DACC Researchers Present Results

Sixty-three students from across New Mexico including five students from Dona Ana Community College (DACC) recently presented posters on scientific research performed during the summer.

The New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) Student Research Conference was held on October 12 at New Mexico State University’s (NMSU) Corbett Center.  The DACC students who participated in the Summer Community College Opportunity in Research Experience (SCCORE) program were paired with NMSU professors from the Department of Civil Engineering to conduct research on various scientific inquiries.

DACC researchers included:

Tomas Gonzalez, a student majoring in Computer Information Technology, conducted research with Nirmala Khandan.  Tomas’s poster was titled “Recovering Nitrogen and Phosphorous from Wastewater.” The goal of the research was to demonstrate an algal process to treat municipal wastewaters and to recover nitrogen and phosphorous contained in the water.

Hector A. Garcia, a student in General Engineering, worked with Lambis Papelis.  Hector’s poster was titled “Microbial Effect on Selenium and Arsenic Transport Retardation.” The object of the research was to study the effect of chemical modification of zeolite on its affinity for selenium and arsenic oxyanions.

Domunick P. Gonzales, a graduate of General Engineering at DACC and now studying Mechanical Engineering at NMSU, conducted research with Khandan. Domunick’s poster was titled “Wastewater Treatment by Galdieria Sulphuraria: Establishing Carbon Balance.” The purpose of this research was to study the utilization of an algal strain, Galdieria sulphuraria, for treating urban wastewater in a single energy efficient manner.

Sean Smith, a graduate of General Engineering at DACC and now studying Engineering Physics at NMSU, conducted research with Salim Bawazir.  Sean’s poster was titled “Automatic Control Valve for Regulating Flow under Low Pressure Head for Refilling Evaporation Pan in Remote Areas.” The goal of this research was to study the efficiency and effectiveness of modular automatic control valves used for refilling evaporation pans.

Other DACC students participating in the Student Research Conference were Ruben Martinez Mares and Holly Meadows. Marlyn Ibarra also conducted research through SCCORE.