SOCORRO, N.M. May 10, 2011 – A native of Albuquerque, chemical engineering major Alyssa Rose not only will graduate in four years, but has a perfect GPA.
Macey Scholar 2011-2012
“In my time here, I have continuously strived for excellence in my classes, sought to share my knowledge with others and given of myself to the Socorro community that has so warmly welcomed me,” she said.
She developed an interest in engineering through a science project through Kirtland Air Force Base. Then, when she was 16, Rose began taking college courses. She enrolled in the Summer Mini-Course in 2007, which convinced her to come to Tech.
“I picked the Chemical Engineering Mini-Course,” she said. “We made biodiesel and drove a go-kart. Don Weinkauf taught it. From his lectures, it seemed like therre’s a lot I can do with a chemical engineering degree.”
By the time she matriculated at Tech in 2008, she already had 31 credit hours in chemistry and calculus.
Rose has worked at Sandia National Laboratories and at New Mexico Tech, conducting biomedical research for Dr. Michaelann Tartis. She also has worked for the past two years as a teaching assistant for Dr. Corey Leclerc’s class Computer Programming for Engineers.
“What I like about teaching is showing students that what they think is insurmountable is easy to do if you break it down into steps,” she said. “It’s really neat to see a student struggle and then, one day, they come in and know how to do it because you’ve helped them.”
Rose is active with several clubs on campus, including InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Science Olympiad.
She decided during her sophomore year that she 18 credit-hours per semester was just too much.
“I didn’t anything extracurricular when I first came to Tech except go to meetings,” she said. “Taking less credit hours has allowed me to be more involved. It’s a matter of making time. You have to ask yourself, ‘What do you think is important and where is your time valuable.”
Electrical engineering professor Dr. Kevin Wedeward praised Rose’s level-headedness and intelligence in his nomination letter.
“I have found her to have a rare blend of mindfulness, inquisitiveness and excellent technical and interpersonal skills,” he wrote. “I find Ms. Rose a friendly, reliable and conscientious individual with whom myself and others enjoy interacting.”
Dr. Tartis also praised Rose as an academic standout and for her character. She also wrote that Rose has earned high respect from her supervisors at Sandia, which reflects extremely well upon all New Mexico Tech students.
“Alyssa is dependable, responsible, polite and easy to work with,” Tartis wrote. “Alyssa has a true hunger for knowledge … These combined attributes make her an ideal recipient of this distinguished scholarship.”
Rose intends to pursue a master’s degree at one of the top chemical engineering programs in the country. While not yet a member of the Engineers Without Borders club, she would like to volunteer through the organization to help disadvantaged people.
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By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech