NM Tech undergrad takes second at AMP research competition, Nov. 11, 2005

by George Zamora

LAS CRUCES, Nov. 11, 2005 – New Mexico Tech student researcher Henry Jauregui earned second place in the oral presentation competition at the New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation’s (AMP) Annual Undergraduate Student Research Conference, which was held recently on the New Mexico State University campus.

Jauregui, a physics major at New Mexico Tech, was among the 69 student competitors who gave presentations on their current faculty mentored research projects.

Jauregui’s presentation included an overview of research work he was directly involved with this past summer at the University of Michigan through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.

During his summer stay at Ann Arbor, Jauregui worked alongside University of Michigan researchers at the school’s Wireless Integrated Micro-Systems Engineering Research Center on developing a device called the Micro-Machined Acoustic Ejector Array (MACE), which can be used for propulsion as well as cooling applications. In addition, he also worked on a micro-pump designed to be used in a miniaturized gas chromatograph.

Jauregui’s specific research work included testing for resonance frequencies in the systems, measuring air velocity and thrust, and testing for cooling capabilities.

Jauregui’s involvement this past summer with the ongoing research project at the University of Michigan has also resulted in his submitting a research paper to the Institute for Electric and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Micro-Electronic Mechanical Systems (MEMS) international conference, which will be held later this year in Turkey.

New Mexico AMP is a partnership formed among the state’s public two-year post-secondary institutions and the state-supported four-year universities that is designed to increase enrollment and graduation rates of underrepresented ethnic minorities in the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.