Writer: Kristen Sullivan
More than 300 students graduated from the College of Engineering in December 2013. Many of them participated in the college’s Order of the Engineer/Sociedad de Ingeniero ceremony held Dec. 13.
Honored as Ingenerio Eminente was Arthur D. Hurtado. Hurtado is a native New Mexican, born in Taos. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and joining the military, Hurtado came to New Mexico State University to obtain a master of science in electrical engineering. He co-founded Intervix Corporation and established a division of Intervix at the Physical Science Laboratory in Anderson Hall. Hurtado and his wife formed The Hurtado Foundation to support Latin American Seminaries and missions.
The Highest Honors Graduate was Tammy M. Dodson. Dodson enrolled in NMSU Alamogordo in the informational and communications technology program. While at NMSUA, she was involved with several student organizations including Student Government and Advocates for Children and Education. She won a spot on the All USA Academic Team representing NMSUA. This spot enabled her to transfer to NMSU. After taking a semester off, Dodson would like to obtain her master’s in education and become an advocate for women in STEM fields.
Eric S. Reed was selected as College of Engineering Outstanding Senior by the NMSU Alumni Association. Reed maintained a 3.95 GPA. He was awarded multiple scholarships during his time at NMSU. Reed was also a Crimson Scholar and top 15 percent on the NMSU Dean’s List. He was a member of the ASCE’s Concrete Canoe Team for two years. Reed took two service trips to Africa, mentored elementary students with Hope for Hunter, and performed homeless and low-income outreach. Reed has accepted a job as a structural engineer at HKN Engineering in El Paso. He is interested in working on a master’s degree in civil engineering in the future.
Ugochukwa Ogbue received the honor of Outstanding International Student. He graduated with a bachelor’s in business administration in economics and in electrical and computer engineering. He worked as a laboratory assistant and research assistant at NMSU. He received multiple awards including the National Society of Black Engineers Chevron International Study Scholar, and National Society of Board of Corporate Affiliates Scholar. Ogbue was also a Crimson Scholar. He plans on pursuing a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering at NMSU.