Mesalands Signs MOU With Institute Of Mining

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Mesalands Community College and the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) have signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) to lay the groundwork for New Mexico Tech faculty and students to participate in wind energy research at the new North American Wind Research and Training Center.

New Mexico Tech President Daniel H. Lopez and Mesaland President Phillip O. Barry recently signed the agreement in Socorro, N.M.

"Those who are interested in renewable energy will have a working environment where they can apply their theories and projects in a real-world scenario, instead of just modeling and simulation," says Michael Hensley, director of special projects at New Mexico Tech. "This is an opportunity for New Mexico to become a leader in wind energy research and for New Mexico Tech to participate in a meaningful way."

The North American Wind Research and Training Center includes laboratories for electrical and mechanical engineering, an 84-seat auditorium, classrooms and a 13,000 square-foot blade maintenance complex to accommodate semi-trailers carrying wind turbine components.

The center has also received donations of specialized software and hardware that will allow students to track up to 25,000 data points and apply sound vibration technology.

SOURCE: Mesalands Community College

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