Top Student Awards Announced at New Mexico Tech 2022 Launch
May 14, 2022
SOCORRO, New Mexico – New Mexico Tech announced the top awards for the 2021-2022 academic year during the launch event on Saturday, May 14 at the City of Socorro Rodeo and Sports Complex. The top student scholarship recipients are: Tucker Diamond-Ames, Brown Award; Catherine House and Isaiah Jojola, Cramer Prize; Daniel P. Jensen, Langmuir Prize; and Kyle Stark, Founders Award.
Tucker Diamond-Ames – Price Brown
The Brown Prize is named in honor of Mr. CT Brown, who was for many years a member of the Tech Board of Regents. It is awarded to the member of the class who, in the opinion of the faculty, ranks highest in scholarship, conduct, and leadership. The prize consists of a plaque and a $1,000 prize. The 2022 Brown Prize recipient is Tucker Diamond-Ames, a senior graduate who majored in biology.
Diamond-Ames came to New Mexico Tech after graduating from Capitan High School in 2018. He has been involved in a plethora of intensive, community-focused research activities over the past four years. Diamond-Ames’ involvement in research began during his freshman year when he joined Dr. Snezna Rogelj’s drug discovery group. Soon after – and until graduation – he worked on cancer research, which involved mouse brain surgery, histopathology, and lots of animal care. As a sophomore, Diamond-Ames spent his first college summer as a National Institutes of Health IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) intern with biochemist Dr. Erik Yukl at the New Mexico State University.
When COVID-19 started, Diamond-Ames jumped to the front line with technical staff who were ready to help with COVID-19 testing to help keep the university and the entire Socorro community safe. This further strengthened her resolve to pursue a medical career, a career with a strong emphasis on global health, preventative medicine, and an integral recognition of the importance of mental health in general.
As a proactive member of the Tech Pre-Med Club and the Student Mental Health Sub-Committee, he helped his club president, Faith Meza, organize many educational events that benefited the body, mind and to the soul not only of club members, but of all of the technology. community. These activities included CPR and Narcan training on campus to educate fellow Tech Pre-Med Club members and other tech students.
Diamond-Ames recently transitioned from volunteering at Socorro General Hospital to working in the emergency room. He is expected to continue in this role for the next year while applying to medical school. He recently received the Shortess Award, the Department of Biology’s highest honor:.
Catherine House – Cramer Prize
The Cramer Awards were created to honor Tom Cramer, engineer and member of the Tech Board of Regents for 26 years. They are awarded to two engineering graduates who rank first among scholarships. Each winner receives a certificate and a cash prize of $400.
The first recipient of the Cramer Award is Catherine House, a senior graduate of the Department of Chemical Engineering, with a minor in Chemistry. She is originally from Albuquerque.
House worked as a lab assistant for four years in the NMT Materials Engineering Department under Dr. John McCoy on Sandia National Labs funded engineering epoxies research. She also interned at the Nevada Gold Mining Metallurgy Department and the Idaho National Laboratory. A Macey Scholar, House served as treasurer of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering’s NMT Student Chapter and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society.
House was described as a reliable, fantastic student and a great asset, volunteering her time to mentor chemical engineering students. She has participated in several undergraduate student research experiences and presented her work on a national stage during the student poster session, winning first place at the AIChE Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 conferences. in graduate school this fall at the University of Pennsylvania.
Isaiah Jojola – Cramer Award
The second recipient of a 2022 Cramer Award is Isaiah Jojola, a civil engineering graduate from Isleta Pueblo. He was one of seven members of New Mexico Tech’s American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Wildlife Crossing Bridge design team that competed nationally in Houston, Texas this spring against teams from Texas, Oklahoma and Mexico. They built a 1:10 scale wildlife bridge out of steel, learning project management, deadlines, budget constraints and presentation skills along the way.
Jojola was the recipient of this year’s ASCE Outstanding Senior Award. He accepted a position with Wilson and Company, Inc., Engineers and Architects in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His instructor in CE (Civil Engineering) 423, Open Channel Hydraulics, said Jojola’s homework assignments and exams were the most comprehensive and professionally presented student work he had seen in 20 years of work. teaching of the course.
Each year, New Mexico Tech presents two awards for graduate students – the Langmuir Award and the Founder’s Award.
Daniel P. Jensen – Langmuir Prize
The Langmuir Prize recognizes an outstanding scientific research paper written by a New Mexico Tech student or recent graduate. This award consists of a plaque and a $400 scholarship. The 2022 Cramer Award recipient is Daniel P. Jensen.
A Farmington native, Jensen is one of many amazing people who worked at the Langmuir Lab, studying lightning under his advisor, Dr. Richard Sonnenfeld. Jensen earned a Bachelor of Science degree from New Mexico Tech in 2016 in physics and mathematics, and is pursuing a doctorate in physical instrumentation. Since September 2021, he has been working as a graduate research assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory on a three-year joint internship between New Mexico Tech and LANL.
Dr. Sonnenfeld nominated Jensen for his research paper, “Dart-Leader and K-Leader Velocity From Initiation Site to Termination Time-Resolved With 3D Interferometry”, which was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research in March 2021.
Jensen used data from two interferometers collected during a thunderstorm near Langmuir Lab to produce a three-dimensional interferometer dataset, the most accurate verified result yet for a broadband lightning interferometer. The data also showed that some cloud lightning processes (K-leaders) slow down as they travel for miles, and observation is not possible without this technology.
Jensen has been described by Dr Sonnenfeld as an “extraordinary young scientist” who has produced outstanding research in the study of this extremely complex natural phenomenon which is becoming more frequent and impacting with climate change.
Kyle Stark – Founders Award
The Founders Award honors those responsible for founding the New Mexico School of Mines at Socorro in 1889. It is awarded to the individual who graduates with an advanced degree who is deemed to have made an outstanding contribution at the Institute through scholarship, research and involvement. in campus affairs. The award consists of a plaque and an $800 scholarship. The 2022 Cramer Award recipient is Kyle Stark.
Stark, a native of Berryville, Va., received his bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. He earned his MS and PhD in hydrology from New Mexico Tech. His research has focused on the continuous monitoring of water and sediment flow during flash floods at a state-of-the-art measuring station he built on the Arroyo de los Pinos, which drains part of the Quebradas, across the Rio Grande from Socorro. This effort included collaborators from the US Bureau of Reclamation, Army Corps of Engineers, Ben-Gurion University in Israel, GFZ-Potsdam in Germany, US Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management and local landowners.
According to his advisor, Dr. Daniel Cadol, Stark was indispensable in this project and mentored other students working on the project and carried out “thoughtful, detailed and creative research”. Additionally, while at New Mexico Tech, Stark served as president of the Graduate Student Association for two years and served as a mentor to GSA leaders. He has been described as having a “mindset of service”.