By Kim Delker
2-24-14-UNM will soon have much more computing power under its belt. Enough to sequence the genomic data for thousands of people in New Mexico over the next several years.
Thanks to a gift from the New Mexico Consortium, the repurposed 120-node, 960-core, AMD/InfiniBand-based system will be housed at the UNM Center for Advanced Research Computing (CARC) and be made available for parallel research computing use by faculty and student researchers at UNM, New Mexico Tech and New Mexico State University.
University of New Mexico Provost Chaouki Abdallah has announced the appointment of Dean Emeritus and Professor Joseph L. Cecchi as dean of the School of Engineering.
“I am pleased to announce Dr. Joseph Cecchi as interim dean of the School of Engineering. His previous service as dean as well as his distinguished record in a variety of leadership roles makes him uniquely qualified to take on this position while we conduct a national search for a permanent dean. I am confident that he will do an excellent job,” said Provost Chaouki Abdallah.
2-18-14-Those in the scientific and engineering fields are needed to serve as volunteer judges at the 2014 Southwest Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium on March 1 at UNM.
The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium recognizes students for original research achievements in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines. Student participants will be judged mainly on their ability to demonstrate valid investigation and experimentation aimed at the discovery of knowledge.
2-17-14-Educators from around the state who are part of the Research Experience for Teachers initiative got an up-close look at the ASUNM Solar Decathlon house Saturday, Feb. 15 that is currently located at Mesa del Sol.
Teachers learned about the house, known as the SHADE (Solar Homes Adapting for Desert Equilibrium) house, from Olga Lavrova, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and faculty advisor to Team ASUNM. In addition, teachers toured the PNM facility at the location. The PNM site is the first solar storage installation in the country to be fully integrated with a utility's smart grid. The teachers also visited the UNM Center for High Technology Materials, where they gave presentations on the status of their projects as part of the grant.
2-10-14- Alan Kuntz, a senior in Computer Science at UNM, has been awarded a Finalist award (third place) in the 2014 Computing Research Association Undergraduate Researcher Award competition. In 2013, Kuntz received an Honorable Mention from the same competition. He is currently working on a senior honors thesis on molecular aggregation simulation and analysis with Professor Lydia Tapia. Last summer he participated in the Dynamics Summer School Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory. After graduating this spring, he plans on pursuing a Ph.D.
2-7-14-The public is invited to tour the ASUNM Solar Decathlon house, now located at Mesa del Sol, on Feb. 21 at 1 p.m.
The house, located at 5650 University Blvd. SE, will be dismantled at the end of the month, so this will be one of the last chances for the public to view and tour the home, said Olga Lavrova, UNM assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and faculty advisor on the project.
The project is a collaborative building effort between Arizona State University and the University of New Mexico.
2-4-14-Governor Susanna Martinez was on hand as students from elementary, middle and high schools around the state gathered at the UNM School of Engineering Centennial Center on Feb. 1 for the UNM VEX Robotics Competition. About 70 students participated in the competition. Martinez announced that Hispanic students in New Mexico had improved Advanced Placement scores over the past year.
The students battled throughout the day with robots they created from the VEX Robotics Design System in games of “Toss Up” and “Add it Up.” The games were developed by VEX Robotics, Inc. and the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, leaders in educational and competitive robotics. The sponsor of the UNM event is 3D Proven Systems.
2-4-14-Plamen Atanassov, professor of Chemical & Nuclear Engineering and director of the Center for Emerging Energy Technologies, has been selected to receive the 2014 STC.UNM Innovation Fellow Award. The award will be presented at the Innovation Award and Reception on April 3 on campus.
STC created the Innovation Fellow Award to recognize the achievements and economic impact of UNM's top innovators.
12-20-13–Dorca Lee, a PhD student in Dr. Rafael Fierro’s robotics lab, won a Graduate Research Fellowship from the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) on December 16, 2013. NMSGC is a member of the congressionally funded National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program which is administered by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
The fellowship awards are made to graduate students to work with faculty on funded research at the level of $10,000 for two academic semesters. Scholarships are competitively awarded based on the student’s research project, its alignment to NASA, faculty recommendation, and the student’s GPA. Awarded students are required to present their research results, either at a research colloquium, conference, or journal paper.
12-16-13 – Several hundred family and friends gathered at the Kiva Auditorium in the Albuquerque Convention Center on Friday, December 13, to congratulate School of Engineering graduates at the Fall 2013 Convocation.
Stuart Rose, Ph.D., Founder of The BioScience Center, gave the keynote speech.
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.
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
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Spring 2014 Convocation
May 17, 2014
Ceremony begins at 1 p.m.
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.