NMT Physics Club

We have a very active physics club, affiliated with the national Society of Physics Students. Some of our students also belong to Sigma Pi Sigma, the national honor society within the Society of Physics Students (SPS). In addition to the Outreach Program, they are active in bringing in outside speakers and in arranging field trips. Weekly meetings often have physics exploration themes where students play with liquid nitrogen or build model rockets. Visit the Tech Physics Club web site for more information.
Advisor: Paul Arendt | parendt at
Physics Club President: Jared Canright | XXX at

Sigma Pi Sigma News


2014-04-23-16.35.29The New Mexico Tech Chapter of Sigma Pi SIgma, the national physics honor society within the American Institute of Physics, inducted thirteen new members for 2014. Sigma Pi Sigma exists to honor outstanding scholarship in physics, to encourage interest in physics among students at all levels, and to promote an attitude of service of its members. Pictured in the photo are Sigma Pi Sigma inductees (from L to R): Stipo Sentic, Perianne Johnson, Brandon Medina, Veronica Pierce, Julia Tilles, Saska Gjorgjievska, Michael Chavez, Bethany Sutherland , James Price , Thomas Peoples, James Riker…

NMT Astronomy Club

The astronomy club is a student run club at New Mexico Tech that focuses on public outreach.We accomplish this goal by hosting monthly star parties every first Saturday of each month and by hosting monthly star parties for local groups. They make use of the Etscorn Campus Observatory, located in a light-sheltered spot on campus, from which they run many public and private star parties. They have also been very active in organizing field trips in this very astronomy-rich part of the country. To learn more, check out the Astronomy Club web site.
Advisor:Dan Klingelsmith | dklingelsmith at
Astronomy Club President – Veronica Pierce | vpierce at

NMT Educational Outreach Program

NMT physics students have established an educational outreach program. They want to bring physics out into the community, and to show pre-college students that science can be fun and interesting. Their projects have included “Physics Day Paper Airplane” contests and Van de Graaf demonstrations at area schools. They were involved in setting up a computerized weather station (which reports to one of the Albuquerque TV stations) at one of the local Socorro schools.