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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.

Rita Gonzales

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Biographical Info

NMSU Degrees: 1991 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2012




Rita Gonzales is a Senior Manager at Sandia National Laboratories in the Center for Microsystems Science, Technology and Components. She is responsible for all the custom Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) products produced in the Sandia Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Application (MESA) complex and at the IBM Trusted Foundry. Her group specializes in developing extremely high reliability digital, analog, mixed-signal, and radio frequency (RF) integrated circuit products that include weapon controllers, focal plane array (FPA) pixel readout electronics, secure processors, micro-optical components, high performance digital radio transmitters/receivers, state-of-health monitors, and trusted microelectronics for the Department of Energy (DOE) weapons community, the Department of Defense (DOD) armed forces, the intelligence community, and commercial industry. In addition to ASIC design and production, her group leads several research thrust areas including radiation effects on microelectronic devices, microsystems failure analysis and vulnerability assessment, semiconductor reliability physics, radio frequency communication, wireless sensors, micro-sensors, surface acoustic wave correlators, focal plane array readout architectures, and microelectronics hardware trust and security features.

Rita joined Sandia National Laboratories as a Member of the Technical Staff after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University in 1991. She was hired into Sandia’s One-Year-On-Campus program where she went on to receive her Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1992. Rita started her career as a hardware design engineer supporting the Department of Energy’s nuclear detonation detection (NUDET) programs for the Defense Support Program and Global Positioning System (GPS) Satellites. In 1998, Rita moved to the Center for Microsystems Science, Technology and Components where she started as an ASIC designer and quickly moved to leading highly successful multi-organizational, multi-discipline teams and ultimately managing the ASIC design group. One of her notable efforts was leading the ASIC design of a fail-safe cryptographic dual-redundant system-on-chip architecture that provides enhanced security and ensures the integrity and availability for the next generation GPS. Rita was promoted to Senior Manager in 2011, and she received the NNSA Employee of the Quarter award in 2011 for her outstanding leadership in preparing her team for the B61-12 Life Extension Program (LEP).

Rita is a member of the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Advisory Board. She also serves as a board member for Albuquerque’s Sage Montessori Charter School. Rita has been a lead instructor for 15 years for Sandia’s Manos Education Outreach program.

Rita resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In her spare time, she enjoys mountain biking, road cycling, spending time with her family, and coaching her son’s basketball and soccer teams.

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