Michael Hightower


Phone: 505-844-5499
Fax: 505-277-1988

Physical Address

Room 3020
Centennial Engineering Center
Building # 112 on the UNM map

Mailing Address

MSC01 1070
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070

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Research Professor

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering


MS, Civil Engineering, New Mexico State University

BS, Civil Engineering, New Mexico State University


Michael Hightower is a civil and environmental engineer with 40 years of experience in research and development.  His current efforts include research and evaluation of innovative environmental and energy technologies and the reliability, security, and protection of critical water and energy infrastructures.  He has led programs supporting the U.S. in improving the safety, security, and reliability of energy and water infrastructures; managed and coordinated Sandia’s marine energy transport safety and security program; managed environmental research and development programs for DOE; has coordinated Sandia’s energy water interdependency research program since 2005; and has conducted civil and structural modeling, analysis, and design of penetrating weapons systems, missiles and rockets, and energy generation, mining, and transportation facilities and infrastructure.

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