SustainabilitySustainability LLC research focuses on energy: assessing how much energy we use on campus, understanding how weather and climate effect both energy consumption and potential supply, and utilizing technology to harness alternative energy sources. The research project for Sustainability is two-fold: 1) examining energy use on the NMT campus and 2) design and implementation of technology to determine the potential for using alternative energy. Research has included devising sensor deployment to find the critical areas of energy loss for buildings on campus, designing and building solar panel and wind turbine arrays, and launching weather balloons to study wind and solar potential for campus.
Sustainability is open to freshmen from all majors who are eligible to take MATH 103
or above in their first fall semester.
Mobile ComputingMobile Computing LLC research will give students experience in creating applications for the Android operating system. Given creative control over the type and design of their projects, students will put their growing skills to use with the 'App Inventor', which enables students to write apps without prior coding experience. This team project focuses on developing communication skills and learning basic programing structure rather than learning a specific programming language. This learning community is linked with Intro to Python for students with little prior programing experience and math placement of 103 or 104, and Intro to C for those with a math placement of 131 or higher.
Mobile Computing is open primarily to freshman Computer Science or Information Technology majors who are
eligible to take MATH 103 or above in their first fall semester. Students from other majors may
apply with the approval of their advisor.
AerospaceAerospace LLC research is designed to introduce freshman Mechanical Engineering majors to the basics of aerodynamics, engineering principles, research, design, and experimental testing. During the Fall 2014 semester, students will research and design different nose cones for a basic sounding rocket. They will bring their designs to life using the Engineering Design Lab's 3D printer. In the spring semester, the students will be creating avionics bays for the rockets and developing MATLAB code to predict the flight path of the rocket. Students will test their designs through a variety of laboratory experiments, including using a low-speed wind tunnel to calculate drag of the nose cones. The final project for the year will be to launch a rocket with the student-designed nose cone and instrumentation package and compare the flight data to predictions from the student-written MATLAB code. The Aerospace LLC research opportunity will introduce these first-year students to the variety of rocket and aerospace opportunities at New Mexico Tech, including the Aerospace Engineering minor.
AstronomyAstronomy LLC research will give students an introduction to astronomy and hands-on experience listening to the solar system with the NASA Radio JOVE project. Students will use a 20.1 MHz radio receiver and a double-dipole antenna assembly to observe and analyze radio emissions from space. The constructed radio telescope can observe intense solar storms, magnetic bursts from Jupiter, and the galactic center. Students will learn the basics of radio astronomy, install additional antennas for the existing array, and collect and analyze data.
Astronomy is open to freshmen from all majors who are eligible to take MATH 103 (Pre-calculus) or above in their first fall semester.
ExplosivesExplosives LLC research will introduce freshmen to the exciting research at New Mexico Tech focusing on explosive chemistry and explosive effects.
WatershedWatershed LLC research will focus on water management, conservation, and the environmental processes associated with rainfall such as soil erosion, flood generation, and vegetation community establishment. Students will install advanced instrumentation for watershed monitoring, conduct experiments to test soil and water conservation practices, and evaluate plans for both urban and rural stormwater management. Students will combine extensive fieldwork, data management and visualization, and statistical analyses to gain insight into processes that control water availability and our society's ability to exist in a rapidly changing semi-arid environment.
BioengineeringBioengineering LLC research will give students knowledge of "normal physiology" in order to promote thought and change students' worldview to look at the big picture instead of focusing on a problem or symptom. If you look at a majority of the big discoveries in medicine, most stem from something unique or unusual that sparked curiosity and questioning, resulting in further exploration and udnerstanding. The goal of the first semester is to introduce complex physiologic processes to develop a big-picture view. Course themes will include body temperature regulation, the physiology of stress, altitude physiology, biological rythms and adaptation to diseae. In the second semester, students will utilizie their understanding of physiology to design equine thermoregulatory sensors.
RoboticsRobotics LLC research will provide a basic introduction to robotics and will contain both laboratory and lecture components. Over the semester, students will learn basic computer programming concepts, work with a variety of sensors and actuators, and design and build mechanical components. We will be using the Arduino microcontroller and by the end of the semester, students and their teams will compete in a robotics challenge. No prior experience with programming is required.