ACES Heroes

Learn about our College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) heroes who made great contributions to the state of New Mexico, its agriculture, and New Mexico Cooperative Extension. 

Fabiola C. de Baca

Cabeza de Baca established Extension programs in Hispanic and Pueblo communities. She then carried the wisdom and traditions of rural people to larger audiences.

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Jessie Fitzgerald

America’s first female County Agricultural Extension Agent, Fitzgerald served New Mexico communities and never stopped reaching for her dream, even when others said it was impossible.

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Fabián García

Horticultural pioneer and champion of education for all, García developed chile varieties that form the basis of all New Mexico type chile grown today. He donated his estate to help students.

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Roy Nakayama

A famed chile and pecan breeder, Nakayama contributed to huge economic impacts for New Mexico. He conducted research at NMSU for 32 years and developed important varieties of chile and pecans.

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Sam Steel

Slated to be NMSU's first graduate, Steel was an outstanding student who would have earned a bachelor’s degree by age 17, had he not been killed just a few months before graduation.

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Rose Marie Pangborn

Pangborn helped to found the modern discipline of sensory science and influenced future generations of scientists with her warmth, intensity, and determination to understand the human experience of food.

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