Shannon Gaddy Ferrell

by George Zamora

SOCORRO, N.M., March 11, 2004 – Shannon Gaddy Ferrell, a graduate of Gallup High School who is now a senior majoring in materials engineering at New Mexico Tech, recently was named the 2004 Engineering Student of the Year at the state-supported research university.

Ferrell is the daughter of Leroy and Margaret Gaddy of Gallup.

In the recent past, Ferrell also was named a recipient of the prestigious Tau Beta Pi Scholarship for her demonstrated academic excellence at the university.

Having maintained a cumulative 3.83 grade point average (out of a possible 4.0) at New Mexico Tech, Ferrell continues to attend the university on both a Presidential Scholarship and the Navajo Nation Chief Manuelito Scholarship, in addition to various other non-renewable scholarships and awards she has earned over the years.

Ferrell’s recent research experience includes an ongoing project characterizing the rheology of glycerol with fumed silica filler, a high-tech assignment that she’s been working on for almost two years with New Mexico Tech materials engineering professor John McCoy.

Ferrell is a member of the New Mexico Tech student chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, is actively involved in student government, serving as a student senator, and serves as secretary of the local chapter of The Materials Society.

She is avid reader of fantasy novels, and says she also enjoys watching Japanese anime movies whenever she gets a chance to do so.

“I am fortunate to have had such a supportive faculty advisor in the person of Dr. Gillian Bond for most of my time here at New Mexico Tech,” Ferrell says. “I’m also proud to be finishing up such a challenging undergraduate program.”

Ferrell was officially recognized for her latest achievement by the New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers at the organization’s recent Engineers Week luncheon.