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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Patricia Nava
NMSU Degrees: 1981 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2012
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Joseph Nevarez
NMSU Degrees: 1968 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2008




Experience: 1962-1981, Member of Technical Staff with Bell Laboratories, supporting several Military R&D Anti-Ballistic Missile Radar projects and migrated to the Mobile Systems Development Organization which pioneered in early mobile and cellular research and development projects; 1981-1982, Project Manager, Operations, with AT&T International, supporting 1AESS OA&M projects in Saudi Arabia and Submarine Cable Systems in the Mediterranean area; 1982-1983, Project Manager/Maintenance Engineering Manager, with AT&T, supporting the initial implementation of the major Cellular Start-Up Markets in the U.S., as an AMPS manager on loan from Bell Laboratories; 1983-1986, Director of Radio Services/Manager of Systems Operations/Manager of Maintenance Engrng. And   Cellular Technical Ops Center, with Southwestern Bell Mobile Phone Services, in the establishment of the initial Technical Operations organization in SBMS and was responsible for establishing Cellular services in their first six major markets; 1986-1988, Vice President,  Engineering Operations with Comcast Cellular establishing the Engineering and Operations organizations in the original AMCELL Corp. and managed the building and operations of the cellular network covering the initial four systems in New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania; 1988-1989, Executive Director, Engineering Operations, with Movicom (CRM) Cellular System (BellSouth International and Motorola, Inc., Joint Venture), establishing the Engineering and Operations organizations and was responsible for the design and implementation of the start-up system in Buenos Aires; 1989-1992, Telecommunications Consultant with Motorola, Cellular Infrastructure Group, providing project management and technical support for the establishment of the TMA-900A National Cellular (TACS) System throughout Spain over a 2-1/2 year period; 1992-1995, Vice President of Engineering Operations with Portatel Del Sureste, S.A. De C.V., responsible for restructuring the Engineering and Operations departments of this wireless service provider and improving the system by integration via satellite of the seven separate systems covering five states; 1995-1996, Director of Wireless Operations, with AT&T Network Systems, developing outsourcing opportunity in Saudi Arabia for the Operations, Administration, and Maintenance of the Ministry of Public Telephone and Telegraph (MOPTT) GSM Systems; 1996-2000, Director of Operations, Venezuela/Configuration Engineering Director/Offer Integration Director with Lucent Technologies, Global Service Provider Division, responsible for the Operations and Maintenance of the Lucent CDMA Overlay System on the Telcel Wireless Network throughout Venezuela; responsible for the management of a configuration group supporting CALA Region in providing communications equipment configuration proposals; responsible for providing technical sales support on proposals to Lucent sales teams; established the Wireless Operations Group to provide global operations outsourcing opportunities to Lucent wireless equipment customers; 2000-2001, Director, Telecon Professional Services, with Tekmark Global Solutions, providing guidance to Account Executives and Recruiters in connection with providing staff augmentation and solutions to Telecommunications companies; 2001-2006, Project Management Deployment Director, GSM Services, with Ericsson Telecom, responsible for the project management functions for rollout of the GSM Core Net (MSC’s, BSC’s, BTS’s) and subsystems for Tercel throughout Mexico; Project Manager (UMTS/GSM/TDMA Deployment), responsible for the project management functions for the rollout of over 250 UMTS Radio Base Stations (RBS) on the Cingular Network in San Diego, CA; 2006-Present, Owner/CEO of N-Cell Services, LLC, a Telecon Consulting Company, involved in investigating WiFi and WiMax opportunities internationally with several colleagues.