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Standout Techie: Evan Sproul

Where are you from?

I am from the middle of the forest that lies in between Tijeras and Edgewood, N.M.

What year are you in here at NMT?

I am in my fifth year. I will be graduating in December.

What is your major and what are you interested in doing once you graduate?

I am studying mechanical engineering. After graduation I plan on pursing a master’s degree. For the most part, my research interests are centered on interdisciplinary approaches to generating alternative energy. Specifically, I would like to do research involving advancements in solar concentration methods.

Why did you decide to come to New Mexico Tech?

I saw it as an opportunity to branch away from home without having to stray too far. Tech seemed like a small, relaxed environment that promoted a very high academic standard. These things in combination with the affordability made Tech the obvious choice for me.

What activities have you been involved in at NMT?

Over my last four years I have participated in a number of student clubs and organizations. Recently, I have been most involved with the International Society of Explosives Engineers and Tau Beta Pi. In addition to my extracurricular activities, for the past two years I have been active in supporting the Mechanical Engineering Junior-Senior Design program, both as an employee and as a student.

As an employee, I have worked under Dr. Warren Ostergren to support design teams and maintain the design facilities. As a student, I have been part of a team that is focusing on developing heliostat drive technology to create a more economical means of concentrating solar power. The team has been extremely successful in pursing this research. Our successes have included presenting at two national conferences, publishing a report with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, being granted two EPA "People, Prosperity and the Planet" competitive awards and obtaining patent pending status on a new heliostat design.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

First and foremost, I am a skateboarder. That means any free time I have is usually dedicated towards a plank of wood. Outside of that, I just like having fun experiencing new things in and around Socorro. In a little town like this friends make all the difference.

Any words of wisdom for potential Techies?

When seeking words of wisdom I generally look to Jean Luc Picard. Aside from that, I suggest that students get to know their professors. It makes a big difference.