Research Facilities

Environmetal LabEnvironmental Engineering Laboratories

The UNM Environmental Engineering Laboratories are located in Centennial Engineering Center building. The labs include 4,100 square feet of state-of-the-art research and teaching space, including a teaching laboratory, two general wet chemistry research laboratories, and numerous small laboratories dedicated to specific instrumentation or research projects. The analytical equipment available in the laboratories includes:

  • gas chromatography
  • ion chromatography
  • total organic carbon analysis
  • flame atomic absorption spectrometry
  • graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry
  • epifluorescent microscopy
  • thermocycling
  • gel electrophoresis
  • laminar flow hood
  • UV/vis spectrometry

The laboratories are fully equipped with fume hoods, ovens, analytical balances, and all bench-top instruments necessary for routine chemical analyses (such as pH and conductivity). The Environmental Engineering Laboratories are next to the Center for Biomedical Engineering and have shared space with access to autoclaves, Biohazard II hoods, and other resources.

In addition, the environmental engineering faculty have close relationships with the local utilities and often have pilot equipment running at local water or wastewater treatment plants.

Our program has a particular strength in research in membrane treatment. Click here for details of our membrane research capabilities.

Hydraulics Laboratory

The hydraulics lab, located in Centennial Engineering Center B119, is a combined teaching and research facility. Located throughout the lab is equipment for various experiments to assist in teaching and demonstrating the fundamentals of fluid mechanics to undergraduate and graduate students. The lab’s centerpiece is an 8-foot-wide by 50-foot-long tilting table that allows construction of scale models of hydraulic structures at various slopes. Water is delivered to the table via a 2000 gpm pump, then re-circulated. Recent research has focused on the dynamics of lateral outflow from supercritical channels and innovative hydraulic structures to remove debris from storm water.
The Hydraulics Lab is a collaboration between the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA) and UNM.

Click here for more information on the equipment in the Hydraulics Lab.

GIS Laboratory

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) lab, located in Centennial Engineering Center B123, is equipped with state-of-the-art software and hardware used to teach, research, and visualize water resources with both natural and engineered environments. Separate research stations are able to drive the projection system allowing for unique collaborative opportunities. Models aimed at visualizing and analyzing surface water and ground water interaction in riparian zones are currently being developed.