About New Mexico EPSCoR

The New Mexico Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NM EPSCoR) is building the state's capacity to conduct scientific research and is training a diverse, well-qualified Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. We do this through multi-year, federally funded projects that include New Mexico's research universities, primarily undergraduate higher education institutions, national laboratories, and other organizations.

Our current focus is the NM SMART Grid Center, an interdisciplinary National Science Foundation (NSF) project that is pursuing research and workforce training for next-generation electric power production and delivery.

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History of New Mexico EPSCoR

NM EPSCoR was established with a successful National Science Foundation (NSF) planning grant in 2000. The first NSF Track 1 Research Infrastructure Improvement grant was awarded in 2002. For more information on the history of NM EPSCoR NSF funding and research areas, please view our historical timeline by clicking below.

NM EPSCoR Timeline

History of NM EPSCoR

Mission & Vision

This mission of New Mexico's Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NM EPSCoR) is to build the state's capacity to conduct scientific research while cultivating a diverse, well-qualified STEM workforce. We envision New Mexico as a state that has achieved self-sufficiency in a sustainable manner through its research and development enterprise, has a strong STEM pipeline between community colleges and the research universities, promotes innovation, new business, and economic development, and is recognized contributors to the national and global STEM research enterprise.

Mission and Vision

NSF EPSCoR

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) supports 25 states, two territories, and one commonwealth in its efforts to build sustainable research and human infrastructure. The mission of EPSCoR is to advance excellence in science and engineering research and education in order to achieve sustainable increases in research, education, and training capacity and competitiveness that will enable EPSCoR jurisdictions to have increased engagement in areas supported by the NSF. Of all NSF EPSCoR faculty hires, 78% remain in their original jurisdictions, creating a return on investment for each jurisdiction.

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25 September 2019
We are pleased to announce the 2019 NM EPSCoR Mentor Award winners—Dr. David Mitchell and Dr. Satyajayant (Jay) Misra. Both were nominated by mentees and demonstrated characteristics of excellent mentors, including strong professional and…
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05 September 2019
In 2014, NM EPSCoR supported the hire of Assistant Professors Dr. José Cerrato and Dr. Ricardo González-Pinzón at the UNM Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering with funds from the $20 million Energize New Mexico National…
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29 August 2019
You probably have an “elevator pitch” to describe your research when you get the inevitable question, “So, what do you do?” That’s great when a non-scientist asks about your research in a casual conversation at a party. But, how prepared are you…
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15 August 2019
In August, Dr. Trilce Estrada, an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at UNM and a faculty member of the NM SMART Grid Center Decision-Support research team was awarded the 2019 ACM SIGHPC Emerging Woman Leader in Technical…
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24 July 2019
New Mexico EPSCoR is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion. We strive to establish an environment that exemplifies and promotes diversity of all types (individual, institutional, geographic, and disciplinary).   At May’s annual All…
  

Upcoming Events

Oct
17
NM Research Spotlight Forum: Grid Resiliency
Lobo Rainforest, Albuquerque (livestream available)
Oct
27
NSF EPSCoR National Meeting
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center | Columbia, SC

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State Office Contacts

General Project Inquiries

William Michener
Director & Principal Investigator of the NM SMART Grid Center
william.michener@gmail.com

Anne Jakle
Associate Director & Co-Principal Investigator of the NM SMART Grid Center
505-226-2688
ajakle@epscor.unm.edu

Education and Outreach Inquiries

Selena Connealy
Education and Outreach Manager
505-217-5605
connealy@epscor.unm.edu

Sara Pichette
Education and Outreach Coordinator
505-585-4521
SaraPichette@epscor.unm.edu

Communication and Media Inquiries

Brittney Van Der Werff
Public Relations Specialist
505-226-3887
bvdw@epscor.unm.edu

 

 

Financial and Reimbursement Inquiries

Andra Kiscaden
Senior Business Manager
505-226-4260
anmcclun@unm.edu

Patricia Halcli
Program Coordinator
505-226-2819
phalcli1@unm.edu

Reporting and Website Inquiries

Isis Serna
Website Administrator
505-226-4260
iserna@epscor.unm.edu