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El Paso resident receives McKee Fellowship at NMSU

Keith Leitch of El Paso, Texas, has received the first Robert E. McKee Fellowship in Electric Utility Management at New Mexico State University. He is a graduate student in the Electric Utility Management Program in NMSU's Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.



NMSU electrical engineering graduate student Keith Leitch has received the first Robert E. McKee Fellowship in Electric Utility Management. (NMSU photo by Michael Kiernan)

Leitch, a 1993 graduate of Coronado High School, received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from NMSU in 1997. He is a member of Tau Beta Kappa Engineering Society, Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Society and Golden Key National Honor Society.

The fellowship was created by the Robert E. and Evelyn McKee Foundation, a nonprofit charitable corporation established in El Paso in 1952. Robert McKee owned a construction company that served as major contractor on projects including the Los Angeles International Airport, the Los Alamos Atomic Energy Project, military installations in San Diego and Hawaii and many buildings in El Paso. He died in 1964.

The fellowship supports students through three semesters of study in NMSU's Electric Utility Management Program, which leads to a master of science degree in electrical engineering. The program, established in 1968 and funded by the power industry, provides graduate level study in the "planning, operation and management of electric power generation, transmission, distribution and utilization." It is designed to prepare students for management positions in the electric utility industry.

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CUTLINE: NMSU electrical engineering graduate student Keith Leitch has received the first Robert E. McKee Fellowship in Electric Utility Management. (NMSU photo by Michael Kiernan)

Rachel Kendall
Feb. 23, 2000