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The first UAS Flight Test Center was created between the FAA and NMSU in 2008. This site was added to the six congressionally directed sites that were later selected in 2013.

Jay Jordan, PSL Director

Dr. Jay Jordan

Nov. 1, 2005- July 1, 2012

Prior to his appointment as director of the Physical Science Laboratory (August 2010), Jordan was the interim executive vice president/provost (Jan-Aug 2010); the associate vice president for research and senior director of the Physical Science Laboratory at New Mexico State University (2005-2010).  Jordan was the computer and instrumentation operations manager for Northrop Grumman Corporation at the High Energy Laser Systems Test Facility (HELSTF) at White Sands Missile Range (2002-2004).  He also served as the dean of the College of Engineering at NMSU (1999-2002) and academic department head of NMSU’s Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (1996-1999).  He began his academic career as an assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NMSU in 1986.

An accomplished teacher and researcher, Jordan received the Donald C. Roush Excellence in Teaching Award in 1992 and has numerous publications in his research areas of pattern recognition, computer vision and real-time computer operating systems.

Jordan earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with honors from NMSU (1970) after which time he worked as an international field engineer for NMSU’s Physical Science Laboratory (1970-1979).  He earned his Master of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering in 1979 and worked for Hewlett Packard Co. in Boise, Idaho as a manufacturing and production engineer (1970-1981).  He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1984 from NMSU.  Jordan and his wife, Lya, met when he was a cooperative education student in the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean and have been married for 44 years. Lya is also an NMSU aggie with bachelors’ degrees in Accounting and Languages.  She owns a consulting business in Las Cruces.