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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Paul Kepner
NMSU Degrees: 1953 BSEE
1957 MSEE
Year Inducted: 1999





Mr. Kepner’s career has spanned forty years with five years of teaching in the Electrical Engineering Department at New Mexico State University and thirty-five years with Bendix/Allied Signal. While at Bendix/Allied Signal, he served in several different positions. He was with the Missile systems Division for ten years in work related to the TALOS and TYPHON missile systems. He worked for eleven years in the Aerospace Systems Division with part of his time spent in Advanced Program Development including directing proposals for the winning AEGIS proposal team and five years as Senior Washington representative for the Division. He spent seven years in the Communications Systems Division working in secure communications, electronic countermeasure equipment, and Exploratory Development for monopulse homing system countermeasures. Mr. Kepner spent seven years as Program Development Manager for Target Systems and Impulse Radar development for the Guidance Systems Division.

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William Kersting
NMSU Degrees: 1959 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2003




Professor Kersting obtained his BSEE from New Mexico State University (then NM A&M) in 1959. He received his MSEE from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1965. He began his teaching career at NMSU in 1962 after having worked at El Paso Electric from 1959 – 1962. In 1967 Prof. Kersting founded the nationally renowned Electric Utility Management Program which has provided over 220 professionals for the electric utility industry. Several of these former students have gone on to become CEO’s of major utilities. Prof. Kersting retired from NMSU in 2002, but still continues to serve NMSU as the PNM Chair and Director of EUMP. Prof. Kersting is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the Eta Kappa Nu electrical engineering honor society and the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. He received the Westhafer award for Excellence in Teaching from NMSU in 1976, the EEI Engineering Educator Award in 1979, and the IEEE Millennium Medal. He has authored numerous articles in the areas of engineering education, power engineering, and electric utility management.

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Joseph Kitchell
NMSU Degrees: 1977 MSEE
Year Inducted: 1998
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Paul W. Klipsch ‡ †
NMSU Degrees: 1926 BSEE
Year Inducted: 1991
(Charter Member)
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Valerie Klipsch
NMSU Degrees: Honorary Member
Year Inducted: 2003
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Richard Kohlhaas
NMSU Degrees: 1957 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2003




Richard L Kohlhaas, elected to ECEA as a full member in 2003, received the BSEE degree from NMSU with high honors in 1957. He received the MSEE degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1962, and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Denver in 1972. He was a staff member at Sandia Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM,  in 1957. From 1957 to 1979 he was an officer in the US Air Force, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, with assignments in ground radar development, reconnaissance satellite development and operation, and intelligence systems. From 1980 to 1998 he was the founder and CEO of Channel Communications, Inc in Colorado Springs, CO, involved in designing, installing and maintaining mobile radio communications systems. He is a life member of IEEE, and a member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and the Radio Club of America.

Brian Kopp

Brian received his BSEE, MSEE, and Ph.D. from NMSU while working first as a co-op student and then later an engineer at the White Sands Ground Terminal (WSGT) of the NASA Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS). His Ph.D. research on space communications was conducted for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center through the NMSU Manuel Lujan Jr. Space Tele-engineering Program.


In 1995, a year after leaving NMSU and working briefly for the US Navy at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, Rhode Island, Brian, along with another fellow NMSU alumni co-founded Wireless Scientific, Inc. in northeast Florida. The high-tech start-up manufactured spread-spectrum wireless data modems for industrial markets and introduced an explosion proof unlicensed wireless data modem to the petro-chemical industry.


After selling his interest in Wireless Scientific, Brian became a telecommunications consultant. Some of his consulting projects have involved satellite communications and also public safety communications, but most of his clients have been associated with the transportation industry, including more than a dozen commuter railroads and state Departments of Transportation clients from across the country. His projects have touched on almost every form of commercial communication technology, from satellite to cellular, from fiber to wireline, and from microwave to land mobile radio.


In 2011, Brian reduced his consulting work load and became an adjunct electrical engineering Professor at the University of North Florida (UNF). Three years later he joined the faculty at UNF full-time. Brian brings 20 years of industry experience to the classroom and is very glad to be able to give back a little of what he has learned. At UNF, he has also started the Advanced Telecommunications Research Program with the goal of getting students involved in new and exciting research in wireless communications, in particular satellite communications.


Brian lives with his wife Krittaya, a registered nurse, in Jacksonville, Florida where they take care of their niece Irada. Brian is also very active in the amateur radio community and worked with students to start the UNF amateur radio club in 2015.