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New Mexico State University to dedicate restored steam engine

New Mexico State University's manufacturing technology and engineering center (M-TEC) will dedicate a restored antique stationary steam engine at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, in ceremonies on Frenger Mall on the north side of the Engineering Center III complex.

horsepower Murray Standard Corliss steam engine, purchased by the university in 1912, was restored this summer by a group of New Mexico State engineering students working for the M-TEC program. It no longer operates by steam power, but has been connected to an electric motor that allows it to move, simulating its original motion. It has been mounted on a base for display on the mall across from the EC III complex.

George Alexander, head of New Mexico State's engineering technology department, will speak at the dedication. The ceremony will be followed by an open house held by the M-TEC program. Each of the program's laboratories -- the design lab, the manufacturing lab, controls and automation lab, the inspections and measurement lab and the student project center -- will provide a demonstration, said Anthony Hyde, associate professor of engineering technology and head of the M-TEC program.