Tech Students Awarded SPE Scholarships, April 8, 1999

SOCORRO, N.M., April 8, 1999 -- Three New Mexico Tech students have been named recipients of scholarships presented by the Roswell section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). They were all chosen for their outstanding academic performance and participation in Tech's student chapter of SPE. The three students, J. J. McGlasson, Steven Sanchez, and Danny Edgett are all majoring in petroleum engineering at the state-supported research university.

J. J. McGlasson, president of the student chapter of SPE, is a native of Los Lunas and a graduate of Los Lunas High School. He is the son of Donny McGlasson and Tommie Wylie. He is currently a senior at New Mexico Tech.

"I'd like to extend special thanks to Betty Newell, one of my former teachers at Los Lunas High School," McGlasson says, "as well as to Tech professors Her-Yuan Chen and William X. Chavez, Jr., for all the support they've given me in my studies."

Steven Sanchez is a graduate student at New Mexico Tech and is vice president of the student chapter of SPE. He is a graduate of Shawnee High School in Tabernacle, N.J., and is the son of José and Nancy Sanchez of Tabernacle.

He also holds a scholarship from the American Association of Drilling Contractors-Dallas/Fort Worth Section Scholarship.

"I'm currently working on a U.S. Department of Energy and industry project on optimization of infill drilling in naturally fractured tight-gas reservoirs," Sanchez relates.

"Being a student at New Mexico Tech has been a great experience for me," he says. "I've had the opportunity to participate in a lot of different activities from attending professional conferences in my major to getting involved in all types of extracurricular activities--from rock climbing to racquetball.

"The classwork has been hard," Sanchez adds, "but I feel I've learned what I need to be successful in my chosen profession."

Danny A. Edgett is a graduate of Goddard High School and the son of Jay and Michelle Edgett of Roswell. He is a freshman at New Mexico Tech and a member of the student chapter of SPE.

"My experiences at New Mexico Tech have been very positive," Edgett says. "The range of students is very diverse and the staff is very supportive at the university."