Mohammed Habeeb Ur Rahman, a graduate student in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NMSU, was the winner of the Graduate/Alumni presentation prize for his presentation on “Electromagnetic pulse propagation in loamy soil” at the Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society’s Combined Regional Convention in Little Rock, Arkansas in March. At this meeting, he was also presented a scholarship earmarked for a student of the New Mexico Alpha Chapter of the organization.
The New Mexico Alpha Chapter of Alpha Chi, the first chapter of this national organization to be established in the state, is active in recognizing undergraduate (and now graduate) students in the top several percent of the senior and junior classes across the entire NMSU campus and its branches. The chapter was established by Howard A. Smolleck, now professor emeritus of the Klipsch School, who continues to serve as its sponsor. The chapter is governed by an executive committee consisting of five student officers, two faculty associate sponsors, and the sponsor. It regularly sponsors student presentations at the organization’s national and regional meetings.
Habeeb has been active as a student officer in the NMSU chapter for the past year. This is the first Alpha Chi conference that he has attended.
“It feels good when hard work is appreciated and awarded. This award motivates me to attain the highest level of academic excellence and to contribute appropriate technology to society,” he said.
Habeeb has received his master’s degree in electrical engineering with honors from NMSU in 2007, and is currently pursuing his doctorate. His research interest is to design an electromagnetic pulse which provides deeper penetration in dispersive media such as water and soil. He has recently received other awards for his work.
“It gratifies me that I can pursue my Ph.D. program at NMSU. The faculty’s constant encouragement and support helped me receive this award and scholarship,” said Habeeb.