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Tyler Robinson: Macey Scholar, Envirnomental Engineer

SOCORRO, N.M. May 9, 2013 – Tyler Robinson jumped right in to the life of a college student when he matriculated in 2010. The junior from Alamogordo joined the First Year Experience program and soon after joined the staff at the Center for Student Success.

In his application essay, he wrote that the First Year Experience “opened my eyes to other captivating activities offered on campus, such as various clubs and volunteer events.”


Tyler Robinson, 2013-2014 Macey Scholar


In an interview, he said, “From then on, it was awesome. I started as an office intern at the CSS. They must have liked me because they moved me to tutor. Now, I teach the First Year Experience and that’s pretty cool.”

Robinson is studying Environmental Engineering and completed a summer internship in 2012 at White Sands Missile Range. That experience gave him a glimpse of the life of an engineer and motivated him to become more involved in his studies.

As a sophomore, he served as a learning coach during the first year of the Living Learning Communities, helping Dr. Frank Huang teach a year-long course in sustainability. He helped students design and install solar panels and wind turbines atop MSEC, which powered small greenhouses.

“The LLC class has taught me the importance of research, presentation skills, working with an advisor, and cooperating with my fellow peers,” he said.

His work with Dr. Huang didn’t end there. This year, he is leading a team that is designing a solar panel system that will power a large LED sign at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque.

He has been selected to teach another First Year Experience course during the fall 2013 semester.

In his recommendation letter, Huang wrote, “Tyler did an excellent job [as learning coach] of getting to know the students and advising them … I was particularly impressed by his knowledge in science and engineering, his passion for the project, and his dedication to help students at any time.”

This coming summer, Robinson will be an environmental engineering intern with ConocoPhillips in Farmington. He will be working in the Health, Science and Environment division of the company.

Dr. Clint Richardson, professor of Civil Engineering, wrote a recommendation letter, stating that “Tyler has always expressed excitement for learning in and out of the classroom. … He has shown leadership on many occasions as a head of class projects, design groups and school clubs.”

Robinson is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, and has volunteered to judge the N.M. Science Olympiad. He also founded the Cereal Club, a new student club, and serves as the president.

“I was super surprised. It’s a real honor,” Robinson said about learning that he was selected as a Macey Scholar. “I was so excited. I called my mom immediately and she was excited too.”

Robinson is on schedule to graduate in May 2014, finishing in four years. He is interested in pursuing a master’s degree, but in a field other than Environmental Engineering, so as to broaden his education and his career options.

– NMT –

By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech

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