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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Chris Hickman
NMSU Degrees: 1994 BSEE
1995 MSEE
Year Inducted: 2004





Since Chris’ first power class with Prof. Kersting, he was hooked on the electric power industry and has spent his entire career serving this industry. Currently, Chis is the CEO and founder of Innovari, Inc. Innovari provide grid optimization solutions and services to utilities around the world. Innovari is currently deploying its solution to utilities on four continents.

Chris has been a frequent contributor at a variety of utility industry events and leadership conferences, as well as having spoken and/or testified before Congress, 39 State regulatory commissions, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) and other influential policy groups. He has served on the boards of the IEEE Power Engineering Society, the GridWise Alliance, and Avistar along with several non-profit organizations and participated as a member of the DOE regulatory assistance project team, helping provide a utility industry perspective to state and federal regulators regarding current policy issues. Chris and his team have received four different patents in his career, three while working at PNM.

Joe Hixon
NMSU Degrees: 1938 BSEE
Year Inducted: 1998
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Dr. Sheila Horan
NMSU Degrees: 1978 MSEE
1985 PhD
Year Inducted: 2014





Sheila Horan, PhD is currently an adjunct faculty at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She joined the Electrical Engineering Technology department in the fall of 2010, and has been teaching 1 or 2 classes a semester since then.

Sheila retired from New Mexico State University at the end of 2009 after 23 years of service. While at NMSU, she taught graduate and undergraduate classes and labs. She served as the freshman advisor for several years which grew into advising all of the undergraduates. She helped develop undergraduate curriculum. She was involved in many outreach activities including working with the New Mexico regional and state Science Fair, Girls Can, SCIAD, and PREP (Pre Engineering Program) as a judge or presenter. Sheila was instrumental in bringing the BEST (Boosting Engineering and Science Technology) robotics competition to New Mexico. She has also worked with the International Telemetering Conference offering a short course, and serving on the Telemetry Standards Coordinating Committee.

Research work and technology development experience was gained through working at the Physical Sciences Lab at NMSU, Science and Technology Corporation in Las Cruces, and White Sands Missile Range at the Instrumentation Directorate, and with the NMSU Telemetry Center at NMSU.

Dr. Horan received an A.B. degree in Mathematics and Physics with a teaching certificate from Franklin and Marshall College in 1976, an MSEE degree in 1978 and then a PhD degree in 1985, both from New Mexico State University.

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Stephen Horan
NMSU Degrees: 1981 MSEE
1984 PhD
Year Inducted: 2011





Stephen Horan, PhD is presently a Principal Investigator for Avionics and Software within the Space Technology Mission Directorate of NASA. In 2009, Dr. Horan joined NASA Langley Research Center as the spacecraft communications lead and ground systems lead for the CLARREO project. Later he became the communications lead for the HEART project and the Acting Branch Head for the Remote Sensing Flight Systems Branch. He also assisted in the communications and mission operations development of a GEO hosted payload and starting a small satellite development laboratory for Langley.

From 1984 through 1986, he was a software engineer and systems engineer with Space Communications Company at the NASA White Sands Ground Terminal where he was involved with the software maintenance and system specification for TDRS command and telemetry systems and ground station operator interfaces.

In 1986 he joined the faculty at New Mexico State University in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His teaching and research interests were in digital communications, satellite communications, computer networking applied to satellite links, and telemetering systems. From 1990 to 1998, he was the founding director of the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium. In 1996 he became a Professor, holder of the Frank Carden Chair in Telemetering and Telecommunications and director of the Telemetering and Telecommunications Laboratory where he was responsible for the faculty, staff, students, and research facilities. From 2005 until 2009, he was also the Department Head of the Klipsch School. At NMSU, he was PI or Co-I on over $14M in research grants from NASA and the Air Force. Major projects included 3 Corner Satellite and NMSUSat flight projects, satellite IP networking, ACTS propagation experiment, and planetary RF link modeling. He is the author or co-author of 19 journal publications and 55 conference publications, and the author of the textbook Introduction to PCM Telemetering Systems.

Dr. Horan received an A.B. degree in Physics from Franklin and Marshall College in 1976, an M.S. degree in astronomy in 1979, the M.S.E.E degree in 1981, and the Ph.D. Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 1984 all from New Mexico State University. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Senior Member of AIAA, an ABET evaluator, and holder of the amateur radio license NM4SH.




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Arthur Hurtado
NMSU Degrees: 1978 MSEE
Year Inducted: 1991




Mr. Art Hurtado is a seasoned executive with over 35 years of experience in management and technical positions in both the commercial and government sectors. He is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Invertix Corporation, a technology company that delivers communications and analytics solutions to the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), Cyber and R&D sectors of government and defense.He has presided over the stellar growth of the company during recent challenging economic years. With its headquarters in McLean, Virginia, Invertix also has an engineering center of excellence in Las Cruces, New Mexico, an office in Boston dedicated to ISR sensor and analytics technologies, and a center in Springfield, Virginia dedicated to Cyber and Cloud Computing research and development.

Prior to co-founding Invertix in 1999, Mr. Hurtado served as vice president for advanced systems with Microelectronics Computer Corporation and then as senior vice president, telecommunications, for CACI, Inc. He also served as the Chief Scientist during the early stages of development of the Public Safety Wireless Network.

Mr. Hurtado is a native of Taos, New Mexico and the son of Southern Baptist Missionaries to the Spanish speaking people in Northern New Mexico. As the most outstanding, distinguished military graduate from Missouri State University, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Infantry in 1969. In 1971 he was reassigned to Military Intelligence. He served for 26 years with distinction as an officer in the U.S. Army, where he commanded at various tactical levels overseas and in combat. He also served in the Army’s Acquisition Corps where he was board selected to manage the development and fielding of a number of significant communications and intelligence systems.

While with the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization he headed up the team that developed the High Endoatmospheric Defense Interceptor. He also played prominently in developing the architecture for the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile.As the first director, he founded the Joint Precision Strike Demonstration Office, and he served as chairman for the Joint Strategic-Tactical Intelligence Dissemination Panel. Among his medals, he holds the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Combat Infrantryman’s Badge, Parachute Badge, and Purple Heart.

Mr. Hurtado and his wife, Dianna have been strong supporters of various programs in higher education. Among their funding support activities for various universities, they have established scholarships at New Mexico State University (College of Engineering), Missouri State University (College of Natural and Applied Science), and Virginia Commonwealth University (School of Social Work).

Mr. Hurtado holds a MSEE from New Mexico State University and a BS in Chemistry from Southwest Missouri State University. He is a certified Project Management Professional, a member of Eta Kappa Nu, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a distinguished member of the Sociedad de Ingenieros. His patent filings include work in advanced spatial antenna modulation.

He is currently a member of the Board of Visitors for Virginia Commonwealth University, and he serves on the Board of Trustees for the VCU College of Engineering. He was a charter member in the formation of the Advisory Board for New Mexico State University’s College of Engineering, and the Klipsch Electrical and Computer Engineering Academy in 1991. He continues to serve on both. In 2000 he guided the formation of the Advisory Board for the Department of Chemistry, Missouri State University on which he currently serves. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the School of Information Technology and Engineering, George Mason University.

Mr. Hurtado is an active member of the Potomac Officer’s Club and is a frequent speaker in various industry and academic forums. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Theology at Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, Maryland. His wife, Dianna, a licensed clinical psychotherapist, holds a MSW from VCU. In 1971 they adopted Virginia as their home and currently reside in Fairfax.