ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Fifty years ago, Sandia Labs scientist Willis Whitfield invented the modern-day cleanroom.
Whitfield, the former lab physicist, passed away this month at the age of 92, but was dubbed "Mr. Clean" by Time magazine.
In his initial design, Whitfield's solution was to constantly flush out the room with highly filtered air.
His creation created a work environment that was more than a thousand times cleaner than any other cleanroom at the time.
"If I were to guess one of the things he's most proud of would be the changes he brought in the medical field, and that's because he actually went out and saved lives and he avoided infection in operating rooms," Willis' son, Jim Whitfield, said.
The cleanroom design also made it possible for Sandia to standardize cleanrooms for the first time in 1963 for the federal government.
An Albuquerque Police officer involved shooting over the weekend marks the fifth since late October and city officials are taking notice.
A woman was stolen from her daughter's car, a woman who died more than five years ago.
Albuquerque police shot and killed a man Sunday night after responding to an assault call near UNM.
Deputies were led on a chase around 4 p.m. Monday after a person called 911 to report their vehicle had been stolen and was being driven recklessly around Albuquerque.
New Mexico could have hundreds of millions of dollars more to spend as legislators get ready to put together next year's budget in the upcoming legislative session.
Organizers of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl are hoping to shed the disappointing attendance numbers that weighed down the event last year when the Colorado State Rams and the Washington State Cougars face off Dec. 21.