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ECE alum travels 200 plus miles every weekend to attend class

An engineer working for a research company in Socorro, N.M. travels more than 200 miles every Saturday to attend English as a Second Language courses at El Paso Community College. Saminda Fonseka, a Sri Lanka native, wanted to take his English-speaking skills to the next level to improve his work performance. That’s where he found the Intensive English Program at EPCC’s Valle Verde campus. The only catch–it’s a 200 mile drive for him every Saturday.

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NMSU alumnus Frank Seidel to be recognized as first inductee of NMSU Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center and Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies are pleased to announce the launch of the NMSU Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. Its first inductee, who will be recognized during Homecoming events in October, is NMSU alum Frank Seidel, president of Seidel Technologies.

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NMSU alumni recognized for distinguished careers, philanthropy and service

Continuing a time-honored Homecoming tradition, the New Mexico State University Alumni Association has selected recipients for the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards, the inaugural Young Alumni Service Award and the James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service.

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Aggie engineer brings mobile device expertise to Resonant’s Board of Directors

Resonant Inc. (RESN), a leader in transforming the way radio frequency, or RF, front-ends are being designed and delivered for mobile handset and wireless devices, announced its board of directors has appointed Rubén Caballero to serve as a board member, increasing its total number of directors to eight, effective August 5, 2019. Caballero will also be providing technical advisory services to Resonant.

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Tuesday Morning Man: Scott Bailey

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Retired Las Cruces rocket engineer recalls mission

“While the rest of the world was glued to their television sets watching as Apollo 11 astronauts landed on the Moon, all of us at NASA were breathing a sigh of relief,” retired Las Cruces NASA engineer Ray Melton said. A 1966 graduate of New Mexico State University, Melton was part of the NASA and contractor team at White Sands Test Facility (WSTF) working on the spacecraft propulsion systems that landed the Apollo 11 lunar module (LM) on the Moon July 20, 1969 – 50 years ago this week.

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A Giant Leap for Española Chile, the First to be Grown in Space

For Española native Jacob Torres, what he sees on his daily commute to work is something that just never seems to get old. The goosebumps resurface nearly every day. “Almost every day — even this morning — I wake up and on the way here, I can’t believe it,” Torres said in a June 26 interview. “You drive past the space shuttles and see the VAB (Vehicle Assembly Building), which you see on the Discovery Channel and stuff. Every day my hair stands up and I can’t believe I get to work here.”

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Jim Chavez to lead NMSU’s Physical Science Laboratory

Jim Chavez, a former vice president at Sandia National Laboratories, has been named director of New Mexico State University’s Physical Science Laboratory. He begins this week. As director, Chavez will manage PSL’s strategic direction, establish national defense and security policies and the staffing and compensation practices necessary to effectively compete for and deliver products and services in the areas of research and technology.

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In Memoriam: Hassell “Kingman” Nix

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In Memoriam: John M. “Jack” Ewing

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