SIPI Program Promotes Advanced Tech Programs

Nov 15th, 2008 | By | Category: 20-2: Native Green, Tribal College News


INSTUCTORS, STUDENTS ROPED IN. The second annual Research Opportunity Program for Excellence (ROPE) program included (from left): Ray Delgarito, Gib Russette, Romando Largo, Zach Netzer, Dean Pershall, Alicia Montoya, Abe Gurule, Tierny Yazzie, Desiree Cordova, Harold Madsen, Dylan Maho, Josh Murphy, Behshad Dastgerdi, Dr. Matt Pleil, Bijan Pejman, Yvonne Benton, Dr. Nader Vadiee, Mike McGahey, Dr. Olga Lavrova, Mike Majedi, Damian Moore, James Dunn, and Raphael Perea. Photo by Orlando Skidmore

Based on information compiled by E. McGahey

The Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI, Albuquerque, NM) hosted its second annual Research Opportunity Program for Excellence (ROPE) program in two sessions from June through August 2008. ROPE orients students to the advanced technical education programs offered at SIPI: Engineering, Electronics Technology, Natural Resources, and Geospatial Information Technologies. Students attended introductory classes and workshops from each of these departments.

The workshops were in engineering, renewable energy, microcontrollers, and also a seminar in field programmable gate array (FPGA). The engineering workshop introduced general mathematical, engineering, and physical science. The students learned about the skills and theoretical foundations they would need to solve practical engineering problems.

The renewable energy workshop explored alternative energy by using solar, wind, biomass (organic matter of plants), hydrogen, geothermal, ocean, and hydropower. In the micro-controllers workshop, the students were introduced to software used to program the “brain” in robotics. The FPGA seminar introduced the combination of software and hardware for connecting circuit board components.

The students also had paid internships in which they worked on project teams alongside the instructors. The teams were involved with education outreach, robot design, Mars yard project, and information documentation. Of seven interviewed interns, five indicated they plan to study engineering at the University of New Mexico (UNM) after completing their schooling at SIPI; two others plan to continue their studies at other universities, one in engineering and the other in geology.

The schools that partnered with SIPI on the ROPE program include: the pre-engineering Pathway Academy at Bernalillo High School, the Indigenous Math and Science Institute of Salish Kootenai College, the UNM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the New Mexico Highlands University’s Department of Computer, Mathematical Sciences, and Engineering.

For more information about ROPE, contact Dr. Nader Vadiee, coordinator/faculty, SIPI Department of Advanced Technical Education, at (505) 792-4618 or by email

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