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Research & Economic Development

Graduate Research

New Mexico Tech has more than 500 graduate students, most of whom are funded by research grants secured by faculty members and staff scientists. Graduate students in engineering departments and the sciences (physics, biology, and chemistry) work on master’s theses and Ph.D. dissertations that break new ground in their chosen fields.

Graduate students work with a research advisor and a committee to formulate new projects that can incorporate field work, laboratory investigations, and modeling. Grad students often collaborate with the Bureau of Geology, national laboratories, private companies, and other government agencies to make new discoveries and expand the breadth of human knowledge.

New Mexico Tech currently has two National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) Sites that host undergraduate students during the summer.  These REU Sites offer opportunities for undergraduate students to travel to NMT for a unique research experience embedded in the research laboratories of our faculty.  

The REU Emerging Issues in Cybersecurity is funded by the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE).  The program offers a 10-week summer research experience at NMT hosted by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.  The goals of the program include providing students experience in cutting edge research in cybersecurity, broadening participation in computing, and motivating students to pursue graduate studies in computer science. 

The Intelligent Energetic Systems Engineering (INTENSE) REU is funded by the NSF Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC).  The program offers a 9-week summer research experience in robotics, smart materials, explosives, high-speed fluids, and shock physics, hosted by the Department of Mechanical Engineering.  The goals of the program include increasing student research skill toolbox, exposure to STEM and Intelligent Energetic Systems career opportunities, and increased interest in graduate research opportunities.