Engineering Students: Aggie Innovation Space
“They are actually tools, but we call them really big toys, and they’re so cool!”
NMSU seniors Kyle Klingler and Simon Polakoff are referring to the state-of-the-art tools and equipment in the Aggie Innovation Space. Both are “Innovators” in the space – upperclassmen who serve as mentors and technicians for their junior peers.
“Our role as Innovators is to help underclassmen who don’t yet have the technical skills to facilitate their minds’ creations,” said Kyle. “If you can think it and visualize it, we can make it a reality. I’ve never had a job where I’ve been so excited just to go to work. It’s awesome, all day, every day.”
Shared experiences are what drive the College of Engineering’s Aggie Innovation Space. As the lab extension of the Eloy Torrez Family Learning Communities, the Innovation Space provides students an incubator where they can create and problem-solve among mentors, peers and faculty. It is a place where everyone shares a common goal and a common enthusiasm. “The sky’s the limit with the things we can do together in this space,” said Simon.
“That’s the best part of the Aggie Innovation space – is that it helps everyone. And not just students but faculty, too. Even people from the community and local high school students have used this space and consulted with us,” said Kyle. “The space is there to help everyone innovate and create. And, I think that’s really the dream of engineering – to help other people build.”
Both Kyle and Simon believe their experiences have given them an edge over their peers from other institutions. We encourage you to help us keep NMSU’s engineering program a step above the rest by supporting the Aggie Innovation Space. Your gift today will help NMSU students like Kyle and Simon discover countless opportunities to find success in a positive, supportive and enthusiastic environment like no other.
Lakshmi Reddi, Ph.D., Dean