The Electrical and Computer Engineering Academy is an important alumni organization made of distinguished ECE alumni and strategic friends. The Mission of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Academy (ECEA) is to guarantee continued excellence in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department’s teaching, research, and development programs.



The ECE Academy is governed by its by-laws. The latest by-law revision was 2014. To view the current by-laws, click here.


Minutes and Other Files

The ECE Academy 2014 meeting minutes can be found here. [PDF]

The Industrial Advisory Group (IAG) 2014 meeting minutes can be found here. [PDF]

To view Dr. Ranade’s slideshow from the 2014 meeting, click here. [PDF]


The 2013-2014 ECE Academy Officers are listed below:

2013-2014 Academy Board of Directors
Name Position Term End
Manny Mora Chair 2017
Brian Kopp Vice Chair 2018
David Wiegandt Secretary 2017
Scott Miller Treasurer / Finance Committee Representative 2018
Christopher Long
Member 2017
Stephen Horan Past Chair 2016


2013-2014 ECE Membership Committee
Name Position
Joseph Nevarez Co-Chairman
Don Merrill Co-Chairman
John Scruggs Member
Vincent Boudreau Member
Steve Omick Member
Bob Witter Member
2013-2014 IAG Members from ECEA
Name Term End
Andrus Garay 2015
William Garcia 2016
Leroy Gomez 2014
Patricia Nava 2017
Rick Shumard 2018
Gerry Stolarczyk 2018











If you would like to join the ECE Academy, please view this letter for qualifications and requirements: Qualifications and Requirements. The 2014 new member nomination format document can be found here: 2014 New Member Nomination Format The ECE Academy members are listed in the table below:

Charter members inducted in 1991 are indicated by the “‡” next to their names. Deceased members are indicated by the “†” next to their name.

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George Davis Ph.D.
NMSU Degrees: 1964 BSEE
1966 MSEE
Year Inducted: 2010





Received his PhD, D.S.C. in 1969. Retired from Rolls Royce Inc. in 1995. Lives in Plano, Texas.

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Robert “Clay” Doyle
NMSU Degrees: 1983 BSEE
1988 MSEE
Year Inducted: 2008





Experience: 1990-1992, Vice President/Secretary, Energy Consultants, Inc., as one of the principal founders of this former electric power consulting and research company; 1992-1999, Distribution Monitoring Engineer, El Paso Electric Company, NMD, responsible for operational integrity of the electrical distribution system in the Las Cruces and southern New Mexico service territory, and responsible for conducting power-flow modeling, short circuit studies  and protective device coordination studies of the distribution system feeders; 1999-2003, Supervisor, Distribution Dispatch, El Paso Electric Company, NMD, responsible for managing the Company’s customer outage response procedures, responsible for written and verbal communications between customer and company regarding service outages and outage response procedures, and designed, budgeted and lobbied executive management for construction of a new Distribution Dispatch Facility; 2003-2004, Project Manager, Corporate Transition to Competition, El Paso Electric Company, to serve as the Project Manager over the Company’s transition to competition in a de-regulated business environment which included responsibility for coordinating the activity to define the structure of the business relationship between the unbundled Generation, Transmission and Distribution Service and New Mexico business units; 2004-2007, Manager, Team Leader, Corporate Projects Office, El Paso Electric Company, responsible for the administrative duties and reporting responsibilities of the Corporate Projects Office, responsible for coordinating the activities of other managerial staff and   professionals to achieve corporate objectives on capital and process improvement projects, developed, defined, planned and presented strategic options and recommendations to executive management on  various corporate level strategic issues and monitor and interpret regulatory and legislative activity with regard  to corporate projects, policy and strategy; 2007 to Present, Vice President, New Mexico Affairs, El Paso Electric Company, responsible for local and State policy on the participation in community involvement and responsible for State legislative activity with respect to the Company’s and community’s interest. Professional  Certifications include: Project Management  Professional (PMP) Certification, 2005; Registered Professional Engineer (PE), State of New Mexico, 1994; Member IEEE and PES and community involvement, such as Boy Scouts of America, Junior Achievement and Children’s Miracle Network.

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David Durgin
NMSU Degrees: 1967 BSEE
Year Inducted: 1991 (Charter Member)






Dave Durgin is a charter member of ECEA and was its first president. He is a successful businessman and high-tech entrepreneur with extensive experience in the start-up, expansion and management of technology-based product and services companies. During his 50-year career he has held positions as an electrical engineer, technical project manager, business executive, high-tech entrepreneur and professional investor. Durgin’s career has included the positions of Technical Staff Member and Project Manager at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM, senior executive with two major international technology companies, founder and senior executive with numerous start-up and early stage technology companies, Mentor, Angel Investor and Venture Capitalist.

Dave is currently a General Partner of the Verge Fund, a New Mexico Seed Fund, the managing partner of a New Mexico Angel investment company, Quatro Ventures LLC and a special limited partner in Valley Ventures III, a Phoenix –based Venture Capital Fund.

He received his BSEE degree from New Mexico State University (NMSU) in 1967 and he has been selected as an outstanding Alumnus by both NMSU and the NMSU College of Engineering.