About Us

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A student at the Student Career Center Career Fair. (photo by Harrison Brooks)

Our students are the technologists, surveyors, and engineers of tomorrow.

They are involved in a variety of community and international efforts that not only put their academic but their life experiences to their best use. Our students reach their potential and beyond making them valued members of society and respected members in the technology, surveying and engineering fields.

Engineering Technology and Surveying Engineering (ETSE)

ETSE education places an emphasis on the practical “hands-on” application of engineering principles and methods. ETSE graduates have employment opportunities in areas such as renewal energy systems, electronics and computers, networking, information systems, product and systems development, manufacturing, technical and project management, construction, facilities planning & operation, and testing.

Our department not only provides a unique academic program, but also offers students opportunities to engage in creative activities and community outreach with their professors and fellow students. From building bridges in foreign countries with Aggies without Limits (formerly Engineers Without Borders); engaging in community projects with student designed and surveyed corn mazes for the annual The Mesilla Valley Maze; to designing, building and racing concrete canoes with the Concrete Canoe Team; our students help to build a stronger community both inside and outside of the department. Students excel in rising above and beyond their potential not only as professionals but as successful and contributing members of society!

What is Engineering Technology (ET)?

Although many of our graduates persue graduate degrees, Engineering Technology education focuses primarily on the applied aspects of science and engineering aimed at preparing graduates for working in their field.

Engineering technology programs are characterized by their focus on application and practice, and their approximately 50/50 mix of theory and laboratory experience. All the faculty hold technical masters or doctoral degrees (usually in engineering, but occasionally in engineering technology), have significant industrial experience – worked in industry, and many are registered professional engineers.

Graduates from these ABET accrediated programs have a wide range of careers and job positions open to them because they know how to analyze a problem, and more importantly, they know how to fix the problem. Linking theory and application, our students take the ideas and needs in an ever-changing world of engineering & technology, and make them a reality. Hands-on courses offer our students experience in both the academic and real-world settings.

What is Surveying Engineering?

The ABET accrediated Surveying Engineering major involves the application of knowledge to the analysis, design, and execution of surveying and mapping projects and the design of land mapping and information systems. Surveyors rely on an understanding of the science of surveying measurement and analysis, the legal principles of boundary location, the laws related to boundaries and land use, and applicable mathematical and computational theories and principles when performing this work. Positional accuracy, land planning and development concepts pertinent to subdivision of land and property surveys, land record and land tenure concepts as well as earth-related sciences such as geodesy are each a part of professional surveying. Surveying Engineers work for private surveying or engineering firms, for City, County, State or Federal Highway Departments, for State Lands Commissions, for the US Forest Service and for the US Bureau of Land Management.

You might also hear the term “geomatics” applied to surveying. Geomatics is widely considered to include surveying as well as many of the related “geospatial” professions such as remote sensing, photogrammetry, and Geographic and Land Information Systems (GIS/LIS). While coursework in these areas are required in the NMSU Surveying Engineering program, we have chosen to keep the name “Surveying” as this is still the most widely used term in the U.S.

The Surveying Engineering Program provides men and women with the rigorous, fundamental education needed to enter and succeed in the surveying and surveying-related professions. Click here for more information on the Surveying Engineering Program.

What is Information and Communication Technology (ICT)?

ICT is NMSU’s premier distance education Information Technology program accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. ICT is a two-year degree completion program that permits students with previous courses such as an associate degree, complete a four-year degree in information technology.

The ICT curriculum covers the topics and concepts that are required to design, implement, and manage a variety of computer-based information systems. The curriculum includes the study of computer hardware, application and operating systems software, system integration, database design and management, networking, and network security.

Like the other programs offered by the department, the ICT program places an emphasis on practical applications of engineering and science rather than placing an emphasis on theory and derivation. There is an overlap between the curricula of the ICT Program and the department’s Information Engineering Technology (IET) Program. Unlike the other programs offered by the department, the ICT Program was not designed to be an Engineering Technology program. For example, the mathematics and science requirements are noticeably different. This and other differences do not compromise the program’s objectives and maximize the use of transfer credit from a variety of programs.

Click here for more information about the ICT program.