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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.

Arthur Hurtado

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Biographical Info

NMSU Degrees: 1978 MSEE
Year Inducted: 1991




Mr. Art Hurtado is a seasoned executive with over 35 years of experience in management and technical positions in both the commercial and government sectors. He is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Invertix Corporation, a technology company that delivers communications and analytics solutions to the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), Cyber and R&D sectors of government and defense.He has presided over the stellar growth of the company during recent challenging economic years. With its headquarters in McLean, Virginia, Invertix also has an engineering center of excellence in Las Cruces, New Mexico, an office in Boston dedicated to ISR sensor and analytics technologies, and a center in Springfield, Virginia dedicated to Cyber and Cloud Computing research and development.

Prior to co-founding Invertix in 1999, Mr. Hurtado served as vice president for advanced systems with Microelectronics Computer Corporation and then as senior vice president, telecommunications, for CACI, Inc. He also served as the Chief Scientist during the early stages of development of the Public Safety Wireless Network.

Mr. Hurtado is a native of Taos, New Mexico and the son of Southern Baptist Missionaries to the Spanish speaking people in Northern New Mexico. As the most outstanding, distinguished military graduate from Missouri State University, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Infantry in 1969. In 1971 he was reassigned to Military Intelligence. He served for 26 years with distinction as an officer in the U.S. Army, where he commanded at various tactical levels overseas and in combat. He also served in the Army’s Acquisition Corps where he was board selected to manage the development and fielding of a number of significant communications and intelligence systems.

While with the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization he headed up the team that developed the High Endoatmospheric Defense Interceptor. He also played prominently in developing the architecture for the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile.As the first director, he founded the Joint Precision Strike Demonstration Office, and he served as chairman for the Joint Strategic-Tactical Intelligence Dissemination Panel. Among his medals, he holds the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Combat Infrantryman’s Badge, Parachute Badge, and Purple Heart.

Mr. Hurtado and his wife, Dianna have been strong supporters of various programs in higher education. Among their funding support activities for various universities, they have established scholarships at New Mexico State University (College of Engineering), Missouri State University (College of Natural and Applied Science), and Virginia Commonwealth University (School of Social Work).

Mr. Hurtado holds a MSEE from New Mexico State University and a BS in Chemistry from Southwest Missouri State University. He is a certified Project Management Professional, a member of Eta Kappa Nu, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a distinguished member of the Sociedad de Ingenieros. His patent filings include work in advanced spatial antenna modulation.

He is currently a member of the Board of Visitors for Virginia Commonwealth University, and he serves on the Board of Trustees for the VCU College of Engineering. He was a charter member in the formation of the Advisory Board for New Mexico State University’s College of Engineering, and the Klipsch Electrical and Computer Engineering Academy in 1991. He continues to serve on both. In 2000 he guided the formation of the Advisory Board for the Department of Chemistry, Missouri State University on which he currently serves. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the School of Information Technology and Engineering, George Mason University.

Mr. Hurtado is an active member of the Potomac Officer’s Club and is a frequent speaker in various industry and academic forums. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Theology at Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, Maryland. His wife, Dianna, a licensed clinical psychotherapist, holds a MSW from VCU. In 1971 they adopted Virginia as their home and currently reside in Fairfax.

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