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Engineering New Mexico leads the college’s outreach programs in the areas of professional development, STEM programs, and Engineering Business Assistance.
One of our signature programs is the WERC Environmental Design Contest, a unique event that brings industry, government, and academia together in the search for improved solutions to environmental challenges.
Since 1991, the Design Contest has been held annually at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, drawing hundreds of college students from throughout the United States and around the world. Student teams design solutions for real-world problems and develop fully operational bench-scale models of their developed technologies.
Throughout the multi-day contest, participating teams present their work through a conference-style poster session, and both written and oral presentations, which they showcase along with the bench scale model before a panel of environmental professionals who serve as judges for the contest.
Following the contest, participating teams are provided copies of the judges feedback. Many universities use the WERC Environmental Design Contest as part of their capstone design courses. For participating universities, this feedback has become an important part of ABET accreditation. Additional information on ways we believe the contest correlates to ABET requirements can be seen here: ABET Design Contest.
The 2018 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage competition is a design project contest open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students at accredited colleges and universities studying fields with applications to human space exploration. RASC-Al challenges teams to develop new concepts that leverage innovations to improve our ability to travel between Earth and other destinations. Concepts derived from the design projects could potentially be implemented by NASA.
Abstract Submission Deadline: January 21, 2018
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The National Science Foundation’s Community College Innovation Challenge is seeking teams to propose innovative STEM-based solutions for real-world problems. Teams must include three to five community college students, a faculty mentor and an industry partner. Submissions consist of a written portion and a 90-second video. Finalists will be invited to attend an Innovation Boot Camp, a professional development workshop on innovation and entrepreneurship. First- and second-place teams win cash awards.
Submissions deadline: February 14, 2018
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NASA is leading human space exploration in the vicinity of the moon and on to Mars. Project Mars invites college students and recent graduates with fewer than 5 years of experience in the film or graphic arts industry to learn about NASA’s deep space endeavors and create a visualization of what this expedition may look like. Entries can be short films (two to five minutes in length) or posters (standard-size sheets, 27 by 41 inches). Winners will receive cash prizes.
Entry Deadline: Aug. 31, 2018
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