By Linda Fresques
Eric Rodriguez, president of the New Mexico State University Student Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), was recently honored by the national organization for his past leadership in SHPE.
Rodriquez, a native of Las Cruces who graduated from Oñate High School in 2003 and now a senior in mechanical engineering at NMSU, was recognized as a “Future Leader of SHPE for outstanding leadership and commitments to SHPE” at the national conference held in Philadelphia, PA on Nov. 2. The SHPE National Student Awards are the most prestigious awards given to student members and chapters for their local contributions.
“Eric is a true leader who has dedicated time and energy to foster the SHPE chapter at NMSU. He has taken a personal interest in helping others to excel and exemplifies a unique leadership quality that is to be commended,” said College of Engineering Assistant Dean Patricia Sullivan.
In addition to serving as chapter president of SHPE, Rodriguez is the Engineering Senator and Community Affairs Committee Chair for the Associated Students of NMSU. Rodriguez has been a member of SHPE since he began his studies in engineering.
“Since high school, I have always had an interest in science and technology and I always wanted to know how things worked. University sponsored programs such as the Pre-Freshman Engineering Program and the American Chemical Society Project SEED Program further attracted me toward engineering,” said Rodriguez.
Rodriguez had an internship at Ethicon Endo-Surgery in Albuquerque during the summer and fall of 2006 and hopes to have another internship opportunity this coming summer before he graduates in fall 2008. He hopes to pursue graduate education at some point in his future.
“With the growing concerns about global warming and the increasing interest in alternative energy resources, I hope to specialize in this new field of engineering through employment and someday by obtaining a Ph.D. in engineering,” he said.
Rodriguez is the son of Mexican immigrants and is the first of his family to graduate from high school and pursue a college education.