On May 9, 2008, some 208 engineering students graduated from New Mexico State University. In addition to commencement, they will were recognized in a special Order of the Engineer and Sociedad de Ingenieros ceremony.
Receiving special honors were Outstanding Senior Mohammad Ghassemi and Outstanding International Student and Engineering Honors Student Arely Torres.
Additionally, electrical engineering alumnus David R. Martinez was honored by the College of Engineering as Ingeniero Eminente.
Each semester the New Mexico State University Alumni Association selects outstanding graduates from each of the university’s seven colleges, two graduate students, one international student and one American Indian student based on outstanding scholarship, leadership and participation in university and community activities.
The College of Engineering will honor Mohammad Ghassemi of Las Cruces, who is majoring in electrical engineering and applied mathematics. Ghassemi has a 3.97 GPA, is a Crimson Scholar and is on the Dean’s List. He has received the Goldwater Scholarship, the General Motors Engineering Excellence Award and the Presidential Service Award for more than 400 hours of community service.
Ghassemi is the president of the National Association of Engineering Student Councils (NAESC) for the western region and is a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and was part of the Model United Nations team.
Ghassemi plans to work for a year before pursuing graduate studies.
The Center for International Programs will honor Arely Torres of Chihuahua, Mexico, a chemical engineering major. Torres has a 4.0 GPA, is on the National Dean’s List and has received the Rotary Youth Leadership Award. She has received the AIChE Minority Affairs Committee Scholarship, the AIChE Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer National Scholarship and the Dr. Edward Groth Jr. Endowed Memorial Scholarship.
An actively involved student, Torres is a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers as well as Omega Chi Epsilon, a chemical engineering honor society. She has served as Engineering Council Vice-President of Affairs and Student President of AIChE.
Torres will pursue graduate studies at the University of Kansas, where she has been accepted into the doctoral program and will specialize in catalysis.
David R. Martinez is head of the Intelligence Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Systems and Technology Division at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He has management responsibility for the division’s programs in the development of advanced technique and prototypes for surface surveillance, laser systems, active and passive adaptive array processing, integrated sensing and decision support, undersea warfare and embedded hardware and software computing.
Martinez earned a bachelor’s degree electrical engineering from NMSU in 1976, a master’s degree from MIT and an electrical engineering degree jointly from MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1979. He also received an MBA from the Southern Methodist University in 1986.