SOCORRO, N.M., Oct. 29, 1999 -- Aaron D. Stump, a graduate of Portales High School who is now a senior majoring in materials engineering at New Mexico Tech, recently was awarded the ASM International Albuquerque Chapter Scholarship.
Stump was born in Tucumcari and moved to Portales when he was 11. He is the son of Jerry and Meg Stump, former Tucumcari and Portales residents who now hail from Buffalo Lake, Minn.
The scholarship award, which includes $500 and a one-year student membership in ASM International ("The Materials Information Society"), was presented to Stump by ASM International Albuquerque Chapter chairman Douglas J. Taylor, who is a New Mexico Tech alumnus.
In addition to his classwork at New Mexico Tech, Stump currently is working on his senior design project--a collaborative research project which involves engineers at Motorola in Albuquerque.
Stump, a member of the New Mexico Tech chapter of ASM International, has been attending the state-supported research university under a Counselor's Choice Scholarship.
When he is not pursuing his studies and research projects, the Portales High graduate trains and boxes as a member of the Socorro Boxing Club.
In addition, Stump says he enjoys writing in his leisure time, particularly short works of poetry and fiction.
"I believe the New Mexico Tech materials engineering department is probably one of the best available in the nation for an undergraduate education," Stump says.