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Farmington grad receives competitive research award

Francisco Sanchez, a 2010 graduate of Farmington High School, is among four students from New Mexico State University's College of Engineering selected to participate in this summer's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.


This is a head and shoulders photo of Francisco Sanchez.
NMSU electrical engineering undergraduate student Francisco Sanchez received a nationally competitive award to conduct research at Texas A&M. (Courtesy photo)

Research Experiences for Undergraduates supports active research participation by undergraduates and is funded by the National Science Foundation. The program engages students in research projects specifically designed for REU.

Sanchez plans to earn his bachelor's degree in fall 2014.

"I plan to attend graduate school at a university in Texas to earn a master's degree in power engineering," he said. "My dream job is to work for a corporation associated with power, either in distribution or production."

Sanchez decided to study electrical engineering because of his passion for technology, science and mathematics. He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

Sanchez, who is a part of the first generation of his family to attend college, will spend his summer at Texas A&M's Smart Energy and Smart Systems REU program.

"I will be focusing on research topics such as developing the next generation of algorithms, protocols and prototype technologies, which will contribute to the advances in signal processing, computation, microelectronics and nanoscale device synthesis," he said. "I am looking forward to bettering myself as an electrical engineering student by working with faculty and other REU members on challenging topics."