What We Do

Integral to the Northern New Mexico College (Northern) Environmental Science program’s ability to monitor hazardous materials in the environment, the core competency of HSA is our ability to verify decontamination effectiveness through an evaluation process using non-toxic, fluorescing simulated contaminants; material tracking techniques; one-of-a-kind facilities; and expert personnel to provide decontamination research, test & evaluation, and education.  Education, training, research, and testing provide crucial real-time, visible evidence of decontamination success or failure.

HSA uses performance-based learning; unique tools and techniques; and the Contaminated Doffing Principles (CDP) developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to greatly improve the chances for a successful decontamination. Decontamination skills must be learned hands-on; there is no way to get around that. Training under realistic conditions with performance feedback that provides visible evidence is the standard for excellence.

HSA scientists seek to add to the body of knowledge regarding the minimization of cross contamination by understanding through comparison of inert simulant analytes and harmful contaminants based on behavior, volumetrics, and gravimetrics.

El Rito
Highway 554, El Rito, NM 87530.

Mailing address:
Northern New Mexico College
921 Paseo de Oñate, Española NM 87532

Contact Information:
Miguel A.Vigil mavigil@nnmc.edu 575.581.4125 or
Camilla Bustamante, PhD MPH at cbustamante@nnmc.edu or 505.747.5454

Choose us for our value, our quality degree and continuing education programs in diverse areas of study, our experienced faculty, and NORTHERN provides students with unique opportunities for academic, personal and professional growth. “You will have personalized attention, something difficult to get at larger colleges. We provide strong hands-on experiences from day one.” –Dr. Ivan Lopez, Dean, College of Engineering & Technology
The Northern Foundation remains committed to stimulate leadership, promote equity, and grow resources and philanthropy in the Española Valley and surrounding rural areas. Over the past twenty years, we have granted $1.3 million to support over 1,250 NNMC students.