President's Report - March 2020

Mar 01, 2020

CNM Breaks Ground on Solar Array Project at Westside Campus

The construction of an 8.6-acre, 1.3-megawatt solar farm at the Westside Campus is underway. The project will include the largest energy storage system in PNM's service area and the site will double as a state-of-the-art training lab for CNM students in the Electrical Trades Photovoltaic program. When completed, the solar farm will provide about 50 percent of the electricity needed to power the entire Westside Campus, reducing CNM's energy costs, energy usage and carbon footprint. The main system is a single-axis array that will consist of over 3,000 photovoltaic modules organized in several rows. They will automatically tilt to capture maximum sunlight. CNM students enrolled in the Electrical Trades Photovoltaic Concentration program will receive the long-term benefits of a training lab located at the solar farm. Students will also be able to visit the site during construction to get a first-hand look at what it takes to implement a commercial-scale solar array. "We are excited about the advancement that this project provides towards our goals in environmental sustainability, operational efficiency, and academics that incorporate sustainability," says Molly Blumhoefer, CNM's Sustainability Project Manager. "We hope that it inspires our students and the community."

CNM VP Samantha Sengel Selected for Jennifer Riordan Woman of Influence Award

CNM Vice President for Advancement & Enrollment Strategy Samantha Sengel and Kara Bobroff, the founder of the Native American Community Academy that is now located on CNM’s Main Campus, were selected as co-winners of the first Jennifer Riordan Woman of Influence Community Impact Award. Albuquerque Business First created the award in honor of Riordan, a longtime and highly regarded business leader and philanthropist in Albuquerque who died in a tragic plane incident in 2018. Bobroff now works for the New Mexico Public Education Department as deputy secretary of identity, equity and transformation. For nearly 20 years, Sengel has been serving in leadership roles at CNM. She’s active in the community, serving on the boards of the Kirtland Partnership Committee, Mid-Region Council of Governments, the UNM School of Engineering Dean’s Industry & Innovation Board, the CNM Foundation, the CNM Ingenuity Finance Committee, and she’s also a local Girl Scout troop leader.

Emera Awards CNM Ingenuity $40,000 to Support Data Science Bootcamps

Emera, the parent company of New Mexico Gas Company, delivered a $40,000 check to CNM Ingenuity to support the development of the Data Science Bootcamp on March 2. In 2018, Emera provided CNM Ingenuity with $75,000 to support the development of the Internet of Things Bootcamp. Both bootcamps, which run 10 weeks, launched their first cohorts in February. The Data Science Bootcamp participants need some background in coding, statistics, and the field they plan to enter. Data Science is a field that deals with everything from data management to machine learning and is currently being used in everything from the movies Netflix recommends to self-driving cars. In the related Internet of Things Bootcamps, which is open to anyone, students learn the fundamentals of how to code and make smart devices that gather and share data. The demand for smart devices and the professionals to build them is expected to multiply rapidly. More info at

Intelligent Pressure Training for Massage Therapists, Other Health, Wellness Providers

For wellness practitioners, pressure is applied when giving massages for relaxation, sports, lymphatic drainage, deep tissue, reflexology, etc. But how do you know when you’re applying too much pressure unless the patient complains? How do you know when you’re applying too little pressure to be effective? Through newly developed cutting-edge technology and research, health and wellness providers can assess their own applied force in measurable units through a patented new device. After training, providers will develop muscle memory to apply light, gentle, medium, heavy and intense pressure, and a new way to document the care in health records. The skill will lead to uniformity in applied force and higher client satisfaction. CNM Ingenuity is offering training workshops and certifications. For more info, visit


CNM’s grateful for donations to the CNM Foundation from these donors:

  • Chalmers Ford
  • Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, Ltd.
  • Dr. Peter and Dr. Kathie Winograd
  • Duke City Commercial LLC
  • French Funerals and Cremations
  • HB Construction Inc.
  • Homewise Inc.
  • Jaynes Corporation
  • Merrill Lynch, The Humphrey Group
  • Norman and Phyllis Sharp
  • Clint Wells
  • Richard R. Ulibarri
  • Ross W. Busby and Carmel Sanchez-Busby
  • Thomas Briones and Stephanie Briones
  • Thomas E. Swisstack and Lisa Grover
  • Angela Silva and Jim Silva
  • Annette Chavez y DeLaCruz and Art De La Cruz
  • Julia B. Bowdich and John Carey
  • Katherine Ulibarri and Ronald Ulibarri
  • Ruth M. Schifani
  • Virginia M. Trujillo
  • New Mexico Bank & Trust
  • New Mexico Gas Company
  • Nusenda Credit Union
  • Premier Distributing Company
  • Presbyterian Healthcare Services
  • Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • The John and Sophie Ottens Foundation
  • Toni&Guy Hair Salons
  • Wells Fargo Bank New Mexico

We Appreciate Your Support of CNM!
Tracy Hartzler

CNM President