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NMSU mechanical engineering professor named NASA Fellow

Edgar G. Conley, associate professor of mechanical engineering, was recently selected as a 2008 fellow for the NASA Administrator's Fellowship Program (NAFP).



Edgar G. Conley, associate professor of mechanical engineering, was recently selected as a 2008 fellow for the NASA Administrator's Fellowship Program. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Conley has worked at NMSU since 1988 and has served as an associate professor of mechanical engineering at NMSU since 1995. He received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in engineering mechanics at Michigan State University. He specializes in difficult measurement problems, particularly in experimental solid mechanics.

Since the inception of NAFP, 88 fellows have participated in the program with faculty fellows representing 40 Minority Institutions. As a STEM faculty member from a Minority Institution, Conley is part of an organization that focuses on maintaining and promoting the nation's edge in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) on a global level by combining minority academia, government and private industry.

While providing numerous opportunities, the position of fellow requires Conley to spend 12 months conducting research at a NASA center, NASA headquarters, another government agency, the private sector and/or another NASA-related research organization. After fulfilling this requirement, Conley must return to NMSU in a teaching/research capacity for a minimum of two years. Conley was also required to attend the NAFP Orientation Session and Symposium in Baltimore as part of his duties as a STEM faculty fellow.

This fellowship will provide Conley with access to experience and insights through visits to NASA centers and other NASA-related organizations that will equip him to be a progressive agent of change upon returning to NMSU. Housed at the John C. Stennis Space Center near the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Conley looks forward to contributing to NASA's advanced sensor networking program. Stennis, where NASA tests the Space Shuttle's main engines, is the operational hub for this new technology.

NAFP fellows must be full-time, tenure-track Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) faculty members, and have a Ph.D., Sc.D., or equivalent in a STEM discipline or have expertise in a NASA-related discipline. They are recommended by their institution president and the department chair or dean.