New Mexico Consortium Supports Expansion of UNM Engineering Program in Los Alamos

New Mexico Consortium Supports Expansion of UNM Engineering Program in Los Alamos

The New Mexico Consortium is helping support the expansion of a two-year pre-engineering program at the University of New Mexico Los Alamos campus (UNM-LA) to a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) program. This program is funded by Los Alamos National Laboratory. Now students will be able to complete their BS degree in Mechanical Engineering without having to travel to UNM’s Albuquerque campus or to another institution.

The decision to expand the BSME program to Los Alamos was made due to identified workforce needs at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Being able to complete this 4 year degree in Los Alamos will increase the number of mechanical engineering graduates, as well as providing more educational and career opportunities to Los Alamos students.

The UNM Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. James Holloway, said, “The University of New Mexico is excited to create and host this program, which will allow LANL staff and others to further their education and increase their skills. We know these new LANL Lobos will make a difference for New Mexico.”

Due to the increased role of mechanical engineers in research and development at LANL, this BSME program will help to create an educational pipeline of skilled graduates to address local demands, while also providing students with opportunities for a rewarding career.

If you are interested in learning more about the UNM-LA Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering program, contact Dr. Irina Alvestad, UNM-LA Associate Dean of Instruction and Mathematics and Engineering Division Chair at

To learn more see the entire LA Daily Post article: UNM-LA & UNM-Albq Offer BS in Mechanical Engineering


Image above of Professor and Mechanical Engineering Chair Yu-Lin Shen presenting an overview of Mechanical Engineering courses to be taught on the UNM-LA campus. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA.