NMSU In Las Cruces To Celebrate Major Federal Grant

Las Cruces – New Mexico State University will hold its first-ever Research Rally at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at Anderson Hall, Room N-2018. The rally will honor NMSU faculty and staff for their recent $2.346 million grant, funded by the U.S. Air Force, to study better ways to grow algae and refine its oil into jet fuel.

As part of the grant, NMSU researchers will study the technologies needed to establish a viable algal biofuel for replacing petroleum-based jet fuel in the U.S. military. They will focus on cultivating algae, extracting its oils and developing other useful products during this process. Researchers will also work with the University of Central Florida to study the effects of biofuels on engine operations.

NMSU students, faculty and staff as well as New Mexico legislators, local government officials, the general public and the media are invited to attend. The lead researchers will speak about the algae project and its potential economic development impacts on the state of New Mexico. They will also be available for questions.