A memorial service for two graduate students killed in a car crash over the weekend will be held on Thursday, June 10 at 10 a.m. in the Alumni Chapel on campus.

The students were returning to Albuquerque after a hiking trip to Tent Rocks, when their car went off the road and rolled over.   A third student was injured in the accident and taken to UNMH.   Two other people in the car were also injured.

The graduate students were working on masters degrees in Civil Engineering in the UNM School of Engineering.



Yi Huang, began her graduate work at UNM in the fall of 2008 and was scheduled to complete her degree this summer.  She was studying pavement design and engineering.

Mohammad Minhaz Mahdi, from Bangladesh, began his master's degree at UNM in the fall of 2009 and was studying computational mechanics.  Mahdi's friends have also arranged a viewing for him at 3 p.m. on Thursday at French Mortuary.

Nasrin Sumee, also a master's degree student from Bangladesh, was injured and remains in stable condition at UNM Hospital.

Students who would like to talk to a counselor can call Student Health Services at 277-4537.  Staff and faculty members can call CARS at 272-6868.

Mohammed Minhaz Mahdi


UNM Provost Suzanne Ortega said, "This is such tragic news for the university community and especially difficult for the three students' friends and colleagues in Civil Engineering. On behalf of President Schmidly and the UNM community, we offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of Yi Huang and Mohammad Minhaz Mahdi and our prayers for the speedy recovery of Nasrin Sumee.  The university is in contact with the families and has offered whatever assistance they will need during this difficult time."

Media Contact: Karen Wentworth, (505) 277-5627; e-mail: kwent2@unm.edu