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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Richard Leger
NMSU Degrees: 1954 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2012
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Christopher Long
NMSU Degrees: 1994 BSEE
1996 MSEE
Year Inducted: 2014





Mr. Long’s 16 year career in space has been spent with Orbital Sciences Corp and the  heritage companies (General Dynamics & Motorola Government Electronics), holding various engineering and management positions. Mr. Long has spent the last 6 months [as of Sep. 2014] as the Vice President and General Manager of Gilbert Operations where he oversees the operations of roughly 350 employees. Prior to this assignment Mr. Long spent 3 years as the Director of Advanced Systems. In this capacity Mr. Long oversees operations, profit and loss associated with Advanced Satellite Programs as well as a Technology Services business consisting of 100 people supporting Office of Space Launch for the NRO. Prior to his role as Director of Advanced Systems Mr. Long served as Director of Business Development for Space Systems General Dynamics to include responsibility of all orders and management of new business funds. Mr. Long is a member of the Leadership Innovation and Entrepreneur Program (LEIP) in Palo Alto California for the last 7 years. Mr. Long has published multiple technical papers related to space communications systems. He is a member of the Eta Kappa Nu, AFCEA, NDIA, Old Crows and IEEE.

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John Lopez
NMSU Degrees: 1987 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2005
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Patricia Lopez
NMSU Degrees: 1980 BS
Year Inducted: 2001




Dr. Patty Lopez is a Platform Applications Engineer at Intel Corporation, working with customers to deliver Xeon server chip solutions that power high end data centers and mission critical applications. Prior to joining Intel in 2008, she spent 19 years as an Imaging Scientist for Hewlett Packard, creating and transferring technology in imaging into scanner, camera, and all-in-one products. She has released over fifty products and holds seven imaging patents. She earned her BS, MS, and PhD in Computer Science from New Mexico State University (NMSU).


Dr. Lopez serves on the advisory boards of the Computing Research Association-Women (CRA-W), the Computing Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institutions (CAHSI), the Anita Borg Institute, the NMSU Foundation, and the NMSU Computer Science Department. She is a Distinguished Alumna for the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences received the HENAAC/Great Minds in STEM Community Service Award in 2010. A founding member of Latinas in Computing, a MentorNet mentor, a member of the NCWIT Workforce Alliance, Patty has been active for the past several years on the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference organizing committee, served as the 2013 GHC General Co-Chair (Industry). Her research interests include CS education, E-textiles, and wearable computing. Her volunteer efforts are focused on building the STEM pipeline for K-16 and beyond, and creating an inclusive organizational culture in the workplace.

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Andrew Lucero
NMSU Degrees: 1975 BSEE
Year Inducted: 1994




1978-Present – Minnesota Power. 1978-79 – Supervisor, Transmission Planning – I was responsible for supervising a small group of Planning Engineers. We did steady state transient and dynamic studies for unique systems such as our +/- 230kV DC system, our 500 kV US-Canada interconnection, +/- 30 MVAR SVC and special applications for customer motors of 5,000 and 10,000 HP. I supplied much testimony for hearings on transmission line routing and substation placement. 1979-82 – Manager, Industrial & Governmental Services – I supervised a small group of customer service engineers, and administrative personnel. We were responsible for all customers of 10 Mws (10) and all municipal customers (19), this was 75% of Minnesota Power’s load (750 MW). I administered the contracts and coordinated all company/customer activities, negotiated any contract changes and new contracts and coordinated/managed transmission construction projects which were directly related to serving the Large Power customers.

1982-88 – Manager, System Control & Performance – I was responsible for supervising a department with about 60 people that included administrative personnel, engineers, programmers, clerical, accounting and operating personnel. The sections include system Control, Energy Coordination, System Performance, and HVDC engineer and an ECC Facilities engineer. This was basically the operation of the power system, which also included working with other electric utilities in the Mid-Continent Area Power Pool (MAPP) of the interconnected systems. 1988-91 – Director, System Operations – This position then had the responsibility for Real Time Applications and System Telecommunications. This position then had the responsibility for about 140 people which was the company’s electric system operation as well as responsibility for the engineering, design, construction and operation of the company’s telecommunications systems. In addition , I sponsored two major construction projects: the Energy Management System Replacement and the International Falls Phase Shifter projects. Further, I chaired both the company’s Capital and Operating Budget Committees (at different times) which were budgets of $40M and $80M respectively.

1991-93 – Electric Utility Operations Team Leader – System Operations & Engineering – This position included all those responsibilities of the Director, System Operations plus the indirect supervision of the company’s electrical engineering, metering, relaying, construction and maintenance personnel. This was a department that totaled about 250 people. In addition, I chaired the electric company’s Labor/Management Steering Committee.

1993 – present – Electric Utility Operations Team Leader – Information Technology & Services – In 1993 I volunteered to organize the electric company’s three Information Technology groups into one unified group and defined a new direction for communication and computing for the organization. This department consists of about 160 people and includes Electronic Technical Services, System Telecommunication Engineering, Engineering & Operations Applications, Business Applications, data Base Administration, Networks & Systems Software, Systems Programming & Operation, Office Services, Record Services and Office Systems & Support. For the first time we now have a mission, vision and strategy that is driven by business needs and not technology.