NMSU has demonstrated strengths in these areas based on the number of researchers actively working in the area, the graduate curriculum and number of advanced degrees awarded, and the impact of NMSU evidenced by publications and external funding. Some are emerging strengths, areas in which there are a number of funded projects and a large number of investigators working, but have not yet matured with significant publications or doctoral programs.
Agricultural and Life Sciences
Major research in this area includes work in Animal and Range Sciences; Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetics; Medical and Health Sciences; and Plant and Soil Science. The research covers a wide spectrum, from rangeland management and genomic sequencing to cancer research and water management in crops.
Computer Science and Computer and Electrical Engineering
Major research includes work in high-performance computing; laser-based navigation and geo-location; technologies for those with visual or hearing impairment; developing advanced sensing and control technologies for crop resource management; and development of an all-sky camera network to monitor atmospheric meteor events.
Space Science and Aerospace
Major research includes multidisciplinary, collaborative projects through the Apache Point Observatory, including the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to catalog one quarter of the sky; the operation of the FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation; and numerous projects in space weather; physical and chemical characterization of the atmospheres around exoplanets; spaceflight dynamics, guidance, navigation, and control; self-healing aerospace structures; and flapping wing aerodynamics.
Major research includes Energy and Fuels; Environment and Ecology; and Water Research. Researchers in these areas focus on topics like harnessing and utilizing sustainable energy from renewable sources; study of the economic and environmental impacts of climate change on New Mexico; and extensive water research and outreach programs. NMSU is also headquarters to the state’s Water Resources Research Institute, providing research and technical solutions related to aquifer salinity, water availability, quality, sustainability and water-related border and international issues.
Research Expenditures, Awards and Sources