Engineering graduates to celebrate virtual 31-year-old tradition

Friday, May 15, the College of Engineering will hold a virtual version of a 31-year-old tradition unique to New Mexico State University engineering graduates—the Sociedad de Ingenieros. The ceremony will be broadcast via Zoom,, and Panopto,, beginning at 3 p.m.

Alongside the 55 master’s and doctoral and 220 bachelor’s engineering students graduating this spring, the ceremony will recognize Highest Honors Graduate Dominick Anthony Cordova, Engineering Outstanding Graduate Andrew James Phillips. Also recognized will be Ingeniero Eminente Christopher Long. 

Cordova is receiving a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and will attend Franciscan University of Steubenville for a master’s in philosophy in the fall.

Phillips is receiving bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and in computer science. He will pursue fully-funded Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Stanford University this fall.

As part of the ceremony, Long will be inducted as Ingeniero Eminente bestowed on NMSU College of Engineering alumni who have distinguished themselves in their field of study and serve as role models for the new graduates. Long is vice president of National Security Systems for Northrup Grumman Space Systems Sector. He has master’s and bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering from NMSU. With strong ties to the College of Engineering, Long is current chair of the Engineering Advisory Committee and a member of the Engineering Dean’s Executive Council.

The Sociedad de Ingenieros ceremony was founded by NMSU President James Halligan along with engineering deans and department heads in 1989. The society is dedicated to each graduating class of

Engineers in anticipation of the future contributions they will make to society while practicing their profession, and to the families of these new engineers who have supported their sons, daughters, and friends toward the achievement of their academic goals.

At the same time, the graduating engineers will take the Obligation of the Engineer, a 50-year-old tradition first begun in 1970 at Cleveland State University in Ohio that strives to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession, to bridge the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer.


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