Current Activities

Solar Distillation Project

Clean and Clear

Clean and Clear

The most urgent human need when faced with the aftermath of a natural disaster is clean water. A research project in the Renewable Energy Technology (RET) program of the ETSE Dept. is hoping to help meet this human need using solar water distillation.

Solar Powered Marquee

Students in NMSU’s engineering technology and surveying engineering (ETSE) department designed and built a solar bus sign that is used by the Aggie Transit to display bus schedules and other messages. The bus sign is a solar-powered lighted display box and programmable LED message board that is mounted on a pole. The system is equipped with a solar panel which provides power during the day and also charges a battery that will run the system at night and on cloudy days. The LED message board can be programmed to display up to 250 messages at specified times of the day. The system was designed and built by students in the ETSE department as part of the renewable energy technology minor. (more info)

Project Lead the Way

Project Lead the Way® is all about teaching and learning. The hands-on, project and problem-based PLTW® approach adds rigor to traditional technical programs and relevance to traditional academics.”

Concrete Canoe

2014 NMSU canoe
The Concrete Canoe team is on the green path! Our team uses recycled material & green practices to build concrete canoes. The theme for 2014 was “Greek mythology” and the canoe was named “Protogenoi”. The 2014 NMSU Concrete Canoe Team placed second at the American Society of Civil Engineers Regional Conference in Fort Collins, CO. Our team then placed 13th at the National Concrete Canoe Competition in Johnstown, PA. The NMSU Concrete Canoe team has been to nationals nine times so far. (April 2014 news brief)

Solar Furnace

The student run and operated Solar Furnace has recently undergone a major renovation. The newly upgraded furnace is a proving ground for “real world” high temperature applications. (more info)

Go green!

Go green!


Green Baja

The NMSU Mini Baja team has built and is perfecting the Green Baja. Green Baja runs on bio-diesel. With collaboration among the Mini Baja team, members of NMSU SAE and students from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Green Baja is one amazing ride!