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NMSU student earns spot on All-USA College Academic Team

New Mexico State University senior chemical engineering major April Smith was recently named to the All-USA College Academic Third Team for her work on an inexpensive ultrafiltration process to remove plutonium from wastewater.


Smith's name ran in the Feb. 25, 1999, edition of "USA Today" along with the 59 other national winners. A Taos-native, Smith is one of only two students from the region West Texas, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona to be honored.

Smith began working on her project more than two semesters ago under the direction of NMSU interim chemical engineering Department Head Stuart Munson-McGee and former Department Head Rohinton Bhada. Bhada nominated Smith last semester for the team.

Smith's design serves a dual purpose. It removes radioactive plutonium from the water supply and it makes it easier to transport the extracted plutonium.

Smith has been president of the chemical engineering honor society, Omega Chi Epsilon, and the NMSU chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

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