Matt Davenport receives the 2018 Brown Award Saturday from President Stephen G. Wells at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos High School alumni Matt Davenport has received the 2018 Brown Award at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro.
Davenport, who graduated with a with a degree in chemical engineering, received a plaque and a $1,000 prize at Saturday’s commencement ceremony. He also was named Engineering Student of the Year for 2018.
The prestigious Brown Award is named in honor of Mr. C. T. Brown, who was for many years a member of the NMT Board of Regents. It is presented to the member of the graduating class who, in the opinion of the faculty, ranks highest in scholarship, conduct and leadership.
According to university officials, Davenport impressed professors and staff members across the campus with his academic abilities, but what truly set him apart is his personal qualities. He was cited for being a campus leader in many aspects, notably his willingness to help his peers, stay involved in campus activities and his calm demeanor. He is known for being dependable, mature and kind,” officials said.
Davenport served as a learning coach for freshmen in the Living Learning Communities and volunteered as a tutor in the Office of Student Learning where officials say countless students would show up specifically looking for him.
Among his accomplishments at NMT, he resurrected the Chemical Engineering Car Team and was part of the Chemical Engineering Jeopardy Team that qualified for the national competition and finished second. He was awarded the Macey Scholarship, NMT’s top academic scholarship for his senior year.
Davenport has been an intern at Los Alamos National Laboratory for the past four summers. He has been accepted into a Ph.D. program at the University of Texas at Austin.
Davenport is the son of Bob Davenport and Carolyn Connor of Los Alamos.