Discipline: Technology and Engineering
Subcategory: STEM Research
Kerry J. Howe - University of New Mexico
Co-Author(s): This poster will describe a CREST Center that was awarded in 2014 to the University of New Mexico, called the Center for Water and the Environment. Few resources are as important to human health and welfare as water. A reliable source of water is critical to society; indeed, water is necessary for life itself. The Center for Water and the Environment is investigating technological solutions to problems with water and the environment, with a focus on water problems in arid environments and in times of drought, including those associated with deteriorating watersheds, climate change, water needs for energy development, and technologies to address these challenges. These issues are critical to the Southwestern U.S. but also have global importance. The research component is organized around four topics: watershed processes, water treatment technologies, water/energy interactions, and research integration. This Center will generate significant new knowledge about the management and treatment of water in arid and semi-arid environments. It will have regional and global consequences as climate change and population growth cause a decrease in water supplies. The poster will give an overview of the research activities in progress in these areas. Specific programs for recruiting, retention, and graduation of minorities are an integral feature of the Center. Innovative programs in this Center will include construction of a water technology demonstration trailer with hands-on water activities for K-12 students, a dual-credit high school course, and a water competition. These activities will create a pipeline of new STEM professionals to address the water problems of the future. UNM has significant populations of Hispanic and Native American students. This center seeks to attract minorities into STEM careers because young people from the Hispanic and Native American cultures of the desert southwest instinctively understand the vulnerability of the water and its importance. These aspects of the Center will also be described in the poster.
National Science Foundation CREST
Funder Acknowledgement(s): Using Peer-Generated Screencast in Teaching Computer-Aided Design
Faculty Advisor: None Listed,