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First Mechanical Engineering Students Receive Diplomas

May 18, 2012

The first two graduates from the University's new mechanical engineering program were among the record 977 Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students who walked across the American Bank Center stage on May 12 to receive their diplomas from President Flavius Killebrew.

Alex Iben, who grew up in the small town of Needville, Texas, is a third generation engineer who was inspired by his late mother, Jean Iben to follow in his father's and grandfather's footsteps. Alex plans to pursue his master's degree in mechanical engineering with an emphasis on fluid dynamics.

Ruben Longoria, who grew up in Refugio, Texas, was undecided on his major when he entered the University as a freshman but quickly decided on the mechanical engineering program. Ruben plans to work in his field while pursuing his master's degree in engineering.

The College of Science and Engineering established its mechanical engineering program in 2009 and now has more than 150 students enrolled. Mechanical engineering graduates are in high demand in industry, government and education; including energy and utility companies, refineries, aerospace firms, biomedical equipment manufacturers, automobile manufacturers, electronics and computer manufacturers, construction firms and equipment manufacturers, HVAC manufacturers, consulting firms, colleges and universities, and government labs and engineering centers.

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