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New Mexico's transportation secretary to speak at Bromilow Lecture

Rhonda Faught, cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Highway and Transportation Department and a New Mexico State University alumna, will be this year's Frank Bromilow Lecture speaker.



Rhonda Faught, cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Highway and Transportation Department, will be this year's Frank Bromilow Lecture speaker. (Courtesy photo)


The event will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in the Thomas and Brown Hall, Room 104.

Her speech is titled "Your University, Your Education and Your Success."

Faught, a Deming native, was the first female district engineer and recently became the first female secretary of the New Mexico Highway and Transportation Department in its 100-year history.

Among her many accomplishments in the industry, Faught created a design group to help decentralize some of the design and information technology aspects involving certain highway projects; developed the Local Government Assistance Bureau, a bureau that assists cities and counties with identifying road projects, securing financing and assisting them through the bureaucratic maze for those projects; and spearheaded the reconstruction of U.S. 70 in Las Cruces.

Faught received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from NMSU in 1980 and was the College of Engineering's 2003 Distinguished Alumna.

The program will also feature the presentation of the Bromilow Awards for Excellence honoring engineering employees. One award is given to a staff member and a second is given alternately for excellence in teaching and excellence in research.

The Bromilow awards and lecture are named for Frank Bromilow, former dean of the College of Engineering and director of the Engineering Experiment Station from 1961 to 1974.