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Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) is one of two post-secondary institutions operated by BIE, was featured on New Mexico public radio station KUNM for its Intelligent Cooperative Multi-Agent Robotic System (I-C-MARS) project. SIPI, home to one of the largest tribal college engineering programs in the United States, received funding from the NASA Tribal College and University Experiential Learning Opportunity (TCU-ELO) grant to allow students to work with rovers in a simulated Martian environment called a Mars yard and to expose Native American students to more science and math courses.

The Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) Engineering and Engineering Technology Programs are receiving national recognition for innovation in delivering STEM education to Native American students. Over the last 20 years, the programs have grown in quality and enrollment. SIPI faculty, staff, and students have implemented a simulated MARS yard and robotics program to provide hands-on learning in coding, 3-D printing, manufacturing, physics and mathematics. The College serves as a hub to a network of K-16 educational institutions for the development and dissemination of curriculum, software, and supplies allowing students to manufacture and operate their own rovers and drones. This past summer, SIPI hosted in partnership with Navajo Technical University six tribal colleges during an eight week Advanced Manufacturing Technology Summer Institute.

Recently, SIPI students reached a historic milestone after they won the grand prize in the 2017 NASA Swarmathon Competition held at the Kennedy Space Center. More than 500 students from 40 colleges and 30 high schools participated in the competition. SIPI also placed third in the inaugural 2016 NASA Swarmathon national competitions back in 2016. This followed two years of winning national championships in the Indian Energy Program sponsored competitions in 2009 and 2010.

SIPI received the Toyota Tribal College and University STEM Award in 2017 in recognition of the pre-engineering programs incorporation of hands-on and intergenerational learning in STEM programs and research. Finally, Dr. Nader Vadiee, Engineering Program Coordinator, was bestowed the inaugural "Digital Inclusion Award” in 2017 by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and GlobalMindED. He was recognized for his student focus, involvement in using technology for students’ personal and professional development, and encouraging data on STEM graduation rates and retention with under-served student populations.

SIPI has an extensive network of federal, private, and industry partners. Earlier this year the SIPI pre-engineering program received more than $800K in grant funding from NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense to expand this work nationally to schools with high Native American enrollment.

For your information in the following , you will find some of the media coverage SIPI engineering programs have received:

Toyota STEM Award

SIPI I-C-MARS ROSE STEMS project is the winner of the 2017 toyota stem award!

Intelligent Cooperative Multi-Agent Robotics Systems- Research, Outreach, and Student Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (I-C-MARS ROSE STEMS) Laboratory



Huffington Post Blog

Please read the Huffington post blog story on SIPI Engineering program and its innovative STEM Education


BPS-NM - in Focus (NMiF) Segment:

Native Students Use MARS Rover Simulation To Study Science & Technology – A group of students at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, or SIPI, have a unique opportunity to use NASA data while studying science and technology. We visit SIPI this week and its Mars Rover yard to learn more about the curriculum and how students plan to use the skills they learn there to build successful careers and help their Native communities.

PBS segment on the SIPI I-C-MARS Project and Pre-engineering Program aired on KNME-TV (Channel 5). Please visit the following links:



KUNM Radio broadcasted a story on the SIPI I-C-Mars project:


Please also check out this link on the New Mexico News Port site:


KRQE Swarmathon Story

KRQE broadcasted a news story on SIPI and UNM NASA Swarmathon program, on May 8, 2016. Please visit the following link:


Indian Country Today

Please also visit the following link for a great story by the Indian Country Today-Media Network on the SIPI I-C-MARS Project ( NASA TCU ELO) :



NPR Story on STEM Education and SIPI

For your information, Native America Calling, an NPR radio program has produced and broadcasted a four part series on STEM education and SIPI engineering programs. The first part was broadcasted on Thursday October 20th.


They are on KUNM 89.9 (as well as 70 other stations) you can stream from www.nv1.org .

Navajo Times

Navajo Times features NASA funded SIPI's I-C-Mars Program:


Green Fire Times

SIPI Engineering and Engineering Technology programs and I-C-MARS project were featured in the New Mexico Green Fire Times August 2017 issue.

Here is the link to Green Fire Times’ website with SIPI article. The current issue can be downloaded from there.




The SIPI articles are on pages 31 and 33. The August issue can also be found in publication racks and boxes around New Mexico, particularly in the central and northern parts of the state.

Digital Inclusion Award

Dr. Nader Vadiee, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) Engineering faculty and TECHLAV Co-PI and Outreach Lead, member received the first Digital Inclusion award from the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) and GlobalMindED in recognition of the robotics program he and his team have established to enrich learning and to encourage first generation Native American students to pursue STEM careers at the high school and higher education level. The award will be bestowed at their annual conference next week.

Announcement at:


I like to share the following exciting Advance at UNM lab and AICF link with you:




AISES: Winds of Change Magazine

The Winds of Change , AISES quarterly magazine, in its Summer 2017 issue, has published two captivating stories about SIPI engineering and engineering technology programs. Please visit the AISES Winds of Change digital edition and following link to check out a story, on pages 18-19, about Rebecca Price , a student with the SIPI pre-engineering program, and a second story, on pages 26-29, about Professor Nader Vadiee and his vision and VIP ROSE STEMS program


Winds of Change - Summer 2017

Digital Edition


Open House

A SIPI Open House was held today, Friday September 22, 2017. SIPI leadership scheduled a ceremony to dedicate the SIPI Engineering Program hall as the Dr. Nade Vadiee Hall , as a recognition to my lifetime achievements as the founder of the SIPI engineering Programs. Recognition plaques, official letters of recognition, and honors for the past ten years of the program were displayed for public viewing.