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Jett Family Donation Benefits NMSU College of Engineering Scholarships

As the daughter of one of the most beloved former deans in the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University, Dorothy Jett Barr knew she wanted to give back to the university loved by her father, Daniel Boone Jett.

Following the sale of the Jett family home at 935 North Main Street in Las Cruces, Barr has donated the proceeds to the D.B. Jett Memorial Scholarship, which supports outstanding junior engineering students.

“Our family is pleased to give back to NMSU in the same spirit of our father, Daniel Boone Jett, who, as a professor and dean for many years, passionately believed in people helping people,” Barr said. “My mother, Louise, sister, Marie, and brother, Daniel B. Jett Jr., would also be proud to know that the proceeds from our home, in which we grew up while my father taught at the university, would contribute to help students in the Engineering College that he loved.”

“The legacy of academic contributions Dean Jett left behind is an important part of the history of NMSU College of Engineering,” said Lakshmi Reddi, dean of the college. “This generous contribution from the Jett family adds to that legacy and makes a significant impact on our student success.”

Nicknamed “Dad Jett,” he was hired in 1926 as a civil engineering professor and in 1933 became department head. He was dean from 1938 to 1947. After stepping down as dean in 1947, Jett returned to teaching and served as head of civil engineering until his retirement in 1956.

Jett Hall was dedicated in 1957. Today, it houses the chemical and mechanical and aerospace engineering departments. Currently, Jett Hall is under renovation, which is scheduled to be completed this fall.

Author:  Tiffany Acosta – NMSU

NMSU College of Engineering Motivates Teachers, Students During Trainings, Summer Camps

School is out for the summer but both teachers and students are spending time at New Mexico State University and the College of Engineering.

This month, the college is hosting two core training sessions of Project Lead The Way, which is a leading provider in education curricular programs of science, technology, engineering and mathematics utilized nationally in both middle and high schools. Since 2006, the Engineering New Mexico Resource Network in the College of Engineering has served as the New Mexico Project Lead the Way Affiliate.

This year, 39 teachers from across the country have traveled to NMSU for training in Engineering Design and Development, Introduction to Engineering, Automation and Robotics, Design and Modeling and Principles of Engineering. The first two-week session ran from June 5-16, and the second session runs from June 19-30.

“Teachers play an immeasurable role in empowering students to lead their own learning. As the university affiliate we strive to be a trusted partner in this effort,” said Ester Gonzalez, STEM program manager for the Engineering New Mexico Resource Network. “Our goal is to provide teachers with the support and resources they need to devote more time to inspiring students.”

While participants have traveled from both coasts, teachers from Las Cruces are taking advantage of the local resource. Granville Richardson and Monica Baeza, teachers at Mayfield High School and NMSU alumni, are participating in Project Lead the Way Core Training for the third time. This year they are in the Engineering Design and Development course.

Richardson, who teaches introduction to engineering design, principles of engineering and chemistry, said he enjoys the experience Project Lead the Way provides.

Granville Richardson, a Mayfield High School teacher, discusses a team project during a presentation at a Project Lead the Way Core Training held at New Mexico State University. The Engineering New Mexico Resource Network in the College of Engineering, the state’s Project Lead the Way Affiliate since 2006, hosts middle school and high school teachers in June. (NMSU photo by Tiffany Acosta) JUN17
Granville Richardson, a Mayfield High School teacher, discusses a team project during a presentation at a Project Lead the Way Core Training held at New Mexico State University. The Engineering New Mexico Resource Network in the College of Engineering, the state’s Project Lead the Way Affiliate since 2006, hosts middle school and high school teachers in June. (NMSU photo by Tiffany Acosta) JUN17

“The amount that you have to think outside the box and the amount you have to involve yourself, it’s not like other professional developments where you go and sit and watch a lecture and fall asleep. You’re actually involved in the process,” he said. “It’s stressful at times and at other times it’s really neat and you find yourself thinking of other ideas. You go to bed thinking about it. You wake up having ideas.”

As a math and introduction to engineering design teacher, Baeza said a challenge as an instructor is to help the students understand what they can take away from the classes.

“They can leave with so many skills,” she said. “It’s very valuable to them – the teambuilding, the brainstorming, the researching, how to do word documents, basic PowerPoints and Excel sheets, all things they will need to know when they get to courses like this or to college.”

While teachers are gaining instruction methods, students are on campus with the Engineering New Mexico Resource Network’s PREP Middle and High School Academies. A summer residential camp, PREP gives students the opportunity to explore STEM careers. Students entering sixth through eighth grade spent two weeks, June 4-15, at the PREP Middle School Academy, which offers real-world experiences in engineering innovation through inquiry and hands-on learning.

The PREP High School Academy will be held June 18-30 for ninth- through 12th-grade students. In this camp, students learn about the engineering design process, applied use of engineering software, advanced manufacturing using 3-D printers and the ability to implement their engineering skills with real-world projects.

For more information on Project Lead the Way and NM PREP Academy, visit

Author: Tiffany Acosta – NMSU

UTEP’s College of Engineering to Celebrate National Engineers Week

In celebration of National Engineers Week, known as E-week, The University of Texas at El Paso’s College of Engineering will host a series of events and activities starting Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.

College tours will kick off the E- week celebration with students from Parkland High School, Transmountain Early College High School, Chapin High School Pre-Engineering Magnet Program and Montwood High School visiting UTEP’s engineering facilities.

Starting Tuesday, Feb. 21, activities will include an interactive vehicle display. General Motors will display a 2017 Stingray Corvette and a 2017 Bolt.

“General Motors is delighted to participate in Engineering Week,” said Rachel Wood, university relations strategist at GM. “We are excited to share some of our latest products with you. UTEP Miners will be a part of the next generation of GM employees who will continue to push the boundaries of what can be accomplished in the automotive industry.”

GM representatives also will deliver a series of panel discussions and presentations.

Through the college’s standing partnership with Lockheed Martin, the company will again bring their hands-on jet simulators to campus. Students will have the opportunity to interact with engineers from Lockheed Martin and test the capabilities of the simulators.

A number of student organizations also will celebrate this year’s E-Week through numerous outreach activities.

Gift allows NMSU Chemical Engineering Students to Benefit from New Brew Lab

The College of Engineering will expand a popular field of study for New Mexico State University students with a gift to support the brew lab in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering.

Frank and Jennifer Seidel are giving $45,500 in support of equipment, operational funds, furnishings and related expenses for the brew lab located in the newly renovated Jett Hall.

“I only made it through school because of the support and opportunities I received at NMSU,” said Frank Seidel, a 1982 chemical engineering graduate. Prior to the brew lab gift, the couple created an endowment that provides scholarships to engineering students. “Because I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in right now without the help I received as a student, I want to give back so even more students have a chance to succeed.”

Chemical and materials engineering has been teaching the brewing science and technology course for about a decade to nearly 100 students each semester. Brewing operations such as milling, extraction, fermentation, cooling and filtration are all modeled by the fundamentals found in the chemical engineering curriculum. Combined with engineering education on capital and operating costs and an understanding of economies of scale, the chemical engineering graduate is a strong candidate for a career as a brewmaster or brewpub owner.

“We have many programs at NMSU, and the brewing science and technology course is just one example of the diversity our students experience in their studies,” said Andrea Tawney, vice president of NMSU Advancement and president of the NMSU Foundation. “I am so excited that this class offers a hands-on creative approach to engaging engineering students in their field. This gift from Frank and Jennifer Seidel demonstrates they support learning opportunities that contribute to an ever-growing industry in brewing.”

The New Mexico Brewers Guild has nearly 50 microbrew members from across New Mexico, with five unique businesses in the Las Cruces area alone. The national Brewers Association reports that small and independent American craft brewers contributed $55.7 billion to the U.S. economy in 2014. The industry also provided more than 424,000 jobs, with approximately 115,000 of those jobs located directly within breweries and brewpubs.

“The CHME department is excited about the ability to afford its students with the training to tap into the economics of the strong craft brew market,” said David A. Rockstraw, academic department head and distinguished achievement professor. Rockstraw is also exploring how the student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers might use the training tool for fundraising purposes. “We are thankful to Frank and Jennifer Seidel for their gift that finalized this project, and will allow CHME students to develop the credentials and skills they need to become competitive in this market. We look forward to serving the Seidels a cold one on their next visit to NMSU.”

The Seidel gift for the brew lab is the result of their belief in Rockstraw’s efforts to grow the department, and the promising future of brewing.

“He has a really great program and I wanted to add some energy to Dr. Rockstraw’s efforts,” Frank Seidel said. “He is engaging these millennials in chemical engineering in a way that is exciting for them.”

This is one of the many areas within the $17 million Jett Hall and Jett Annex renovation project, a project that will renovate buildings that haven’t seen much change since the 1950s. Renovations include a new student commons area adjacent to the undergraduate computer lab with tables, lockers and vending and a state-of-the-art graduate research wing with a centralized analytical laboratory.

For more information about giving to the NMSU College of Engineering Jett Hall renovation project and naming opportunities, contact Stephanie Armitage at575-646-5457 or

Author: Charlotte Tallman – NMSU

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