Armijo receives Zia Award

September 21, 2018 - Kendall Tipton


Kenneth Armijo, an alumnus of The University of New Mexico School of Engineering, will be one of the recipients of the 2018 Zia Award on September 29.

Armijo earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2005 and his master’s and Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley, where he also earned business credentials.

The Zia Award, given by the UNM Alumni Association, an award which recognizes the achievements of UNM graduates who have chosen to make New Mexico their home.

Armijo was originally inspired to pursue a career in engineering by growing up around his family’s chile farm in Sabinal, N.M. He debated where he was going to work after his academic studies, but finally found his fit at Sandia National Laboratories, where he continues to work today.

At Sandia, Armijo works as a senior member of technical staff, where he mainly focuses his work in phase-change materials, where he researches ways to produce efficiency and cleaner power, with a concentration in solar energy.

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