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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Henry Rachele
NMSU Degrees: 1977 PhD
Year Inducted: 1993
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Randolph Rothschild
NMSU Degrees: 1988 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2014





Randolph Rothschild began his professional career with Raytheon after graduating with honors from New Mexico State University with a BSEE in 1988. He started with field operations at White Sands Missile Range where he performed system integration and test firings of the PATRIOT Missile System. In 1992, he organized a team of talented design engineers and spent 6 years as the Lead Design Engineer modernizing special test equipment specific to the PATRIOT and PATRIOT PAC-3 programs. That design group continues to be a part of the Raytheon White Sands business model. During this time, he also acted as a Raytheon technical consultant for the PATRIOT PAC-3 launch system and held key technical roles in the field test activities for the STINGER RMP and PATRIOT Multi-Mode Seeker Programs.

In 1999, Mr. Rothschild transferred to Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson to join the Radar Center where he worked guidance section integration on the SM-2 Block IVA program. In 2000, he became a Chief Engineer for the SM-2 Common Computer program. It was during this time that he was recognized by his peers and received Engineering Honors.

Mr. Rothschild’s management career started in 2001 and had him leading multiple departments over time including RF Systems, RF Electronics, and Antennas & Electromagnetics. While serving as department manager for the RF Electronics Department, he received a President’s Award with a team that significantly improved a product’s performance in the factory.

In between managing departments, Mr. Rothschild spent two years fulfilling the role of Factory Technical Director for the RF/Electronics Integration Factory where he drove the usage of Statistical Process Control and taught a Failure Reporting and Corrective Action System that improved product yields by driving issues to root cause.

Beyond working as a senior manager for Raytheon, Mr. Rothschild has volunteered his time in support of local and regional science fairs, worked directly with high school students to encourage STEM in education, sits on the board of the NMSU Alliance for Minority Participation, and is a member of the NMSU College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council.