Mesalands Community College and the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) signed a new memorandum of understanding to lay the groundwork for New Mexico Tech faculty and students to participate in wind energy research at the new North American Wind Research and Training Center.
New Mexico Tech President Daniel H. Lopez and Mesalands President Phillip O. Barry recently signed the agreement in Socorro.
“What intrigues me about this agreement is that New Mexico Tech – and all universities – need to be moving forward in alternative energy,” Lopez said. “This facility gives us opportunities to pursue sponsored research in wind energy technology, generation and transmission.”
Mesalands recently dedicated its new 27,000 square-foot wind center that features a 1.5 megawatt wind turbine. The community college offers a training program for wind energy industry technicians.
“A research institution with the caliber of the New Mexico Tech will strengthen the research capabilities of the North American Wind Research and Training Center,” Barry said.
New Mexico Tech professors and students now have potential opportunities to conduct research, said