17-20 in Lincoln, Neb., the team placed 33rd overall out of 80 international entries, lower than their performance in recent years.

John Russell, director of UNM’s Formula SAE program and Halliburton Professor of Mechanical Engineering, said the team’s overall finish was not what they were hoping for, but it’s all part of the up-and-down nature of racing.

“We’ve had three lucky years, but this year, there was a horrible sequence of events — things broke and we got behind all the time,” Russell said. “But hey, that’s racing.”

Schamiloglu awarded more than $1.4 million in Department of Defense instrumentation grants

7-23-15-Edl Schamiloglu, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico, was awarded two Defense University Research Instrumentation Program grants from the Department of Defense.

The first award is from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) for $960,156 for a project called "Instrumentation Support for AFOSR Center of Excellence on the Science of Electronics in Extreme Electromagnetic Environments." Co-principal investigators are Payman Zarkesh-Ha, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Sameer Hemmady, a research associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Doctoral student wins best paper award at IEEE conference

Fernanda Yamasaki, a doctoral student at the National Institute for Space Research in Brazil who is currently working with Edl Schamiloglu, received the Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference in Austin, Texas, in June.

Yamasaki has spent the last six months working with Edl Schamiloglu, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, being funded by the agency’s Sandwich Program.  

Community-university partnership documents metals content and mobility in Navajo uranium mine wastes

7-22-15-University of New Mexico scientists and collaborators have documented elevated concentrations of uranium and co-occurring metals in abandoned uranium mine wastes at a site on the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona, according to a paper published recently in Environmental Science & Technology, a journal of the American Chemical Society.

Results of the investigation conducted last year at the Claim 28 Mine in the Blue Gap-Tachee Chapter suggest that abandoned mine wastes can be a major source of potential metal exposure to local people and livestock living close to abandoned mine waste sites. 

“The Navajo people who live next to the Claim 28 site could potentially be at risk of exposure to uranium and other metal contaminants,” said Johanna M. Blake, a postdoctoral geochemist in the UNM Department of Chemistry and lead author of the article. “The mobilization of uranium from mine wastes to water sources, coupled with the small grain sizes we observed in the wastes in the laboratory, present potentially significant ingestion and inhalation exposures to the people who live nearby.”

School of Engineering seeking nominations for Distinguished Alumni Award

7-16-15-The University of New Mexico School of Engineering is seeking nominations for its 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Awards will be given out to alumni from each of the school’s six departments, plus a young alumni award, which can be from any department in the school.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, July 27. Nominations can be submitted via an online form.
The award celebration will take place in Albuquerque on Oct. 15.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest recognition of outstanding lifetime achievement for School of Engineering alumni.

For more information regarding the event, table sponsorships or to request invitations by ticket only, contact Courtney Holmes at (505) 277-0664 or engineeringalumni@unm.edu.

Sandia, UNM ink pact to promote research, recruiting

7-13-15-The nation’s largest national laboratory and New Mexico’s flagship university on Monday expanded their commitment to work together to help redefine the future of science and engineering for national security, partner on research and jointly recruit top researchers.

Sandia National Laboratories President and Director Paul Hommert and University of New Mexico Provost Chaouki Abdallah signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a Strategic Alliance at UNM’s Centennial Engineering Center.

“With this MOU, Sandia and UNM commit to a deeper relationship to strengthen both organizations by exchanging personnel, developing innovative joint research programs and educating the next generation of national security leaders,” Hommert said.

UNM President Robert G. Frank said, “In research, as in real estate, location is key! Not many research universities have a national lab as their neighbor, but we do,” said “This agreement with Sandia Labs strengthens that close working partnership and pools our intellectual resources.”

Joints, interfacial mechanics, nonlinear dynamics the focus of international Sandia-UNM summer research institute

7-10-15-Graduate students and early-career researchers from around the world are gathering at the University of New Mexico for the 2015 Sandia National Laboratories Nonlinear Mechanics and Dynamics Summer Research Institute.

The institute, which is being held at the Manufacturing Training and Technology Center (MTTC) at the UNM Science and Technology Park, brings together technical researchers from various backgrounds with the goal of developing collaborations and making progress toward solving major challenges in the area of joints and interfacial mechanics.

“The Summer Institute on Nonlinear Dynamics is a model for collaboration between Sandia and UNM,” said Zayd Leseman, associate professor of mechanical engineering and one of the organizers of the institute. “UNM’s MTTC is pleased to be housing the institute and accommodating its experimental endeavors with its micro/nanofabrication facilities and laboratories.”

Datye to conduct webinar on catalysts

7-9-15-Abhaya Datye, Distinguished Regents Professor and department chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of New Mexico, will lead a webinar on his research on catalysts.

The webinar will be held July 15 at 9 a.m. MST.

The webinar will focus on research performed during collaborations between leading manufacturers in the automotive industry, the University of New Mexico, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and others on the development of advanced catalysis materials. 

Those interested in the webinar can sign up at
http://www.materialstoday.com/characterization/webinars/catalyst-behavior-at-operational-temperatures/

 

LoboScape features innovative design and content at the Sunport

6-24-15-LoboScape, an installation featuring the latest visual arts technology, welcomes travelers as they exit the revolving doors leading from the terminals at the Albuquerque International Sunport to discover the University of New Mexico.

“On behalf of UNM, we are proud to be a part of your destination,” said President Robert G. Frank, “whether you are a first time visitor to the Land of Enchantment or returning home.”
Traditional advertising doesn’t allow for a meaningful expression about UNM that was necessary in a venue as distinctive as the Sunport.

UNM Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Cinnamon Blair said, “With the Sunport as a major entry into the city and the state, we need to create an ad that fits their aesthetic with a ‘you have arrived’ message,” she said.

“We do not want to just advertise, but create an experience. LoboScape represents and promotes UNM and the programs that created it.”

Blair and Marketing Director Argy Maniatis turned to the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) and the College of Fine Arts (CFA) because “they are in the design business.”

Senior engineering design project makes UNM campus easier to navigate

6-23-15-At the University of New Mexico, the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) senior design course is the last hurdle for ECE undergraduates before they complete their degree. Students must design and build a project in a team environment to specifications from a sponsor.

Teams frequently have commercial or private sponsors, which are interested in specific outcomes. This year ECE Lecturer Rich Compeau sponsored one team himself in order to get a smartphone app he thinks is long overdue on the UNM campus.

His team built a locator app so anyone on UNM’s sprawling campus can find their way without resorting to trying to see the tiny buildings on the paper maps the university currently supplies. ECE Senior Marcos Archuleta was the team project manager.

Making travel plans? You better shop around, study finds

5-28-15-Vacation season is now upon us, and with the popularity of online review websites that give travelers a quick snapshot of hotel’s quality, making travel plans is as easy as ever. But can you really trust what you see there?

That’s what a team from the University of New Mexico’s Department of Computer Science sought to find out.

Abdullah Mueen, assistant professor of computer science, said the team was inspired to do research on the topic because of what they had personally noticed on various review sites like Hotels.com or TripAdvisor.com. In looking through reviews, Abdullah said they had noticed what they suspected to be fraudulent reviews, such as very similar reviews for the same hotel across different review sites or a lot of very positive or very negative reviews.

The team’s solution was to develop a cross-site analysis system called TrueView that provides a score that consumers can rely upon to be free of fraud. Instead of relying on just one review site, it aggregates the reviews to give a more accurate picture.

NASA selects UNM to manage collaborative agreement for 'Swarmathon' competition

5-18-15-NASA's Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) has selected the University of New Mexico for a new cooperative agreement, which includes a three-year, $1.8 million grant, to manage the agency's “Swarmathon" challenge.

As part of the collaboration, Swarmathon aims to engage 1,000 students at 50 Minority Service Institutions (MSI) in cutting edge computer science and engineering research.
Swarmathon emerged from the collaboration between the research lab of Melanie Moses, UNM associate professor of Computer Science and NASA KSC Swamp Works. The collaboration builds on the Moses lab’s ant-inspired search algorithms, evolutionary simulations and iAnt swarm of cooperative robots, and NASA KSC Swamp Works’ physical robots and hardware innovations.

”Swarmathon will harness student creativity to solve difficult and complex problems,” said Moses. “This is an incredible opportunity for students to develop technologies to explore our world and beyond."

Engineering student wins 2015 IEEE Outstanding Graduate Engineering Student Award

5-14-15-Md. Mottaleb Hossain, a doctoral student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the optical science and engineering program at the University of New Mexico, has won the 2015 IEEE Albuquerque Section Outstanding Graduate Engineering Student Award.

The award was presented at the IEEE Sigma Xi annual awards banquet on May 11 at the UNM Continuing Education building.

The award was given “for achieving excellence in scholarly research work on linear mode CMOS compatible p-n junction silicon avalanche photodiodes to be used in smart-lighting systems as well as for excellent leadership, communication and outreach skills in motivating youngsters in the field of engineering, especially in optical science and engineering.”

Cerrato receives faculty enhancement award

5-14-15-José M. Cerrato, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, has received the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award.

The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions. The awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities.

 

Lumia receives Fulbright for projects in Thailand

5-13-15-Ron Lumia, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Mexico, has received a Fulbright Scholar award for research and teaching in Thailand. It is second time he has received a Fulbright.

He will leave for Bangkok, Thailand, in August and return in May 2016, and will be working with Chulalongkorn University.

He will teach “Design for Manufacturability,” a course that he currently teaches at UNM. The course focuses on optimizing mechanical designs to minimize assembly time. For instance, Lumia said, finding a way to eliminate just one part of a product can yield great rewards in terms of time, reliability, and cost savings in its manufacture. A faculty member from Chulalongkorn University will attend the course, with the expectation that the professor can then teach the course to his or her students in the future.

The research part of the effort will involve exploration into what are known as Delta robots, which are small robots that have motorized rack-and-pinion arms that perform much like a marionette and are used for the “pick and place” manufacturing, where a part is moved from one place to another at a rate of two units per second.

COSMIAC’s third CubeSat mission will study ionosphere

5-12-15-The University of New Mexico’s Configurable Space Microsystems Innovations and Applications Center (COSMIAC) is preparing its third CubeSat — a small, cube-shaped satellite — for a space launch.

The project — called Scintillation Observations and Response of the Ionosphere to Electrodynamics (SORTIE) — will involve the launch of a CubeSat to collect data to study the ionospheric F-region.

Alonzo Vera, a scientist at COSMIAC and principal investigator for the project on the UNM side, said that the ionosphere affects radio signals including satellite communication and GPS — but that there are many aspects of it that are not understood.

More than 300 receive degrees during spring Convocation

5-11-15-The University of New Mexico School of Engineering held its spring 2015 Convocation ceremony Saturday, May 9 for students receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees from the school.

The ceremony took place at WisePies Area (the Pit). A total of 338 students were eligible to graduate, which includes 302 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral students for spring 2015, and 36 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral students for summer 2015.

Innovate ABQ event to showcase student-created mobile apps

5-1-15-Future mobile app developers at the University of New Mexico will have a chance to showcase their creations at an event at Innovate ABQ.

Students in Patrick Kelley’s Computer Science 591: Mobile Application Development course will demonstrate what they’ve created from 3:30-5:30 p.m. May 5 at the recently-opened Epicenter@Innovate ABQ.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about and try out more than 50 mobile apps.

For more information, join the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/697387453722988/

School of Engineering hosts senior design expo

5-1-15-The University of New Mexico School of Engineering is hosting its inaugural Senior Design Expo on May 8, which will feature projects from more than 200 students in the school.

The expo will be held 2-5 p.m. on the first floor of Centennial Engineering Center. Free food will be served, and free parking is available for participants in the B lot on the northwest corner of Central and University. See attached map.

RSVPs to the event are requested and can be submitted via the following link: 
http://soe.unm.edu/senior-design-expo.html

Students, parents, faculty, staff, prospective students, and corporate sponsors are invited to attend.

School of Engineering honors outstanding students, faculty and staff at annual awards ceremony

4-30-15-The University of New Mexico School of Engineering is honoring its outstanding students, faculty and staff and its annual award luncheon on May 1.

Dean Joseph L. Cecchi will serve as master of ceremonies at the event. Awards will be given out at 10 a.m. the auditorium of the Centennial Engineering Center, then lunch will be served on the Centennial courtyard.

Inaugural Southwest Water & Energy Summit discusses challenges, solutions

4-29-15-The University of New Mexico, the City of Albuquerque, and RWL Water were the hosts of the first Southwest Water & Energy Summit on April 22 that examined the challenges, solutions, and opportunities surrounding water issues.

The event was held in the Rotunda Room of the UNM Science & Technology Park, 801 University Blvd. SE, The room was filled to capacity, with about 160 attendees at the event.

The summit kicked off with comments by Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, UNM President Robert Frank, RWL Water President and CEO Henry Charrabé, messages from representatives from the offices of U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Lujan and Steve Pierce, and a video message from U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham. 

"This symposium highlights the important role of the research university like UNM, not only to educate the next generation of leaders but also to conduct research and create knowledge to help solve the problems faced by our society,” Frank said.

Brinker, Willman to receive 2015 STC.UNM Innovation Fellow Award

4-16-15-Two outstanding cancer researchers have been selected to receive the 2015 STC.UNM Innovation Fellow Award in recognition of their achievements as some of the University of New Mexico’s leading innovators.

Distinguished and Regents’ Professor and Sandia Fellow C. Jeffrey Brinker, and Professor and Cancer Center CEO Cheryl L. Willman have been selected for the award that will be presented April 20 at STC’s 2015 Innovation Awards Dinner.

 The event also recognizes UNM faculty, staff and students who have received issued patents and registered copyrights/trademarks within the past year. In addition to receiving the Innovation Fellow Award, Willman will also receive an Innovation Award for an issued patent this year, and Brinker will receive an Innovation Award for four issued patents this year. 

UNM hosts civil engineering regional meeting, concrete canoe contest

4-13-15-The University of New Mexico Department of Civil Engineering was host to the 2015 Rocky Mountain Regional Conference of the American Society of Civil Engineers from April 9-11.

The meeting brought together 14 universities from New Mexico, Wyoming, South Dakota, Utah, and Colorado. About 350 students attended.

Among the events was a concrete canoe contest, in which student teams from the universities in attendance designed, built, and raced canoes constructed from concrete. The racing took place April 11 in Cochiti Lake in Sandoval County. Results of the contest can be found here

Tiny robots called iAnts turn into student recruiters

4-9-15-How do you excite high school students about the possibilities of computer programming? One way is to show the results. That’s why this group of students from Nex+Gen Academy in Albuquerque is in the basement of the University of New Mexico's Centennial Engineering Center watching iAnts.

The iAnts are tiny robots made from iPods, placed on wheels, and programmed to behave the way real ants do. They swarm around a lantern in the middle of a room that represents the nest. The bright light is used to help cameras on the iAnts locate the nest.

Paper QR codes scattered around the floor represent food. When one of the ants rolls over a code, it scans the code, returns to the nest and communicates with others to tell them of the find.

Norman Roderick, longtime Chemical and Nuclear Engineering professor, dies

4-9-15-Norman Frederick Roderick, born October 24, 1940, died April 6, 2015, of natural causes.

Norman was born in McKeesport, Pa., in 1940. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and received his master’s and Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan. He worked at the rocket test track at Holloman AFB, was a faculty member of the Department of Aeronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy and was a faculty member of the Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering at the University of New Mexico for more than 30 years.

He was a senior member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a member of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), a member of the American Physical Society (APS), and a fellow of IEEE. He had a long, successful career in research and consulting in the Air Force, UNM, Los Alamos National Laboratory and at Numberex, specializing in high-density plasma physics. He was blessed with a great life, family, friends and career.

NanoPore president to speak at LoboNet CONNECT on April 16

4-7-15-Douglas Smith, president of NanoPore Inc., will be the featured speaker at the LoboNet CONNECT event on April 16.

The event will be held 5-7 p.m. at the UNM Faculty Club, 1923 Las Lomas. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available. The event is free, and no registration is required. Hourly parking is available at the Yale Garage.
 
Smith’s work at NanoPore focuses on the use of nanoporous materials for thermal and electrical insulation and adsorption cooling. He has 97 patents and is the lead inventor for both the NanoglassTM family of dielectrics and has created eight different nanotechnology-related ventures. Smith has been president of NanoPore since 1994. Previously, he was director of the NSF Center for Microengineered Ceramics and was a Regents Professor of Chemical Engineering at UNM.

Stapleton receives NSF graduate fellowship

4-1-15-Lyndsay Stapleton, an undergraduate student in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of New Mexico, has received a graduate fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

She was also selected as the department’s outstanding senior undergraduate award recipient for the annual School of Engineering awards.

Stapleton has worked for associate professor of chemical and biological engineering Heather Canavan over the past two years. Her research has yielded six presentations to date, and will result in two publications. In one of the publications she is lead author.

Driving success: Two engineering programs to benefit from donation by local company

3-26-15-Thanks to the generosity of a local donor, two programs in the University of New Mexico School of Engineering will be better equipped to meet the needs of their students.

Marc Powell, owner of Albuquerque-based transportation company ReCARnation, is donating the use of two vehicles that will benefit two initiatives in the school: the Lobo MotorSports Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) team and outreach and research efforts led by the Center for Water and the Environment.

UNM to host civil engineering regional meeting, concrete canoe contest

3-23-15-The University of New Mexico Department of Civil Engineering will host the 2015 Rocky Mountain Regional Conference of the American Society of Civil Engineers from April 9-11.

The meeting will bring together 14 universities from New Mexico, Wyoming, South Dakota, Utah, and Colorado. About 350 students are expected to attend.

Among the events is a concrete canoe contest, in which student teams from the universities in attendance will design, build and race canoes constructed from concrete. The racing will take place 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 11 in Cochiti Lake in Sandoval County.

UNM fuel cell research may provide electrical backup at home

3-19-15- Research faculty members in the Center for Micro-Engineered Materials and the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering will spend the next two years working to develop materials for a cheaper, more durable and stable electrocatalyst for fuel cells.

Alexey Serov, Plamen Atanassov, Kateryna Artyushkova and Ivana Gonzales from UNM will partner with Los Alamos National Laboratory, IRD Fuel Cells and Pajarito Powder, two private companies. Each partner will address a specific technical part of the alkaline exchange membrane fuel cells. This is a significantly different approach to the technology.

Attorney to discuss patents for academics

3-16-14-“An Introduction to Patents for Professors and Graduate Students” will be the title of a talk March 17, sponsored by STC.UNM, the University of New Mexico’s technology-transfer and economic-development office.

Nicholas P. Lanzatella, an attorney with Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner in Minneapolis, will explain what a patent is and what it can do, why a professor or graduate student would want a patent, how to write an invention disclosure, and how to efficiently fit the activities needed to get a patent into the workflow of academic research. 

The talk will be held noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 in Clark Hall, Room 214A. The seminar is free and open to the UNM community and the public, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided.

‘I made a decision to give back’

Q&A with Jake Hollowell, Run Nerds Run! 5K founder

3-11-15-For the second year in a row, the University of New Mexico School of Engineering is sponsoring the Run Nerds Run! 5K and 1K race to raise funds for student scholarships. This year’s races will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 4 on the UNM campus. Registration for the races, as well as for those interested in volunteering, is now open at https://runsignup.com/Race/NM/Albuquerque/RunNerdsRun5k1k

One of the race’s founders is Jake Hollowell, who received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from UNM in 2008 (UNM alumni Daniel Garcia, Brian Hesch, and Noel King are also race co-founders).

Jake now works for Vencore in Virginia, a company that does work for government agencies and large companies with a focus on systems engineering and integration, modeling and simulation, and enterprise information technology support.  

He explains what the Run Nerds Run! race is and its importance to students.

UNM engineering programs rise in ‘U.S. News & World Report’ Best Graduate Schools list

3-10-15-The University of New Mexico’s School of Engineering overall graduate programs ranked No. 85 in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report magazine’s 2016 Best Graduate Schools rankings, released March 10.

Student honored with ROTC Award of Merit

3-3-15-David J. Buehler, a senior in chemical engineering in the University of New Mexico School of Engineering, is a recipient of the Society of American Military Engineers ROTC Award of Merit.

Buehler is a Cadet Colonel in the Air Force ROTC, where he is the cadet wing commander at Detachment 510.

The award is given to the top five AFROTC engineers in the southwest region, which extends from California to Arkansas. Winning the award places Buehler in the top 20 AFROTC engineers in the nation.

The award is given by the Society of American Military Engineers in conjunction with AFROTC. 

Bank executive, attorney to speak March 4 on crowdfunding

3-2-15-Marshal Neel, cofounder of Main Street Crowd, will discuss how organizing local communities around entrepreneurial endeavors can increase awareness, promote sustainability of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and improve results, at an STC.UNM-sponsored talk this week.

Neel will speak from 8-9 a.m. March 4 at the UNM Science and Technology Park, 800 University Blvd. SE. Food will be served.

Neel is both a bank executive and an attorney and has a degree in human and community services. He will share his thoughts on how an understanding of human networks that support business development relates to the challenges faced by small business start-ups and existing businesses struggling to find capital.

Prinja receives American Nuclear Society award

2-26-15-Anil K. Prinja, professor and chair of the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of New Mexico, has been selected to receive the American Nuclear Society’s Gerald C. Pomraning Award for 2015.

The Gerald C. Pomraning Memorial Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding technical achievements in mathematics and computation. The award will be presented at the banquet of the Joint International Conference on Mathematics and Computation, Supercomputing in Nuclear Applications and the Monte Carlo Method. The conference will be held April 19-23 in Nashville, Tenn.

Science on Tap celebrates moon missions during March 5 talk

2-25-15-The monthly Science on Tap discussion will be held March 5 and will feature a presentation by author Loretta Hall called “Getting Men to the Moon: Behind the Scene Stories.”

The talk will be held 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Yanni’s, 3109 Central Ave. NE.

Nearly half a century ago, the world watched as seven Apollo missions over a four-year period took 21 men to the moon and back. Twelve of those men landed on the moon, explored it, and brought back samples of rocks and dirt. April 11, 2015, marks the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission, in which an explosion aboard the spacecraft nearly doomed three astronauts. This presentation reveals insiders’ stories of what it took to overcome challenges and accomplish triumphs in the Apollo program and its predecessors, Mercury and Gemini.

Atanassov appointed director of UNM’s Center for Micro-Engineered Materials

2-24-15-Michael Dougher, vice president for Research, announced the appointment of Professor Plamen Atanassov as director of the University of New Mexico’s Center for Micro Engineered Materials (CMEM). The appointment was effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Atanassov, a Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, is an internationally-recognized expert on new materials and technology for electrochemical power sources. His research includes development of non-platinum electrocatalysts and nanostructured catalysts for fuel cells, advanced electro materials for batteries and biological fuel cells and the design for sensor systems.

 

News Archive

February 2015 News
2-2-15 History of thermal imaging topic for Feb. 5 Science on Tap
2-3-15 ‘Presenting Your Business Plan’ seminar set for Feb. 6
2-3-15 Run Nerds Run! 5K, 1K to benefit student scholarships set for April 4
2-5-15 UNM part of consortium bidding for $110 million federal grant
2-11-15 Sandia researcher to speak at LoboNet CONNECT on Feb. 19
2-17-15 NASA scientist, author to speak, sign books Feb. 19, 20
2-18-15 Longtime chemical engineering professor Harold Anderson dies
2-19-15 STC Spring Breakfast Seminar Series set for Feb. 25
2-24-15 Schamiloglu honored with IEEE pulsed power award
 
January 2015 News
1-15-15 Feezell receives NSF CAREER award to study blue and green vertical-cavity lasers
1-20-15 Human-Centric Security Initiative talk to focus on secure software
1-22-15 Young innovators gear up for VEX Robotics Competition Feb. 7
1-26-15 Order of the Engineer nominations due Feb. 6
 
December 2014 News
12-2-14 Human-Centric Security Initiative talk to focus on social media, Web security research
12-4-14 Funding approved for Pajarito Powder LLC
12-10-14 Fall Convocation set for Dec. 12
12-10-14 University of New Mexico jointly-developed fuel cell technology with Daihatsu Motors Wins Top 10 Innovation Award at ICEF Conference in Japan
12-16-14 Robert J. Stamm, honored alumnus of the School of Engineering, dies at 93
 
November 2014 News
11-6-14 Gary Oppedahl featured guest at next LoboNet CONNECT
11-6-14 UNM kicks off new initiative centered on how cybersecurity affects humans
11-18-14 Formula SAE team gets $13,000 donation from Albuquerque Community Foundation
 
October 2014 News
10-1-14 Engineering degrees top earning-potential list in new study
10-3-14 Smart lighting director talks about the Future of Lighting
10-8-14 Google courts nearly 100 engineering students
10-8-14 González-Pinzón explores rainfall runoff and transport of uranium
10-9-14 UNM's School of Engineering gaining clout in intellectual property
10-15-14 Tarefder receives international award
10-17-14 School of Engineering hosting Open House for prospective students
10-21-14 Engineering interns hired by N.M. Environment Department
10-23-14 Renovation of the Farris Engineering Center one of the measures on ballot
10-28-14 Alumni, teaching, service award nominations deadline Nov. 7
10-28-14 Nov. 6 Science on Tap to feature talk on ripples, spills and supernovae
10-28-14 In sync: Researchers discover way to coordinate different types of robots
10-31-14 UNM’s Formula SAE program ranked No. 5 in the country, 18th in world
 
September 2014 News
9-8-14 CS, ECE celebrate Tech Fiesta with events on Wednesday
9-8-14 UNM leads $6 million grant to study electronics in extreme electromagnetic environments
9-9-14 School of Engineering run raises funds for student scholarships
9-12-14 Computer Science, ECE celebrate Tech Fiesta with research talks, posters
9-22-14 Han selected to lead Nanoscience and Microsystems Engineering program
9-24-14 MathMovesU event encourages youth to pursue technical careers
9-25-14 Researchers discover catalytic converter breakthrough in automobiles
 
August 2014 News
8-7-14 School of Engineering to take part in Explora free-admission event
8-13-14 Computer Science professor awarded grant to study cooperative behavior
8-20-14 STC fall breakfast seminar planned for Sept. 16
8-22-14 School of Engineering ranked No. 6 in ‘HispanicBusiness’ Best Schools survey
8-28-14 Student elected as leader in IEEE Photonics Society
 
July 2014 News
7-2-14 COSMIAC builds satellites and the tools that make them fly
7-2-14 CHTM research in compressive sensing reported in ‘Nature Photonics’
7-7-14 5K run to generate funds for School of Engineering scholarships
7-7-14 UNM’s Formula SAE team places 11th in international competition
7-7-14 Russell receives Formula SAE’s highest honor
7-14-14 NSF grant will support research on heart valbe tissue engineering, inspire future scientists
7-21-14 Teachers get science lessons of their own this summer
7-24-14 Materials scientist appointed to UNM-Sandia joint position
7-24-14 New technology allows hair to reflect almost any color
7-25-14 High schoolers learn the skills of the bad guys to fight cybercrime
 
June 2014 News
6-2-14 Demand now driving engineering internship program
6-11-14 Teachers learn solar skills at CHTM
6-10-14 ECE professor designs easy music creation software
6-12-14 Students get a glimpse at careers at Summer Transportation Institute
6-18-14 Conference teaches the sciences of the small
6-19-14 Hidden symmetries, cluster synchronication may be keys to better power grids, brain function
6-23-14 Two Engineering professors earn distinguished professor rank
 
May 2014 News
5-8-14 Prinja appointed interim chair of Nuclear Engineering
5-9-14 School of Engineering honors outstanding students, faculty and staff at annual awards ceremony
5-12-14 Students in computer science, art collaborate on brainwave project
5-16-14 Taha selected as chair of Civil Engineering
5-19-14 School of Engineering holds Spring 2014 Convocation
5-20-14 Senior design project showers experience on students
5-28-14 Student awarded Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship
   
April 2014 News
4-2-14 STC spring breakfast seminar series is April 9
4-3-14 Chemical and Nuclear Engineering to become two departments
4-15-14 Mechanical Engineering honors distinguished alumni, students
4-15-14 Datye, graduate students search for ways to make catalytic converters more efficient
4-15-14 UNM professor is focused on fate of uranium in water
4-17-14 Datye elected as Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America
4-18-14 Datye appointed chair of Chemical and Biological Engineering
4-21-14 School of Engineering students among winners in business plan contest
   
March 2014 News
3-10-14 UNM graduate student works with local engineers to save a bridge
3-11-14 UNM engineering programs make U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools list
3-11-14 Center for Water and the Environment receives $5 million NSF CREST award
3-20-14 Atanassov to receive the 2014 STC.UNM Innovation Fellow Award
3-21-14 LoboNet CONNECT links academia with tech community
3-27-14 School of Engineering alumnus named director of Air Force research office
3-28-14 Formula SAE students inspiring fifth-graders to pursue engineering
3-31-14 School of Engineering to honor retiring faculty members
   
February 2014 News
2-4-14 UNM hosts statewide robotics competition
2-7-14 Open house planned Feb. 21 for ASUNM Solar Decathlon house
2-10-14 CS senior earns Finalist award from Computing Research Association
2-17-14 Research Experience for Teachers educators learn about solar energy
2-18-14 Research scientists, engineers sought to judge projects at symposium
2-21-14 Joseph Cecchi named dean of the School of Engineering
2-24-14 UNM gains supercomputer from the New Mexico Consortium
 
December 2013 News
12-3-13 Sanjay Krishna Named 2014 IEEE Fellow
12-3-13 Majeed M. Hayat Named 2014 IEEE Fellow
 
November 2013 News
11-1-13 UNM, PNM Work Together on Energy Savings
11-12-13 Stuart Rose to Speak at UNM Engineering Fall Graduation Ceremony
11-20-13 UNM Celebrates Launch of First Satellite
11-22-13 UNM Nuclear Engineering Expert Teaches Course at Sandia
 
October 2013 News
10-7-13 Can a Self-Aware Building Save Energy and Make People Happy?
10-29-13 Designing, Building a Racecar at UNM Helps Launch
Great Student Careers
10-30-13 Associate Dean Honored for Service to IEEE Education Society
10-30-13 Potential Exists for Widespread Exposure to Harmful Vehicle Emissions
 
September 2013 News
9-4-13 UNM Students Participate in US DOE 2013 Solar Decathlon Challenge
9-10-13 CS Distinguished Professor on Radio Broadcast
9-19-13 UNM School of Engineering Ranked Sixth Best Graduate School
9-26-13 Hayat Recognized for Paper that Made the Imaging World Rethink
9-30-13 DOE Grants Fuel Nuclear Energy Research at UNM
 
August 2013 News
8-1-13 ECE Prof. Edl Schamiloglu Receives Highest Level Distinguished Member Award by the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society
8-9-13 2013 LOBOMotorSports Wins 12th Place Internationally, Breaks Own Records
8-9-13 UNM ECE Professor Receives Prestigious DARPA Young Faculty Award
 
July 2013 News
7-8-13 $15 Million Grant Furthers Research on Mental Disorders, Sets Stage for Premier Brain Imaging in New Mexico
7-9-13 UNM Mechanical Engineering Student Awarded One of World’s Most Prestigious Fellowships
7-16-13 Summer Research Experience for Teachers Helps Students During the School Year
7-19-13 UNM Celebrates Former Senator Jeff Bingaman’s Support with Symposium on Energy, Resources, and Policy
7-22-13 UNM School of Engineering Announces New Chair for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
 
June 2013 News
6-12-13 Off to the Races: LoboMotorsports Team Goes to World’s Largest Automotive Competition
6-19-13 UNM Civil Engineering Professor Timothy Ross Receives Fulbright Award
6-20-13 Professor Schamiloglu Awarded his 7th Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) Grant
 
May 2013 News
5-1-13 NSF Grant Enables Statewide Sustainable Energy Research in New Mexico
5-6-13 UNM Engineering Hosts 2013 Annual Awards on Friday, May 3
5-9-13 UNM ECE Prof. Meeko Oishi Receives CAREER Award
5-13-13 School of Engineering Spring 2013 Convocation Held
5-14-13 Engineering Student Adapts, Finds Way to Graduate
5-21-13 Northrop Grumman Sponsors Senior Design Project in Adaptive Optics
5-21-13 UNM Engineering Student Cofounds Company with A Unique Solution to Recharging Cell Phones
 
April 2013 News
4-1-13 Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Sanjay Krishna Receives Awards
4-2-13 UNM Engineering Alumnus Jim McNally Elected SPIE Fellow
4-8-13 Dr. Bruce Thomson Named the 2013 New Mexico Public Sector Engineer of the Year
4-12-13 CE PhD Candidate Hossain Receives Award from NM Engineering Foundation
4-15-13 Civil Engineering PhD Candidate Rashadul Islam Receives Award for Engineering Conference Paper
4-15-13 UNM Searching for Companies to Mentor Engineering Interns
4-15-13 UNM Computer Engineering Senior Sarah Gonzalez Selected as Scholar of the Week by Great Minds in Stem
4-30-13 UNM Celebrates Solar Panel Installation on Electrical and Computer Engineering Building
4-30-13 CE Professor Mark Stone Receives NSF CAREER Award
4-30-13 Matt Raymer: Student Athlete, Excellent Scholar
 
March 2013 News
3-1-13 UNM Civil Engineering Celebrates 100th Anniversary with a Reception
3-13-13 UNM, Rice Researchers Document the Velocity of Censorship
3-18-13 UNM Alumnus Al Nahmad Presents at UNM
 
February 2013 News
2-5-13 Professors Ghani and Hayat Receive DoD DTRA Grant to Fund Large-Scale Cyber-Infrastructure Testbed Study of Disaster Recovery Paradigms
2-25-13 Huning Family Supports Parkinson’s Disease Research at UNM
2-25-13 New Associated General Contractors Endowed Chair at UNM
2-25-13 Ninth Annual Computer Science Symposium
 
January 2013 News
1-10-13 ECE Faculty Win Prestigious International Award from Qatar Foundation to Support Cloud-Computing Research
1-10-13 UNM Partners with Albuquerque Public Schools So Students Can Learn Microsystems Technology
1-14-13 Start Up Company Comes to Life in Farris Engineering Building
1-23-13 Professors Hayat, Mammoli and Ghani Win $1.05M Grant from DTRA to Support Smart Grid Research
 
December 2012 News
12-7-12 Howe Publishes Second Book on Water Treatment Processes
12-17-12 School of Engineering Fall 2012 Convocation Held
 
November 2012 News
11-13-12 UNM School of Engineering Hosts Successful Open House for Prospective Undergrads
11-13-12 Computer Science Professor Stephanie Forrest Delivers UNM’s 57th Annual Research Lecture
11-15-12 The Friday Afternoon Breakthrough
11-28-12 Brian Burnett to Speak at UNM Engineering Fall Graduation Ceremony
11-28-12 Cheryl Brozena Receives Gerald W. May Staff Recognition Award
11-28-12 Majeed Hayat Appointed Optical Society of America Fellow
11-29-12 UNM Engineering 2012 Regents’ Professor and Regents’ Lecturer Named
11-29-12 Luke F. Lester Named 2013 Fellow to Both IEEE and SPIE
11-29-12 Vince D. Calhoun Named 2013 Fellow to Both AAAS and IEEE
11-29 -12 Julie Coonrod Named Dean of the Office of Graduate Studies
 
October 2012 News
10-08-12 Paving for the Future
10-08-12 Graduate Student Birk Jones Searches for New Solutions to Old Problem
10-11-12 Schamiloglu Presents Lectures as Visiting Scholar in China
10-16-12 UNM Partners with Santa Fe Institute on New Project
10-30-12 Hydrothermally Stable Oxide Supports Developed by UNM Researchers Will Lead to Improved Technology for Conversion of Biorenewables
10-31-12  Mary J. Wolford to Lead UNM School of Engineering Development Office
 

September 2012 News

9-10-12 ECE Professor Schamiloglu Invited to Lecture at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
9-10-12 UNM Collaborates on NSF Nanoscale Manufacturing Research Center
9-17-12 UNM Mechanical Engineering Student Donya Ziraksari Receives AIAA Scholarship
9-17-12 Students and Companies Benefit from NSF STEP Internships
9-26-12 UNM Presents the 57th Annual Research Lecture
 

August 2012 News

8-21-12 Prof. Tom Hayes Receives CAREER Award
8-24-12 BME Weekly Seminar Series Starting on Wednesday 8/29/2012
8-24-12 UNM Nuclear Engineering Program Awarded Prestigious DOE Grants to Support Students and Improve Infrastructure
8-24-12 Bacteria Meets its Match with New Start-Up
8-31-12 UNM Engineering Welcomes Seven New Faculty 
8-31-12 UNM Engineering Career Fair 2012 on September 12th
8-31-12 UNM School of Engineering Ranked Fourth Best Graduate School
 

July 2012 News

7-3-12 UNM Team Wins 10th Overall in International Racing Competition
7-9-12 UNM Engineering Incoming Freshmen Get a Jump Start with Summer Research
7-9-12 Hands-On Learning in Smart Lighting for Pre-College Students at UNM Engineering
7-25-12 Incoming UNM Nuclear Engineering Grad Student Receives DOE Fellowship
7-25-12 UNM Robotics Team Demonstration of Swing-Free Transportation Published in IEEE Spectrum
7-25-12 KRQE features UNM research balloon launch
7-25-12 UNM CS Paper Wins International Award
7-26-12 ECE Prof. Schamiloglu Presents at Air Force Anniversary Celebration
 

June 2012 News

6-26-12 Schuler Receives Three Year Award to Harvest Energy from Bacterial Metabolism in Wastewater Treatment
6-26-12 UNM ME PhD Student Lands Prestigious Summer Internship in France
6-14-12 Senior Engineering Project Designed to Assist Workers
6-13-12 UNM Engineering Student to Work for NASA
6-12-12 Technology Developed by UNM Engineering Faculty Licensed to Start-up P.D. Laboratories
6-12-12 Team Led by Professor Edl Schamiloglu Awarded Prestigious MURI Grant
6-12-12 UNM Computer Science PhD Student George Bezerra Receives Excellence in Graduate Research Award  
6-7-12 ECE Student Receives the 2012 ABQ IEEE Outstanding Graduate Engineering Student Award
6-7-12 ECE Prof. Jayaweera Appointed As Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions
6-7-12 CS Grad Student Awarded IBM PhD Scholarship
 

May 2012 News

5-1-12 UNM Students Build, Launch Balloon into Ionosphere
5-3-12 Mechanical Engineering Department Celebrates Students and Alumni
5-14-12 ME PhD Mike Anderson Awarded Tom L. Popejoy Dissertation Prize
5-18-12 UNM School of Engineering Collaborates on New International Smart Grid Project
5-21-12 UNM School of Engineering Spring 2012 Convocation
5-31-12 Graduates of 1962 Return for Golden Grads Reunion
 
April 2012 News
4-9-12 UNM-Sandia ‘Protocell’ May Unlock Potential of New Cancer Therapies
4-16-12 UNM Students Excel at Environmental Design Contest
4-16-12 Dr. Steven D. Hersee to Receive the 2012 STC.UNM Innovation Fellow Award
4-20-12 2012 STC.UNM Creative Awards Ceremony to Honor UNM Inventors
4-24-12 Nanoscience and Nanobiology Lab Puts Students on Front Line of Research
4-25-12 Stephanie Forrest Selected as UNM’s Annual Research Lecturer
4-26-12 Latest Edition of Dr. Howe’s Water Treatment Textbook Now in Print
4-26-12 28 UNM SOE Faculty and Students Receive Patents Last Year
4-26-12 School of Engineering Hosts 2012 Annual Awards
4-26-12 ACM Honors Stephanie Forrest as a Computing Innovator
4-27-12 ECE Students Win Second Place in 2012 UNM Technology Business Plan Competition
 
March 2012 News
3-6-12 Turning the Tides: New Mexico-born Materials for Japanese Cars
3-6-12 UNM Construction Management Student Patricia Tafoya Wins Regional Award
3-6-12 UNM Named One of the Top 10 Schools for Undergraduate Video Game Design
3-6-12 School of Engineering Colloquium Series Features Dr. Hiroshisa Tanaka
3-6-12 ECE Professor Majeed Hayat named SPIE Fellow
3-23-12 NASA Awareness Day at UNM
3-26-12 Eva Chi, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, Wins NSF CAREER Award
3-30-12 UNM ECE PhD Student Nicola Bezzo to Present at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
 
February 2012 News
2-1-12 School of Engineering Colloquium Series
2-13-12 KNME’s ‘Connect’ Travels from Nano’s to Kenya and Beyond
2-15-12 Snowmen Appear on SOE Campus
2-16-12 UNM Researchers Find Quicker, Less Expensive Way to do High Quality Rendering for Computer Generated Films
2-22-12 In Memoriam: Cliff Roudabusch
2-22-12 Prof. Luke Lester Named the SPIE 2012 Harold E. Edgerton Award Winner
2-24-12 CE Professor Kerry Howe Receives $510K Contract for Water Quality Project
 
January 2012 News
1-5-12 UNM School of Engineering Mourns Tragic Loss of Mechanical Engineering Alumnus
1-5-12 First American Chemical Society Seminar on UNM Campus
1-5-12 UNM Civil Engineering Department Hosts 49th Annual Paving and Transportation Conference
1-16-12 UNM SOE Faculty Profiled on KNME
1-25-12 Town Hall with US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu
1-27-12 UNM Team Selected to Compete in US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2012

 

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