From the Desk of Nader Vadiee

To Our Colleagues and Partners in the Native American STEM Education;

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) is a federally-operated college funded through the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).  The College is advised by a national tribally appointed Board of Regents, established to provide technical and higher education at the associate degree and certificate levels for members of federally recognized tribes.  The enrollment derives from over 100 different Indian tribes among approximately 500 students. Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute ( SIPI)  is an active  member of the  Tribal Colleges  and Universities Engineering and Engineering Technology Programs Working Group. .  SIPI Advanced Technology, Engineering, Engineering Technology programs are articulated with all the New Mexico four –year universities: UNM, NMSU, and NMTECH. SIPI offers the first two years of a four-year engineering program. The graduates from the program are accepted as juniors to Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, and Computer Engineering programs.  SIPI also offers an “Enrichment Year” program to prepare high school graduates in math, science, communication, and computer skills to be able to enter as SIPI freshman engineering students. The majority of our courses will transfer to any 4-year engineering program in the country. Also, when you check our website, you will find that our labs are state-of-the-art. We can say without exaggeration that they are the best educational labs in the state of New Mexico and among the best in the Southwest.

The Chronology of some of the SIPI Engineering Programs National Achievements and Awards:

  • The First Tribal Colleges Engineering and Engineering Technology Summer Institute
    • SIPI held the 2007 TCU’s Engineering Programs Summer Institute
  • The Second Tribal Colleges Engineering and Engineering Technology Summer Institute
    • SIPI held the 2008 TCU’s Engineering Programs Summer Institute
  • The Third Tribal Colleges Engineering and Engineering Technology Summer Institute
    • SIPI held the 2009 TCU’s Engineering Programs Summer Institute

– Carnegie and Case Foundations US Professor of the Year
• Professor Nader Vadiee selected as the “2009 New Mexico Professor of The Year “
– Argonne National Wind Turbine Challenge
• SIPI Students 2010 championship winners
– Argonne National Bio-fuel Challenge
• SIPI Students 2011 Championship winners
– Sandia NL University Alliance MEMS Competition
• SIPI team completed and submitted the 2012 MEMS Design Competitions – Students presentations on May 15, at the SNL presentations and award 2012.

For updates on the news and events of the Engineering and Engineering Technology Programs, the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI)-a national community college for Native Americans, please visit the following news links page on the SIPI website:

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Nader Vadiee, Ph.D.

Faculty and Coordinator,

Engineering Programs,

Department of Advanced Technical Education,

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute,

"A National American Indian Community College ",

P.O. Box 10146, Albuquerque, NM 87184,

9169 Coors Blvd., NW Albuquerque, NM 87120

Phone: 505-792-4618, Fax: 505-346-7733

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