The New Mexico Tech Jones Hall Annex, home of Biology, Chemistry, and Civil & Environmental Engineering.
The New Mexico Tech Jones Hall Annex, home of Biology, Chemistry, and Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Welcome to New Mexico Tech's Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

The New Mexico Tech Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering offers a B.S. degree in civil engineering (with areas of specialization in structural, geotechnical, or water resources) and B.S. and M.S. degrees in environmental engineering. The department also offers minors in both civil and environmental engineering.

Both programs are designed to give students a strong foundation in engineering and science and strive to produce well-balanced graduates ready to enter the civil engineering and environmental engineering industries or continue on with graduate studies.




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SOCORRO, N.M. May 9, 2011 – Four environmental engineering students have earned finalist honors in the Water Environment Federation contest to build a homemade water treatment system.

WEF Team 2011

The environmental engineering team that qualified for a national wastewater challenge is (from left) Danielle Shipley, Megan Rosebrough, Thomas Erbes and Sean Menk.

Senior Sean Menk formed the group with junior Megan Rosebrough, sophomore Danielle Shipley and master's student Thomas Erbes. The quartet has been working since February to design and build a water filtration system only out of components and materials found in a typical garage.

The Tech team is one of only 12 teams across the nation to be invited to the Residuals and Biosolids Conference in Sacramento, Calif., on May 22. The Water Environment Federation will stage the Wastewater Challenge during the conference.

Team advisor Dr. Frank Huang said he considers it impressive that the New Mexico Tech team is one of only three teams not from California.

The competition asks undergraduate students to design and build a water treatment system from common items found in a typical garage. The students built a filtration and adsorption purification system that should be able to treat 10 gallons of dirty water in a set time. The water simulates agricultural run-off and contains contaminants like coffee, nitrogen-rich fertilizer, egg cartons and orange juice.

The team has two hours to assemble their treatment system, 10 minutes to introduce the water into the system and another hour for the water to pass through the system.

Each team is then judged on how well their system improves water quality. These include dissolved oxygen content, turbidity, as well as phosphorous and nitrogen concentrations.

"The challenging part is trying to figure out a process to remove nitrates and phosphorus," Menk said. "This project is completely hands-on, so I got to spend a lot of time in the lab with my teammates and we got to see things working in front of us."

The students designed a system that includes a pre-treatment process and a secondary treatment process. The first process involves pouring the water through a series of screens and towels with different pore sizes to remove large particulates. The secondary process involves three tiers of 5-gallon buckets. Water filters through an initial sand filter, crushed charcoal, oxidized steel wool and finally through a finishing filtration setup).

"We know what we want to do, but we're limited in technology and materials," Erbes said. "A centrifugal pump would be awesome, but we can't use any electricity."

Environmental engineering professor Dr. Frank Huang has served as the team's advisor. The team has also solicited advice from chemistry professor Dr. Jeff Altig.

Since designing and building the system, they have gone through a handful of trials, some of which ended in disaster.

"We're trying to organize the order in which we filter things," Shipley said. "It's taken a lot of trial-and-error. We have to be patient and try to keep it together when things go wrong. We have a good sequence, but it took a few trials to get it right."

Huang said the team has done quality work in learning how to remove the various pollutants and devised a series of steps that reflect good problem-solving skills.

Erbes earned a bachelor's in chemical engineering from Tech in 2007 and started a master's program in environmental engineering this semester. He drafted all the full-scale CAD models for the team's poster and oral presentations. He is interested in a career in industrial or municipal wastewater treatment.

"This project has been truly inspirational because we're able to apply ourselves to a project that could potentially be used in a third world country," he said.

Dr. Huang said the students have shown a high level of analysis, research skills, improvisation and problem-solving.

"This project gives them a chance to think about what they've learned in the classroom," Huang said. "In the real world, the problems aren't exactly like homework. There are always a lot of unknowns."

Menk is also interested in a career in water treatment engineering.

"Hopefully what we learn in this small-scale project will be applicable on a large scale," he said. "We're seeing reactions occur and we get to see the things we learned in class applied in real life."

Shipley said she's enjoying the project because interested in environmental issues and because she is getting a good preview of the upper level classes she'll take over the next two years.

"For me, I haven't taken many applied classes, so this is a good preview," she said.

Rosebrough, a junior, said she appreciates the hands-on nature of the project and the opportunity to work on a team.

"This has been very much a learning experience," she said. "And it's been a lot of fun to work with other people. It's pretty cool to apply what we've learned in wastewater treatment."

Rosebrough has an internship with Peabody Coal's Lee Ranch Mine this coming summer. She's looking forward to the conference and competition to network with professionals and to learn more about the industry.

Menk heard about the competition and started recruiting members in mid-February. The team has been meeting and working together a 5 to 6 hours a week since then.

"Sean came to me during the first week of school and asked if I'd help," Erbes said. "I was bored, so I said, 'Yes.' I'm not bored anymore."

 

By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech

 

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. May 4, 2011 – Students in civil engineering put on a good show at the annual Rocky Mountain Conference of the American Society of Civil Engineers in early April.

ASCE Bridge Team 2011

The 2011 Steel Bridge Team from New Mexico Tech with their entry into the ASCE competition. The team is Kelsey McCaslin, Curtis Galpin, Elyce Yates,  Rick Gilbreath, Ahmed Hussien, Amanda Thom, Romo Gavi and advisor Dr. Claudia Wilson.

 

ASCE Concrete Canoe 2011

The 2011 New Mexico Tech concrete canoe team poses with their boat. The team is Levi Del Curto, Amiri Alexander, Elyce Yates, advisor Dr. Claudia Wilson, Kyle Sparks, Fanny Seminaro, Michael Maestas, Enrique Koerdell and Chelsea Woods.

 

Dr. Claudia Wilson and 22 student members of the campus ASCE chapter competed in the steel bridge and concrete canoe competitions.
The group of mostly upperclassmen started the event by participating in the Can-Struction event. Using 550 cans of food, the students built a faux Taj Mahal, then donated the food to a local food bank in Colorado Springs.
Senior Kelsey McCaslin participated in the non-technical paper competition, submitting a report related to the topic of "Ethics and the ASCE Report Card for American's Infrastructure."
Both the concrete canoe team and the bridge builders put on impressive shows, but did not finish in the top three.
Senior Kyle Sparks was the driving force behind the concrete canoe team.
"This was Kyle's canoe," Dr. Wilson said. "If it wasn't for Kyle, it wouldn't have happened. He's been working on it for two years – the form, organizing and leading the team. Once other students saw the form and the plan, they started helping out more." 

Sparks said he was determined to get the canoe finished and ready for the competition because Tech did not enter the regional competition in 2010.
"Being a graduating senior, I wanted to see it finished," he said. "I was disappointed last year that we didn't have the money. I was driven."
This year, the rules focused on sustainability; each canoe was required to use recycled or recyclable aggregate. Sparks developed a 100 percent renewable mix that included cement, fly ash, silica fume, glass microspheres, shredded rubber, water-reducing agents and air-entrainers. He also designed and built the form for pouring, with Andrew Brenner pitching in with modeling.
He built the pouring molds and mixed the aggregate. On pouring day in mid-February, the team started to rally around. For six weeks, the boat sat and cured, while students sanded it and finished the vessel with stains and sealers.
"The competition was the first time it hit the water," Sparks said. "We won the first race and that was a big surprise, considering that we didn't have any practice in that boat."
Some of the Tech competitors had some practice in the 2009 canoe, but not very much.
The canoe was 20 feet long, weighed about 225 pounds and was 5/8-inch thick.
Brenner and Sparks wrote the technical paper that was submitted to the judges. Chelsea Woods created the visual display. Edika Zarbroudi created the slides for the oral presentation. Sparks and Amiri Alexander presented the project to the judges.
The culmination of the concrete canoe competition was, of course, the races in a city park in Colorado Springs.
"They did amazingly well," Wilson said. "It was fantastic. It was an enormous amount of work."
The competition includes five races. Woods and Fanny Seminaro won the women's sprint race. Sparks and Enrique Koerdell finished second in the men's sprint. In the women's slalom, Seminaro, Woods and Elyce Yates finished fifth. In the final race, Seminaro, Woods, Levi del Curto and Michael Maestas finished fourth in the co-ed sprint.
The team's undoing came in the fourth race – the men's slalom. Sparks, Koerdell and Alexander were near the lead when the canoe started taking on water. The canoe eventually sank, requiring the rescue boat to salvage the submerged vessel. The three boaters resumed the race and made a furious finish, but narrowly finished in last.
Overall, the Tech boaters finished fourth in the races.
"We did well – a lot better in the races that I thought we'd do," Sparks said. "Paddling a concrete canoe is not a simple task. It was just really nice to get out there and race and to fulfill our goals after all that hard work we did on that canoe."
While the canoe team works as a volunteer project, the Steel Bridge Team is part of Wilson's class in Senior Design.
"They did an amazing job. They had a very unique design – very creative," Wilson said. "The judges were very complimentary and very happy with the design."
The seniors on the team are Sehin Faris, Romo Gavi, Rick Gilbreath, Ahmed Hussien, Kelsey McCaslin, Amanda Thom and Elyce Yates. The construction team was Gavi, Hussien, Thom, Yates and underclassman Curtis Galpin.
The competition this year required cantilever features and that the deck be the topmost feature of the bridge. The team worked all year in design, fabrication and testing.
"They had a difficult design that required a lot of precision," Wilson said. "These are engineering students, not construction students. Elyce Yates was the only one on the team with welding experience. They scored well for weight, display and innovative design, but they had problems with loading because of their lack of experience in fabrication."
Hussien, who plans on graduating in December 2011, said the biggest challenge was finding the right balance of strength, stiffness and light weight.
"We took a gamble and went for lightness," he said. "Our bridge was more than 100 pounds lighter than most. And we had one of the most innovative designs. No one had a bridge like ours."
Amanda Thom said the Tech bridge was the only structure to include a triangular engineered beam, which she called "a 3-D space truss structure."
The competition requires the team to complete construction within 45 minutes. During practice sessions, the Techies struggled to get it built in time. Under the pressure of competition, the students completed construction in 32 minutes.
"That was the team's most united moment," Thom said. "When it came down to the competition, everyone focused and came together."
The Tech steel bridge accommodated more than 1,000 pounds before buckling.
Thom said one major lesson learned is that fund-raising is important. The club raised more than $2,000 on its own and received matching funds from the Student Association. However, the team's efforts were hampered by not having enough money to purchase materials and equipment.
"No matter how much you put into design, if you don't have money, you can't build it," she said.
Nevertheless, the entire process was positive.
"We definitely applied all the concepts we learned in Steel Design and Finite Element Analysis," she said. "It really was a compilation of everything we have learned in the Civil Engineering Department."
Thom and Yates both said that the team effort would have been better had they started earlier in the year.
"Time was our biggest enemy," Yates said. "We had to push it fast."
Thom said the team spent about 10 weeks on the project.
"It was really awesome that we delivered a really good bridge," Thom said.
"It was definitely a learning experience," Hussien said. "It looked good on paper and in our heads, but it wasn't as perfect in real life."


By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech

 

 

Macey Scholar Ahmed Hussien

SOCORRO, N.M. May 10, 2011 -- A graduate of Los Lunas High School, Ahmed Hussien has been active in a variety of academic and extracurricular activities since coming to New Mexico Tech.

In addition to maintaining a 3.87 GPA, Hussien has competed successfully in a national Geo-Institute conference, in a competition called GeoPrediction, finishing second in 2010. He also was a leader of the Civil Engineering Department's steel bridge team that competed at regionals in 2010.

Ahmed Hussien

Ahmed Hussien – Macey Scholar 2011-2012


He worked as a residential assistant for one semester before being asked to serve as the senior residential assistant for three dorms, which later grew to five dorms. That service lead to Hussien being asked to serve as the sole student on the architectural committee that judged the 12 firms that bid to construct the new dorm.

"There was a lot of pressure to pick the right company," Hussien said. "That showed me how the process works. It was exciting."

He has also been involved in Tau Beta Pi and its community service projects. Through Res Life, he has helped plan 49ers, Spring Fling and the President's Dance.

"I feel that helping the community is an integral component to improving New Mexico Tech," he said.

Two faculty members and one staff member nominated Hussien for the Macey Scholars award.

Dr. Mehrdad Ravazi, assistant professor of mineral engineering, wrote that Hussien is an exceptional student academically and a dedicated person.

"His excellent performance is the direct result of his hard work and strong focus," Ravazi wrote. "Ahmed is a pleasant and responsible person who takes his professional work very seriously."

Dr. Claudia Wilson praised Hussien for his leadership in the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and that he has played an integral part in the success of the chapter.

Hussien said that through ASCE he hopes to show that New Mexico Tech has a strong program in civil engineering and that the field is both difficult and fun.

Mitchell Tappen, Director of Residential Life, said Hussien has proved himself to be a valuable asset to his team.

"Though technically I supervise Ahmed, he has done such an outstanding job as a residential assistant that he leaves me little to oversee," Tappen wrote. "I have the utmost faith Ahmed can handle any situation to the point I no longer have need to give him direction."

Hussien didn't choose civil engineering immediately. "I started taking classes and really liked it," he said. "We solve real problems. I hopefully will be building structures that last longer than I do."

Hussien wants to pursue a master's and a PhD, but might choose to start his career first. His career goal is to design and engineer buildings in areas with high seismic risk.

"Tech has given me all the basics for what I'll build upon," he said. "Most importantly, Tech has made me grown as a person. Tech has showed me a lot about human nature and gave me a better idea of managing people and being a leader – which is far more important than just the math."


By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech

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SOCORRO, N.M. November 4, 2010 – Four New Mexico Tech students capped an ambitious senior thesis project with a professional presentation to the American Water Works Association in Rio Rancho recently.

ENVE Team 2010

Christine Polo, Sean Menk, Clayton Freed and Amelia Symonds at the Student Design Competition in May. The four students won second place and later were invited to give their presentation in Keystone, Colo., and Rio Rancho.

 

The environmental engineering students earned second place and widespread accolades in May at the third annual Rocky Mountain Student Design Competition, which was sponsored by Rocky Mountain section of the American Water Works Association and the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association. Sean Menk, Clayton Freed, Christine Polo and Amelia Symonds used the design competition as their senior thesis project to design a new water treatment facility for the City of Denver.

As the runners-up in the competition, the quartet was invited to present their research project to the regional American Water Works Association conference in Keystone, Colo., in September. From that presentation, they were invited to deliver their presentation to the local American Water Works Association chapter meeting in Rio Rancho. Their 150-page report and 20-minute presentation) detailed their engineering design and economic analysis research about either retro-fitting an aging water plant in Denver or building a new plant.

"This was a great real-world experience," Menk said. "We had a chance to tackle a real-world problem and see what challenges came up rather than a textbook problem."

Dr. Frank Huang, who teaches classes in water and wastewater treatment engineering, said he encourages seniors to take on practical, real-world projects. This team learned about the RMWEA competition and threw themselves into the project. Huang said the four team members worked every day late into the evening for more than four months. In comparison, the Denver Water staff engineers spent 15 to 18 months developing a report of similar scope and detail.

A graduate of Sandia Prep in Albuquerque, Menk said the project was intense for several reasons. Each of the four team members tackled different processes, so integrating the four separate projects was the biggest challenge. The deadlines were tight also, so the team worked many late hours to get the project done on time. The students got advise and technical support from their research advisor, Dr. Huang, the competition organizers and engineers at the Albuquerque water utility.

"Dr. Huang helped us a lot," Menk said about the team's research advisor. "He stayed an entire night with us and even brought us food. Anytime we had questions, he was always willing to help. He was a huge help."

Polo, a native of Panama, and Symonds, from Farmington, finished their bachelor's degrees in May. Symonds is back in school in Albuquerque. Polo completed a summer internship with Black and Veatch in Kansas City and was later hired by the same firm as a process engineer.

Freed, who is from Phoenix, and Menk are finishing their bachelor's studies and expect to finish in May 2011.

The 2010 competition marked the first time Tech students had competed in the Student Design Competition. At the initial presentation in Denver, the Tech team only presented to a handful of judges and Association staff members. After all the college teams presented their projects, the Denver utility staff engineers then presented their official recommendations.

"It was really interesting to see their thought processes and how they approached it a little different," Menk said. "They had to consider a lot of details in their decisions."

The Tech team selected a sand-based filtration process, while some of the other teams selected a membrane-based system. The Denver utility engineers are still debating which method to use.

The Denver utility company must replace or retrofit the Moffett Water Treatment Plant, which does not meet state-mandated design criteria. The competition asked students to study both options and make a recommendation. Menk said the Tech team examined engineering design principles, cost analysis and non-cost social factors.

"In the end, while retrofit was cheaper, we recommended building a new plant as the better option based on several factors, including social impacts," Menk said.

When they got to the Keystone conference, they were greeted with a standing-room-only crowd of professional engineers.

"That was definitely a big shock – how many people there were," Menk said. "We wanted to represent the school well and I think we did. We got a lot of positive feedback."

Huang said he received effusive praise from many people about the Tech students' presentation. Industry leaders – including vice presidents of major consulting firms – said they'd hire any of the four Tech students, Huang said.

"The whole room was full and they performed super," Huang said. "They showed the students and faculty from other schools that New Mexico Tech is a very strong technical school and we can do a very good job at competitions. I am really proud of them."

 

By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech

 

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Two CE Students Recognized by ASCE

April 19, 2007 – Two members of the ASCE bridge-building team, Philip Heid, a civil engineering junior, and Justin Roybal, a graduating senior in civil engineering, were honored by the New Mexico Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers at the group's annual Spring Meeting.

Philip was selected to receive the Doc Harrington Award for the Outstanding NM Tech Civil Engineering Junior for the Spring 2007 semester. His award includes a $400 scholarship.

Justin's award was for the Outstanding NM Tech Civil Engineering Senior for the Spring 2007 semester. The NM Section will also pay his first year of dues for national membership of ASCE.

The recipients of these awards are chosen by the faculty of the Civil Engineering Department at each of NMT, New Mexico State University, and the University of New Mexico each semester. The CE students are presented with the awards at the Spring and Fall Meetings of the New Mexico Section.

The Spring Meeting was held April 18-20, 2007 at the Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque. Tracy Baker, a junior, and Heather McDaniel, a graduating senior, were the NMT students recognized at the Fall Meeting last semester.

 

Philip Heid

Philip Heid was given the ASCE - New Mexico Section's award for a New Mexico Tech junior in Civil Engineering.

The 2006-2007 ASCE at NMT Student Steel Bridge Team. From left to right: Kim Coleman, Justin Roybal, Ramon Gallegos, Dr. Claudia Wilson (the team's faculty advisor), Bryan Mitchell. Tess McCarty-Glenn, and Philip Heid.

ASCE Student Chapter Visits Boulder to Compete in Steel Bridge Competition

April 16, 2007 – The 2006-2007 Student Steel Bridge Competition team of the New Mexico Tech Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) traveled to Boulder, Colo. last month to compete in the Rocky Mountain Regional Student Conference of the 2007 Student Steel Bridge Competition, sponsored by the ASCE and the American Institute of Steel Construction.

Pictured at the competition are New Mexico Tech team members (from left to right): Kim Coleman; Justin Roybal; Ramon Gallegos; Dr. Claudia Wilson (faculty advisor); Bryan Mitchell; Tess McCarty-Glenn; and Philip Heid. (Photo and caption provided by Justin Roybal, treasurer of the ASCE Student Chapter at New Mexico Tech)

The New Mexico Tech team's bridge took 21 minutes and 36 seconds to assemble, and passed both loading tests (vertical and lateral loading). The Tech-built bridge placed 6th out of 12 bridges entered.

In addition to New Mexico Tech's entry, collegiate teams from Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota also competed. Four of the competing bridges failed under the required loading of 2,250 lbs.


2007 Engineering Students of the Year

At a recent luncheon in Albuquerque sponsored by the New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers, NMT students (from left) Tom Dotson, Tracy Baker, Nathan Goulding, Victoria Aston, Jonathan Berg, and Jesse Piotrowicz.

Tracy Baker, CE Senior, named runner-up 2007 Engineering Student of the Year

By George Zamora
March 27, 2007

"Tracy Baker, a graduate of Incarnate Word High School in San Antonio, Texas, is now a Tech senior majoring in civil engineering.

"Baker is the daughter of Larry and Becky Baker, also of San Antonio.

"Baker’s recent engineering work at the university includes managing a New Mexico Department of Transportation project in which she and four other Tech students are currently inspecting the paved landing surfaces at 48 regional airports throughout New Mexico. The ongoing research project entails coordinating inspection visits at each airport, preparing AutoCAD diagrams of airport facilities, collecting site data, and then inputting the data in order to compile a complete database.

"In addition, Baker currently serves as co-editor of Miners' Ink New Mexico Tech’s literary magazine, and also volunteers her writing and editing skills at the Tech Writing Center. She is a member of the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers at the university."


Tech engineer doesn't feel the earth moving under her feet

By Argen Duncan, El Defensor Chieftain Reporter
March 10, 2007

A New Mexico Tech engineer is writing computer programs that work with a solution of oil and iron particles to keep tall buildings from collapsing during earthquakes.

Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Claudia Wilson is developing computer programs that work with the magnetic solution in cylinder-shaped dampers to control the movement of buildings during earthquakes.

Tall buildings have more problems than houses in those situations.

The technology already exists, but Wilson is writing and testing better programs, which determine how much damping to apply to shaking structures.

"And it seems to be working very well," Wilson said.

Next, she plans to use a 3-foot-square "shake table" to test how the computer programs work with model buildings.

"I'm waiting on my shake table to get here," Wilson said.

Wilson plans to start with small steel structures and miniature dampers, but she doesn't know the exact dimensions or appearance of the models. She would like to work with both graduate and undergraduate students.

If her tests go well, Wilson plans to move to larger models, which she can test at several centers.

To work, dampers respond to the computer program, decreasing movement that would bring the building to a bad position or allowing movement that would return it to its original stance.

"It's not making it more flexible, and it's not making it stronger either," Wilson said.

To decrease movement, the program would increase the magnetic field around one area of the cylinder. The iron particles in the solution then form chains, making the fluid stiffer.

It becomes more difficult for the fluid to go through a small passage from one side of the cylinder to the other.

Wilson changes the magnetic field by altering the electrical current in wires wrapped around the passage area.

Wilson needs little current for the change because of the small amount of fluid involved. The dampers could run on a small generator or batteries.

Wilson's computer programs determine how stiff to make the fluid. Sensors measure ground movement and building displacement, and send information to the computer.

During the earthquake, the ground movement and building displacement happen quickly.

"So what I need to do is have the damper reacting just as fast," Wilson said.

The equipment must respond quickly throughout the earthquake, she said.

Other researchers are studying the best number and placement of dampers. Wilson said the devices seemed more effective in the lower part of buildings.

The dampers weigh about 20 tons each, and typically buildings need more than one.

"It would be too expensive, way too expensive, to build a building that's earthquake-proof," Wilson said.

The task would probably be impossible because builders can't predict earthquakes or know from what direction they will come, she continued.

Instead, Wilson said, architects design buildings to perform a certain way.

For small earthquakes, the most common kind, the building should suffer damage only aesthetic aspects, not the structure.

Medium earthquakes should cause little structural damage, only cracking windows or such. In large earthquakes, people should expect damage that may make the building unusable, but the structure shouldn't collapse.

"People are going to have time to evacuate," she said.

Wilson said dampers like the ones she works with are operating in Japan and seem to work well. However, Wilson said, the devices must go through much more testing before use in the United States.

[El Defensor Chieftain: Tech engineer doesn't feel the earth moving under her feet]



Cramer Award winner William Shuter is second from left, as a member of the bridge-building team. Left to right: Trevor Self, William Shuter, Bryan Mitchell, Dr. Claudia Wilson, Katheryn Stapleton, Johsua Fleming, Clifton Lee.

Cramer Award winner William Shuter is second from left, as a member of the 2005-2006 bridge-building team. Left to right: Trevor Self, William Shuter, Bryan Mitchell, Dr. Claudia Wilson, Katheryn Stapleton, Johsua Fleming, Clifton Lee.

William Shuter, Cramer Award 2006

By Shawna Carter
Commencement 2006

William Shuter was named recipient of New Mexico Tech’s Cramer Award, for male engineering student with the highest scholastic achievement at commencement ceremonies on May 13. Shuter earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering, with highest honors from the university, having a grade point average above 3.75.

Shuter, the son of Brian and Marian Shuter of Angel Fire, was a 2002 graduate of Cimarron High School.

Shuter was one of the first three graduates of New Mexico Tech’s newly reestablished Civil Engineering Department. He was a founding member and president of the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a key member of an award-winning bridge-building team that participated in ASCE’s annual bridge-building contest, and a teaching assistant for two lab courses taught at New Mexico Tech.

In addition to his on-campus work, Shuter has worked as a carpenter for Sierra Bonita Builders during the summer of 2004 and a sales associate and clerk for Raton Builders’ Supply during the summers of 2000-2004.

In his spare time, Shuter enjoys skiing and snow boarding with the New Mexico Tech Board and Ski club.

“New Mexico Tech is a great place, but the four years here were tough!” he states.

 



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