by George Zamora
SOCORRO, N.M., December 22, 2003 – Alexander Rand, a graduate of Los Alamos High School who is now a senior majoring in mathematics and computer science at New Mexico Tech, recently was named a 2003 Macey Scholar at the state-supported research university. The honor includes a $5,000 scholarship award.
Rand is the son of Greg and Christine Rand of Los Alamos.
Earlier this year, Rand also was named a New Mexico Tech Scholar for his demonstrated academic excellence.
Rand’s research experience includes an internship this past summer with the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, during which he developed mathematical models for population dynamics at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
In addition, Rand has spent the previous three summers working at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Rand is an active member of the New Mexico Tech student chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), and was a member of a Tech ACM team which tallied the highest score at this year’s ACM Rocky Mountain Regional Computer Programming Contest, which was held recently in Colorado Springs.
During the annual nationwide Putnam Mathematics Competitions, which are held locally each year on the New Mexico Tech campus, Rand also posted the highest scores among the university’s undergraduate math competitors in 2001 and 2002.
In addition to his research and studies, Rand is a trumpet player in several New Mexico Tech musical ensembles, including the Tech Big Band and the Oktoberfest Band.
New Mexico Tech students named Macey Scholars are selected on the basis of their demonstrated academic accomplishments, both in the classroom and research laboratory, as well as their active participation in institutional service and co-curricular activities.
The Macey Scholars Program is funded by an endowment established by William B. Macey and Jean M. Macey of Albuquerque and Tucson. William Macey graduated from the New Mexico School of Mines (as New Mexico Tech was known in its early years) in 1942, and also was awarded an honorary doctorate by Tech in 1984.