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Student of the Week

Posted: October 27, 2015

Student of the Week Rusty Ludwigsen

A freshman at the Early College Academy

I am currently a freshman at the Early College Academy which is an amazing fit for me. I have been competing in the STEM-H Science & Engineering Research Challenge for the past three years. My project, Passive Reduction of Involuntary Arm and Hand Tremors, focused in 2014 on using a simple passive brace I created to damp the tremors in a mechanically shaking wooden arm.

This past year (2015) I continued my research and tested my brace on volunteers suffering from tremors. With my current research I won both the regional and state STEM-H competitions and was selected to attend ISEF last May representing New Mexico in Pittsburgh as an observer. ISEF was an incredible experience with over 1,200 projects representing 52 countries competing. 

I will continue my research for the upcoming 2016 competition working in the Fred Rutan Gait and Motion Analysis Lab at the UNM Health Sciences Center. The STEM-H science program is a very influential part of my life and mid-October I will be the student representative on the broadcast of the public access talk show, “Issues & Answers,” with host Diane Kinderwater where I can share my experiences and help encourage other APS students to get involved.

Currently, my favorite course is Biology taught by Mr. Mark Walker. I am looking forward to anything science and in particular receiving dual credit for courses I can take at CNM and UNM while in high school.

I am interested in pursuing a career as an exotic animal veterinarian or in pharmacology where I will be able to develop cutting edge medications to help solve world problems.