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Flag Rotation at Fidel Center

  • Morocco, Botswana, Honduras, Italy, Nigeria, and the United States (Feb. 20 to 26).
  • Egypt, Ghana, Netherlands, Pakistan, Bulgaria, and the United States (Feb. 27 to March 5).

New Mexico Tech on the web and in the news:

  • Several different news outlets published article about Dr. Penny Boston's research in caves in Naica, Mexico. Boston holds a professorship at New Mexico Tech, and is currently the director of NASA's Astrobiology Institute. Boston and her colleagues have found microbes that survive in extreme environments, Boston presented her research at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting on Friday, Feb. 17, in Boston. Click here for the National Geographic article.   Among the other news sites publishing articles about Boston's presentation are, the national newspaper of Scotland, and

  • NPR broadcast an interview with recent NMT graduate Dr. Aaron Curtis, who is now working with NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. Curtis has spent the past several winters in Antarctica at NMT's Mount Erebus Volcano Observatory. Click here to listen to the interview. Curtis was also featured in an article published by NASA about his work in Antarctica. Click here for the NASA article

  •  El Defensor Chieftain published an article about NMT being ranked No. 2 nationally as a "Best Value College" for mechanical engineering.  Click here for the article.   To view the top 20 schools, click here

Items of interest: 

  • Volunteers Needed for 2017 NM MESA DAY!
    The NM MESA, Inc., Annual Statewide Math and Science MESA Day is designed to encourage the concept of problem solving through teamwork. This statewide event could not happen without the wonderful support of our community of volunteers! You don't need to be a scientist or engineer to participate. There are many ways you can help our students.

    Option One:
    Preliminary Judging
    • February 21, 2017-March 14, 2017
    This is a 5 hour commitment at your home location, grade technical papers and posters at your own convenience. We will provide you with the grading tools to help judge this portion of our competition. We welcome anyone who has some time to help us with this area.

    Option Two:
    On-Site Judging & General Help
    (Help one day or both days!)
    • Middle School- Friday, March 17, 2017 from 8 a.m. – 3p.m.
    • High School – Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Both days will be located at the University of New Mexico Student Union Building -Lobo A/B
    & Johnson Gym in Albuquerque, NM. Wear your athletic shoes and get ready to see some amazing creations and presentations!

    For more questions or more information please contact Anita Gonzales – NM MESA Program Coordinator (505) 454-3027 or
    To register:

  • Did you know? New Mexico Tech sends surplus inventory to Bentley's Auction every month. The company auctions New Mexico Tech inventory on the second Friday of every month. Auctions start at 8:30 a.m. at 4900 Pan American Freeway NE, Albuquerque. Buyers can bid on items in person, on-line or by phone. The website is or Bentley's phone number is (505) 344-1812.

  • SoLLVE, the Socorro-Los Lunas Van Express, currently has a couple of openings, for either full or part (2-3 days/week) time. We leave Los Lunas at 7 AM, arriving slightly before 8 AM at the NMT Tech campus,and regularly stop and pick up at the upper campus as well. Departures from Tech are at 5:05 p.m. and return to Los Lunas just past 6 p.m.. Our van was purchased new last spring and is well maintained. Please see our website:\~sollve and address inquiries to David McCraw:, 835-5594.

  • What can you do with your empty printer and copier ink cartridges, and the cell phones you're no longer using? Put them in a collection box for the Rotary Club of Socorro. This project is partly community service, to keep the cartridges and phones out of the landfill, and partly an effort to raise funds for Rotary's local, national, and international projects. You will find collection boxes on campus in the Fidel Center, Human Resources, NRAO, MRO, and the Bureau of Geology. You will also see them at various locations around Socorro. Rotary thanks you for your help!
  • The Albuquerque-to-Socorro commuter van has an available seat. If you are interested please contact Rob V Hepler at 575-835-8027 (text or voice) or key points about or van pool:
    • We operate every day that NM Tech is open.
    • We have two stops in Albuquerque and in Socorro
      • I-25 and Paseo Del Norte –leaves at 6:32 AM
      • I-25 and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. – leaves at 6:45
      • Cramer Hall parking lot
      • EMRTC parking lot
      • We leave NM Tech at 5:05 p.m. and stop at the other stop on campus before heading home.
    • We lease our van from New Mexico Vanpools (a non-profit organization) who set our monthly fees based on operational costs.
    • Our fees have averaged $130.46 for the last year. If one considers vehicle expenses and wear and tear (depreciation), for most folks, driving their own vehicle, this cost is less than would be spent on 6 round trips from Albuquerque to Socorro. This does not consider your personal time spent on driving your own vehicle.
    • As a passenger on the van you can sleep or work during the trip! Most folks sleep.


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