NMT Senior Places Second in Speaking Competition

by Kathy Hedges

SOCORRO, N.M. – New Mexico Tech senior Sam Gabay placed second in a student speaking competition at AISTech 2007, a conference for the Association for Iron and Steel Technology. The conference was held on May 7–10, 2007, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind. The Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) is an international technical association representing iron and steel producers, their allied suppliers and related academia.

Gabay, a materials engineering major at the state-supported research university, spoke on his senior project, “Analysis of Iron Oxides on Anodized Steel.” His advisor on the project was David Burleigh, Associate Professor of Materials Engineering.

Gabay is a 2002 graduate of Eldorado High School in Albuquerque. He is the son of Irwin and Beverly Gabay of Albuquerque.

During his time at New Mexico Tech, Gabay served as president of the student chapter of The Materials Society, Tech's chapter of Material Advantage, the national organization for students in materials science. Gabay has also been a senator in Tech’s Student Association, and a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. He recently performed in Tech’s spring musical, and has also been a member of Socorro Striders and Riders. He graduates from Tech on May 12.

Gabay’s post-graduation plans including working for the federal government and eventually pursuing a graduate degree.