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Message from the President, and Vice President for Research

As a university dedicated to conducting meaningful research to benefit the lives of residents of New Mexico and beyond, New Mexico State University is making important discoveries across a dramatic spectrum, from a collaborative examination of climate change right here in the desert Southwest to extensive study of unique characteristics of the two largest bodies in the solar system: the interior of the planet Jupiter and the helioseismology of the Sun.

The pages of this edition of the university’s annual research magazine detail accomplishments across the institution. We are pleased to note the acquisition of four patents by NMSU faculty members during the year, as well as continued funding for powerful programs that help transform young lives. These programs include the Mathematically Connected Communities and Scientifically Connected Communities projects, which bolster math and science education for K-12 students, as well as the Alliance for Minority Participation, which – since 1993 – has increased the enrollment and quality of education in STEM fields for historically underrepresented minority students here at the university.

Our longtime contributions to national security through the Physical Science Laboratory, dating back to 1946, as well as state-of-the art research activity in smart grids to make power systems more efficient are examples of the role NMSU plays on a national stage. Advances in water research are ongoing, as well as forward strides in biomedical research. At every step of the way are dedicated faculty members like Martha Desmond in Wildlife Sciences, Gary Eiceman in Chemistry, and Mary O’Connell in Plant and Environmental Sciences, whose work is supported by the US Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health, respectively.

Please enjoy exploring the pages of the magazine. It’s a chance to learn about NMSU’s dedicated researchers seeking discoveries to transform lives.

President and Vimal


Garrey Carruthers


Vimal Chaitanya
Vice President for Research