Emily Pittman and Nathan Phillips Awarded Jim Sims Memorial Engineering Scholarship

Becky Sims, left, with Jim Sims Memorial Engineering Scholarship recipients Emily Pittma and Nathan Phillips. Courtesy/Michael P. Young Photography


The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation has awarded the Jim Sims Memorial Engineering Scholarship to Los Alamos High School graduates Emily Pittman and Nathan Phillips. 

Sims worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Mechanical Engineer for 34 years.

During his distinguished career, he worked as a design engineer and as a leader of project engineering teams. He was an internationally recognized expert in high-field magnet design and had an unparalleled knowledge of hardware engineering, design, and fabrication. He was committed to sharing his knowledge and experience through mentoring young engineers, designers, and students. 

Sims also was a dedicated husband and father and always supported his children as they followed their interests and passions. As a family, Sims’ wife Becky and grown children Jessica and Bradford began this scholarship to honor his love of engineering. 

Scholarship winner Emily Pittman will attend the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque to study Mechanical Engineering. She is the daughter of Pete and Carissa Pittman. 

Scholarship winner Nate Phillips will attend Montana State University to study Mechanical Engineering. He is the son of David and Edie May Phillips.

Donations can be made to the LAPS Foundation in support of future awards of the Sims Memorial Engineering Scholarship at lapsfoundation.com or by mailing a check to LAPS Foundation, 1900 Diamond Dr., Suite 1, Los Alamos, NM 87544.


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