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Since the 1930s the Rio Grande Valley has been the site of important scientific research. The National Laboratories have drawn scientists and research organizations from all over the world to New Mexico. Here are some pointers to the home pages of scientific organizations in New Mexico. We include some vendors of scientific equipment, software, etc.


The Advanced Computing Laboratory maintains a homepage at LANL.

The Albuquerque Resource Center (ARC) supports high performance computing for a diverse community, including the Department of Defense and Department of Energy research labs, graduate and undergraduate educational and research institutions, and leading-edge commercial users. The ARC is one of two components of the High Performance Computing and Research Center at the University of New Mexico.

The Alliance for Photonic Technology has been formed by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, the University of New Mexico's Center for High Technology Materials and the U. S. Air Force's Phillips Laboratory to enhance the global competitiveness of U. S. Industry in the critical technology of photonics by accelerating transfer of federally funded technology developed by APT's R&D participants to industry.

The Apache Point Observatory consists of The Astrophysical Research Consortium's 3.5-meter telescope, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey 2.5-m telescope with 0.6-m sky monitor telescope, and New Mexico State University's 1.0-m telescope. The latter three are under construction. This page has a lot of information of interest to amateur astronomers, including images of the notorious Hale-Bopp Comet. The Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos.

The Center for Global Environmental Technologies (CGET) at the University of New Mexico supports research, development, and information tranfer to solve environmental problems that cross international boundaries: stratospheric ozone depletion, global warming, transboundary pollution, and protection of the global commons. CGET has been heavily involved in substitutes for ozone-depleting and global-warming halon fire extinguishing agents, non-halon fire protection technologies, replacements of chlorofluorocarbons in cleaning and refrigeration, and recovery/recycling of ozone-depleting and global-warming chemicals.

The Center for Space Telemetering and Telecommunications Systems at NMSU is an educational, research and service center.

The Computing Research Laboratory at NMSU is a non-profit research enterprise committed to basic research and software development in advanced computing applications.

The Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center affilliated with New Mexico Tech. in Socorro performs research on, and development of "energetic materials" (explosives, projectiles, ballistics) and tools to analyze material interactions.

Fortran Market Everything you ever wanted about Fortran 90, including books, compilers, utilities, a journal, and some free stuff.

Ideas in Science and Electronics, Inc. presents an annual program that is the premier regional showcase for those in the fields of science & engineering, R&D, manufacturing, MIS and more. Over 1200 companies are represented and more than 5000 people normally attend. It is a once-a-year event, and admission is FREE.

Imagine1, Inc. is an Albuquerque company creating educational software. They specialize in teaching programming skills to beginning students (K-12 through college Sophomore).

Khoral Research,Inc.(KRI) is a New Mexico company founded by the creators of Khoros, the buildable software.

Khoros, distributed via a free access license over the internet, is a flexible software environment ideally suited for scientific data exploration and software development. The KRI home page provides links to all Khoros resources on the internet, as well as other sites of general interest.

Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NMSU maintains a complete homepage including information on the department, the faculty, staff and students, projects, programs of study, and course descriptions.

In 1963, New Mexico Tech built the Langmuir Laboratory for Atmospheric Research in the Magdalena Mountains, 27 km southwest of the main campus. The facility, named after Nobel Laureate Dr. Irving Langmuir, provides favorable conditions for studies in cloud physics, precipitation, and lightning.

Los Alamos National Laboratory This is the LANL Home page. If you browse these pages you will discover some outstanding gems, such as Views of the Solar System from Calvin J. Hamilton's home page. I believe this is one of the best WWW pages I know of. (JMP)

Los Alamos Nat'l Lab Research Library provides information resources and services to LANL and is a member of the Library Services Alliance of New Mexico.

Los Alamos National Laboratory's automated e-print archives is a WWW server for automated e-print archives on xxx.

Los Alamos Physics Information Service. This is an `improved' but experimental WWW version of the LANL Physics Information Service.

No matter how you feel about the nuclear age, you should see the National Atomic Museum in Albuquerque. It is operated by the Department of Energy, and lays out the entire history of the development of nuclear weapons, from the Manhattan Project to the present. The museum desplays a full-scale panoramic time line of authentic atomic age weaponry and technologies.

The National Center for Genome Resources is a not-for-profit organization created to design, develop, support, and deliver resources in support of public and private genome research.

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) operate the Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope on Plains of San Augustin near Magdalena, NM. New Mexico radio telescopes are also key elements of the Very Large Baseline Array (VLBA) project of the NRAO.

The New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources provides an informative web page.

The New Mexico Engineering Research Institute (NMERI) of the University of New Mexico provides engineering research and testing services to U.S. government throughout the state.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History, in conjunction with the Albuquerque Public Schools, maintains a wonderful WWW resource, and connects you to all kinds of interesting places.

The New Mexico Space Grant Consortium is our New Mexico participant in the NASA Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. The program recognises excellence in aerospace related academic, research, and public service programs.

New Mexico State University Astronomy homepage describes their research and educational activities in great detail.

The New Mexico Tech Electrical Engineering Physics Departments homepage is the starting point for touring scientific sites and research institutes in central New Mexico. Visit NMT Physics Department for descriptions of current research projects at the Langmuir Laboratory for Atmospheric Research and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

The NF/Observatory outside of Silver City in Southern Mexico has an automated 17.5 inch telescope housed in a movable dome. The telescope uses a ATIS(automatic telescope instruction set) file to make nightly observations. This research observatory is associated with Western New Mexico University in Silver City.

Missile Park, WSMR


The Pajarito Scientific Corporation is a group of nuclear scientists and engineers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory who developed and patented the original Passive Active Neutron (PAN) assay technology for the very accurate and non-destructive characterization of transuranic nuclear waste.

The New Mexico Petroleum Recovery Research Center, directed by F. David Martin, is one of the leading petroleum research centers in the nation. The PRRC has served as a focal point for improved oil and gas recovery and technology transfer activities for more than 17 years. PRRC along with Los Alamos Nat'l Lab. manage GO-TECH, the Gas & Oil Technology Exchange and Communication Highway. This information system, funded by the DoE and the State of New Mexico, provide a forum for exchange of ideas, data, and technology to the petroleum community.

Phillips Laboratory, commanded by Colonel Richard W. Davis, is a world-class research center for national defense in space and missile systems, geophysics, directed energy, and advanced weapons concepts.

Robotics Research -- Cross Cutting & Advanced Technology (CC&AT) is a major research area at Sandia. They are sponsoring the 1997 Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA '97).

Sacramento Peak National Solar Observatory is a part of the National Solar Observatory (NSO) and the National Optical Astronomy Observatories (NOAO). NOAO is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation, for the benefit of the astronomical community. Viewing time on NOAO telescopes is allocated

SAIC, Science Applications International Corporation, is a world-wide scientific and engineering contracting company. Their Albuquerque operation maintains this home page, including some interesting work in multimedia training.

Sandia National Laboratories maintains a home page. Sandia is a leader in the new push for technology transfer.

Sandia National Laboratories also maintains a WWW site for Agile and Advanced Manufacturing, dedicated to providing a single point of access for information regarding agile and advanced manufacturing.

The Santa Fe Institute is a research center for the study of complex systems.

The Space and Missile Systems Center, Test and Evaluation Directorate is located in Albuquerque. It gives an in-depth view of various space testg resources.

If you are in the Alamogordo area be sure to see the Space Center and the associated museums, theaters, and gardens. The whole complex comprises the Space Center, the International Space Hall of Fame, The Clyde W. Tombaugh Space Theater, the Stapp Air & Space Park, the Shuttle Camp, and the Astronaut Memorial Garden.

Trinity Site on the north end of White Sands Missile Range was the site of the world's first atomic explosion. It is open to the public twice a year.

University of New Mexico High Energy Physics has this server for information about current projects in high-energy physics. They also have a great cartoon on their Home page.

University of New Mexico Institute for Astrophysics www server is provided mainly for the use of Physics and Astronomy students here at UNM and also around the world.

United States Industry Coalition (USIC) Information Service. USIC is a coalition of U.S. industries working closely with ten DOE National Laboratories for the purpose of facilitating commercial interactions between U.S. businesses and entities of the New Independent States (NIS) of the Former Soviet Union (FSU). Partnerships are formed involving U.S. industry, the DOE laboratories, and the NIS to pursue industry-defined projects that are commercially promising.

Visioneering Research Laboratory Inc. is an open systems software house specializing in custom computer imaging software on the following platforms:Sun, Silicon Graphics, DOS, and Windows.

The War Eagles Air Museum in Santa Teresa is a popular tourist destination.



White Sands Missile Range has played a unique role in the Race for Space, the Cold War, and most recently Star Wars. Find out about a little known museum and missile exhibit just a short drive from Las Cruces which is home to 1 of 5 remaining V-2 rockets in the world!


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