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 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 WERC program originally began as the Waste-management Education Research Consortium and partnered with NM research universities, Sandia National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Dine College. Administratively located at New Mexico State University, the program focused on the development of comprehensive and innovative solutions to world-wide environmental challenges. In 2016, the WERC Design Contest became part of the College’s official outreach division where it continues to address multidisciplinary water, energy, and environmental outreach services to the nation and the world through dynamic leadership, technology advancement, industrial/academic/governmental partnerships, and workforce readiness.
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Associate Dean, Outreach and Public Service