The UNM Aerospace Institute was founded in 2009 to serve as a statewide clearinghouse for aerospace technology development, economic development, education, and training. The mission of the UNM Aerospace Institute is to enable excellence in aerospace education, research, and economic development in New Mexico.
The UNM Aerospace Institute is directed by Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Christos Christodoulou. Currently New Mexico has over 20 federal, state, and privately funded laboratories that offer a large diversity of aerospace and related technologies. The Institute was created to centralize collaboration among the various funded research efforts to drive innovation and expand the emerging technologies to fill gaps in aerospace research. The coordinated aerospace efforts include those within UNM, with other New Mexico schools and colleges, and with aerospace labs and companies in New Mexico.