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NMSU College of Engineering associate dean selected for student outreach award

Patricia A. Sullivan, associate dean for outreach and public service in the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University received the Outstanding MAEStro Bravo Award in San Diego, California. MAES is the foremost Latino organization for the development of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) leaders in the academic, executive and technical communities.

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Patricia A. Sullivan, New Mexico State University College of Engineering associate dean for outreach and public service, received the Outstanding MAEStro Bravo Award in San Diego, California. (Courtesy photo)

The Outstanding MAEStro Award recognizes individuals who work to increase the number of Latino students who successfully graduate high school and pursue degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level.

“I have worked with Patricia for many years and she truly is deserving of the Outstanding MAEStro Award for her academic achievements, her contributions and support to diversity within the College of Engineering, her leadership with strategic partners and influential stakeholders who support the College of Engineering, and contributions not only to the local Las Cruces community, but to the State of New Mexico,” said Joseph Perea, ExxonMobil Fuels Lubricants and Specialties Marketing Company global curriculum manager. “It is my pleasure to work with Patricia and NMSU is very fortunate to have her as part of the team.”

Perea is an NMSU engineering alum and nominated Sullivan for the award. Within the College of Engineering, Sullivan launched and developed the Engineering New Mexico Resource Network, formalizing engineering-based outreach programs geared toward enriching workforce development and the state’s economic competitiveness.

Most recently, Sullivan led an initiative in collaboration with engineering faculty and industry partners to establish the Aggie Innovation Space, a new facility in the College of Engineering designed to support students in their pursuits of fostering innovation, collaboration, creativity and entrepreneurship. It is equipped with the latest engineering design tools including 3-D printers and mentors who can nurture the process. Many of the programs are supported entirely through corporate and philanthropic sources.

“This is a very appropriate recognition for Patricia and her work advocating for our students,” said Ricardo Jacquez, dean of the College of Engineering. “We appreciate all that she does for the college and NMSU and applaud her in this recognition.”

Within recent months, Sullivan led NMSU’s involvement in a program that received funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration as part of the Consortium for Border Technology Manufacturing. The consortium was established to foster a resurgence in manufacturing and related employment in southern Arizona and New Mexico.

Extending her commitment to the state beyond the realm of NMSU, last year Sullivan was reappointed by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez to serve a third term on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Since 2000 she has served on the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority as a board member and as a member of the Tax Allocation subcommittee and as a board member of Enchantment Land Certified Development Company. Albuquerque Business First named Sullivan a Woman of Influence in January 2014. She holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from NMSU.