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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Andrus Garay
NMSU Degrees: 1965 ASET
1969 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2010





Received MSEE, University of Texas at El Paso in 1977. Member of Eta Kappa Nu, National Honor Society, and Sigma Tau National Honorary Engineering Fraternity, Full Member.

Mr. Garay retired in January 2011 from the White Sands Missile Range as Division Chief for Missiles and Space.

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Jerome Garcia
NMSU Degrees: 1987 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2003
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Joe Garcia
NMSU Degrees: 1979 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2012
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Vicente Garcia
NMSU Degrees: 1978 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2000




He entered active duty in 1978 after earning a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University. He is a distinguished graduate from the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California. He served 27 years of exceptional civil service in the government and continues to serve as a Naval Reservist at the rank of Captain and currently assigned as the Senior Technical Advisor at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. While employed at National Security Agency (NSA) from 1989 through 2000, Mr. Garcia completed a wide variety of senior assignments at overseas and continental U.S. in operational, research and educational Cryptology positions. NSA and NRO have recognized him as an international expert in National Cryptologic Systems and in the technical perspective of Information Operations.

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William Garcia
NMSU Degrees: 1970 BSEE
1975 MSEE
Year Inducted: 2009





Mr. Garcia is the Systems Program Manager for several of the Army’s major range instrumentation development initiatives at White Sands Missle Range concentrated in the area of research and development and test and evaluation; software and hardware configuration control, equipment/instrumentation development and characterization; electronic warfare, counter-counter measures and major systems design.

Development of the ARDS Global Positioning Systems, the Army’s Digital Missile Translator system to test THAADS missiles, development of equipment that supported Star Wars Test Program at HELSTF, and initiated design of Target Control System at WSMR.

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Earl Goddard ‡ †
NMSU Degrees: 1939 BSEE
Year Inducted: 1991
(Charter Member)






Third son of pioneering NMSC A&MA (NMSU) Dean Ralph Willis Goddard, Alumnus Earl Gascoigne Goddard was born in Mesilla Park and grew up in Las Cruces. He attended Mesilla Park Grammar School, Las Cruces Union High School and NMSC A&MN (NMSU). Following graduation from NMSU (With Honors), he enrolled in graduate school at Leland Stanford, Jr. University, Palo Alto, California. This began a busy and varied professional career spanning a period of five decades, three related but different professional fields: Academic, Military and Engineering, as well as auxiliary activity in community, Historical Radio, Yachting, Music, Family Genealogy and Environmental Concerns.

The early 1940′s were turbulent times for young men embarking upon their professional careers. Two years as an Instructor in Electrical Engineering and Electronics at Rice Institute (University) in Houston, Texas were followed by four + on active duty as a Naval Reserve Mine Warfare Officer at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory and in the Southwest Pacific Area and as an Instructor of Communications Engineering at the US Naval Postgraduate School. The GI Bill made possible the completion of interrupted graduate studies at Stanford after which a year at Duke University preceded his return as a civilian faculty member to the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Annapolis, Maryland and Monterey, California, teaching advanced communications systems, radio navigation and electronic countermeasures systems from 1948-55.

Another shift from Academia came in 1955 when he joined the Radio Systems Group at the Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, California as a Senior Research Engineer specializing in electronic navigation systems until 1960. The next eighteen years were devoted to a variety of assignments that included field engineer training programs, ultrasonic instrument development, electronic warfare systems research design and development. Over the years he wrote and published frequently in this field. He was active in the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE), that merged with the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) to become the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He served the San Francisco Section from 1956-1073 as Secretary, Vice Chairman Member of Executive Committee, Chairman of Section Historical Committee and San Francisco Section member of IRE 7th Regional Committee.

In 1984, his contributions in engineering and his activity in the history of radio and electronics were recognized by the IEEE’s Centennial Award. He was a principal in the establishment of the Foothill Electronics Museum of the Perham Foundation at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California, serving on the Board of Directors from 1959-75. During this time he was President of the Board 1963-65 and 1967-74. He served on the IEEE Historical Committee from 1967-71. In 1988, he was recognized as one of the 100 Outstanding Alumni of the College of Engineering during NMSU’s Centennial celebrations.

Since his retirement in 1978, his interests have shifted significantly as he has pursued sailing, music, family genealogy, serving on Advisory Boards, traveling and visiting family and friends – around the world.

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Leroy Gomez
NMSU Degrees: 1968 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2008




Experience: 1968-1974, Electronics Engineer, White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), developed mono-pulse receiver for use on HARM Missile and conducted EW and Electromagnetic Environmental Effects measurements on Polaris/Poseidon Missiles; 1974-1981, Team Leader, Army Research Laboratory, WSMR, directed EW, RF and EMI susceptibility and vulnerability assessments measurements and analysis on Army Patriot Missile Weapons System; 1982-1985, Owner and sole proprietor of Southwest Electric Company, conducting electrical construction tasks per New Mexico and National Electrical Code, Rules and Regulations on residential and commercial buildings; 1985-1997, Systems Manager, Army Research Laboratory, WSMR, responsible for planning, managing and executing EW and RF countermeasures programs for DOD, Army Research Laboratory, WSMR; 1997-2008, (Recently retired)  President and CEO of TMC Design Corporation; provided company direction in selling products and services to the U.S. Government and private industry; directed the growth of the company from 4-employees in 1997  with sales of $37,000, to 85 employees and sales of $20M in 2007; instituted an ISO 9000:2000 program, being currently compliant in ISO 9000; directed the construction of new headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Las Cruces, NM, and the acquisition of a second manufacturing/fabrication facility in Bosque Farms, NM; developed the company into a premier Electronic Warfare company directly supporting the war with technology employed in Iraq and Afghanistan; directed company in a two year Mentor/Protégé program with Sandia National Laboratory; opened satellite offices in Smithfield, VA, the Pentagon, Holloman AFB, NM, Bosque Farms, NM, Huntsville, AL and Colorado Springs, CO. Served on the Board of Councilors, Citizens Bank of Las Cruces; the Extra-Territorial Zoning Commission for Dona Ana County and the City of Las Cruces, NM; Board of Directors, New Mexico 8(a) and Minority Association, and; Parish and Financial Council, Our Lady Of Purification Catholic Church.

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Rita Gonzales
NMSU Degrees: 1991 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2012




Rita Gonzales is a Senior Manager at Sandia National Laboratories in the Center for Microsystems Science, Technology and Components. She is responsible for all the custom Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) products produced in the Sandia Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Application (MESA) complex and at the IBM Trusted Foundry. Her group specializes in developing extremely high reliability digital, analog, mixed-signal, and radio frequency (RF) integrated circuit products that include weapon controllers, focal plane array (FPA) pixel readout electronics, secure processors, micro-optical components, high performance digital radio transmitters/receivers, state-of-health monitors, and trusted microelectronics for the Department of Energy (DOE) weapons community, the Department of Defense (DOD) armed forces, the intelligence community, and commercial industry. In addition to ASIC design and production, her group leads several research thrust areas including radiation effects on microelectronic devices, microsystems failure analysis and vulnerability assessment, semiconductor reliability physics, radio frequency communication, wireless sensors, micro-sensors, surface acoustic wave correlators, focal plane array readout architectures, and microelectronics hardware trust and security features.

Rita joined Sandia National Laboratories as a Member of the Technical Staff after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University in 1991. She was hired into Sandia’s One-Year-On-Campus program where she went on to receive her Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1992. Rita started her career as a hardware design engineer supporting the Department of Energy’s nuclear detonation detection (NUDET) programs for the Defense Support Program and Global Positioning System (GPS) Satellites. In 1998, Rita moved to the Center for Microsystems Science, Technology and Components where she started as an ASIC designer and quickly moved to leading highly successful multi-organizational, multi-discipline teams and ultimately managing the ASIC design group. One of her notable efforts was leading the ASIC design of a fail-safe cryptographic dual-redundant system-on-chip architecture that provides enhanced security and ensures the integrity and availability for the next generation GPS. Rita was promoted to Senior Manager in 2011, and she received the NNSA Employee of the Quarter award in 2011 for her outstanding leadership in preparing her team for the B61-12 Life Extension Program (LEP).

Rita is a member of the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Advisory Board. She also serves as a board member for Albuquerque’s Sage Montessori Charter School. Rita has been a lead instructor for 15 years for Sandia’s Manos Education Outreach program.

Rita resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In her spare time, she enjoys mountain biking, road cycling, spending time with her family, and coaching her son’s basketball and soccer teams.

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Keven Groenewold
NMSU Degrees: 1987 BSEE
1988 MSEE
Year Inducted: 2003





Keven Groenewold received his BSEE and MSEE degrees in 1987 and 1988 respectively from New Mexico State University. He was an Electric Utility Management Program (EUMP) Fellow while pursuing his MSEE degree. He has worked for the Public Service Company of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Energy Consultants, Inc., and the New Mexico Public Utility Commission He is currently the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NMRECA). His work at the NMRECA has resulted in the Plains G&T/Tri-State G&T Merger, $50 million in low interest loan funds used by the New Mexico Cooperatives and, he was also instrumental in the formulation of the cooperative portion of the Electric Utility Industry Restructuring Act of 1999