Piscataway, New Jersey, USA, 12-3-13 – Majeed M. Hayat, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, has been named an IEEE Fellow. He is being recognized for contributions to the modeling of impact ionization and noise in avalanche-photodiode devices. His contributions have had a profound effect on society by vastly improving the performance of a vital component in today’s optical networks: with the continual demand for more bandwidth, Hayat’s research has contributed to ensuring that the consumer demand for higher data volume and speed will continue to be met.
Piscataway, New Jersey, USA, 12-3-13 – Sanjay Krishna, Director of the Center for High Technology Materials at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, has been named an IEEE Fellow. The Professor and Regents’ Lecturer of Electrical and Computer Engineering is being recognized for contributions to infrared detectors and focal plane arrays. Krishna’s pioneering work in infrared sensing has led to advances in areas such as space-based atmospheric sensing and the development of next generation sensors for defense applications. These sensors also have a variety of civilian uses, from helping fire fighters “see through smoke” and locate people trapped in a fire to aiding pilots looking for a landing strip during inclement weather. By increasing the temperature at which these detectors can operate and by lowering their cost, his research is also enabling the improved and non-invasive detection of skin cancer, arthritis and diabetic neuropathy. Krishna’s work in early skin cancer detection, in particular, could save millions of lives.
11-22-13 — UNM nuclear engineering lecturer Robert “Bob” Busch was featured in the November 15 issue of Sandia Lab News, the bi-weekly newspaper for Sandia National Laboratories. The article reports on a nuclear engineering fundamentals course Busch taught this past summer at the Tech Area 5 at Sandia National Laboratories. The goal of the course was to enable differently trained people at Sandia, including nontechnical support staff, to communicate with each other about nuclear energy.
11-20-13—On Tuesday evening, the NASA Wallops Flight Facility launched a Minotaur 1 rocket with 13 small satellites aboard, including one constructed by University of New Mexico researchers and students. UNM's Trailblazer satellite is now in orbit and is beginning to send back information on gamma ray radiation in the ionosphere.
11-12-13 – Dr. Stuart Rose, Founder of The BioScience Center, an incubator/accelerator focused on nurturing bioscience and life-science start ups, will be the keynote speaker at the UNM School of Engineering graduation ceremony on Friday, December 13. The ceremony begins at 2:30 pm and will be held at the Kiva Auditorium in the Albuquerque Convention Center.
The Convocation is the School's own ceremony specifically to honor graduates, in the presence of their family and friends. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend. Short remarks are given by the Dean and others, followed by the keynote speaker and student speakers.
Graduate Students to help businesses manage energy use
11-1-13–The University of New Mexico and PNM have announced the launch of an innovative pilot project designed to help businesses determine how to optimize energy usage and save money. UNM Graduate Students are directing the Cloud-based Energy Resource Scheduling (CERES) initiative, which is funded by a $250,000 PNM grant to the UNM Foundation.
Nearly 60 million in U.S. live close to high volume roads
By Karen Wentworth — October 30, 2013
10-30-13–A new study by UNM Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Gregory Rowangould shows 19 percent of the population of the United States, or nearly 60 million people, live in close proximity to high volume roads. While prior research documents higher concentrations of many air pollutants found in vehicle exhaust along roads with heavy traffic and higher rates of many diseases including cancer, respiratory illness and heart disease, there was little information about how many people actually live in those areas and who they are.
10-30-13—Charles Fleddermann, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in UNM’s School of Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering, received an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Education Society Award during the 2013 Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference held October 23-26 in Oklahoma City. Fleddermann received the Edwin C. Jones Jr. Meritorious Service Award for his “outstanding contributions and service as the Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Education.” This award is given annually to a member of the IEEE Education Society to recognize pioneering contributions to the administrative efforts of the Society over a period of years, as evidenced by dedication, effort, and contributions.
10-29-13—“I work in the Missile Systems department at Sandia National Laboratories and it is basically like FSAE but with missiles,” says former UNM student Eric Flores. He’s one of many enthusiastic graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Department’s Formula SAE (previously known as the Society of Automotive Engineers) program. For Flores the most helpful part of the program was working in teams that were required to design and test systems for a race car and knowing that the system his team built had to work precisely with systems designed by other student teams.
“The students learn that no matter how perfect their system is, it’s useless if it doesn’t work with the other components of the car,” says UNM Professor of Mechanical Engineering John Russell who teaches the courses.
10-07-13 – Birk Jones, a Ph.D. candidate in engineering, is teaching the 33-year old Mechanical Engineering Building on the UNM campus to think about energy efficiency. So far Jones and the ME building have improved the energy efficiency between 10 and 15 percent. He expects that to improve.
9-30-13 – Two research teams from UNM’s School of Engineering have received grants totaling almost $1.2 million from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP). Both studies are part of a larger effort by the DOE to encourage nuclear energy research at the university level.
The Journal of the Optical Society of America A (JOSA A) has recognized a paper written by UNM Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Majeed Hayat and former student Sergio N. Torres as one of the 15 most-cited papers in the past decade of the publication.
9-19-13 –The UNM School of Engineering once again ranks in the top 10 of best postgraduate engineering schools according to the September 12 report in HispanicBusiness.com. UNM’s SOE was named sixth in this year’s 2013 Best Schools for Diversity Practices, the annual list of graduate programs across the U.S. that embody diversity on campus.
9-10-13 — On Monday morning, September 9, Stephanie Forrest, graduate of St. John's College, distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico, and an external faculty at the Santa Fe Institute, was a guest on the Santa Fe Radio Café program produced and hosted by Mary-Charlotte Domandi on KSFR 101.1 FM, Santa Fe Public Radio.
9-4-13—On August 27, in Scottsdale, AZ, a joint interdisciplinary team of students and faculty from Arizona State University and the University of New Mexico celebrated the completion of the 860 sq. ft. SHADE house, one of twenty entries for the 2013 Solar Decathlon competition, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. “SHADE” stands for Solar Homes Adapting for Desert Equilibrium. In planning the project, Team ASUNM—which formed its name from the acronyms of the two schools—chose materials and energy systems that are appropriate for the desert southwest.
8-9-13 – Daniel Feezell, Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, recently received a highly competitive DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA). The objective of the DARPA YFA program is to identify and engage rising research stars in junior faculty positions at U.S. academic institutions and expose them to Department of Defense needs as well as DARPA’s program development process.
8-9-13 –8-9-13 – UNM LOBOMotorSports took 12th place overall out of 80 international entries at the Formula SAE competition in Lincoln, Nebraska June 19 – 22. The team broke its own records, with the highest point total ever and the highest design place (a tie for 7th). The team also took a very respectable 9th place for presentation.
8-1-13 – Edl Schamiloglu, professor in the UNM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the Richard F. Shea Distinguished Member Award by the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society at a Pulsed Power Conference in San Francisco in June.
7-22-13 – The UNM School of Engineering is pleased to announce that Jane Lehr will be joining the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as professor and chair on August 1, 2013. Lehr is an internationally respected researcher with a record of marked distinction and significant impact in the areas of pulsed power science and technology. She brings a commitment to education, extensive experience in administration and leadership, and well-honed interpersonal skills.
7-19-13 – On Thursday, July 11, 2013, Senator Jeff Bingaman (retired) was on campus at the University of New Mexico. To honor the Senator and thank him for his years of support of research at UNM, a Symposium was held in his honor. which concluded with a signing ceremony in the afternoon when he donated his papers (see UNM article about the donation).
7-16-13 – Chelsea Ketchum, a 6th Grade Science Teacher at Tony Hillerman Middle School, is participating in a summer Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program at UNM Engineering. Funded by a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation, the RET brings elementary, middle, and high school teachers to UNM for a six-week summer program where they partner with faculty on ERC research projects.
STC.UNM, the University of New Mexico’s technology-transfer office, will be hosting its fall breakfast seminar series in August, September, October and November. The seminars are free and open to the UNM community and the public, but registration is required. Breakfast will be provided.
October 24, 2013
7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
“The Launch of Sandia Electro-Optics Corporation”
Presented by Michael J. Cumbo, Ph.D., Founder & CEO, Sandia Electro-Optics CorporationUNM Science & Technology Park
For more information click here.
Winter 2013 Convocation
December 13, 2013
Ceremony begins at 2:30 pm
Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque Convention Center downtown
Dr. Elizabeth Dirk explains how medicine is being reinvented through research into self-renewing stem cells that act as a repair system for the human body.