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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27 November 2019
In 2012, I was working as Education Coordinator for the Valles Caldera Trust, a small experimental federal agency charged with managing the 89,000-acre Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) in the Jemez Mountains. New in my position, I had taken…
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18 November 2019
What do you get when you combine 19 education institutions, nearly 50 posters, and 150 attendees? The 2019 New Mexico Research Symposium hosted in collaboration with the New Mexico Academy of Science (NMAS)! This year’s Research Symposium, held…
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04 November 2019
The theme of the conference was Science and Partnerships Across Disciplinary Boundaries, and many of the presentations were focused on partnerships, transdisciplinary research, big data and STEM initiatives. NM EPSCoR was proud to have multiple…
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18 October 2019
UNM Electrical and Computer Engineering Associate Professor Meeko Oishi has had a busy year. In March she was chosen to participate in the highly-selective Defense Study Science Group sponsored by DARPA. Her collaborative work on light therapy and…
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03 October 2019
Modeling and simulation tools are essential for researchers as they seek ways to integrate variable renewable sources of energy, like wind, into the electricity grid. Recently, NM SMART Grid Center graduate student, P. Christopher Scott, spent time…
  

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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