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Dr. Susan Brown, from the College of Education, receiving the Millionaire plaque from President Couture (Photo by Hamid M. Rad, OSI).
NMSU Sources of Sponsored Program Funding in FY2011

NMSU Honors Millionaire Researchers

By Hamid Mansouri Rad, OSI, March 7, 2012

On March 2, 2012, NMSU honored researchers who secured more than half a million dollars in funded research during Fiscal Year 2011. President Barbara Couture and Vice President for Research Vimal Chaitanya held a special reception in recognition of 62 outstanding NMSU researchers who collectively brought in more than $121 million in external research funding in that period.

"I appreciate the work that our researchers do, writing proposals, often facing rejection and having to revise and resubmit proposals in order to achieve that success," said President Couture. The president also thanked the office of the Vice President for Research for supporting the faculty with their research proposals.

Expressing gratitude for the excellent work done by NMSU researchers, Dr. Chaitanya said that the researchers being recognized were responsible for 87% of the total awards in Fiscal Year 2011. He also reported that in that period 602 principal investigators were involved in funded research activities and 406 individuals acted as principal investigators on at least one project.

President Couture took the opportunity to talk about the visit to White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) that she undertook with VPR Chaitanya. They met with Brigadier General John G. Ferrari, WSMR commanding officer, and a number of WSMR Division Heads. They also toured the NASA test facility. "Everywhere we went, they could not say enough about NMSU," said President Couture. "We also met several NMSU graduates who are working at WSMR in different areas, from theoretical physics to applied engineering, business and finance, and healthcare. These students felt they all received great education at NMSU. They also appreciated the real-world experience that NMSU gave them by providing opportunity to work side by side with faculty researchers. We too appreciate the work that our faculty and researchers do, not only those who bring money to our university, but also those who educate our students."

President Couture mentioned that she is working to measure the contributions of our research activities to our land grant mission and announced that next year the New Mexico State funding formula for higher education will include factors for research universities. She asked for NMSU faculty and researchers. input in specifying factors that would help measure and quantify NMSU's impact on the State and demonstrate to our legislature the need for continuous investment in research universities.

NMSU's research expenditures in FY2011 exceeded $157 million. In that period 85.8% of NMSU's external awards was from Federal sources, such as Department of Defense, 21.%; NASA, 16.1%; Department of Health and Human Services, 14%; National Science Foundation, 6.3%; Department of Education, 6.2%; Department of Agriculture, 5.8%; and Department of Energy 5.8%. The rest of the awards were funded by the State, 5.6%, and other sources 8.6%.

Individuals honored at the reception

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL, CONSUMER, AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

  • Katherine Bachman
  • Jon Boren
  • Kenneth Boykin
  • Esther Devall
  • Alexander Fernald
  • Jeanne Gleason
  • James Libbin
  • John Mexal
  • Mary O.Connell
  • Hamdy Oushy
  • Craig Runyan
  • Robert Silver
  • David Thompson
  • Carolyn Vander Giesen
  • Frank Ward

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

  • Jeffrey Arterburn
  • Reta Beebe
  • Cynthia Bejarano
  • Gary Eiceman
  • Michael Johnson
  • Douglas Kurtz
  • James Murphy
  • Enrico Pontelli
  • Elba Serrano
  • Charles Shuster

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

  • Cara Meghan Downes

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

  • Nancy Baptiste
  • Susan Brown
  • Wanda Maria Bulger-Tamez
  • Elizabeth Cahill
  • Kathleen Chinn
  • Cathy Kinzer

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

  • Eric Butcher
  • Jeanine Cook
  • Abbas Ghassemi
  • James King
  • Ricardo Jacquez
  • David Jauregui
  • Nagamany Nirmalakhandan
  • Satishkumar Ranade
  • Andrew Rosenthal
  • Rudi Schoenmackers
  • John Wiles

COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES

  • Shelly Bucher

PHYSICAL SCIENCE LABORATORY

  • Jerry Anderson
  • Danny Ball
  • Ray Bernstein
  • Robert Dickenshied
  • Joanne Esparza
  • Michael Garcia
  • Stuart Head
  • Stephen Hottman
  • Steven LaMotte
  • Marcos Quinones

NEW MEXICO SPACE GRANT CONSORTIUM

  • Patricia Hynes

DONA ANA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

  • Sylvia Nickerson
  • John Walker

GRANTS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

  • Gayle Lundgren-Whitson

CARLSBAD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

  • Bertha Jasso

NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

  • Julie Maitland

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

  • Kris Havstad
  • Debra Peters


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