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New Mexico State University ranks high in National Science Foundation report

New Mexico State University ranked 11th in the nation in federally funded research in engineering in 1999, according to a National Science Foundation report.

surveyed 597 universities to compile information on research spending in science and engineering for the report, titled "Academic Research and Development Expenditures: Fiscal Year 1999." The 1999 listings are the most recent available.

New Mexico State's federally funded engineering research totaled $38.2 million in 1999, according to the report. Of that $20.3 million was for aeronautical and astronautical engineering.

New Mexico State ranked 19th in engineering research expenditures funded by both federal and other sources, with research expenditures totaling $47.6 million. Of that amount, $23 million was for aeronautical and astronautical engineering, according to the report.

"The rankings reflect the extraordinary productivity of our faculty," said New Mexico State College of Engineering Dean Jay Jordan.

The high level of the spending in aeronautical and astronautical engineering research shown in the report also reflects work at the university's Physical Science Laboratory. Donald L. Birx, director of the laboratory, said PSL spent $10 million to $12 million on research and development in 1999.

New Mexico State also ranked among the top universities nationwide in research spending in several other disciplines. According to the report, the university ranked:

-- 35th in total expenditures for research and development in computer science, with expenditures of approximately $5.1 million in 1999.

-- 43rd in total expenditures for research in agricultural science, with expenditures of $15.6 million in 1999.

-- 85th in federally funded research in environmental science, with expenditures of $2.7 million, and 96 out of 100 in total research money spent on environmental science, with expenditures of $3.4 million.

-- 100th in federally funded expenditures for research in the physical sciences, a category that includes research in astronomy, chemistry and physics and other fields, with expenditures of $3.8 million.

-- 138th in total expenditures in the category titled life sciences, which includes research in agriculture, biology, medical and other fields, with expenditures of $17.6 million. It ranked 149th in federally funded expenditures in this category, with expenditures of $6.9 million.

To be considered for the report, a university must be a major research institute with total research spending of at least $150,000, said M. Marge Machen, director of the NSF's Division of Science Resources Studies.

Machen said the foundation collects information for the reports each year. Information on expenditures is collected from participating colleges and universities. Information on federal grants and contracts awarded to the institutions is obtained from the federal agencies, she said.

A complete set of tables from the report is available at http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/srs/srs01407/start.htm#rd5, Machen said.