Introducing Andrew Gabrysiak, Macey Scholar

Introducing Andrew Gabrysiak, Macey Scholar

Wisconsonite Discovered That His Passion Is Mining


This is the second of four profiles of the 2016-17 Macey Scholars. This award is named for 1942 Tech graduate Bill Macey, who created the scholarship fund in the 1990s. The other three winners are Caralyn Coultas-McKinney, Anthony Milana, and Danielle Richards


Andrew Gabrysiak, a senior in Mineral Engineering, is a non-traditional student from Middleton, Wisc. He first earned a bachelor’s of business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He came to New Mexico to do volunteer work for the Rio Grande Community Development Corp., assisting first time entrepreneurs in developing their business and marketing plans. After developing an interest in mining and explosives, Gabrysiak enrolled at Tech and since then he has been an outstanding student.

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Andrew Gabrysiak

2016-17 Macey Scholar

“Although I enjoyed my time as a volunteer, I realized that my real passion was to work on large-scale, technical engineering projects that benefit society,” he said. “I realized mining engineering offered everything I sought in a career as mines are some of the largest engineering projects in the world.”

From Day One, Gabrysiak has taken leadership roles in campus clubs and organizations.  He has served as the president of both the Cooney Mining Club (Tech’s chapter of SME) and the International Society of Explosives Engineers campus chapter. He successfully secured funding for club members to attend the ISEE national conference and the SME conferences, as well as organizing guest speakers to talk at Tech. He has also organized the annual golf fund-raising tournament.

Rim Nisly, the CEO of the Rio Grande Community Development Corp., was one of the people who nominated Gabrysiak for the Macey Scholarship.

“He is an upstanding and honorable individual of the highest moral character,” Nisly wrote. “With his deliberate and analytical style, Mr. Gabrysiak was routinely able to identify the essence of a business problem, ascertain possible solutions and ultimately reach a well-reasoned recommendation.”

Gabrysiak has worked in the field-testing group of EMRTC on campus; where his job function is to prepare sites for explosives testing. He also gained field experience working in the Valles Caldera with Dr. Dan Cadol of the Earth and Environmental Science Department. Gabrysiak first helped collect soil samples from an area that experienced a wild fire.

He has also done two internships. First, he worked at the Peabody Coal Mine near Grants, N.M. during the summer of 2015. This summer, he is working at the BHP Billiton Navajo Mine near Farmington.

Gabrysiak has also won two national competitive scholarships from SME and the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute. He was also the first runner-up as Engineering Student of the Year in 2015.

Dr. Navid Mojtabai, in his nomination letter, wrote that “Andrew is the best student in our program. … He is mature, responsible and serious about his career. … Andrew has very high standards of morals and ethical behavior.”

Gabrysiak said his time at New Mexico Tech has prepared him to succeed in industry.

“As a Macey Scholar, I hope that my success as a mining engineer … will demonstrate to others that mining at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology is as relevant today as it was when the school was founded in 1990,” he said. “

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