SOCORRO, N.M., November 5, 1999 -- Timothy Wangler, a native of Clovis who is now a junior majoring in chemical engineering at New Mexico Tech, recently was named the recipient of the research university's "Sophomore Excellence Award," an annual award presented by the local chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).
Wangler, a graduate of Clovis High School, is the son of John and Nora Wangler of Clovis.
He was selected for the prestigious honor from a field of several top chemical engineering students by an interdisciplinary committee of engineering professors at New Mexico Tech.
Wangler maintained the highest scholastic standing of his class through his sophomore year and posted the highest grade point average (GPA) of any of the Tech students being considered for the AIChE award.
Wangler currently is employed as a student research assistant at New Mexico Tech, working with Tech chemical engineering professor Donald Weinkauf on a project involving polymer functionalization in a plasma environment.
During summer breaks, Wangler has worked as a student intern at Intel Corporation's plant in Rio Rancho.
He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, a national honor society for engineering students, and serves as vice president of the university's chapter of AIChE.
"I really like the individual attention students receive from the faculty here at New Mexico Tech," Wangler says. "The quality of education you get for the price you pay at this university is unbeatable."