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NM Tech Names Top Engineering Students, March 7, 2006

by George Zamora

SOCORRO, N.M., March 6, 2006 – New Mexico Tech has named its top engineering students of 2006. Korrie E. Collins, a a senior majoring in mechanical engineering was named “Engineering Student of the Year.” Two runners-up were named: Antonio D. Chavarria, an environmental engineering major, and Nathan Goulding, a computer science and electrical engineering major.

Korrie Collins

Korrie Collins is a graduate of Albuquerque’s Eldorado High School and the daughter of Michael and Janet Collins of Albuquerque.

Collins currently attends the university on numerous prestigious scholarships, including the New Mexico Tech Silver Scholarship, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) New Mexico Section Scholarship, the Chevron Scholarship, and the New Mexico Lottery Success Scholarship.

In addition to her studies and related class work, Collins serves as the student representative at mechanical engineering faculty meetings and has developed a student forum for New Mexico Tech’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Over the past few years, she also has helped design and build four Rube Goldberg devices as team projects entered in the university’s annual Engineering Weekend. Three of those devices have gone on to win first place at the associated design competitions.

When she’s not busy attending classes, studying, or involved in engineering design projects at New Mexico Tech, Collins says she enjoys swimming and competing in water polo.

Collins also is an active volunteer at Albuquerque’s Roadrunner Food Bank and Project Share.

Collins currently serves as president of the New Mexico Tech chapter of ASME and is a member of the Tau Beta Pi national engineering honor society.

Antonio Chavarria

Antonio D. Chavarria, a graduate of Gallup High School, is now concurrently enrolled as both a senior and graduate student majoring in environmental engineering. He is the son of Julio and Maria Chavarria of Gallup.

In previous semesters, Chavarria has consistently been named to the university’s prestigious Academic Honor Roll for his demonstrated academic excellence in the classroom.

In addition to his studies and related class work, Chavarria currently works as a research assistant with New Mexico Tech environmental engineering professor Frank Huang on an ongoing research project on enzymatic treatment of bio-film membrane fouling on reverse osmosis systems.

When he’s not busy attending classes, studying, or conducting research at New Mexico Tech, Chavarria says he enjoys singing and strumming his guitar, mountain biking, and playing soccer.

Chavarria also currently serves as the vice president of the Tech Environmental Engineering Club and is a member of the local chapter of the Tau Beta Pi national engineering honor society.

Nathan Goulding

Nathan R. Goulding, a graduate of Albuquerque’s La Cueva High School, is the son of Robert and Barbara Goulding of Albuquerque.

In previous years, Goulding was named a recipient of the university’s prestigious Macey Scholarship and Student Appreciation Award, and was designated a New Mexico Tech Scholar for his demonstrated academic excellence in the classroom.

In addition to his studies and related class work, Goulding currently works as a peer facilitator for New Mexico Tech’s Advising Resource Center and has previously worked for the Institute for Complex Additive Systems Analysis (ICASA), a specialized research division of the university.

When he’s not busy attending classes, studying, or conducting research at New Mexico Tech, Goulding says he enjoys rock climbing or mountain biking.
“I love it here,” he says.

Goulding also serves as chairperson for the university’s student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and is president of the local chapter of the Tau Beta Pi national engineering honor society.


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