New Mexico AMP Horizons
Northern New Mexico College professors create research opportunities for students through successful leveraging of grants.
STEM professors at Northern New Mexico College (NNMC), Drs. Ulises Ricoy, David Torres, and Ajit Hira, have gained several successful research grants, providing excellent leveraging opportunities for NNMC students and faculty.
Dr. David Torres, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Director of Mathematics, and Dr. Ajit Hira, Professor in the Dept. of Science and Math, received a grant from the NSF Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE) directorate (2009-2014). The “Parallel Computing to Promote Research and Education Opportunities at NNMC” project provides for computer cores for student training in effective use of the power of parallel computing in processing and visual representation of large volumes of data.
Dr. Torres is also involved with two other grants, including the Army High Performance Computing Research Center grant (2010-2011/2011-2012). Through this grant, students have the opportunity to work on solving parallel computational fluid dynamics problems. He is also involved with the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program (2010-2015) that awards scholarships to STEM majors who also pursue a teaching career in secondary schools.
Dr. Ulises Ricoy, Assistant Professor of Biology wrote a successful Faculty and Student
Teams (FaST) grant, providing an opportunity for him and two
NNMC students, Jamie Garcia and Matthew Medina, to research
this summer at Argonne National Labs Center for Nanoscale
Materials. A neurobiologist by training, Dr. Ricoy’s research
interests are in the cellular mechanisms of synaptic transmission,
the neurobiology of learning and memory, and drug abuse.
Because there is no facility at NNMC in which to do his research,
Dr. Ricoy believes this experience for his students will be
invaluable. Dr. Ricoy’s hope and dream is to one day have a
research lab at NNMC for faculty and students to design/prepare basic low-cost experiments in
which basic electrophysiological and behavioral assays can be used in context of drugs of abuse
and learning cellular responses (short and long term).