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NMSU College of Engineering dean named to national defense science roundtable

New Mexico State University College of Engineering Dean Lakshmi N. Reddi will serve on a committee to provide high-level strategic dialogue and information exchange with U.S. Department of Defense research leaders over the next two years.


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Lakshmi N. Reddi, dean of the New Mexico State University College of Engineering, was named to the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Linking Academic Engineering Research and Defense Basic Science. (NMSU photo by Victoria Palombit)

Selected by the National Academy of Sciences for the new Roundtable on Linking Academic Engineering Research and Defense Basic Science, Reddi joins a group of 30 deans of engineering schools and university vice presidents and provosts for research from across the country.

“We are very proud that NMSU will be represented by Dean Reddi, who is well known for building partnerships with the defense industry, our national labs and other research partners,” said NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu. “NMSU’s new strategic direction will be to increasingly focus on developing curricula and research opportunities that serve to train the next generation of professional leaders, especially in underserved communities, for work critical to national security.”

The roundtable will meet in Washington, D.C., twice a year to discuss issues of research and engineering relevant to the mission of the Basic Research Office of the Department of Defense. Albert P. Pisano, dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, will chair the roundtable.

“This opportunity is very relevant to NMSU and the College of Engineering,” said Reddi. “Much of the research conducted by our faculty members is defense related. Additionally, we have strong ties to the nation’s defense mission through our relationship with the Physical Science Laboratory, New Mexico’s national laboratories, White Sands Missile Range, NASA and numerous industry partners involved in defense. I’m looking forward to my involvement in the roundtable.”

Reddi, dean of the College of Engineering since 2016, is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as the American Society of Civil Engineering. His teaching and leadership in higher education spans 30 years.