After months of design, research and collaboration, students from the Oñate High School (OHS) Engineering Department are set to present their final projects at the First Annual OHS Engineering Expo, Thursday, May 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Oñate High School Commons Area, 5700 Mesa Grande Drive.

“The projects these students created are amazing, and the time, effort and thought that went into each project is quite impressive,” said OHS Principal Jim Shapekahm. “I am excited to say that we have some very smart and capable future engineers.”

The Expo will feature 20 engineering projects and two major presentations, all developed by students enrolled in a variety of engineering classes at OHS including: Intro to Engineering Design and Developments, Principles of Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Engineering Design and Development.

The engineering design and development students will be presenting individual engineering projects, developed in conjunction with the New Mexico State University Engineering Department, and the civil engineering students will present a group project of design and engineering concepts for a new OHS Performing Arts Center addition, developed in collaboration with the OHS Performing Arts Department.  The design concepts will be submitted for consideration to help improve the OHS Performing Arts program in an upcoming bond election.

According to Shapekahm, the major presentations by the civil engineering and engineering design classes were developed by juniors and seniors, and the other projects were created by ninth- through 12th-grade students. He also mentioned that the civil engineering students have been working on the project since August 2016 and the rest of students started their projects earlier this year.

In order to provide feedback about the presentations, event organizers are currently seeking volunteer evaluators to sit on a panel during the presentations.

“We’re also seeking volunteers to join our Engineering Advisory Board to strengthen our relationship with the community and post-secondary engineering programs,” Shapekahm said. “Volunteers simply have to commit to attend four meetings and the annual expo.”

Interested volunteers are asked to contact: Larry Evans at, Rudy Misquez at or the school at (575)527-9430.

OHS currently offers two pathways—aerospace engineering and civil engineering— for students interested in pursuing engineering professions.

For more information, contact LCPS Communications Coordinator Paul Dahlgren,, (575) 527-5808.