Degree Accreditation Information


The Institution: New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, NM  88003-8001, USA            575-646-0111         Gary Carruthers, Chancellor and President.

 HLC Accrediation LogoNMSU Accreditation is via the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604. Telephone: 800-621-7440. . NMSU has been accredited since 1926, except for a brief period in 1940-1941.  Since 1963, the institution has held preliminary to full accreditation status at the doctoral level.  At our last general visit, New Mexico State University was once again reaccredited for the maximum period possible (10 years).  At that time, the institution was commended for the contributions made by faculty and staff to teaching, research, and service; effective administration; and the significant increase in the quality and quantity of research during the past decade. Accreditation is a process that evaluates the quality of an institution’s academic programs, operations, and support services and provides a road map for improvement. Accreditation is required for an institution to receive federal funds for student financial aid and research. In the United States, the accreditation process is organized through regional accrediting commissions and member institutions.

New Mexico State University College of Engineering Baccalaureate Degree programs in Civil, Chemical, Electrical and Computer, Engineering Physics, Industrial, Mechanical, and Surveying Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (date of first accreditation: 1938).

The Civil Engineering Technology, Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology, Information Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering Technology programs are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET,

A Land-Grant Institution

NMSU Triangle Logo

The designation as New Mexico’s land-grant university under the Morrill Act has shaped NMSU since the late 1880s. NMSU has been dedicated to New Mexico’s diverse population for more than a century, transforming lives through three main pursuits: teaching, research and public service.


New Mexico State University is a comprehensive state-funded land-grant institution of higher learning.  Overall responsibility for the university resides in an autonomous Board of Regents (BOR) appointed by the governor of the state and confirmed by the state Senate. The BOR delegates authority for the internal management of the institution to the president of NMSU with the assistance of a Provost. The faculty elects a Faculty Senate, which has legislative jurisdiction over policies affecting the academic mission of the university. These policies are defined in a NMSU Policy Manual

New Mexico State University is dedicated to teaching, research, and service at the undergraduate and graduate levels. NMSU is a NASA Space Grant College, a Hispanic-serving institution, is home to the only Honors College in New Mexico, and has gained its second national recognition as a military-friendly institution. NMSU has been designated a Military Friendly school since 2010.

NMSU provides learning opportunities to a diverse population of students and community members at five campuses, a satellite learning center in Albuquerque, cooperative extension offices located in each of New Mexico’s 33 counties, 13 research and science centers, and through distance education methods of delivery.

Educational Unit

There are six programs located within the ETSE department.  ETSE is one of seven academic departments within the College of Engineering.   Engineering, in turn, is one of seven undergraduate academic colleges within New Mexico State University.  The organization of the entire institution is shown in figures below.

NMSU Institutional Structure


Board of Regents: Members:


Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost:

COE Structure

College of Engineering Structure


Dean College of Engineering: Dr. Lakshmi Reddi

Associate Dean Academics: Dr. Sonya Cooper

Associate Dean of Research: Dr. Philip DeLeon

Associate Dean of Outreach: Dr. Patricia Sullivan


ETSE Structure

ETSE Departmental Structure

Faculty and Staff

Department Organization

Department Head/Chair ………………………………………….Thomas Jenkins

Associate Head …………………………………………Philip Braker

Associate Head ………………………………………… Barbara Gamillo


Coordinator, Civil Technology ………………………… Kenny Stevens

Coordinator, Electronics and Computer Technology ….. Rolfe Sassenfeld

Coordinator, Information Engineering Technology …… Barbara Gamillo

Coordinator, Mechanical Technology ………………… Luke Nogales

Coordinator, Surveying Engineering …………………… Kurt Wurm

Coordinator, Information and Communications Technology … Philip Braker

Director, Manufacturing Technology Center ………….. Anthony Hyde

Official Names of the Majors and Degrees

  • Mechanical Engineering Technology: Major: ETM Engineering Technology/Mech; Degree: BSEGTC BS in Engineering Technology
  • Civil Engineering Technology:  Major: ETC Engineering Technology/Civil; Degree: BSEGTC BS in Engineering Technology
  • Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology Major: ETE Engineering Tech/Elec-Comp;  Degree: BSEGTC BS in Engineering Technology
  • Information Engineering Technology Degree:    Major: IET Information Engineering Tech;   Degree: BSEGTC BS in Engineering Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Surveying Engineering:   Major: SUR Surveying Engineering;  Degree: BSSREG BS in Surveying Engineering
  • A Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology  Major: ICT Information & Comm Technology; Degree:  BICT Bach of Info and Comm Tech


The Process

ETSE is proud to offer ABET Inc. accredited programs!

ABET TACEngineering Technology Accreditation: Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

The Civil Engineering Technology, Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology, Information Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering Technology programs are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET,

 ABET EACSurveying Engineering Accreditation

The Surveying Engineering program also is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET


 What does it mean to be an ABET Inc. accredited program?

ABET Inc. accreditation means quality.

ABET Inc. accreditation is assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. For example, an accredited engineering program must meet the quality standards set by the engineering profession. An accredited computer science program must meet the quality standards set by the computing profession. The quality standards accreditation requires are set by the ABET Inc. professions themselves. This is made possible by the collaborative efforts of many different professional and technical societies. These societies and their members work together through ABET Inc. to develop the standards, and they provide the professionals who evaluate the programs to make sure they meet those standards.

Accreditation is important to our constituents.

  • Our students are ready to practice as soon as they graduate.
  • Our local employers can count on our program graduates to meet their needs.
  • The parents of our students can be proud of the education their sons and daughters receive and confident that their time and money were well spent.
  • Our state licensure, certification, and registration boards know our graduates are prepared to enter the profession.
  • The postgraduate institutions to which our students apply recognize our program for producing graduates with the skills and attributes required by the profession.
  • Our institution supports our program and provides the resources needed to sustain it.

We are proud that we are accredited. You should be too!

ABET Inc. accreditation is a significant achievement. We have worked hard to ensure that our program meets the quality standards set by the profession. And, because it requires comprehensive, periodic evaluations, ABET Inc. accreditation demonstrates our commitment to the quality of our program – both now and in the future. When you choose an accredited program, you are choosing wisely. Accreditation assures that a program has met quality standards set by the profession. To employers, graduate schools, and licensure, certification, and registration boards, graduation from an accredited program signifies adequate preparation for entry into the profession. In fact, many of these groups require graduation from an accredited program as a minimum qualification. Be proud to choose an ABET Inc.accredited program. Whether you study applied science, computing, engineering, or technology, ABET Inc. accreditation is an important indicator of your program’s commitment to quality and may be a key to your professional future.


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