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NMSU student receives scholarship from Alpha Pi Mu

Alejandra Carrasco, president of NMSU's Engineering Council, has been recognized again for her hard work and dedication to excellence.

This is a head and shoulders photo of Alejandra Carrasco, NMSU engineering student.
Alejandra Carrasco, president of NMSU's Engineering Council, has been awarded $500 by the Alpha Pi Mu Scholarship Committee. (NMSU photo by Linda Fresques)

As winner of the National Award of Excellence, Carrasco has been awarded $500 by the Alpha Pi Mu Scholarship Committee. Alpha Pi Mu is a national honor society dedicated to the recognition of industrial engineering students. She also was recognized last month, as recipient of the Bromilow Scholarship, and is a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

Edward Pines, academic department head of industrial engineering, spoke highly of Alejandra's commitment to her education. "Alejandra is an excellent student who has a strong sense of social involvement and community service outreach," he said. "She's been recognized for her leadership by being elected president of Engineer's Council. She's been an officer in a variety of campus activities, as well as in her church. Alejandra is a very talented person."

Last year, Carrasco earned her bachelor's in industrial engineering and Spanish. She is now attending graduate school to earn her master's in industrial engineering.

"Through my education I have always been interested in mathematics, science and solving problems, especially if they involve logic," she said.

"I chose Spanish as a second major because I believe that being bilingual opens many doors, many more opportunities. I hope to earn a certificate to teach Spanish as a second language, so that more people can have the opportunities that I have being bilingual."

Carrasco and her family moved to Las Cruces from Mexico in 2005. She is a graduate of Mayfield High School. She said although the move was at first difficult for her, she has learned some important lessons from it.

"I learned that life is not always going to be the same, that I am the one who has to make and live my own life," she said. "Most importantly, I learned that I have not been given everything, but I have been given the opportunities, and it is up to me to use them wisely or to let them go."

Carrasco has received numerous scholarships during her years at NMSU, including the William C. McCarthy Memorial Scholarship, the Paul W. Klipsch Engineering Endowed Scholarship and the General Motors Engineering Scholarship.