Director's Welcome

Kerry Howe, DirectorWelcome to the website for the Center for Water and the Environment. This site provides an overview of the research and educational activities of the center. Please take a few minutes to explore what we have to offer.

Few resources are as important to human health and welfare as water. A reliable source of high quality water is critical to the success of all societies; indeed, water is necessary for life itself. Severe drought throughout the American West over the past decade has illuminated the precious nature of this resource and has resulted in a range of water shortage crises from California to Texas. Water stress is caused by growing population and increasing demands on existing surface and subsurface resources, coupled with declining water availability brought on by climate change and over pumping of aquifers, and increased water contamination caused by human activities. The Center for Water and the Environment (CWE) in the School of Engineering at the University of New Mexico was created to address critical issues related to water and the environment.

In 2014, the CWE received a grant from the National Science Foundation, from the Centers for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program. The NSF CREST grant provides $5 million in funding over 5 years. The CREST program provides support to enhance the research capabilities of minority-serving institutions through the establishment of centers that effectively integrate education and research. The award promotes the development of new knowledge, enhancements of the research productivity of individual faculty, and an expanded presence of students historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines.

Thank you for visiting our website. Please explore the site to see the exciting research and educational programs we have going on.

Dr. Kerry J. Howe
Director, Center for Water and the Environment