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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.

Chris Hickman

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Biographical Info

NMSU Degrees: 1994 BSEE
1995 MSEE
Year Inducted: 2004





Since Chris’ first power class with Prof. Kersting, he was hooked on the electric power industry and has spent his entire career serving this industry. Currently, Chis is the CEO and founder of Innovari, Inc. Innovari provide grid optimization solutions and services to utilities around the world. Innovari is currently deploying its solution to utilities on four continents.

Chris has been a frequent contributor at a variety of utility industry events and leadership conferences, as well as having spoken and/or testified before Congress, 39 State regulatory commissions, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) and other influential policy groups. He has served on the boards of the IEEE Power Engineering Society, the GridWise Alliance, and Avistar along with several non-profit organizations and participated as a member of the DOE regulatory assistance project team, helping provide a utility industry perspective to state and federal regulators regarding current policy issues. Chris and his team have received four different patents in his career, three while working at PNM.

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