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M-TEC helps New Mexico State hang loudspeakers

Aggie Memorial Stadium will sound just a little bit louder this season thanks in part to help from New Mexico State University's manufacturing technology and engineering center.

New Mexico State University workers Alonzo Zamora, left, and Rudy Cadena work Friday, Aug. 10, to place a new set of speakers in the scoreboard of Aggie Stadium in Las Cruces. Each set of three speakers weighs a total of 1,000 pounds. The rack that holds

Yu-Ping Tang, an engineer in New Mexico State's College of Engineering, and Aaron Cardiel, a sophomore civil engineering major from Alamogordo, designed and built racks for the stadium's new loudspeakers through the M-TEC program.

The huge speakers -- four weigh 300 pounds each and two weigh 80 pounds each -- are designed to fit in two narrow slots in Aggie Stadium's south gate scoreboard. But Michael Paul, assistant director of projects for the university's Office of Facilities and Services, said his office would not have had time to both design racks for the speakers and erect them by the opening of football season, so he asked M-TEC to help with the design.

"The speakers sit one on top of the other and the whole structure weighs about 1,000 pounds. The rack really needed to be well designed. Yu-Ping and his staff did a really nice job," Paul said.

University workers placed the speakers in the stadium scoreboard Aug. 10, in plenty of time for the season's opening football game Sept. 8.

Cardiel, who learned from Tang how to use computer software to design the rack and who built it with help from the department's welding shop, called the work "a tremendous experience."

"One of the great things about it was that Yu-Ping actually listened to my ideas and incorporated them into the design," he said.

The M-TEC program serves as an interface between the university's College of Engineering and the state's business and manufacturing community. Besides providing consulting and design expertise, it offers training for student engineers and workers in area industries.

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