Author Archives: David Rockstraw

Lucion Derry raises most donations in ROTC pushup fundraiser

CHME sophomore and ROTC Cadet Lucion Derry thanks CHME for pledges and donations that permitted him to raise the most money of every cadet in the ROTC Pushup Fundraiser.  Lucion states, that out of the ~$1500 that was raised from the cadet core, $359 of that was raised by his efforts, which he states, “could not have…
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All the REUs in one place

https://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.jsp  Looking for an opportunity to perform summer research and visit another university?  Apply to the Research Experiences for Undergraduates position of your choice.

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Design of Flow Boiling Experiments for Launching as Payloads to Space

Description: Payloads to Space (PTS) is collaboration between New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) and Hawaii Space Grant Consortium (HSGC) to provide hands-on, cohort-centric STEM undergraduate research opportunities to students in their respective states. The program is designed to provide a common focus on retaining freshmen and sophomore STEM students through a combination of classroom…
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Experienced process/chemical engineering positions with Merrick & Company in Los Alamos

Dr. Rockstraw, My company (Merrick & Company) is looking to hire some experienced process/chemical engineers at our Los Alamos Office. These positions will require a New Mexico P.E. license or the ability to obtain reciprocity. Candidates with a government Q clearance will have an advantage when applying for these positions. Please feel free to post…
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Interaction of polymer and lithium in polymer electrolytes for energy storage

Description: Classical electrolytes consists of salts such as LiPF6 and solvents with high dielectric constants such as ethylene carbonate. Polymer electrolytes are considered as an alternative class of electrolytes since they are typically safer than classical electrolytes, and have the potential to be multifunctional. In addition, the polymer conformation changes in the presence of electrolyte,…
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Membrane Filtration for the Isolation of Valuable Components from the Aqueous Stream of Steam Exploded Citrus Processing Waste

Description: About 95% of the oranges produced in US are used for processing into juice. Citrus processing waste (CPW) is what remains from the fruit after it has been processed into juice. CPW is made up of the peel, rag, juice sacs and seeds. Approximately 44% of the orange fruit mass wet consists of CPW….
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Predicting Fluid Phase Behavior of the Aerospace Fuel Hydrazine from Molecular Simulations

Description: Hydrazine is a highly reactive liquid base. It is mainly used as a rocket propellant. It is a hypergolic propellant as a single species because it will spontaneously ignite without an additional oxidizer. Other uses for hydrazine include but are not limited to, the production of spandex fibers, agricultural chemicals, nickel-plating, nuclear fuel reprocessing,…
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Characterization of Pyrolysis Feedstocks and Biochars by SEM and TGA

Description: Understanding the composition and properties of a biomass feedstock is critical to understanding and predicting the properties of that feedstock’s pyrolysis products. In this project, the thermal decomposition of biomass-derived and non-biomass-derived components of a NASA spacecraft waste simulant will be measured by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) to understand the volatilization rates. Those volatilization rates…
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Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Algae Grown on Dairy and Municipal Wastewaters

Description: Hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) converts wet biomass at high temperatures and high pressures into a solid char, an oil-phase liquid, an aqueous phase liquid, and non-condensable gases. The different phases provide opportunities for recovery of energy and materials from wastes. In this project, HTL is used to recover energy (in the form of bio-crude oil)…
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Resources for Brewery Engineering Education in New Mexico

Description: Development of the Brewery Engineering program at NMSU will require identification and compilation of educational resources. Those resources include notes and course materials from formal classroom courses on brewing, professional and industry organizations, conferences and events, small and large businesses, and individuals willing to serve in advisory roles. Completion Objectives: • Digitize and organize…
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