OVPR Research Centers and Institutes

The Office of the Vice President for Research oversees eight category III research centers and one institute with broad faculty and interdisciplinary representation. These units and are listed and briefly described below.

For Information on  each Center and Institute- Select below:

Center for Advanced Research Computing (CARC)

Center on Alchoholism, Substance Abuse And Addiction (CASAA)

Center for High Technology Materials (CHTM)

Center for Micro-Engineered Materials (CMEM)

Institute for Policy Evaluation and Applied Research(IPEAR)

Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE)


Southwest Hispanic Research Institute (SHRI)

Director: Dr. Patrick Bridges

The UNM Center for Advanced Research Computing, established in 1994 with funding from DoD, and subsequent support from the NSF and industry partners, is the university supercomputer center.  The Center’s mission is to enable excellence in research and scholarship in science, engineering, biomedicine, humanities and the arts, through support for parallel supercomputing, advanced visualization, research data storage and analysis, novel architectures, and by providing leadership to enhance interdisciplinary computing-based research and education at the University.

Web Address: http://www.carc.unm.edu

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Director: Dr. Barbara McCrady

Founded in 1989, CASAA has developed an outstanding international, national, and regional reputation as a center for research on the epidemiology, prevention, and treatment of alchohol and drug use and the adverse consequences of use. CASAA has an outstanding track record of obtaining research grants and contracts, provides significant prevention and treatment service to the region through these research programs, and provides valuable educational opportunities to future researchers and practitioners.

Web Address: http://casaa.unm.edu

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Director: Dr. Arash Mafi

CHTM is nationally recognized center for photonics and microelectronics. This strong funding record has allowed CHTM to furnish its facilities with modern equipment and to maintain a focus on leading-edge research topics that are relevant to government and industry. CHTM offers high quality and advanced research capabilities, where, for example,a novel semiconductor device can be designed, fabricated and evaluated completely in-house.

Web Address: http://www.chtm.unm.edu

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Director: Dr. Plamen Atanassov

The UNM Center for Micro-Engineered Materials (CMEM), formally a Center in the National Science Foundation (NSF), Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) program serves as a focal point for materials science research and education at UNM. The research performed by the CMEM faculty is highly leveraged because of close collaboration with research scientists from Sandia national Laboratories (SNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the Sandia Center for Integrated Nanotechnology (CINT).

Web Address: http://cmem.unm.edu/index.html

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Interim Director: Ricardo Maestas, Ph.D.

The Institute of Applied Research Services consists of two large sub-units: the Bureau of Business Economic Research (BBER) and the Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) group. GPS contains two research groups - the Population Studies Group and the Traffic Safety Research Unit. BBER at the University of New Mexico is committed to contributing to the understanding of economic and demographic issues in New Mexico by collecting and disseminating information, providing technical expertise, and analyzing and conducting applied research for a diverse constituency including community organizations, businesses, labor unions, government officials, academia, students and others.

IPEAR Web Address: http://ipear.unm.edu/

BBER Web Address: http://bber.unm.edu/index.html

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Director: Dr. William (Bill) Michener

These are two large international and national grants (respectively) adminstered by the office of the Vice President for Research.

Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) is the foundation of new innovative environmental science through a distributed framework and sustainable cyberinfrastructure that meets the needs of science and society for open, persistent, robust, and secure access to well-described and easily discovered Earth observational data.

Supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (Grant #ACI-0830944) as one of the initial DataNets, DataONE will ensure the preservation, access, use and reuse of multi-scale, multi-discipline, and multi-national science data via three primary cyberinfrastucture elements and a broad education and outreach program.

Data One Web Address:https://www.dataone.org/

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Director: Dr. William (Bill) Michener

At New Mexico EPSCoR, we are working to improve the research, cyberinfrastructure, and human resources required for New Mexico to achieve its energy, education, and workforce development potential. The infrastructure and activities of Energize New Mexico are designed to support shared-use equipment, engage new research and community college faculty, and support the STEM pipeline by training teachers, undergraduate and graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows. Research findings will be communicated broadly through new partnerships with NM's museum network, a citizen-centric web portal, and vibrant, experiential programs targeting K-12 students.

ESPCOR Web Address: http://nmepscor.unm.edu/about-nm-epscor

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Director: Dr. Barbara Reyes

Established in 1980, the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute (SHRI) promotes multidisciplinary research on the Latino/Hispanic populations of New Mexico and the United States. SHRI offers an intellectual home for its faculty associates and invites the Hispano and Mexicano communities in New Mexico to connect with the University.

SHRI Web Address: http://shri.unm.edu

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