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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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Impacts on New Mexico

Research Infrastructure

One of the main goals of NM EPSCoR is to support research infrastructure through shared-use equipment. Several higher education institutions across the state benefit from state-of-the-art equipment purchases using NM EPSCoR funding, including a magnetotelluric system, laser-based isotope systems, gas chromatography systems, mass spectrometers, and more. These equipment purchases will remain available for faculty and students at their home universities, and will support their research projects for years to come.

Current Research

Research Infrastructure

Natives in STEM

Natives in STEM is a collaborative project between NM EPSCoR and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). The project aims to increase Native American identity and sense of belonging in STEM by creating and sharing positive images and stories of Native STEM professionals. Natives in STEM provides access to Native STEM professionals, creates an educational tool for teachers and schools, increases understanding of and interest in STEM for Native communities, broadens educational and career choices for Native students, and strengthens the Native STEM community network.

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Natives in STEM

Museum Exhibits

In order to communicate research broadly to the public, NM EPSCoR funded three exhibits at science museums in Albuquerque: a bioalgal exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, a solar energy exhibit at Explora Science Center, and a uranium exhibit at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. These museum exhibits provide a vehicle for NM EPSCoR research to be shared with hundreds of thousands of members of the general public, on a much larger scale than could be accomplished through traditional outreach activities.

Museum Exhibits

Creative Startups

The Creative Startups Accelerator was launched in 2014 with seed funding from NM EPSCoR to help jump-start the careers and businesses of creative entrepreneurs. The program is now located in three sites domestically (Albuquerque; Winston-Salem, NC; Baltimore, MD) and recently expanded internationally in Kuwait and Malaysia. To date, they have graduated 40 startups from the New Mexico Accelerator program. So far, the startup companies that participated in the accelerator have raised $11 million in private investment, generated $10 million in new revenues, and created over 160 new jobs in New Mexico (210 jobs globally).

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Creative Startups

By the Numbers

Since 2001, EPSCoR programs have provided $183 million to New Mexico to build capacity in research infrastructure, cyberinfrastructure, and STEM workforce development and education. In the last National Science Foundation (NSF) Track 1 project (Energize New Mexico), NM EPSCoR participants brought in over $58 million in external funding, published over 200 peer-reviewed publications, and reached over 10,000 people through museum exhibits and public events.

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People of NM EPSCoR

SMART Grid Research Team Leads

Research Team Leads

  1. Architecture: Satish Ranade (NMSU), Olga Lavrova (NMSU), Ali Bidram (UNM), Jane Lehr (UNM)
  2. Networking: Jay Misra (NMSU), Jun Zheng (NM Tech), Michael Devetsikiotis (UNM)
  3. Decision-Support: Huiping Cao (NMSU), Enrico Pontelli (NMSU), Abdullah Mueen (UNM), Manel Martínez-Ramón (UNM)
  4. Deployment: Ali Bidram (UNM), Satish Ranade (NMSU), Jun Zheng (NM Tech), Enrico Pontelli (NMSU), Jane Lehr (UNM)
  5. Cyberinfrastructure: Diana Dugas (NMSU), Karl Benedict (UNM), Patrick Bridges (UNM), Jon Wheeler (UNM)

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State Committee

New Mexico EPSCoR’s State Committee ensures accountability and responsibility. The members ensure the current project promotes engagement, includes diverse participants, and facilitates communication and coordination among the project components.

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State Office

The NM EPSCoR State Office is located on UNM South Campus as part of the Science & Technology Park. We are one block west of University Blvd. and one block north of Avenida Cesar Chavez. Our address is 1312 Basehart SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106.

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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