SOCORRO, N.M., May 4, 2001 -- Rebecca Lynn Brown, a native of Grants who is now a graduating senior majoring in both mathematics and electrical engineering at New Mexico Tech, recently was named the research university's "Engineering Student of the Year" runnerup, an annual award presented by the New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers (NMSPE).
Brown, a graduate of Grants High School, is the daughter of Kenneth and Judy Brown of Grants.
She was selected for the prestigious honor from a field of several outstanding engineering students by an interdisciplinary committee comprised of engineering professors at New Mexico Tech and current officers and members of NMSPE.
Brown is scheduled to graduate next week (May 12) with bachelor of science degrees in both mathematics and electrical engineering with highest honors from New Mexico Tech.
"New Mexico Tech has provided me with a good education and hands-on experience in electrical engineering and mathematics," Brown says. "The small classes have allowed me to get one-on-one
learning from the professors; and the professors at Tech make all the difference because they care about the students."
During the past summer, Brown worked as a research intern in the robotics department at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque.
Brown also has conducted research in robotics at New Mexico Tech, where she was a member of a design team that built a fire-fighting robot which placed eighth overall at last year's International Fire-Fighting Robots Competition. Her senior design project, which was sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories, involved designing and building a wall-crawling robot with an on-board camera and radio communications link.
As an undergraduate at New Mexico Tech, Brown currently serves as president of the student chapter of Tau Beta Phi, the national engineering honor society.
She also is actively involved in New Mexico's "Adopt-a-Highway" litter control program and often volunteers to help run communications at the Grants Winter Quadrathalon.