College of Engineering dedicates new rooms

During Homecoming celebrations in late October, the College of Engineering dedicated two rooms in the engineering complex.


John Galassini

Jett Hall Room 282 was named the Galassini Family AIChE Study Lounge. The college also dedicated Thomas and Brown Hall Rooms 201 and 200A which were combined to form the NewTec Capstone Laboratory.

John Galassini received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from NMSU in 1986. He currently serves as vice president for North American Operations for Kinross Gold USA. He previously held the position of senior vice president-Americas for Phelps Dodge Corporation (now Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold). While in this position, he was instrumental in obtaining a gift of $1.5 million from the company to establish a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory in the College of Engineering.

Naming of the room recognizes Galassini’s personal contributions, as well as those he helped to acquire, to support NMSU and the College of Engineering. The room is dedicated in memory of his father, Gene Galassini.


Vernon Diaz, vice president of NewTec, Inc.

NewTec has had a long relationship with the College of Engineering through recruitment of graduates and financial gifts to the college. A number of alumni of the College of Engineering are employees of the corporation. NewTec has made gifts to the College of Engineering totaling $75,800 and has pledged additional gifts of $25,000 per year to the college for the duration of their contract at White Sands Missile Range. The next annual gift will be made in the spring of 2010.

The laboratory will be used for senior capstone design projects which are the culmination of the engineering curriculum at NMSU, requiring students to utilize knowledge and skills acquired throughout their coursework. The design projects incorporate realistic engineering standards and considerations.



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