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NMSU's Engineers Council receives national recognition

Six engineering students at New Mexico State University have turned NMSU's Engineers Council around, and have received national recognition for it.

ncil received the "Most Improved Engineers Council in the Nation" and "Best Philanthropy in the Nation" awards when they attended the National Association of Engineering Student Councils (NAESC) National Conference in St. Louis April 7-10.

The awards were received in part for NMSU's celebration of National Engineers Week, during which the council held the largest celebration in the region covering New Mexico, west Texas, southern Colorado and eastern Arizona. They collected more than $6,000 in sponsorship funds and contributed more than 750 hours of community service.

The council's president, Cipriano Duran, considers the philanthropy award one of the most significant achievements for engineers. "It is our goal as engineers to improve the quality of life for all humanity, and this is proof that we are succeeding," he said.

Four of the council's officers were elected to positions in the West Region, which includes 13 states north and west of New Mexico, including Alaska and Hawaii.

Mohammed Ghassemi, of Las Cruces, was elected vice president of relations. He is triple majoring in electrical engineering, mathematics and biochemistry.

Eric Rodriguez, a mechanical engineering major from Las Cruces, was elected vice president of outreach.

Crystal Rivera, a civil engineering major from Las Cruces, was elected vice president of communication.

Manuel Agulló, a computer engineering major from Las Cruces, was elected vice president of administration.

"Electing four of our officers illustrates what our colleagues think about the NMSU engineering program," Duran said. "The national board of directors told us we were the most professional council they had ever seen."

To remember this year's achievements, a sandstone bench has been engraved with the council officers' names and placed in front of Goddard Hall on the NMSU campus.