Mission Possible: New Mexico Tech, Oct. 16, 2001

SOCORRO, N.M., October 16, 2001 - New Mexico Tech was the subject of a front-page feature article in the Albuquerque Journal on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001. The state-supported research university was highlighted for the many research opportunities it provides for students.

The article, by Olivier Uytterbrouck, highlighted the on-campus jobs that Tech students get at Tech's many research divisions, including the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center, the Institute for Complex Additive Systems Analysis, and the Petroleum Recovery Research Center.

Tech received about $60 million last year in research grants and contracts, on a campus with about 1600 students. By comparison, the University of New Mexico, with an enrollment of 23,659, received $140 million last year in nonmedical grants and contracts.

Over 80 percent of Tech's undergraduates work in research programs, according to Dr. Peter Gerity, vice president of academic affairs.

Dr. Van Romero, vice president for research, says he expects EMRTC's research budget to increase by at least $10 million as a result of the Sept. 11 attacks. As a policy, research grants must include money for student jobs.

Some student jobs pay up to $15 an hour, for students with work and classroom experience. Students commented on the small classes, accessibility of professors, and availability of help when they need it.

The article, which is copyrighted by the Albuquerque Journal, is available at their website for people who subscribe to the Journal.