Graduate Education Day

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Student Presenters at the Legislature

January 30, 2015

 Graduate Education Day with the legislature highlights the importance of graduate education to the state. New Mexico has long been a leader in science, technolgy and research, which rely on innovation from high-achieving graduate students. Graduate Education Day is meant to increase awareness and garner support for all graduate education programs, graduate students, employers of graduate students, and their contributions to New Mexico's economy. January 30, 2015 is the date of the inauguaral Graduate Education Day in New Mexico. 

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NMT students Stewart Youngblood from Mechanical Engineering and Olivia Chavez from Biology, after discussing their research with House Speaker Don Tripp



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Olivia Chavez


BS/MS Student

Olivia Chavez 

Olivia Chavez is completing her fourth year of the five year BS/MS program in the Biology Department at New Mexico Tech. She is studying the metagenomics of organisms in uranium-contaminated soil at Laguna Pueblo. She hopes to find a bacterium that can reduce uranium to a non-radioactive state, and thus make the area safer for residents. Such a discovery would have far-reaching implications for communities around the globe.

Olivia Chavez poster x2  Chavez Research Talk

Amy Galanter

Earth and Enviromental Science

MS Student


Amy Galanter 

Amy Galanter hails from Albuquerque and is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Hydrology in the Earth and Environmental Science Department at New Mexico Tech. Amy is researching the impact of wildfires on watersheds and water quality. The main field site for her research is in the Jemez Mountains where two wildfires recently burned in 2011 and 2013. 

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Alexander Kent

Computer Science


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Alexander Kent is a research scientist and the program manager for Cyber Security Research and Development at Los Alamos National Laboratory who received a PhD in Computer Science from New Mexico Tech in 2014. Alex's research focuses on understanding and mitigating cyber threats across large-scale environments (large enterprise or corporate networks) using novel data sources. This research will improve cybersecurity in New Mexico and the nation.

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Sohrab Khalifeh

Materials and Metallurgical Engineering

PhD Candidate

Sohrab Khalifeh  

Sohrab Khalifeh is a PhD candidate in the Materials and Metallurgical Engineering Department. His research is focused on slowing the corrosion rate of biodegradable magnesium orthopedic implants. This research requires understanding corrosion mechanisms, controlling the metallurgy, and depositing hydrophobic coating. The results of his research are expected to reduce surgeries and pain for people with implants.

 Sohrab Khalifeh poster x2  Khalifeh Research Talk

Gabrielle Miller


PhD Candidate

Gabrielle Miller 

Gabrielle Miller is a PhD candidate in Applied and Industrial Mathematics and a student intern at Sandia National Laboratories. Building on the work done at Los Alamos in the 1940's, her research involves building a mathematical model describing the behavior of shock waves in urban environments, where confinement due to tall buildings can lead to channeling of blasts, causing significantly greater damage to surrounding structures. Understanding the effects of blast channeling plays an important role in decision-making, from homeland security to blast-resistant building design and first responder training.

 Gabrielle Miller poster x2  Miller Research Talk 

Kelsey Seals

Petroleum Engineering

MS Student

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Kelsey Seals is a Petroleum Engineering Master’s student from Peralta, New Mexico. She earned her B.S. in Geology from New Mexico Tech in 2009. She is focusing her thesis on improving hydrocarbon recovery in unconventional reservoirs in southeast New Mexico by studying ways to optimize well completion designs based on rock characteristics. New Mexico Tech’s Petroleum Engineering Department is researching a variety of cutting-edge research projects that could impact and enhance New Mexico’s oil and gas industry.

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Olga Vazquez

Science for Teachers


Olga Vazquez   Olga Vazquez is a Science and Technology teacher at Nuestros Valores High School in Albuquerque who received a Master of Science for Teachers from New Mexico Tech in 2013. For her research, she provided her students with opportunities to learn about available New Mexico careers through project-based learning. She helps her students build teamwork and leadership skills in her efforts to prepare them for academia and the workplace, and to help them become well rounded and productive members of society.  Vazquez poster x2   Coming Soon

Stewart Youngblood

Mechanical Engineering

MS Student

 Stewart Youngblood  Stewart Youngblood is a Santa Fe native who attended Stanford for his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and returned to New Mexico to complete his Masters in Mechanical Engineering at New Mexico Tech. A SMART scholarship recipient, Stewart is constructing a rocket engine and test facility for performance evaluation of environmentally friendly rocket propellants. This facility will establish New Mexico Tech as a premier research institution in space propulsion with research support for Spaceport tenants, NASA White Sands, and the state’s National Laboratories.  Stewart Youngblood poster  Youngblood Research Talk