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STEM Students Learn Lineman Lessons

1314 Lineman Robots

October 4, 2019 – What happens when the lights go out? Typically, linemen for the local electric utility go scrambling to fix the problem. In an emergency, speed and safety are paramount concerns in getting the power back on. New Mexico students involved in the “Off the Grid” robotics competition are faced with those parameters in their quest to build a robot that can help linemen in a pinch. Recently, a crew from PNM gave the students a look at some of the dangers they face on the job. R4Creating is the local nonprofit that seeks to inspire students to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). New Mexico in Focus went along for the demonstration, which helps put students in the middle of a problem and lets them work their way to a solution.

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Former UNM President Abdallah Moves On To Georgia Tech

Chouki Abdallah

August 3, 2018 – Former UNM president Chaouki Abdallah has served in a range of leadership roles at the university over the past thirty years. He led the university during a contentious time when financial mismanagement in the Athletics Department was in the headlines. Abdallah says he has enjoyed his time in New Mexico and at UNM but he was offered a unique opportunity at Georgia Tech. Host Gene Grant sat down with Abdallah to talk about his career at UNM and how he thinks the university can continue to improve access to higher education for students from all backgrounds.