Alum and graduates honored at ceremony unique to College of Engineering

Engineering graduates recite the Engineering Creed at the Sociedad de Ingenieros.

Engineering graduates recite the Engineering Creed at the Sociedad de Ingenieros.

The New Mexico State University College of Engineering held a special ceremony, the Sociedad de Ingenieros, to recognize graduates and exceptional alums who have made contributions to the engineering field. The ceremony was held on Friday, Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. at the Atkinson Recital Hall on NMSU’s Las Cruces Campus.

Stan Atcitty, Ph.D., was recognized as the Ingeniero Eminente. Atcitty received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from NMSU. After graduating from NMSU, he went on to become the first American Indian male to receive a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Virginia Tech University.

He currently works a Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia Laboratories, where he has gained international recognition and received the prestigious R&D 100 award from “Research & Development” magazine.

In 2007, Atcitty received the American Indian Science and Engineering Society Technical Excellence Award for his American Indian community involvement and technical achievements. He has authored more than 30 publications, holds three patents with another three patents pending. His research interests are power electronics for integrating energy storage, distributed generation with the electrical utility grid, power conversion systems and electrochemical capacitors.

Further accomplishments include the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, which was award to Atcitty in 2012 by President Barack Obama. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government for outstanding engineers and scientists.

The Sociedad de Ingenieros began in 1989 by College of Engineering deans and department heads to create an organization that would help engineering students understand the worldwide implications of their profession.

At this ceremony, the College of Engineering recognize the Highest Honors graduate and an outstanding seniors from each of the department. An Outstanding Senior for the entire College of Engineering is also recognized.

This year, Vyacheslav Prakhov is the Highest Honors graduate. Prakhov was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine and immigrated to the United States when he was 16. He has been an active member in the American Society of Civil Engineers, Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi. He will graduate with his bachelor’s in civil engineering.

The Outstanding Senior is Caleb Sokoll. Sokoll will graduate with his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering technology with emphasis in renewable engineering technology. He has been involved with the American Society of Civil Engineers, served as a College of Engineering Student Ambassador and worked for the Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Center.

Also recognized were the following Departmental Outstanding Seniors:

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering: Brenner Thome
  • Engineering Physics: Cesar Rodriguez
  • Engineering Technology and Surveying Engineering: Caleb Sokoll
  • Industrial Engineering: Cristina Villa

An estimated 169 undergraduates and 97 graduate students will graduate from the College of Engineering this semester.


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