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NMSU tops nation's Hispanic-serving universities in Defense Department contracts

New Mexico State University had more contracts from the Department of Defense last year than any other Hispanic-serving university in the country, according to a report presented this month to the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.


d nearly $19 million in contracts from the Department of Defense in 2003, the majority of which were contracts from the U.S. Army. Most of the contracts were awarded to NMSU's Physical Science Laboratory, but others went to the College of Agriculture and Home Economics, the College of Engineering, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

The university's Defense Department contracts range from providing operations support at White Sands Missile Range to taking an inventory of archaeological sites at an Army training area in southeastern Colorado.

"NMSU is proud of its long history and close ties with the Department of Defense," said Provost William Flores. "Our work with White Sands Missile Range dates back to the beginning of America's space and missile programs. Today, we are working in telemetry, sensing devices, nanotechnology, bioinformatics, and developing new frontiers of research. Our contracts with the Department of Defense help us develop new laboratories and new technologies that benefit New Mexico and the entire country."

NMSU has more than $24 million in Defense Department contracts for its 2004 fiscal year.

The University of New Mexico was the second-leading recipient of Defense Department contracts among Hispanic-serving institutions in 2003, with $16 million. The University of Texas at El Paso was 10th with $2.9 million in Defense Department contracts.

Hispanic-serving universities are defined by the U.S. Department of Education as those whose student body includes at least 25 percent Hispanic students.