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1. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Strengths and interests at NMSU include: AI, bioinformatics, data mining, knowledge representation and reasoning, machine learning and deep learning, sensing and sensor development, signal processing, and applications of AI in agriculture, cybersecurity, and finance.

This area aligns with:

Department of Defense, Digital Modernization Strategy [DOD1] and Modernization Priorities [DOD2]
Department of Energy, Office of Science, Initiatives of Special Priority [DOE1]
National Science Board, Vision 2030 [NSB]
National Science Foundation's 10 Big Ideas: Harnessing the Data Revolution [NSF1]
President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Industries of the Future [PCAST1]
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2. Energy, Environment, and Water

Strengths and interests at NMSU include: (Energy) photovoltaics, smart grids; (Environment) environmental microbiology, policy, wastewater treatment; (Water) conservation, desalination, management, efficient water use in food processing and oil and gas production, i.e. produced water.

This area aligns with:

Department of Agriculture, Challenge Areas: Water [USDA]
Department of Energy, Office of Science, Initiatives of Special Priority [DOE2]
National Academy of Engineering, Grand Challenges for Engineering: Make Solar Energy Economical [NAE1], Manage the Nitrogen Cycle [NAE2], and Provide Access to Clean Water [NAE3]
NMSU LEADS2025, Global Challenges: Energy, Water and Natural Resources [LEADS1]
USAID, Grand Challenge for Development: Powering Agriculture [USAID1] and Water and Energy for Food [USAID2]

3. Food Production, Safety, Science, and Security

Strengths and interests at NMSU include: agriculture and food production in arid lands, food safety, food science and technology, food security including supply chain and logistics, food sustainability including bioprocessing and microbiology.

This area aligns with:

Department of Agriculture, Challenge Areas: Food Safety and Food Security [USDA]
National Academy of Engineering, Grand Challenges for Engineering: Manage the Nitrogen Cycle [NAE2] and Provide Access to Clean Water [NAE3]
National Science Foundation10 Big Ideas: Understanding the Rules of Life [NSF2]
NMSU LEADS2025, Global Challenges: Food and Agriculture [LEADS1]
USAID, Grand Challenge for Development: Powering Agriculture [USAID1] and Securing Water for Food [USAID3]
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4. Transforming STEM Education

Strengths and interests at NMSU include: career pathways, K-12 family engagementcurriculum, extra-curricular, professional/teacher development, teaching diverse populations, and pedagogy.

This area aligns with:

National Academy of Engineering, Grand Challenges for Engineering: Advance Personalized Learning [NAE4]
National Science Foundation10 Big Ideas: Enhancing Science and Engineering Education through Diversity [NSF3]
NMSU LEADS2025 Objective 3.3: Improve PK-20 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education [LEADS2]

5. Art and Humanities

Strengths and interests at NMSU include: community partnerships, enhancing tradition and culture, and the art program and museum which houses the country’s largest collection of Mexican retablos.

This area aligns with:

NMSU LEADS2025 Objective 2.2 [LEADS3]
Arts and Humanities

References

[DOD1] Department of Defense, "Digital Modernization Strategy," https://media.defense.gov/2019/Jul/12/2002156622/-1/-1/1/DOD-DIGITAL-MODERNIZATION-STRATEGY-2019.PDF

[DOD2] Department of Defense, "Modernization Priorities," https://www.cto.mil/modernization-priorities/

[DOE1] Department of Energy, Office of Science, "Initiatives of Special Priority: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning,” https://www.energy.gov/science/initiatives/artificial-intelligence-and-machine-learning

[DOE2] Department of Energy, Office of Science, "Initiatives of Special Priority: Advanced and Sustainable Energy,” https://www.energy.gov/science/initiatives/advanced-and-sustainable-energy

[LEADS1] New Mexico State University, "LEADS 2025: Global Challenges” https://www-1888.nmsu.edu/LEADS/

[LEADS2] New Mexico State University, "LEADS 2025: Objective 3.3: Improve PK-20 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education,” https://www-1888.nmsu.edu/LEADS/goal3.html

[LEADS3] New Mexico State University, "LEADS 2025: Objective 2.2: Intentionally grow humanities, social sciences and creative arts to achieve comprehensive excellence in research and creative activity,” https://www-1888.nmsu.edu/LEADS/goal2.html

[NAE1] The National Academy of Engineering, "Grand Challenges for Engineering: Make Solar Energy Economical,” http://www.engineeringchallenges.org/challenges/solar.aspx

[NAE2] The National Academy of Engineering, "Grand Challenges for Engineering: Manage the Nitrogen Cycle,” http://www.engineeringchallenges.org/9132.aspx

[NAE3] The National Academy of Engineering, "Grand Challenges for Engineering: Provide Access to Clean Water,” http://www.engineeringchallenges.org/challenges/water.aspx

[NAE4] The National Academy of Engineering, " Advance Personalized Learning,” http://www.engineeringchallenges.org/challenges/learning.aspx

[NSB] National Science Board, "Vision 2030," https://www.nsf.gov/nsb/publications/2020/nsb202015.pdf

[NSF1] National Science Foundation, "NSF's 10 Big Ideas: Harnessing the Data Revolution,"https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/big_ideas/harnessing.jsp

[NSF2] National Science Foundation, "NSF's 10 Big Ideas: Understanding the Rules of Life," https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/big_ideas/life.jsp

[NSF3] National Science Foundation, "NSF's 10 Big Ideas: Enhancing Science and Engineering Education through Diversity," https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/big_ideas/includes.jsp

[PCAST1] President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, "Industries of the Future (IotF)," https://science.osti.gov/-/media/_/pdf/about/pcast/202006/PCAST_June_2020_Report.pdf

[USAID1] USAID, "Grand Challenge for Development: Powering Agriculture," https://poweringag.org

[USAID2] USAID, Grand Challenge for Development: Water and Energy for Food," https://we4f.org

[USAID3] USAID, "Grand Challenge for Development: Securing Water for Food," https://securingwaterforfood.org

[USDA] Department of Agriculture, "Challenge Areas: Food Safety, Food Security, and "Water," https://nifa.usda.gov/challenge-areas