Alfredo Zendejas Rodriguez is a graduate student in the Civil Engineering Department working on his Master of Science in Environmental Engineering. During this past summer, he was awarded an internship at The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP) in the city of Los Angeles. He was examining health and safety hazards in the meatpacking industry in Southern California.
He worked under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Riley, the director of research and evaluation at the Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program at the University of California, Los Angeles. The hosting organization for his project was the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770.
As a result of his work during the summer, he was awarded the James P. Keogh Memorial Scholarship to attend the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Conference in San Diego, California this coming November. He will be presenting his OHIP project findings in the Occupational Health and Safety Section of APHA.
Now that Alfredo is back to NMSU, he will continue with his Master’s program and working as a marketer at the Office of Education Abroad. He also starts the academic year becoming the first graduate student to serve as a Presidential Ambassador. He will be assisting the University President with alumni relations and stewardship, supporting academic initiatives, promoting new programs, and engaging members of the local business community.