by George Zamora

SOCORRO, N.M., Jan. 28, 2004 – George Edward Schmaltz, a graduate of Gallup High School who is now a senior majoring in electrical engineering and computer science at New Mexico Tech, recently was named a Macey Scholar at the state-supported research university. The honor includes a $5,000 scholarship award.

Schmaltz is the son of John and Patti Schmaltz of Gallup.

In the recent past, Schmaltz also was named both a Tau Beta Pi New Mexico Gamma Success Scholar and a Silver Scholar at New Mexico Tech.

In addition, he recently was awarded an Electrical Manufacturing & Coil Winding Association Scholarship for his demonstrated academic excellence at the university.

Schmaltz’s research experience includes an internship this past summer with the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, during which he designed and developed visual detection and image processing systems at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Schmaltz currently is working on a global positioning system (GPS) logging device for his electrical engineering senior design project.

In past years, he also has developed robotic detection and retrieval systems in conjunction with his undergraduate studies at New Mexico Tech.

Schmaltz is actively involved in various campus activities, including volunteer work as a Hi-Tech Ambassador and coordinator for the upcoming “Engineering Weekend” at the university.

He also is an avid reader and swing dancer.

Schmaltz currently serves as president for the New Mexico Tech student chapters of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, and the Newman Association, a fellowship of Catholic university students. He also is the founding chairman and current vice chairman of the student chapter of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE).

New Mexico Tech students who are named Macey Scholars are selected on the basis of their demonstrated academic accomplishments, both in the classroom and research laboratory, as well as their active participation in institutional service and co-curricular activities.

The Macey Scholars Program is funded by an endowment established by William B. Macey and Jean M. Macey of Albuquerque and Tucson. William Macey graduated from the New Mexico School of Mines (as New Mexico Tech was known in its early years) in 1942, and also was awarded an honorary doctorate by Tech in 1984.