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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Russell Johnson
NMSU Degrees: 1971 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2001




Russell Alan Johnson, elected as a full member, graduated from the Klipsch School in 1971. He received his MS in Industrial Administration from Purdue University, Krannert Graduate School of Industrial Administration in 1973. Johnson was with Hewlett Packard Company in various management positions from 1973 to 1998. In 1998, he joined JDS Uniphase Company as senior Vice President Global Sales & Marketing and built their worldwide sales organization. In 2001, Johnson and three other partners formed KPLJ Ventures LLC, a $100M private venture investment fund focusing on companies involved in optical components, wireless components, and optical networking. His responsibilities include evaluating new companies and business plans, serving on boards of directors, and building companies.

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Jay Jordan
NMSU Degrees: 1970 BSEE
 1984 PhD
Year Inducted: 2003






Prior to his appointment as director of the Physical Science Laboratory (August 2010), Jordan was the interim executive vice president/provost (Jan-Aug 2010); the associate vice president for research and senior director of the Physical Science Laboratory at New Mexico State University (2005-2010). Jordan was the computer and instrumentation operations manager for Northrop Grumman Corporation at the High Energy Laser Systems Test Facility (HELSTF) at White Sands Missile Range (2002-2004). He also served as the dean of the College of Engineering at NMSU (1999-2002) and academic department head of NMSU’s Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (1996-1999). He began his academic career as an assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NMSU in 1986.

An accomplished teacher and researcher, Jordan received the Donald C. Roush Excellence in Teaching Award in 1992 and has numerous publications in his research areas of pattern recognition, computer vision and real-time computer operating systems.

Jordan earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with honors from NMSU (1970) after which time he worked as an international field engineer for NMSU’s Physical Science Laboratory (1970-1979). He earned his Master of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering in 1979 and worked for Hewlett Packard Co. in Boise, Idaho as a manufacturing and production engineer (1970-1981). He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1984 from NMSU.