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Change is in the works for the department formerly known as Chemical and Nuclear Engineering. As of July 1, 2014 ChNE transitioned into two new departments: the Department of Nuclear Engineering and the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

Please bear with us during the transition. Two new web pages are in the works and we hope to debut them later this summer. In the meantime the office staff is available to answer your questions, feel free to call 505 277.5431 or email The main office is still Farris Engineering Center, Room 209.

UNM's Department of Nuclear Engineering is the only nuclear engineering program in the state of New Mexico and one of only a handful in the western United States that offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.
University of New Mexico School of Engineering Dean Joseph L. Cecchi announced May 8 that Anil K. Prinja will become the inaugural interim chair of the new Department of Nuclear Engineering. His appointment began July 1, 2014.

Throughout his 27 years at UNM, Prinja has contributed at all levels as an accomplished faculty member and as a leader in the nuclear engineering program, both within UNM and in the larger community. He serves as professor and program director of nuclear engineering, and associate chair of the combined Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering. He has also been a principal architect of the new nuclear engineering department, Cecchi said.

"For all of these reasons and more, Professor Prinja is the right person to lead NE on its exciting new course. I am deeply appreciative that Professor Prinja has agreed to take on this important leadership role in the School," Cecchi said.

School of Engineering Dean Joseph Cecchi announced that Distinguished Professor Abhaya K. Datye will be the inaugural chair of the new Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE). His appointment began July 1, 2014.

"During his 30 years at UNM, Professor Datye has attained a level of marked international distinction for his research in catalysis and nanomaterials, and has also been an outstanding teacher," said Cecchi. "He has advanced our research enterprise by his leadership role as the director of the Center for Micro Engineered Materials (CMEM), and has enriched our interdisciplinary offerings as the founding director of the graduate program in Nanoscience and Microsystems (NSMS).

"There is no doubt in my mind that Professor Datye is the right person at the right time to lead CBE, and I am grateful that he has agreed to do so.