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NMSU students receive Eisenhower fellowships

Five New Mexico State University students have been awarded $10,000 each for their work in transportation-related fields.

New Mexico State University students Eric Noonchester, from left, Quinn Korbulic and Bharath Katragadda were awarded $10,000 each for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Fellowship. Fellowship recipients from NMSU not pictured are Richard Hernandez and Zachary Springfield. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips.)

The Dwight David Eisenhower Hispanic-Serving Institution Fellowship is being awarded to Bharath Katragadda, Richard Hernandez and Zack Springfield of the College of Business, and Eric Noonchester and Quinn Korbulic of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Eisenhower Fellowship awards students a maximum of $10,000 for tuition and a living stipend. It also provides the money necessary for the recipients to travel to Washington, D.C., to present their research at the annual Transportation Research Board meeting.

"The students are specializing in research and work projects that interface transportation. Transportation is a pretty diverse field, from land planning to management to engineering," said Jason Ackleson, an assistant professor of government who coordinated the committee to nominate the recipients.

Katragadda is working on his MBA and plans to graduate in spring 2007.

"When I graduate I will use my mechanical engineering background and business skills obtained from the MBA program to become an expert in the area of air and ground transportation," Katragadda said.

Hernandez also is working on his MBA and plans to pursue a doctorate when he graduates in spring 2007.

"It is an honor to receive this fellowship," Hernandez said. "This fellowship assists me and other students as well as our community. Transportation is an extremely important industry in our economy and providing assistance to students interested in transportation will be beneficial to our community as a whole."

Springfield is working on his master's in accounting and plans to work in an accounting firm after he graduates in May 2007.

"The fellowship provides so many great opportunities for students to address critical national issues through their research and attendance at national conferences," Springfield said.

Korbulic plans to complete his master's degree in geography in spring 2007.

"I hope to continue working at NMSU," Korbulic said. "I am currently the Geographic Information Systems coordinator for the Spatial Applications and Research Center here at NMSU. We have some exciting projects coming up that I look forward to working on."

Noonchester plans to graduate in spring 2007 with a bachelor of science in geography and then to attend graduate school.

"The fellowship is beneficial to the university in terms of recruiting students with financial hardships," said Bobbie Green, director of the MBA program. "It also benefits the students because it gives them a chance to network with each other and explore the job market. It's useful to the transportation industry by the research provided. Overall it is good for the university, students and the transportation industry."