Freeport-McMoRan awards scholarship to engineering students

Writer: Tracey O’Neil

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation Scholarship Program rewarded the academic efforts demonstrated by four New Mexico State engineering students for the fall 2009 semester.

The Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation Scholarship is awarded to students enrolled full-time in engineering or mining-related degrees with a 2.7 overall GPA or better, and that are in good university standing. Recipients are also encouraged to apply for a 10 to 14-week summer internship following each school year in which a scholarship is awarded.

Benjamin Carter, John Giusto, Isaac Harder, and Aaron Turner were the recipients of this semester’s award. Though these students come from various engineering disciplines, they were all chosen for meeting required criteria.

Benjamin Carter is a surveying engineering major who expects to graduate in December 2009. He is a member of E-Council, American Society of Civil Engineers and American Congress of Surveying and Mapping and was the president of Lamda Sigma for 2008-2009. After completing his undergraduate studies, Carter plans to pursue a career in land surveying or the geodetic sciences as well as obtain his masters in business administration. Ultimately, Carter would like to own his own land surveying practice or consulting firm.

John Giusto came to NMSU from Silver City, NM, to pursue a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Interested in engineering as a prospective computer design specialist, Guisto claims to be interested in “anything that moves” and is especially interested in new breakthroughs in the automotive industry. He completed a summer internship with Freeport McMoRan Mining in 2008 working on solo design projects and budget sheets.

Isaac Harder from Santa Teresa, NM, is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He has worked as a civil engineering intern for Freeport McMoRan, Tyrone Mine from June to August 2008 and has served as a peer advisor for the College of Engineering since fall 2007. Harder has a strong interest in the research of renewable energies and upon graduating, plans to continue his education and work for an institution that supports his ambition.

Aaron Turner, an engineering technology-mechanical major, is from Silver City, NM. He is interested in solar energy and applications of photo-voltaic arrays in agriculture. Turner is currently working as a student assistant machinist/fabricator at Manufacturing Technology Engineering Center – a position he has held since September 2007. Turner also served as a summer intern for project engineering at Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold. He is a member of Tau Alpha Pi. Upon graduating, Turner would like to work and travel preferably where he would have exposure to working with renewable energy.

In addition to the scholarship, Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Inc. established the Freeport-McMoRan & Gold Water Quality Laboratory at NMSU in 2007has supported the NMSU College of Engineering with a gift of $1.5 million.

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