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Santa Fe, New Mexico
The capital of New Mexico, Santa Fe is the oldest (1610 AD) and highest (7,199 ft.) state capital in North America. Nestled at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this quaint town of 70,000 is perched high above the Rio Grande in north-central New Mexico. In less than half an hour, it is possible to travel from downtown Santa Fe to the national forest, where skiing above 13,000 feet is available until April.
Santa Fe is a major center for Native American culture, a mecca for both active and retired scientists and avant-garde artists. Due to the proximity of the Los Alamos National Lab and the establishment of the world-renowned Santa Fe Institute, founded by George Cowan (WPI Class of ’41), the city has attracted world-class researchers, including several Nobel-prize winners, in the fields of physics, biology, economics, and political science.
Recently, the Santa Fe Complex (SFx) was created to provide a space where art and science can interact for the benefit of the community. The WPI Santa Fe Project Center has established a solid collaboration with the SFx, and most projects are hosted in the SFx refurbished warehouse, near the rail yard in downtown Santa Fe.
Despite its small size, Santa Fe is a sophisticated cosmopolitan and eclectic place where exciting opportunities for projects exist, particularly in three areas: Water Conservation, Renewable Energy, and Urban Planning. Most projects are conducted through the Santa Fe Complex for city and state departments or for local nonprofits.
Given the inter-ethnic history of this part of the United States, research collaborations are often established with local Native American institutions on important environmental, cultural, and societal issues.
Renewable Energy - Evaluating the costs and benefits of implementing LED lighting at Santa Fe street intersections Native Language Revitalization - Creating a digital resource directory to host up-to-date information on revitalizing endangered indigenous languages in Santa Fe Water Conservation - Developing a public online repository and mobile application to engage the public in monitoring and conserving the Santa Fe River