NMSU engineering making a niche in hypersonic research and education

Aerospace Engineering student Aryanna Llanez (left) and Olivia Yvette McBride, now an Industrial Engineering graduate student, examine test results from NMSU's wind tunnel.

LAS CRUCES — The US Department of Defense increased its hypersonic research budget to $3.8 billion in 2022 from $600 million in 2021 and has requested $4.7 billion for 2023. With the only aerospace engineering major in New Mexico and as a country and space scholarship institution, New Mexico State University College of Engineering stands poised to make an impact on scientific advancement and human resources development in this burgeoning technological field .

Hypersonic refers to a category of high-speed aerodynamic vehicles capable of traveling at speeds in excess of five times the speed of sound, or Mach 5 (approximately 3,800 miles per hour) for extended periods of time. Commercial applications for air travel consider the Mach 5 range, while military applications need to push Mach 10 and beyond.