Student LLC Research

Designed to encourage academic success, the LLC program is focused on research-themed Living Learning Communities. As an LLC student, you have the opportunity to (but are NOT required to) live with other students in Torres Hall while working with research faculty and peer learning coaches on a first-year research project. Participating in research, having access to resources and support, and developing a strong sense of community can really improve your Tech experience. Apply now!

Below is a list of all of our LLC's. Click on an image below to open a document detailing more about the LLC!

ENVE 189L-01 (F, 1:00-2:55)

Open to all majors. MATH103 and above.

Students work on project design and development, build and deploy field instrumentation to collect data, and analyze data using MATLAB and other software. This is an excellent choice for Earth and Environmental Science, Petroleum, Environmental, and Civil Engineering, and Chemistry majors with a focus on water in the environment.

Full STEAM Ahead
HIST 189L-01 (M, 2:00-3:50)

Open to all majors. HIST 189-01 Co-Requirement.

STEAM brings hands-on experience to the humanities! The 3 cr. lecture in the fall semester will fulfill a humanities requirement and the 3 cr. lecture in the spring will fulfill a social sciences requirement. We will build pre-steam machines while investigating the history of science and technology, visit research labs on campus, and finally chose a modern technology to research and present at the Student Research Symposium.

Mobile Computing
CSE 189L-01 (F, 1:00-1:50)

Open to (mostly) CSE/IT majors. MATH103 and above.

Mobile Computing focuses on the structure of Android based applications and the structure of mobile applications. Students coming in at MATH103 or MATH104 will also take CSE107, students coming in at MATH131 or above with previous programming experience will also take CSE113.

Fluid Flow
MENG 110L-04 (T, 12:30-1:20)

Open to all majors. MENG110-01 Co-Requirement.

In Fluid Dynamics, the basic principles include how fluids flow in different ways, what causes drag, and how fluids conserve their volume and energy as they flow. We will focus on aspects of the flow over bodies immersed in a fluid. Projects on fluid flow models will include the flow of water around submarines, torpedo, and fish to optimize the designs of objects and/or fluid properties to reduce the drag. By correctly designing ships and submarines, it will be possible to greatly decrease the fuel consumption and improve the handling characteristics of the vessels.

Intro to Nanotechnology
MENG 110L-03 (W, 1:00-1:50)

Open to all majors. MENG110-01 Co-Requirement.

Students will be introduced to different aspects of modern technologies that require thinking outside the box and interdisciplinary work. Students will learn about Micro- and Nano-Electro Mechanical Systems, including their design process and applications. They will also investigate the differences between science at the nano-scale and macro- and nano-engineering.

Gear Systems
MENG 110L-05 (F, 1:00-1:50)

Open to all majors. MENG110-01 Co-Requirement.

Gear Systems will provide a basic introduction to the principles of research and will contain both laboratory and lecture components. Students will learn to use SolidWorks to draw plans, 3D print, and construct interactive demonstrations on how gear systems work, focusing on how gear systems can be used to create a mechanical advantage. The course will conclude with the students making a youtube video explaining how gearing works and how gears improve our world.

Geology Rocks!
ERTH 189L-01 (F, 2:00-5:00)

Open to all majors

This LLC will focus on geology and field-based geologic research. Students will learn basic geology, how to apply the scientific method to the interpretation of geologic features, and will participate in individual and group research projects using data they collect. There will be numerous field trips, including trips to the local mountains and White Sands National Monument. Students must have basic camping gear and must be capable of moderately strenuous hiking on uneven ground.

MENG 110L-08 (W, 4:00-4:50)

Open to all majors. MENG110-01 Co-Requirement.

We will focus on concept creation through exploring different mechanisms (e.g. water clock). This course will involve making a cad model of your design and then actually building it in the machine shop. 3D printing will be used in fabrication of some elements of the mechanisms.

Space Vehicles
This LLC is currently full
EE 189L-01 (T, 2:00-5:00)

Open to all majors. MATH103 and above.

In this course, you will get exposed to key components that make space exploration possible. The components of space vehicles (satellites, robots, and space probes) that make space exploration possible are control, actuation, communications and remote sensing. You will gain exposure to these concepts using a project-based approach with weekly activities that culminate in a final project founded on integrating the state-of-the-art in space applications.

MGT 189L-01 (W, 2:00-3:50)

Open to all majors. MGT101 Co-Requirement

NM Techpreneurs will work on developing a Value Proposition for several different real New Mexico company technology projects. Students will gain an understanding of: the technology and its alternatives; licenses, patents, and copyrights; collecting data on a company's competitor’s; working with potential customers; and developing the actual Value Proposition.

This LLC is currently full
MENG 110L-01 (R, 2:00-3:50)

Open to all majors. MENG110-01 Co-Requirement, MATH103 and above.

Robotics LLC research will provide a basic introduction to robotics, and will contain both laboratory and lecture components. You will learn basic computer programming concepts, work with a variety of sensors and actuators, and design and build mechanical components. Using the Arduino microcontroller, you and your team will compete in robotics challenges. Prior experience programming is not required.

This LLC is currently full
MENG 110L-02 (W, 12:00-12:50)

Open to all majors. MENG110-01 Co-Requirement, MATH103 and above.

Aerospace will provide a basic introduction to the principles of research and will contain both laboratory and lecture components. In the fall, you will learn fundamentals of aerospace engineering with emphasis on aerodynamics, propulsion, wind tunnel and aircraft and rocket design, and more. In the spring, you will work on two applied projects to design parts of an aircraft and a rocket.

3D Printing
MENG 110L-06 (F, 2:00-4:50) or MENG 110L-07 (R, 2:00-4:50)

Open to all majors. MENG110-01 Co-Requirement.

In this hands-on course, students will build a Delta format 3D Printer from parts and materials that are provided. We will explore multiple aspects of forced-filament 3D printing process including mechanical assembly, electrical systems, electronics, software interfacing, documentation, and Computer Aided Design. No previous fabrication experience or special skills are required. What are required are a disciplined, responsible attitude and a willingness to take instruction and work, as befits students moving toward a professional engineering career.

PHYS 189 (MWF, 1:00-1:50)


Sustainability focuses on understanding Earth’s climate and energy future. This is a great option for students needing additional credits in the fall semester. Taken together, the lecture and lab qualify as the 4 cr. lab science GED requirement. Students apply math and physics concepts to understanding climate, deploy field and lab instrumentation to collect data, analyze data using MATLAB.

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