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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Stuart Warrick
NMSU Degrees: 1959 BSEE
Year Inducted: 1995
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Gabe Watson
NMSU Degrees: 1979 BSEE
1980 MSEE
Year Inducted: 2007
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David Wiegandt
NMSU Degrees: 1999 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2012




Dr. David A. Wiegandt received his Ph.D. from Colorado State University in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis on advanced encoding and detection schemes for RF systems, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University. Dr. Wiegandt has spent 17 years teaching, designing and leading diverse teams in the areas of full spectrum signals capture and excitation for a variety of applications. These applications include unattended sensor networks for situational awareness and environmental assessment; waveform design and validation; EM and acoustic propagation modeling and analysis; and other advanced sensing needs. Recent emphasis has been on algorithmic designs for enhanced distances of detection and distributed data fusion/analysis both in the field and at control stations. Dr. Wiegandt has been an Adjunct Professor in the Signal Processing & Communications Program of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico, where he helped establish the school’s Link of the Order of the Engineer with the Eta Kappa Nu students. At Sandia National Laboratories, he has worked as a Senior and Principle Engineer in the Special RADARs & Communication Systems Department and now manages the Advanced RF Applications Department. He has co-authored a book on wireless communications as well as over 18 refereed conference and journal papers, and has been a reviewer for multiple publishers and societies.

James Wise
NMSU Degrees: 1964 MSEE
Year Inducted: 1991 (Charter Member)






James A. Wise III was born in Atlanta, GA in 1932. He attended high school in Fort Payne, AL where he was president of the band and a member of the National Beta Club. After graduation he attended GA Tech where he was Executive Officer of the band and a member of Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Fraternity. He was also a member of Kappa Sigma Social Fraternity. James served on active duty with the Army as a Special Weapons Electronics Officer and Electronics Engineer. Upon release from the Army he joined the R & D activities at White Sands Missile Range and advanced through several positions including Director and Instrumentation Directorate. In 1982 James was promoted to the Senior Executive Service and served as Technical Director of the National Range Operations Directorate. Upon his retirement in 1985 he was awarded the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service by the Secretary of the Army. He served on several committees at UTEP and at NMSU.

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Robert Witter
NMSU Degrees: 1971 BSEE
1972 MSEE
Year Inducted: 1993





ROBERT E. WITTER, MSEE, PE, CFI is Principal Engineer/Managing Member of Witter Engineering, LLC, based in Bernalillo, New Mexico. Bob received a BSEE in 1971 and MSEE in 1972 from New Mexico State University.

Upon graduation, he was employed by Plains Electric Generation & Transmission Cooperative, Inc. in Albuquerque, New Mexico as an Engineering Assistant and, subsequently, as Operations and Construction Engineer. In 1973, he was appointed Manager of Engineering Services at Continental Divide Electric Cooperative, Inc. in Grants, New Mexico. There, he was in charge of the entire distribution system, engineering department, metering, power contract negotiation and system planning and design. In June 1975, Bob was employed by A. D. Loftin & Associates, Inc. in Albuquerque, New Mexico as a consulting engineer primarily for rural electric cooperatives. During this time, he began his practice as a forensic electrical engineer, working with various insurance companies and law firms as a consultant and expert witness in electrically related accidents. In 1981, Bob formed Robert Witter & Associates, Inc. and subsequently acquired A. D. Loftin & Associates, Inc. In January 1995, Robert Witter & Associates, Inc. merged with the engineering firm of SGS Associates, Inc. of Lubbock, Texas, thereby creating SGS Witter, Inc. In July 2001, SGS Witter, Inc. acquired Substation Design Services, Inc., a structural engineering firm located near Alexandria, Louisiana. The firm provided consulting electrical and structural engineering services for rural electric cooperatives and other utilities nationally and internationally. SGS Witter, Inc. was acquired by TRC, Inc. in 2002. Bob was Vice President of TRC and left to join Advanced Engineering Investigations Corp. in July 2007. He was Division Manager of Advanced Engineering Investigations Corp. until December 2010.

Bob has served as a consultant and expert witness in numerous cases involving investor‑owned utilities, rural electric cooperatives and electrical products. He is also a frequent instructor of the National Electrical Safety Code, having taught the NESC for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), Federated Rural Electric Insurance, many rural electric cooperatives, cooperative statewide associations and utility authorities throughout the US. He is a former instructor for NRECA’s Management Intern Program (MIP) and is currently an instructor for the NRECA Loss Control Internship (LCI) program.

Bob is a registered professional engineer in the states of New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, and California. He is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI). He is a Fellow of the National Society of Professional Engineers, a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, a Charter Member, Fellow, and Past-President of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and has held numerous offices with professional and technical societies. He was named as the “1987 Engineer of the Year” by the New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers, and was named in 1988 as one of the 100 Outstanding Alumni of the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University. He is a NFPA Certified Firefighter II and a former licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-Intermediate) in the La Cueva, New Mexico Volunteer Fire Department (District 5 of Sandoval County Fire Department). In June 2013, he retired as Battalion Chief.

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Donald Wunsch
NMSU Degrees: 1958 BSEE
1969 DSC
Year Inducted: 1991 (Charter Member)