With the detonation of the world’s first atomic bomb at Trinity Site, southern New Mexico was thrust into the “Atomic Age.” With its main campus in Las Cruces, New Mexico State University has grown in stature in research in a wide variety of earth sciences, engineering and electronics. Spending on research and other sponsored projects at New Mexico State University grew by 9 percent during the fiscal year that ended June 30, to a record high of $165.9 million. The university ranked eleventh in the nation in federally funded research in engineering in 1999, according to a National Science Foundation report.
New Mexico State University’s research programs include: applied optics; aerospace science technology; environmental (soil, water and air testing); computing research; and biotechnology. New Mexico State University (NMSU) is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a “Doctoral/Research University – Extensive” and has added Aerospace Engineering curriculum to the College of Engineering. Over 13,000 of county residents have at least a Bachelor’s degree and over 9,000 have a graduate or professional degree. NMSU offers 73 undergraduate degree programs, 51 graduate programs and 24 doctorate programs.
White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) is a test range whose primary function is to support missile development and test programs for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, NASA, and other government agencies and private industry. Range services included calibration, communication, meteorological, photographic, television, aerial target support, and laboratory testing facilities covering nuclear environments, weapon systems simulation, guidance and control, propulsion, climatic, microbiological, and metallurgic.
Doña Ana County has a well established base of firms in the high technology research and development industry, including White Sands Missile Range, NASA LBJ Space Center, Honeywell Technology, Jacobs Technology, Boeing, General Dynamics, Raytheon, Calculex, Trax International, and Physical Science Laboratory (PSL).
PSL is a multidiscipline, aerospace and defense-oriented scientific and technical organization. Its key capabilities are grouped into four laboratories: Information Operations Laboratory (IOL), Aerospace and Autonomous Systems Laboratory (AASL), Telemetry and Missile Systems Laboratory (TMSL), and Emerging Technologies Laboratory (ETL).
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