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NMSU engineering extension programs assist New Mexico businesses

The College of Engineering at New Mexico State University is expanding its reach to New Mexico manufacturers, small business owners and industry with pollution prevention and energy efficiency engineering extension services offered under the Engineering New Mexico Resource Network. As the college’s engineering extension and outreach division, Engineering NM has received a two-year $279,685 grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 Pollution Prevention Grant Program to grow engineering extension services statewide.

“This grant allows us to continue our work with New Mexico businesses, and allows us to broaden the scope of our services to support emerging business sectors statewide,” said College of Engineering Associate Dean Patricia Sullivan.

Sullivan, along with David Rockstraw, chemical and materials engineering department head, Jalal Rastegary, research scientist, and Chris Campbell, program manager, lead the engineering extension programs addressing waste minimization, pollution prevention and energy efficiency.

Engineering NM provides technical assistance and information to businesses and communities on cost-effective ways to reduce and prevent waste streams from daily business processes and identifies opportunities for energy efficiency savings. From 2015 to 2017, NMSU’s engineering extension services worked with New Mexico businesses to reduce an estimated 5,107 tons of solid waste, 1,793 tons of carbon dioxide output and conserved 7,046 gallons of water. The estimated cost savings for these businesses over all three years is more than $4.7 million dollars. Business sectors served by the NMSU engineering extension programs include healthcare (clinics, hospitals and manufacturers), general manufacturing, hospitality, food processing, beverage and agriculture production.

This new EPA award allows NMSU’s engineering extension programs to expand into emerging economic sectors through partnerships with The Borderplex Alliance and the New Mexico Brewers Guild. The Borderplex Alliance provides regional, national and international development, advocacy representation and support for business expansion of operations within the U.S.-Mexico border region, and the New Mexico Brewers Guild provides technical and business support to the state’s growing beer-brewing industry.

“This grant allows us to leverage resources within the NMSU Department of Chemical Engineering and will extend assistance offered by NMSBrew, the department’s brewing engineering program, to the state’s brewing industry, ranking eighth in the nation with 67 craft breweries producing more than 116,000 barrels a year with economic impact of $333 million,” said Rockstraw.

NMSU’s Engineering NM program has long-standing partnerships to deliver engineering extension programs with the New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the New Mexico Recycling Coalition, public utilities, the Southwest Zero Waste Network, National EPA Region 6 Pollution Prevention Roundtables, the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Centers, pueblo and tribal governments.

NMSU’s engineering extension services are offered at no-cost to businesses across New Mexico and the Borderplex region. For more information, contact Chris Campbell at chriscam@nmsu.edu or 505-263-0646 or Jalal Rastegary at rastegar@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1510.