Abhaya K. Datye, 277-0477
Jeff Brinker, 272-7627
Michael Padilla, 277-1816
October 30, 2001
UNM Ranked 5th as High-Impact U.S. University in Materials
The University of New Mexico is ranked 5th out of the top 100 federally funded
institutions in regard to the impact of materials science papers over the years
1996-2000 by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI).
The list is published in ISIs Science Citation Index which measures the
number of times a paper is cited by other researchers.
Abhaya K. Datye, director of UNMs Center for Micro-Engineering Materials
(CMEM), said the ranking shows that UNM truly has a broad-based materials science
effort, since it includes all papers from UNM and their citation frequency.
Datye said this ranking shows that research at UNM has the breadth and the
quality that bring it within the top-five nationwide.
The University of Southern California is ranked 1st with 170 papers and 8.50
citations per 1996-2000; Harvard University is ranked 2nd with 177 papers, 8.18
citations; 3rd is University of California, 405 papers, 7.60 citations; 4th
is Princeton University, 166 papers, 5.57 citations. UNM, ranked 5th, with 131
papers and 5.18 citations.
This recognition is very significant since UNMs overall research
funding in this area is minuscule in comparison with the powerhouses we are
being compared with, Datye said. We hope this recognition will help
us attract students to our programs and to attract additional research funding.
Jeff Brinker, co-director of UNMs Center for Micro-Engineered Materials
and professor of chemical and nuclear engineering and chemistry, said it is
noteworthy that UNMs citation ranking is superior to the rankings of schools
that are highly rated in materials science by U.S. News and World Report.
The fact that out of hundreds of universities conducting materials science
research, UNM has the fifth-highest citation ranking means that our collective
materials science research effort is highly valued within the scientific community,
UNM supports two strategic research centers in the area of materials
science (CMEM and Center for High Tech Materials), but we have no department
of materials science. There is effort underway to organize a multi-disciplinary
program in materials science that will span various departments. It is my hope
that this recognition will provide the impetus to create a new curriculum in
materials science which will further help UNM in attracting students,
For more than 45 years, ISI has been providing the scholarly research community
with products and services that help them transform the discovery process. These
resources enable this community to gain access to historical research and keep
abreast of the most recent developments in their respective disciplines.
Materials such as steel and concrete, ceramics such as those used in cellular
phones to generate microwave frequencies, semiconductors such as those used
by Intel to make computer chips, lasers such as those used in eye surgery and
at the grocery checkout counter comprise material science. Materials science
and engineering evolved from what formerly used to be metallurgical engineering.
Today, it encompasses biological materials, such as prosthetics and implants
to the heat shielding tiles used in the space shuttle.
In its October 95 issue, Science Watch ranked UNM 20th among all research institutions based on materials science citations and citation impact over the period 1990-94. Two papers from the center were ranked 10th and 11th in their citation impact.
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