Gas processors award $6,000 in scholarships

By Linda Fresques

The Gas Processors Association, Permian Basin Chapter, has awarded $3,000 scholarship awards to two New Mexico State University engineering students for the fall 2009 semester.

Jonathan Height, a senior in mechanical engineering, and Yessenia Sanchez, a junior in chemical engineering, are the recipients of the association’s scholarships.

Height is from El Prado, NM and graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute. He anticipates graduating with his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a double minor in aerospace engineering and mathematics in May 2010.  He is a member of the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi, the student chapter of the Association of Mechanical Engineers, and the mechanical honor society Pi Tau Sigma, the mechanical engineering honor society.

Height plans to pursue a master’s degree  and hopes to have a career “that promotes the well being of America—possibly through engineering defense-related devices that protect the various branches of the armed forces and national security.”

Sanchez is from Artesia, NM. She is a member of student chapters of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. She has had several jobs and internships. She has worked with Agave Energy as a process safety coordinator assistant and as a measurement clerk assistant.  She also worked as a lab assistant on a biology research project.

Sanchez plans to earn a master’s degree and earn her Professional Engineer designation. “I love working with people and in the future I would like to use my degree in chemical engineering. “

The Gas Processors Association Permian Basin Chapter has been awarding scholarships to engineering students at NMSU since 2002 with the goal of assisting students who are interested in pursuing a career in the gas processing, petroleum, or related industries.  Scholarships are awarded to students from the Permian Basin area of Texas or New Mexico who are pursuing a degree in chemical or mechanical engineering.

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