Alumni Award Recipients

The Office for Advancement honors three alumni every year during 49ers Homecoming Weekend.


Techie of the Year 2019 BobRobert Eveleth



Presented to an alum who has demonstrated service and loyalty to New Mexico Tech over many years. It is the highest honor awarded by NMT’s Office for Advancement and Alumni Relations. Robert “Bob" Eveleth (B.S. Mining Engineering, 1969) has spent more than 35 years researching, rescuing, collecting, identifying, and publishing obscure facts and historic details of NM mining and NMT history. Unofficial historian and “memory of New Mexico’s earth,” he has helped to expand the legacy of New Mexico, mining, and history

Rising Star 2019 GrahamDr. Graham Walsh



Presented to an alum who graduated in the past 5 to 10 years, is excelling in his/her profession, and is an emerging leader in his/her field. Dr. Graham Walsh (M.S. Materials Engineering, 2002, and Ph.D. Materials Engineering, 2010) worked at EMRTC as a student; he was instrumental in bringing Mythbusters to NMT. In 2016 he and his wife started their own business, Explosives Test Center, LLC; one sign of its success is that it has hired other NMT graduates.

Philanthripist of the Year 2019 KenKen Fagan



This award recognizes an alum for their long-time distinguished philanthropic contributions to and activities supporting New Mexico Tech. Ken Fagan (B.S. Petroleum Engineering, 1961) and his wife Marge have been generous supporters of the New Mexico Tech Petroleum Engineering Department and its students, for many years. The Fagan Scholarship is awarded to multiple undergraduate Petroleum Engineering students each year.