We are thrilled to announce that we will be offering 5 LLCs in the 2013-2014 freshman year. Please also read the section on Math Placement below to understand the eligibility for each LLC.
SustainabilityThe Sustainability team 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.
NASA SEACIONS project
Sustainability is open to freshmen from all majors who are eligible to take MATH 103 (Pre-calculus)
or above in their first fall semester.
Mobile ComputingThe Mobile Computing LLC project 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.
Mobile Computing is open primarily to freshmen Computer Science or Information Technology majors who are
eligible to take MATH 103 (Pre-calculus) or above in their first fall semester. Students from other majors may
apply with the approval of their advisor.
Spaceship EarthThe Spaceship Earth LLC project will be designed by the students to investigate complex environmental interactions in the Capitan Mountains, NM. Using a multidisciplinary approach, students will explore the biology, water chemistry and geology of this ecosystem. Student will have the opportunity to develop skills using remote sensing techniques and scanning electron microscopy. This research will build on the 2012-2013 LLC student research, investigating unusual lichen growth patterns in this area, which will be published in a special student edition of New Mexico Geology.
Spaceship Earth is open to freshmen from all majors who are eligible to take MATH 103 (Pre-calculus)
or above in their first fall semester.
Space FlightThe Space Flight LLC project is designed to introduce freshman Mechanical Engineering majors to the basics of engineering principals, research, communication, design, testing, and product evaluation. During the Fall 2013 semester, students are researching and designing different nose cones for a basic sounding rocket. They will bring their designs to life using the Engineering Design Lab's 3D printer. 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 Space Flight research opportunity will introduce these first-year students to the variety of rocket and aerospace opportunies at New mexico Tech.
AstronomyThe Astronomy LLC project will give students an introduction to astronomy and hands-on experience listening to the solar system with the NASA Radio JOVE project. Students will construct 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 even the galactic center! Students will learn the basics of radio astronomy, use circuit diagrams to assemble radio receivers, and gain insight to the principles of electrodynamics.
Astronomy is open to freshmen from all majors who are eligible to take MATH 103 (Pre-calculus) or above in their first fall semester.