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NMSU engineering professor to receive Darnall Award

Engineering Professor William C. McCarthy, associate dean for academics in New Mexico State University's engineering college, will receive the 2000 Dennis W. Darnall Faculty Achievement Award.

William McCarthy, associate dean for academics in NMSU's engineering college, will receive the Dennis W. Darnall Faculty Achievement Award. (Contributed photo)

The $2,500 award recognizes outstanding achievements in teaching, research and service at NMSU. McCarthy will be honored at a reception at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in the conference room of Dove Hall on NMSU's main campus.

In addition to overseeing academic affairs for the engineering college, McCarthy works with students with disabilities as project director for the National Science Foundation-funded Regional Alliance for Science, Engineering and Mathematics for Students with Disabilities (RASEM). A wheelchair user himself, he encourages students with disabilities to pursue higher education and to consider scientific and technical fields.

"RASEM represents 16 institutions of higher education in three states," said Jay Jordan, NMSU engineering dean. "Dr. McCarthy is a devoted researcher, administering grants in excess of $3 million. He does an outstanding job for the College of Engineering and he is an inspiration to the students in the RASEM program."

Lawrence Scadden, NSF senior program director, wrote in support of McCarthy's nomination, "RASEM is a model program that has led me to develop plans for replicating what NMSU has done. I personally will be delighted if NMSU recognizes Bill for his dedication, innovation and leadership that goes far beyond the boundaries of your campus and state."

Sherman Peterson, a former student of McCarthy's, wrote, "Dr. McCarthy had a profound, positive influence on my academic career and my life. There were times when I began to wonder if I belonged in the field of engineering, and it was Dr. McCarthy who gave me the encouragement to apply myself, to persevere and to succeed. I consider him to be a mentor and a friend."

McCarthy, who grew up in Las Cruces, joined the faculty of NMSU's civil, agricultural and geological engineering department in 1980. He became a full professor in 1995 and is a Registered Professional Engineer in New Mexico.

He earned his bachelor's degree in 1973, his master's degree in 1976 and his doctorate in 1981, all in civil engineering at NMSU. He has received the engineering college's Frank Bromilow Award for Teaching, the Chi Epsilon civil engineering honor society James M. Robbins regional award for excellence in teaching and two professional service awards from the New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers, most recently in 1998.

In the community, McCarthy serves as secretary and board member of Casa Arriba Caregivers, and has headed the Explorers and organized the Merit Badge University for the Boy Scouts of America.

The Darnall Award was established by family and friends of the late Dennis Darnall, who was known for his work as an NMSU teacher, researcher and administrator, and as an entrepreneur and civic leader.

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CUTLINE: William McCarthy, associate dean for academics in NMSU's engineering college, will receive the Dennis W. Darnall Faculty Achievement Award. (Contributed photo)

Rachel Kendall
March 29, 2000