Engineering students and alumni to be honored at graduation

Writer: Linda Fresques

Approximately 300 New Mexico State University engineering students will receive diplomas on December 12. Among the two who have earned special honors. They will be joined by two alumni who will also be recognized for their distinctive engineering careers.

Dan Arvizu, former director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and NMSU engineering alumnus, will be honored for his exemplary career as an engineer at the fall 2015 commencement ceremony on Dec. 12 at the Pan American Center with an honorary doctorate.

Arvizu retired this past November as director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary laboratory for energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development, a position he held for 10 years. Arvizu also was a senior vice president with Midwest Research Institute, which manages NREL on behalf of the DOE. In addition to his role as NREL director, Arvizu was appointed by two successive U.S. presidents to serve six-year terms on the National Science Board, which governs the National Science Foundation and advises the president and Congress on science policy.

Arvizu has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from New Mexico State University (’73) and a master of science (’74) and Ph.D. (’81) degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

Edward Martinez, P.E., is president and founder of Zia Engineering & Environmental Consultants, LLC, will be honored as Ingeniero Eminente at the Sociedad de Ingenieros/Order of the Engineer ceremony to be held Dec. 11 at 4:30-5:30 pm in the Corbett Center Student Union Ballrooms. Ingeniero Eminentes are honored for their contributions to the engineering profession.

Martinez had more than 25 years of experience in providing engineering and environmental services throughout the United States working with several national engineering consulting firms prior to starting Zia. Since starting Zia, Martinez has grown the company from one person in March 2000 to more than 120 people today with multiple offices in eight states. Zia provides specialty technical consulting services for industry and local, state and federal government clients.

Martinez graduated with a bachelor of science (CE ‘84) and continued graduate studies in civil engineering from New Mexico State University.

Joseph Graff was selected by the NMSU Alumni Association as Outstanding Senior for the college. Nominated for this honor by his department, Graff will graduate with a bachelor’s of science in aerospace engineering and a bachelor’s of science in mechanical engineering.

During his time at NMSU, Graff has been the president of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. As president, he has led several community service activities, outreach initiatives and volunteer services at the battered woman’s shelter and animal shelter. Following graduation, Graff will work for Raytheon Missiles System in Tucson, Arizona, while pursuing advanced degrees in aerospace engineering.

Earning Highest Honors in the college is Daniel Delgado Camacho who will graduate with a bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering, with a 4.0 GPA. Camacho has been the vice president and president for Chi Epsilon, the civil engineering honor society, as well as an active member in Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society and the Workshop for Catholic Teenagers in Ciudad, Juarez. Following graduation, Camacho will work for ExxonMobil. Additionally, he hopes to obtain a master’s degree in structural engineering.

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