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.



If you would like to join the ECE Academy, please view this letter for qualifications and requirements: Qualifications and Requirements. The ECE Academy members are listed below:

Charter members inducted in 1991 are indicated by the “‡” next to their names. Deceased members are indicated by the “†” next to their name.

Mr. Gabe Mounce


Gabe Mounce is the Director of the Tech Engagement Office for the Air Force Research Lab in New Mexico where he oversees technology transfer, community engagement, outreach, marketing and publicity for the lab’s Space and Laser technology areas. He is also a founder and Strategic Advisor to SpaceWERX, the US Space Force’s Innovation office focused on discovering and connecting commercial capabilities to the Space Force mission.  Gabe is also a Colonel in the Air Force Reserve supporting US Space Command.            

Phillip De Leon


Phillip De Leon received the B.S. Electrical Engineering and the B.A. Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
From 1996-2022, De Leon was a Professor in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New Mexico State University and held the Nakayama Professorship in Engineering for Teaching Excellence–NMSU's first endowed professorship in teaching (2012-2015) and the Paul W. and Valerie Klipsch Distinguished Professorship (2015-2022).
In 2016, De Leon served as the Associate Dean of Research (ADR) in the College of Engineering at NMSU where he oversaw the Office of Engineering Research. Under his leadership, the period 2016-2019 saw unprecedented growth in the College of Engineering in research expenditures and awards. In 2019, De Leon served as the Associate Vice President of Research and Chief Science Officer at NMSU. During the period 2019-2022, NMSU's research enterprise grew four consecutive years in a row. In 2022 after a national search, De Leon was named Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Chief Research Officer at the University of Colorado Denver and he subsequently retired from New Mexico State University after more than 26 years of service.
De Leon’s teaching and research experience is in the field of digital signal processing (DSP) and includes audio and speech applications, machine learning (ML) including deep learning, time-frequency signal analysis, and embedded systems and mobile application programming. While at NMSU, De Leon taught over 1000 students and the first university courses in digital speech processing, real-time DSP, ML, mobile application development, and quantum computing. De Leon supervised the research of 37 graduate students and postdocs; together he, his students, and other collaborators published over 85 research papers in areas such cybersecurity, ML, speech processing, RF and satellite communications, time-frequency analysis, and wireless communications. In addition, he was awarded five U.S. patents.
His international experience includes visiting professorships at University College Cork, Ireland; EURECOM, Sophia Antipolis, France; Paris Institute of Technology (ParisTech), France; and as a U.S. State Department Fulbright Faculty Scholar at Vienna University of Technology (TU-Wien), Austria.
Among De Leon’s most significant technical contributions was in leading one of the first international groups to recognize the threat of "deep fakes." Beginning in 2010, his group published seminal papers on the problem of "voice spoofing," i.e. using AI techniques to model a person's voice and generate fake speech. In these papers, they demonstrated how these models could spoof speaker recognition systems and developed methods to accurately detect computer-generated speech. To date he and co-authors have published 11 papers on this topic which have been cited over 750 times.

Gina Orozco


Gina Orozco is a United States Space force  guardian Chief Engineer for the Strategic Capabilities Delta in the Space Rapid Capabilities office.

She has the technical responsibility and authority for the design, build, test, launch, and readiness for dynamic space operations programs.   Previous to this she was in the Chief Engineer office for the Aerospace corporation and had served 5 years at an NRO ground station as the senior advisor to the Commander and to Vehicle engineering, grounds systems, and operations.  Prior to that she was a Technical Intelligence Officer for CIA where she led spacecraft acquisitions in the National Reconnaissance office (NRO)  in the areas of SIGINT, GEOINT, and Ground Systems Operations.  She also served as a payload manager responsible for design, build, test, integration, cost, schedule, and performance of power converters for a fleet of SIGINT satellites as well as the deputy lead for electronics and antennas. 
 She was  the contracting technical representative for the largest mission operations contract in the NRO with over 700 employees worldwide performing satellite and antenna operations, where she also served as a the Technical Director.  She also served as the Deputy Chief engineer for a multi-agency integrated program office executing an innovative capabilities based acquisition, leading readiness to deliver and operate this first of a kind satellite system.   Prior to this she worked for Honeywell corporation at the NASA TDRSS ground station as a vehicle engineer.  Prior to that she was a System and Vehicle Engineer  as well as a on console vehicle operator for Lockheed Martin.   She was sworn in to NSA as a graduate student intern while interning at the Physical Sciences Lab at NMSU.  Before pursuing the bachelors and master’s in Electrical and Computer engineering she had graduated from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at NMSU and worked for a few years as a registered nurse and keeps up her license today with continuing education.   

Gina has received several NRO Directors Awards for transiting major ground systems. She has received the Director of National Intelligence Award 2016 for a major program delivery and 2021 Aerospace Program recognition award for New National Security Space Mission as part of the Enterprise Integration team.   In addition to her Vehicle Engineering and Systems Engineering expertise she is also a remote sensing scientist. 

Kim Dalton Linder

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Kim Dalton Linder, PhD received her BS & MS in Electrical Engineering, and her PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Areas of focus were computational electromagnetics and multi-sensor, applied inverse theory. After leaving NMSU, she worked at AlliedSignal Aerospace, later Honeywell Aerospace. Initially, she worked on projects involving subsurface characterization for DOD customers, in addition to R&D projects related to multi-physics and transient modelling for product development. Later, as a Principal Engineer, she focused on custom machine vision systems, utilizing artificial intelligence and machine vision. For this work, she received many awards, including an R&D100 award and DOE Energy 100 Award. She went on to work as a Program Manager, developing new capabilities at New Mexico Operations, and delivering products and services for a diverse range of electrical, mechanical, manufacturing and logistics programs for DOE and DOD. She is a LEAN expert and enjoys mentoring new employees to achieve their green belt certification. She is the NMSU UR lead, during which she as significantly grown recruiting, Capstone backing, and student organization involvement within the NMSU College of Engineering. During her engineering career, she has volunteered in many capacities encouraging youth in Engineering fields. For over a decade she was a science fair judge, led science fairs, served as the EE/ME Judge Chair for the International Science and Engineering Fair, chaired and participated in Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics Conference, led workshops and was a panel member at the AAUW Tech Trek program, and also volunteers at the FIRST LEGO Robotics State Championship Tournament. She is looking forward to her new role as an ABET Program Evaluator. She was awarded the Governors Award for Outstanding Women for her professional and volunteer work. When she is not working or volunteering in an engineering capacity, she enjoys skiing, soccer, trail running, hiking, yoga, pickleball and spending time with her family. She has been on the National Ski Patrol for over 20 years, is a PSIA certified ski instructor, plays and coached soccer at many levels. During her time at NMSU, she started the first NMSU Womens Club Soccer team.

John T Ackerman
NMSU Degrees: 1971 MSEE
Year Inducted: 1993
Karl H Agar
NMSU Degrees: 1964 BSEE
1980 PhD
Year Inducted: 1992


 Dr. Agar retired from the engineering profession in 2010 after 46 years of interdisciplinary engineering experience. Since his retirement he is devoting his time to his agricultural operations including cattle, pecans, poultry and timber. Dr. Agar and Linda Carol Borom Agar, married since 1962, have three children and six grandchildren.

Academic Credentials:
PhD,   Electrical Engineering, New Mexico State University
MS,     Industrial Engineering /Operations Research, NMSU
BS,      Electrical Engineering, NMSU
AA,     Physics, New Mexico Military Institute

Dr. Agar’s engineering experience includes technical, operational, and business management of large scale interdisciplinary systems and Enterprise Architecture (EA) designs based on threat/need and operational process analysis, enhanced by dynamic operational modeling, as well as performance testing in laboratory and operational environments.

During his professional career he served in numerous capacities, including Engineering consultant, President and Principal Engineer of an Electronic Warfare (EW) company, University Professor, Government manager for EW vulnerability research and development  for US Army missiles, EW Vulnerability Assessment Engineer, and Test Engineer.

He has been involved with Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Tau, Blue Key, Alpha Pi Mu, Sigma Xi, and Electrical and Computer Engineering Academy (ECEA) 1992, of which he was president in 1993. He was recognized as a Centennial Distinguished Alumnus, NMSU College of Engineering in 1996 and Ingeniero Eminente, Sociedad De Ingenieros, NMSU in 1992. He was listed in “Who’s Who in the West,” 1982 and “Community Leaders and Noteworthy Americans,” 1976. He received the Andrew Fliss EW Achievement Award in 1980.

His professional affiliations include the following: Registered Professional Engineer, Retired; Association of Old Crows, Life Member; Southwest Crow Club President, 1976; Southeastern Pecan Growers Association; Alabama Cattlemen’s Association; and American Angus Association.

Lon Alexander
NMSU Degrees: 1955 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2004
Joy Arthur 
NMSU Degrees: 1966 MSEE
Year Inducted: 2008


 MSEE, New Mexico State University, 1966 (First woman to do so at NMSU). Experience: Following graduation from Purdue University, worked for Westinghouse Research Labs, Pittsburgh, PA, as a Research Engineer, doing studies of corona effects and other transmission phenomena. In January 1958, following a short return to her native country, the Philippines, she rejoined Westinghouse as a Critical Scientist. She began working at the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in June, 1958, and was the first woman engineer at WSMR in the engineering division of the Integrated Range Mission where she developed new designs for range instrumentation. In 1962, she transferred to the Office of Missile Electronic Warfare as an Electronic Engineer where she remained through various reorganizations and name changes. She completed research in electronic warfare, electrical-optical warfare, information warfare, countermeasures, counter-countermeasures, laser protection, dynamic radar cross sections, radar obscurant detection, and identification of unintended radiation signatures within caves and bunkers, and vulnerability analysis. She served as Electronic Engineer, Section Chief, Group Leader, Branch Chief, and Senior Research Engineer. She was the recipient of many honors and awards which included: Certificate of Merit from the Association of Old Crows; Samuel Stiber Award for Technical Excellence in Electronic Warfare, 1974; U.S. Army Research and Development Achievement Award, 1975; National Medal of Science Award, 1990; Phi Beta Kappa; NMSU Distinguished Engineering Alumnus, 1996, and the White Sands Missile Range Hall of Fame, to mention a few.


Paul Arthur
NMSU Degrees: 1956 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2012
Anthony M Baca
NMSU Degrees: 1980 BSEE
1982 MSEE
Year Inducted: 2014




After graduating from NMSU in 1982, Mr. Baca worked in the applications department of the Salt River Project in Phoenix, Arizona until 1983, when he began employment with Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. From 1983-1990 he worked as a Facilities Building & Utility Electrical Systems Engineer. In 1990 he became a Utility Systems Department Maintenance Manager. From 1997-2005 he worked as the Systems Engineering Electrical, Mechanical, and Civil Department Manager. 2005-2008 saw Mr. Baca as a Buildings & Customers Operations Department Manager. In 2012, Mr. Baca entered his current position of Centralized Maintenance Sr. Manager.

He has been a registered Professional Engineer in New Mexico since 1987, a member of the Line Implementation Working group since 2014, and a member of the Corporate Engineered Safety Implementation Team since 2013.

He also was a member of the Corporate Electrical Safety Standing Committee from 2009-2014, a member of the Engineering Practices Working Group (EFCOG) for Facilities Managers from 2003-2005, a member of the SNL Corporate Technical Recruiting Advisory Committee (TRAC) from 1994-1997, a member of the Department of Energy (DOE) Backup Power Working Group from 1994-1995, a division representative and a Diversity Champion of the Corporate Diversity Councils from 1993-1995 & 1998-2002, a member of the Division 7000 Distinguished Member of Technical Staff Selection Review Team in 1993, a center representative on the SNL Emergency Preparedness Alliance Team from 1992-1994, a member of the Joint Apprenticeship Committee from 1990-1994, and the Chair of the Joint Apprenticeship Mechanical Subcommittee in 1993.

He was nominated for the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award in 1996, and co-authored a paper titled “Distribution Transformer Loss Mechanisms & Testing” for a presentation at the IEEE region 5 conference in 1983.

Herman Baca
NMSU Degrees: 1987 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2002
Jim Baca
NMSU Degrees: 1987 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2011
Darrell Bandy
NMSU Degrees: 1967 BSEE
Year Inducted: 1991 (Charter Member)
Vincent Boudreau
NMSU Degrees: 1954 BSEE
Year Inducted: 1999



Mr. Boudreau worked for Bell Telephone Laboratories from 1954-1960 as a Radar Engineer and Senior Engineer. He then began a long career spanning the years from 1960 to 1982 in several different positions. He worked as a Missile Engineering from 1960-1963 in the Army Missile Test and Evaluation Directorate. From 1963-1972, he was the Chief of the Aerospace and Defense Systems Branch in the Range Programs Division of the National Range Operations. From 1972-1974 he was a Chief Engineer and Special Assistant to the Commanding General. From 1974-1982 he was the Chief of the High Energy Laser Division. In 1982, Mr. Boudreau entered the private sector, working as the Assistant Vice President of Citizens Bank in Las Cruces from 1983-1986. He also was a consultant for several high technology companies working at White Sands Missile Range. From June, 1987 to present, he has been the Area Manager for Nichols Research Corporation and Program Manager for EO/ECM Vulnerability Assessment Laboratory at White Sands Missile Range.

Raymond Bowerman
NMSU Degrees: 1956 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2002


 Raymond Bowerman received his BSEE from New Mexico State University in 1956. Prior to his retirement in 1994, he was with EG&G at the RATSCAT facility at Holloman AFB for five years. However most of his career was with the Hughes Aircraft Company where he rose to the position of Senior Project Engineer, Test Planning and Coordination, System Test Laboratory. He also spent twelve years in the Space and Communications Group managing system integration, test, and launch activities on Syncom, Early Bird, Anik, Westar, and Palapa commercial communication satellites.

Benjamin Boykin 
NMSU Degrees: 1953 BSEE
Year Inducted: 1993


 Retired from Rockwell International after 37 years, 1957 to 1994, on such research development and operational space programs as: Navajo, WS-131B “Hound Dog”, Apollo, Skylab, Apollo-SOYUZ, Space Shuttle Program, serving Rockwell in their Space Division operations in both Downy, California, and Houston, Texas at the NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Held such technical management position with Rockwell as: Programs Director, Space Systems Division, Houston, TX; Associate Program manager, STSOC Facility Operations, Houston, TX; Chief Engineer, Shuttle Engineering, Production and Operations, Downey, CA; and various Director / Manager / Project Manager / Project Engineer assignments on space related technical hardware operations programs in the design, build, text, operational use of delivered spacecraft hardware system.

Career specialties are program / project management for the full spectrum of engineering design, fabrication, development test operations, maintenance and operations, logistics support and sub- contractor technical management.

Retired U.S. Air Force Reserve, Fighter Pilot / Flight Test Maintenance Officer, rank of Major, February 1953 to April 1982. BSEE (Communications), New Mexico State University, January 1953. Married, Wife Gwen, three children still at home and in college, the youngest, Kimberly, currently a Junior at NMSU.

Awards and Honors; Silver Knight of Management Award, National Management Association – 1989; NMSU Engineering College Alumni of the Year – 1985; NASA Public Service Award and Medal – 1982; NASA Astronaut Personal Achievement Award – 1969; Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics, and Astronautics – 1983; Outstanding Engineering Merit Award, Orange Count Engineering Council, California – 1983; Who’s Who in aviation and Aerospace – 1983

† Deceased

James Boykin 
NMSU Degrees: 1959 BSEE
Year Inducted: 1999


 Mr. Boykin has a career spanning the years from 1946 to the present as an engineer, a test pilot for the United States Air Force, flight instructor, and charter pilot. Mr. Boykin’s engineering career has been spent in civil service, with Dynalectron, Service Technology Corporation, and with Rockwell International working at the NASA White Sands Test Facility. He had other shorter stints with Hughes Aircraft company in Culver City, CA and with North American Rockwell in Anaheim, CA. He has performed work related to testing of engine and related systems in the Apollo, Apollo Skylab, Viking Mars Lander, and Space Shuttle programs.

† Deceased

David Burton
NMSU Degrees: 1990 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2002
David is a 1990 graduate from NMSU with a B.S in electrical engineering.  After working for a few years with a software developer in Las Cruces, he joined Raytheon in 1996 at White Sands Missile Range and has worked there since then.  He is currently the manger for test operations.  He has been married to his wife Margret for 35 years and has 2 boys.  In his spare time, he enjoys hunting and spending time in the mountains.
Thurlow Caffey
NMSU Degrees: 1957 BSEE
Year Inducted: 1999


 Mr. Caffey has worked as a Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories since 1963. He has developed a new continuous-wave radar for measuring, directly at the muzzle, the velocity of cannon shells, and led the development of a new generation of microwave pre-detection-combining telemetry receivers. His interests have concentrated, however, on electromagnetic propagation through the earth with applications to telemetry, miner rescue, and ground penetrating radar.

Jeffrey Carlson
NMSU Degrees: 1983 MSEE
1988 PhD
Year Inducted: 2007
Steven Castillo
NMSU Degrees: 1982 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2010

Earned his MSEE in 1984, and Ph.D. in 1987 from the University of Illinois.

Youngest Dean appointed for College of Engineering after serving as an assistant, associate and full professor at the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Left New Mexico State University to serve as Provost and Executive VP at Colorado School of Mines, 2009.

George Davis Ph.D.
NMSU Degrees: 1964 BSEE
1966 MSEE
Year Inducted: 2010


 Received his PhD, D.S.C. in 1969. Retired from Rolls Royce Inc. in 1995. Lives in Plano, Texas.

Robert “Clay” Doyle
NMSU Degrees: 1983 BSEE
1988 MSEE
Year Inducted: 2008


 Experience: 1990-1992, Vice President/Secretary, Energy Consultants, Inc., as one of the principal founders of this former electric power consulting and research company; 1992-1999, Distribution Monitoring Engineer, El Paso Electric Company, NMD, responsible for operational integrity of the electrical distribution system in the Las Cruces and southern New Mexico service territory, and responsible for conducting power-flow modeling, short circuit studies  and protective device coordination studies of the distribution system feeders; 1999-2003, Supervisor, Distribution Dispatch, El Paso Electric Company, NMD, responsible for managing the Company’s customer outage response procedures, responsible for written and verbal communications between customer and company regarding service outages and outage response procedures, and designed, budgeted and lobbied executive management for construction of a new Distribution Dispatch Facility; 2003-2004, Project Manager, Corporate Transition to Competition, El Paso Electric Company, to serve as the Project Manager over the Company’s transition to competition in a de-regulated business environment which included responsibility for coordinating the activity to define the structure of the business relationship between the unbundled Generation, Transmission and Distribution Service and New Mexico business units; 2004-2007, Manager, Team Leader, Corporate Projects Office, El Paso Electric Company, responsible for the administrative duties and reporting responsibilities of the Corporate Projects Office, responsible for coordinating the activities of other managerial staff and   professionals to achieve corporate objectives on capital and process improvement projects, developed, defined, planned and presented strategic options and recommendations to executive management on  various corporate level strategic issues and monitor and interpret regulatory and legislative activity with regard  to corporate projects, policy and strategy; 2007 to Present, Vice President, New Mexico Affairs, El Paso Electric Company, responsible for local and State policy on the participation in community involvement and responsible for State legislative activity with respect to the Company’s and community’s interest. Professional  Certifications include: Project Management  Professional (PMP) Certification, 2005; Registered Professional Engineer (PE), State of New Mexico, 1994; Member IEEE and PES and community involvement, such as Boy Scouts of America, Junior Achievement and Children’s Miracle Network.

David Durgin
NMSU Degrees: 1967 BSEE
Year Inducted: 1991 (Charter Member)


  Dave Durgin is a charter member of ECEA and was its first president. He is a successful businessman and high-tech entrepreneur with extensive experience in the start-up, expansion and management of technology-based product and services companies. During his 50-year career he has held positions as an electrical engineer, technical project manager, business executive, high-tech entrepreneur and professional investor. Durgin’s career has included the positions of Technical Staff Member and Project Manager at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM, senior executive with two major international technology companies, founder and senior executive with numerous start-up and early stage technology companies, Mentor, Angel Investor and Venture Capitalist.

Dave is currently a General Partner of the Verge Fund, a New Mexico Seed Fund, the managing partner of a New Mexico Angel investment company, Quatro Ventures LLC and a special limited partner in Valley Ventures III, a Phoenix –based Venture Capital Fund.

He received his BSEE degree from New Mexico State University (NMSU) in 1967 and he has been selected as an outstanding Alumnus by both NMSU and the NMSU College of Engineering.

Dasha Estes
NMSU Degrees: 1983 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2004
Andrus Garay
NMSU Degrees: 1965 ASET
1969 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2010


Received MSEE, University of Texas at El Paso in 1977. Member of Eta Kappa Nu, National Honor Society, and Sigma Tau National Honorary Engineering Fraternity, Full Member.

Mr. Garay retired in January 2011 from the White Sands Missile Range as Division Chief for Missiles and Space.

Jerome Garcia
NMSU Degrees: 1987 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2003
Joe Garcia
NMSU Degrees: 1979 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2012
Vicente Garcia
NMSU Degrees: 1978 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2000


 He entered active duty in 1978 after earning a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University. He is a distinguished graduate from the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California. He served 27 years of exceptional civil service in the government and continues to serve as a Naval Reservist at the rank of Captain and currently assigned as the Senior Technical Advisor at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. While employed at National Security Agency (NSA) from 1989 through 2000, Mr. Garcia completed a wide variety of senior assignments at overseas and continental U.S. in operational, research and educational Cryptology positions. NSA and NRO have recognized him as an international expert in National Cryptologic Systems and in the technical perspective of Information Operations.

William Garcia
NMSU Degrees: 1970 BSEE
1975 MSEE
Year Inducted: 2009


 Mr. Garcia is the Systems Program Manager for several of the Army’s major range instrumentation development initiatives at White Sands Missle Range concentrated in the area of research and development and test and evaluation; software and hardware configuration control, equipment/instrumentation development and characterization; electronic warfare, counter-counter measures and major systems design.

Development of the ARDS Global Positioning Systems, the Army’s Digital Missile Translator system to test THAADS missiles, development of equipment that supported Star Wars Test Program at HELSTF, and initiated design of Target Control System at WSMR.

Todd Giles
NMSU Degrees: 2001 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2019


Todd is currently a staff software engineer at Google, having worked on multiple teams and projects including: Payments, Google Drive, Brillo (Android Things), Google Groups, and Google Maps. He started working at Google in 2011. Prior to Google, Todd worked as a software engineer at Sandia National Laboratories, Anadigm, and Intel.

 Todd earned bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University in 2001, and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with an Image Processing emphasis from the University of New Mexico in 2008. 

Earl Goddard ‡ †
NMSU Degrees: 1939 BSEE
Year Inducted: 1991
(Charter Member)


 Third son of pioneering NMSC A&MA (NMSU) Dean Ralph Willis Goddard, Alumnus Earl Gascoigne Goddard was born in Mesilla Park and grew up in Las Cruces. He attended Mesilla Park Grammar School, Las Cruces Union High School and NMSC A&MN (NMSU). Following graduation from NMSU (With Honors), he enrolled in graduate school at Leland Stanford, Jr. University, Palo Alto, California. This began a busy and varied professional career spanning a period of five decades, three related but different professional fields: Academic, Military and Engineering, as well as auxiliary activity in community, Historical Radio, Yachting, Music, Family Genealogy and Environmental Concerns.

The early 1940′s were turbulent times for young men embarking upon their professional careers. Two years as an Instructor in Electrical Engineering and Electronics at Rice Institute (University) in Houston, Texas were followed by four + on active duty as a Naval Reserve Mine Warfare Officer at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory and in the Southwest Pacific Area and as an Instructor of Communications Engineering at the US Naval Postgraduate School. The GI Bill made possible the completion of interrupted graduate studies at Stanford after which a year at Duke University preceded his return as a civilian faculty member to the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Annapolis, Maryland and Monterey, California, teaching advanced communications systems, radio navigation and electronic countermeasures systems from 1948-55.

Another shift from Academia came in 1955 when he joined the Radio Systems Group at the Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, California as a Senior Research Engineer specializing in electronic navigation systems until 1960. The next eighteen years were devoted to a variety of assignments that included field engineer training programs, ultrasonic instrument development, electronic warfare systems research design and development. Over the years he wrote and published frequently in this field. He was active in the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE), that merged with the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) to become the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He served the San Francisco Section from 1956-1073 as Secretary, Vice Chairman Member of Executive Committee, Chairman of Section Historical Committee and San Francisco Section member of IRE 7th Regional Committee.

In 1984, his contributions in engineering and his activity in the history of radio and electronics were recognized by the IEEE’s Centennial Award. He was a principal in the establishment of the Foothill Electronics Museum of the Perham Foundation at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California, serving on the Board of Directors from 1959-75. During this time he was President of the Board 1963-65 and 1967-74. He served on the IEEE Historical Committee from 1967-71. In 1988, he was recognized as one of the 100 Outstanding Alumni of the College of Engineering during NMSU’s Centennial celebrations.

Since his retirement in 1978, his interests have shifted significantly as he has pursued sailing, music, family genealogy, serving on Advisory Boards, traveling and visiting family and friends – around the world.


Leroy Gomez
NMSU Degrees: 1968 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2008


 Experience: 1968-1974, Electronics Engineer, White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), developed mono-pulse receiver for use on HARM Missile and conducted EW and Electromagnetic Environmental Effects measurements on Polaris/Poseidon Missiles; 1974-1981, Team Leader, Army Research Laboratory, WSMR, directed EW, RF and EMI susceptibility and vulnerability assessments measurements and analysis on Army Patriot Missile Weapons System; 1982-1985, Owner and sole proprietor of Southwest Electric Company, conducting electrical construction tasks per New Mexico and National Electrical Code, Rules and Regulations on residential and commercial buildings; 1985-1997, Systems Manager, Army Research Laboratory, WSMR, responsible for planning, managing and executing EW and RF countermeasures programs for DOD, Army Research Laboratory, WSMR; 1997-2008, (Recently retired)  President and CEO of TMC Design Corporation; provided company direction in selling products and services to the U.S. Government and private industry; directed the growth of the company from 4-employees in 1997  with sales of $37,000, to 85 employees and sales of $20M in 2007; instituted an ISO 9000:2000 program, being currently compliant in ISO 9000; directed the construction of new headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Las Cruces, NM, and the acquisition of a second manufacturing/fabrication facility in Bosque Farms, NM; developed the company into a premier Electronic Warfare company directly supporting the war with technology employed in Iraq and Afghanistan; directed company in a two year Mentor/Protégé program with Sandia National Laboratory; opened satellite offices in Smithfield, VA, the Pentagon, Holloman AFB, NM, Bosque Farms, NM, Huntsville, AL and Colorado Springs, CO. Served on the Board of Councilors, Citizens Bank of Las Cruces; the Extra-Territorial Zoning Commission for Dona Ana County and the City of Las Cruces, NM; Board of Directors, New Mexico 8(a) and Minority Association, and; Parish and Financial Council, Our Lady Of Purification Catholic Church.

Rita Gonzales
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.

Keven Groenewold
NMSU Degrees: 1987 BSEE
1988 MSEE
Year Inducted: 2003

Keven Groenewold received his BSEE and MSEE degrees in 1987 and 1988 respectively from New Mexico State University. He was an Electric Utility Management Program (EUMP) Fellow while pursuing his MSEE degree. He has worked for the Public Service Company of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Energy Consultants, Inc., and the New Mexico Public Utility Commission He is currently the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NMRECA). His work at the NMRECA has resulted in the Plains G&T/Tri-State G&T Merger, $50 million in low interest loan funds used by the New Mexico Cooperatives and, he was also instrumental in the formulation of the cooperative portion of the Electric Utility Industry Restructuring Act of 1999.

Chris Hickman
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.

Joe Hixon
NMSU Degrees: 1938 BSEE
Year Inducted: 1998
Michael Holmes
NMSU Degrees: 2000 BSEE
2002 MSEE
Year Inducted: 2019


 Michael Holmes is currently the Sr. Manager of the Microsystems Engineering, Science, and Applications (MESA) Microfabrication group at Sandia National Laboratories.  MESA has three primary responsibilities: advanced microsystems research and development for a broad spectrum of national security missions, strategic radiation-hardened microelectronics production for the nuclear deterrent, and trust-certified microsystem design, fabrication and testing. 

In support of these responsibilities, Michael is responsible for operation of the largest captive US government microfabrication facility including a 12k ft 2 silicon foundry and a 15k ft 2 compound semiconductor foundry.  These facilities enable co-located microsystems research & development from pathfinder to production.

Michael has worked in MESA for more than 18 years with previous roles as Sr. Manager for the Heterogeneous Integration & RF Microsystems group, line manager for the Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC) department, and mixed signal integrated circuit design engineer.  

Michael has expertise in heterogeneous integration, trusted microsystems, integrated circuit design, microfabrication, and sensors.  

He received an MSEE and BSEE from New Mexico State University in 2002 and 2000 respectively.

Dr. Sheila Horan
NMSU Degrees: 1978 MSEE
1985 PhD
Year Inducted: 2014




Sheila Horan, PhD is currently an adjunct faculty at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She joined the Electrical Engineering Technology department in the fall of 2010, and has been teaching 1 or 2 classes a semester since then.

Sheila retired from New Mexico State University at the end of 2009 after 23 years of service. While at NMSU, she taught graduate and undergraduate classes and labs. She served as the freshman advisor for several years which grew into advising all of the undergraduates. She helped develop undergraduate curriculum. She was involved in many outreach activities including working with the New Mexico regional and state Science Fair, Girls Can, SCIAD, and PREP (Pre Engineering Program) as a judge or presenter. Sheila was instrumental in bringing the BEST (Boosting Engineering and Science Technology) robotics competition to New Mexico. She has also worked with the International Telemetering Conference offering a short course, and serving on the Telemetry Standards Coordinating Committee.

Research work and technology development experience was gained through working at the Physical Sciences Lab at NMSU, Science and Technology Corporation in Las Cruces, and White Sands Missile Range at the Instrumentation Directorate, and with the NMSU Telemetry Center at NMSU.

Dr. Horan received an A.B. degree in Mathematics and Physics with a teaching certificate from Franklin and Marshall College in 1976, an MSEE degree in 1978 and then a PhD degree in 1985, both from New Mexico State University.

Stephen Horan
NMSU Degrees: 1981 MSEE
1984 PhD
Year Inducted: 2011


 Stephen Horan, PhD is presently a Principal Investigator for Avionics and Software within the Space Technology Mission Directorate of NASA. In 2009, Dr. Horan joined NASA Langley Research Center as the spacecraft communications lead and ground systems lead for the CLARREO project. Later he became the communications lead for the HEART project and the Acting Branch Head for the Remote Sensing Flight Systems Branch. He also assisted in the communications and mission operations development of a GEO hosted payload and starting a small satellite development laboratory for Langley.

From 1984 through 1986, he was a software engineer and systems engineer with Space Communications Company at the NASA White Sands Ground Terminal where he was involved with the software maintenance and system specification for TDRS command and telemetry systems and ground station operator interfaces.

In 1986 he joined the faculty at New Mexico State University in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His teaching and research interests were in digital communications, satellite communications, computer networking applied to satellite links, and telemetering systems. From 1990 to 1998, he was the founding director of the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium. In 1996 he became a Professor, holder of the Frank Carden Chair in Telemetering and Telecommunications and director of the Telemetering and Telecommunications Laboratory where he was responsible for the faculty, staff, students, and research facilities. From 2005 until 2009, he was also the Department Head of the Klipsch School. At NMSU, he was PI or Co-I on over $14M in research grants from NASA and the Air Force. Major projects included 3 Corner Satellite and NMSUSat flight projects, satellite IP networking, ACTS propagation experiment, and planetary RF link modeling. He is the author or co-author of 19 journal publications and 55 conference publications, and the author of the textbook Introduction to PCM Telemetering Systems.

Dr. Horan received an A.B. degree in Physics from Franklin and Marshall College in 1976, an M.S. degree in astronomy in 1979, the M.S.E.E degree in 1981, and the Ph.D. Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 1984 all from New Mexico State University. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Senior Member of AIAA, an ABET evaluator, and holder of the amateur radio license NM4SH.

Arthur Hurtado
NMSU Degrees: 1978 MSEE
Year Inducted: 1992


 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.

Russell Johnson
NMSU Degrees: 1971 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2001


 Russell Alan Johnson, elected as a full member, graduated from the Klipsch School in 1971. He received his MS in Industrial Administration from Purdue University, Krannert Graduate School of Industrial Administration in 1973. Johnson was with Hewlett Packard Company in various management positions from 1973 to 1998. In 1998, he joined JDS Uniphase Company as senior Vice President Global Sales & Marketing and built their worldwide sales organization. In 2001, Johnson and three other partners formed KPLJ Ventures LLC, a $100M private venture investment fund focusing on companies involved in optical components, wireless components, and optical networking. His responsibilities include evaluating new companies and business plans, serving on boards of directors, and building companies.

Jay Jordan
NMSU Degrees: 1970 BSEE
 1984 PhD
Year Inducted: 2003


  Prior to his appointment as director of the Physical Science Laboratory (August 2010), Jordan was the interim executive vice president/provost (Jan-Aug 2010); the associate vice president for research and senior director of the Physical Science Laboratory at New Mexico State University (2005-2010). Jordan was the computer and instrumentation operations manager for Northrop Grumman Corporation at the High Energy Laser Systems Test Facility (HELSTF) at White Sands Missile Range (2002-2004). He also served as the dean of the College of Engineering at NMSU (1999-2002) and academic department head of NMSU’s Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (1996-1999). He began his academic career as an assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NMSU in 1986.

An accomplished teacher and researcher, Jordan received the Donald C. Roush Excellence in Teaching Award in 1992 and has numerous publications in his research areas of pattern recognition, computer vision and real-time computer operating systems.

Jordan earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with honors from NMSU (1970) after which time he worked as an international field engineer for NMSU’s Physical Science Laboratory (1970-1979). He earned his Master of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering in 1979 and worked for Hewlett Packard Co. in Boise, Idaho as a manufacturing and production engineer (1970-1981). He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1984 from NMSU.

Paul Kepner
NMSU Degrees: 1953 BSEE
1957 MSEE
Year Inducted: 1999

Mr. Kepner’s career has spanned forty years with five years of teaching in the Electrical Engineering Department at New Mexico State University and thirty-five years with Bendix/Allied Signal. While at Bendix/Allied Signal, he served in several different positions. He was with the Missile systems Division for ten years in work related to the TALOS and TYPHON missile systems. He worked for eleven years in the Aerospace Systems Division with part of his time spent in Advanced Program Development including directing proposals for the winning AEGIS proposal team and five years as Senior Washington representative for the Division. He spent seven years in the Communications Systems Division working in secure communications, electronic countermeasure equipment, and Exploratory Development for monopulse homing system countermeasures. Mr. Kepner spent seven years as Program Development Manager for Target Systems and Impulse Radar development for the Guidance Systems Division.

William Kersting
NMSU Degrees: 1959 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2003


 Professor Kersting obtained his BSEE from New Mexico State University (then NM A&M) in 1959. He received his MSEE from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1965. He began his teaching career at NMSU in 1962 after having worked at El Paso Electric from 1959 – 1962. In 1967 Prof. Kersting founded the nationally renowned Electric Utility Management Program which has provided over 220 professionals for the electric utility industry. Several of these former students have gone on to become CEO’s of major utilities. Prof. Kersting retired from NMSU in 2002, but still continues to serve NMSU as the PNM Chair and Director of EUMP. Prof. Kersting is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the Eta Kappa Nu electrical engineering honor society and the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. He received the Westhafer award for Excellence in Teaching from NMSU in 1976, the EEI Engineering Educator Award in 1979, and the IEEE Millennium Medal. He has authored numerous articles in the areas of engineering education, power engineering, and electric utility management.

Joseph Kitchell
NMSU Degrees: 1977 MSEE
Year Inducted: 1998
Paul W. Klipsch ‡ †
NMSU Degrees: 1926 BSEE
Year Inducted: 1991
(Charter Member)
Valerie Klipsch  
NMSU Degrees: Honorary Member
Year Inducted: 2003
Richard Kohlhaas
NMSU Degrees: 1957 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2003


 Richard L Kohlhaas, elected to ECEA as a full member in 2003, received the BSEE degree from NMSU with high honors in 1957. He received the MSEE degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1962, and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Denver in 1972. He was a staff member at Sandia Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM,  in 1957. From 1957 to 1979 he was an officer in the US Air Force, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, with assignments in ground radar development, reconnaissance satellite development and operation, and intelligence systems. From 1980 to 1998 he was the founder and CEO of Channel Communications, Inc in Colorado Springs, CO, involved in designing, installing and maintaining mobile radio communications systems. He is a life member of IEEE, and a member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and the Radio Club of America.

Brian Kopp

Brian received his BSEE, MSEE, and Ph.D. from NMSU while working first as a co-op student and then later an engineer at the White Sands Ground Terminal (WSGT) of the NASA Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS). His Ph.D. research on space communications was conducted for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center through the NMSU Manuel Lujan Jr. Space Tele-engineering Program.

 In 1995, a year after leaving NMSU and working briefly for the US Navy at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, Rhode Island, Brian, along with another fellow NMSU alumni co-founded Wireless Scientific, Inc. in northeast Florida. The high-tech start-up manufactured spread-spectrum wireless data modems for industrial markets and introduced an explosion proof unlicensed wireless data modem to the petro-chemical industry.

After selling his interest in Wireless Scientific, Brian became a telecommunications consultant. Some of his consulting projects have involved satellite communications and also public safety communications, but most of his clients have been associated with the transportation industry, including more than a dozen commuter railroads and state Departments of Transportation clients from across the country. His projects have touched on almost every form of commercial communication technology, from satellite to cellular, from fiber to wireline, and from microwave to land mobile radio.

In 2011, Brian reduced his consulting work load and became an adjunct electrical engineering Professor at the University of North Florida (UNF). Three years later he joined the faculty at UNF full-time. Brian brings 20 years of industry experience to the classroom and is very glad to be able to give back a little of what he has learned. At UNF, he has also started the Advanced Telecommunications Research Program with the goal of getting students involved in new and exciting research in wireless communications, in particular satellite communications.

Brian lives with his wife Krittaya, a registered nurse, in Jacksonville, Florida where they take care of their niece Irada. Brian is also very active in the amateur radio community and worked with students to start the UNF amateur radio club in 2015.

Richard Leger
NMSU Degrees: 1954 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2012
Christopher Long
NMSU Degrees: 1994 BSEE
1996 MSEE
Year Inducted: 2014


  Mr. Long’s 16 year career in space has been spent with Orbital Sciences Corp and the  heritage companies (General Dynamics & Motorola Government Electronics), holding various engineering and management positions. Mr. Long has spent the last 6 months [as of Sep. 2014] as the Vice President and General Manager of Gilbert Operations where he oversees the operations of roughly 350 employees. Prior to this assignment Mr. Long spent 3 years as the Director of Advanced Systems. In this capacity Mr. Long oversees operations, profit and loss associated with Advanced Satellite Programs as well as a Technology Services business consisting of 100 people supporting Office of Space Launch for the NRO. Prior to his role as Director of Advanced Systems Mr. Long served as Director of Business Development for Space Systems General Dynamics to include responsibility of all orders and management of new business funds. Mr. Long is a member of the Leadership Innovation and Entrepreneur Program (LEIP) in Palo Alto California for the last 7 years. Mr. Long has published multiple technical papers related to space communications systems. He is a member of the Eta Kappa Nu, AFCEA, NDIA, Old Crows and IEEE.

John Lopez
NMSU Degrees: 1987 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2005
Patricia Lopez
NMSU Degrees: 1980 BS
Year Inducted: 2001


Dr. Patty Lopez is a Platform Applications Engineer at Inl Corporation, working with customers to deliver Xeon server chip solutions that power high end data centers and mission critical applications. Prior to joining Intel in 2008, she spent 19 years as an Imaging Scientist for Hewlett Packard, creating and transferring technology in imaging into scanner, camera, and all-in-one products. She has released over fifty products and holds seven imaging patents. She earned her BS, MS, and PhD in Computer Science from New Mexico State University (NMSU).

Dr. Lopez serves on the advisory boards of the Computing Research Association-Women (CRA-W), the Computing Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institutions (CAHSI), the Anita Borg Institute, the NMSU Foundation, and the NMSU Computer Science Department. She is a Distinguished Alumna for the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences received the HENAAC/Great Minds in STEM Community Service Award in 2010. A founding member of Latinas in Computing, a MentorNet mentor, a member of the NCWIT Workforce Alliance, Patty has been active for the past several years on the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference organizing committee, served as the 2013 GHC General Co-Chair (Industry). Her research interests include CS education, E-textiles, and wearable computing. Her volunteer efforts are focused on building the STEM pipeline for K-16 and beyond, and creating an inclusive organizational culture in the workplace.

Andrew Lucero
NMSU Degrees: 1975 BSEE
Year Inducted: 1994


1978-Present – Minnesota Power. 1978-79 – Supervisor, Transmission Planning – I was responsible for supervising a small group of Planning Engineers. We did steady state transient and dynamic studies for unique systems such as our +/- 230kV DC system, our 500 kV US-Canada interconnection, +/- 30 MVAR SVC and special applications for customer motors of 5,000 and 10,000 HP. I supplied much testimony for hearings on transmission line routing and substation placement. 1979-82 – Manager, Industrial & Governmental Services – I supervised a small group of customer service engineers, and administrative personnel. We were responsible for all customers of 10 Mws (10) and all municipal customers (19), this was 75% of Minnesota Power’s load (750 MW). I administered the contracts and coordinated all company/customer activities, negotiated any contract changes and new contracts and coordinated/managed transmission construction projects which were directly related to serving the Large Power customers.

1982-88 – Manager, System Control & Performance – I was responsible for supervising a department with about 60 people that included administrative personnel, engineers, programmers, clerical, accounting and operating personnel. The sections include system Control, Energy Coordination, System Performance, and HVDC engineer and an ECC Facilities engineer. This was basically the operation of the power system, which also included working with other electric utilities in the Mid-Continent Area Power Pool (MAPP) of the interconnected systems. 1988-91 – Director, System Operations – This position then had the responsibility for Real Time Applications and System Telecommunications. This position then had the responsibility for about 140 people which was the company’s electric system operation as well as responsibility for the engineering, design, construction and operation of the company’s telecommunications systems. In addition , I sponsored two major construction projects: the Energy Management System Replacement and the International Falls Phase Shifter projects. Further, I chaired both the company’s Capital and Operating Budget Committees (at different times) which were budgets of $40M and $80M respectively.

1991-93 – Electric Utility Operations Team Leader – System Operations & Engineering – This position included all those responsibilities of the Director, System Operations plus the indirect supervision of the company’s electrical engineering, metering, relaying, construction and maintenance personnel. This was a department that totaled about 250 people. In addition, I chaired the electric company’s Labor/Management Steering Committee.

1993 – present – Electric Utility Operations Team Leader – Information Technology & Services – In 1993 I volunteered to organize the electric company’s three Information Technology groups into one unified group and defined a new direction for communication and computing for the organization. This department consists of about 160 people and includes Electronic Technical Services, System Telecommunication Engineering, Engineering & Operations Applications, Business Applications, data Base Administration, Networks & Systems Software, Systems Programming & Operation, Office Services, Record Services and Office Systems & Support. For the first time we now have a mission, vision and strategy that is driven by business needs and not technology.

David Martinez
NMSU Degrees: 1976 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2013




David R. Martinez is associate head in the Cyber Security and Information Sciences Division at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. In this capacity, he is focusing on the strategic and operations management of the division in the fast-growing areas of cyber security, Big Data management, analytics, information sciences, and cloud computing. He is also a member of MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s Steering Committee.

Mr. Martinez, who joined MIT Lincoln Laboratory in 1988, has served in various management positions. During 1993–1999, he held leadership roles in the Digital Radar Technology Group (later to become the Embedded Digital Systems Group). He served as associate head (1999–2004) and head (2004–2010) of the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Technology Division. As head of the ISR Systems and Technology Division, he had direct line management responsibility for the division’s programs in the development of advanced techniques and prototypes. Mr. Martinez was responsible for more than $140M in total operating budget and total personnel of 330+ people.

Prior to joining Lincoln Laboratory, he was employed as a principal research engineer at ARCO Oil and Gas Company, specializing in adaptive seismic signal processing. He received the ARCO special achievement award for his work on the 1986 Cuyama Project, which provided a superior, cost-effective approach to three-dimensional seismic surveys. He holds three U.S. patents based on his work in signal processing for seismic applications. He served as the president and chairman of Mercury Federal Systems during 2010–2011. In that role, he was responsible for the company’s operations and strategic directions. He returned to the Laboratory as a principal researcher in the Communication Systems and Cyber Security Division before accepting the appointment to the new Cyber Security and Information Sciences Division.

Mr. Martinez was awarded a bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State University (NMSU) in 1976, an MS degree from MIT, and the EE degree jointly from MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1979. He completed an MBA from the Southern Methodist University in 1986 and attended the Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. In 2003, he was elected an IEEE Fellow. He was awarded the Eminent Engineer Award in 2008 from the College of Engineering at NMSU, and was elected to the NMSU Klipsch Electrical and Computer Engineering Academy in 2012. He is a member of the NMSU Dean’s Advisory Council in Engineering.

From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Martinez served on the Army Science Board. In 2007-2008, he served on the Defense Science Board ISR Task Force. He founded the High Performance Embedded Computing Workshop in 1997, which in 2012 became an IEEE conference. He has been the keynote speaker at both national and international conferences. He has served as an associate editor of the IEEE Signal Processing magazine, and co-authored/co-edited the book entitled High Performance Embedded Computing, A Systems Perspective (CRC, 2008).

Robert A. Martinez
NMSU Degrees: 1978 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2017

Mr. Martinez, until his retirement in 2016, was a Technical Staff Member at Los Alamos National Laboratory for over 35 years, working in Microprocessor applications, Data Communication, High Performance Computing, and Computer Networking positions.  He was a lead engineer in the technical direction of LANL networks, their deployment and operations.  He was a contributor to developing LANL's Supercomputer I/O network architecture. 

Robert served in Technical Leadership positions directing Network Operations, Design, and Engineering teams.  He was the Project Manager and Technical Lead in developing the recent generations of LANL’s production network architecture. 

He earned his MSEE from Southern Methodist University in 2003.

John McAfee
NMSU Degrees: 1967 BSEE
1973 MSEE
Year Inducted: 1996


William McCullough
NMSU Degrees: 1962 BSEE
Year Inducted: 1994


 In 1994, William M. McCullough was appointed Director of Business Development for Force Projection Systems including Bomber, Fighter, Weapons (ABL, Avenger, ALCM, etc.) and Attack Helicopters.

Prior to this assignment, Mr. McCullough was Director of Seattle Programs for the Product Support Division of Boeing Defense & Space Group. These Seattle based programs included B-1B Avionics, E-6 and the A-6 Rewing. Between 1988 and 1992, Mr. McCullough had been Director/Program manager of the B-1B Avionics program within the Boeing Defense & Space Group. In this assignment, he led Boeing efforts to acquire, develop, produce and integrate the B-1B’s offensive avionics and supporting elements of the defensive avionics system.

Between 1984 and 1988, Mr. McCullough was Advanced Projects manager for all B-1B internal research program-funded advanced concept-study efforts and long-range planning. In other company assignments, he served as program manager of the B-52/Kc-135 Nuclear hardening programs and program manager of B-52 Defensive Avionics programs. He also has nearly 10 years of managerial experience on other programs (Minuteman, SRAM and Special Research) in Electromagnetics (EMI, EMP,RCS and Antennas), power systems and electronic design.

Mr. McCullough began his Boeing career in 1962 as a design and analysis engineer on the Minuteman, then onto the SRAM program in 1966. In parallel with these assignments, he developed advanced design techniques for digital integrated circuits, performed research programs on integrated circuits and authored technical papers. Prior to joining Boeing, Mr. McCullough was an instrumentation design and analysis specialist on the NIKE Missile system for Douglas Aircraft Co. at White Sands Missile Range, NM.

Mr. McCullough attended New Mexico State University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1962. He also earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Systems Management in 1972 from the University of Southern California.

Don Merrill
NMSU Degrees:
Year Inducted: 2005
Manny Mora
NMSU Degrees: 1983 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2012


 Manny Mora is senior vice president for Strategy, Business Development and Sales and is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s strategic plan for continuous business growth as well as C4 Systems’ overall operations. Mora also directs mergers and acquisitions strategies and business development resources to ensure the company remains a market leader in Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) technologies, products and systems for military and government customers worldwide.

Mora was previously vice president and general manager of Battlefield Management Systems for General Dynamics. Under his leadership, Mora oversaw the implementation of critical enabling technologies and products for emerging tactical networks including the Command Post of the Future (CPOF) and Tactical Ground Reporting (TIGR) system. He also directed the successful development and implementation of complex systems including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), mission control, training and simulation capabilities for a broad portfolio of customers that include the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Special Operations Command and international ministries of defence.

General Dynamics C4 Systems is a global leader in the development and integration of tactical internet solutions for customers worldwide. Enabling these and other mission critical systems are radios for military and government users and information security technologies and products that protect information to the highest classified levels.

Mora joined General Dynamics in 1984 and has 30 years of engineering and management experience in the US defense electronics industry. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University in 1983. Mora was the recipient of the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement (HEENAC) Award for Technical Contribution to Industry in 1995. Mora was a member of the Board of Directors for the Hispanic College Fund from 2009 – 2103; and served on the Advisory Board for Arizona State University College of Technology and Innovation from 2012 – 2013.

Marvin Morris
NMSU Degrees: 1965 BSEE
Year Inducted: 1992


 Since 1965, I have worked for Sandia National Laboratories as a Member of the Technical Staff. Before entering the area of electromagnetic research in 1970, I participated in laser holography research and in research programs to develop microbiological assay and sterilization procedures for the NASA lunar and mars spacecraft exploration programs. After attending Harvard University, I participated in a research program to develop large-scale uses for radioisotopes from the weapon development programs and nuclear reactors that culminated in the design, fabrication, and testing of the world’s largest Cesium-137 gamma eradicator, used principally for the sterilization of sewage sludge and the disinfestation of produce of fruit flies. At Harvard and at Sandia, since 1974, I have conducted research, development, and testing programs on weapon effects of nuclear electromagnetic pulses, lightening electrostatic discharges, and electromagnetic radiation. This work has included fundamental research, computer simulation, and nuclear weapon testing programs.

Peggy Morse
NMSU Degrees: 1980 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2000


 Peggy Morse is vice president of Directed Energy & Strategic Systems, a collection of development and sustainment programs for the nation’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) fleet and Directed Energy programs.

Boeing provides directed energy development and prototype work for the Army, Navy and Air Force, and runs two optical tracking sites. Boeing performs sustaining engineering on ICBM guidance, ground, and flight control systems, performs ICBM guidance system repair, and provides the ICBM flight termination and telemetry system.

Morse manages a team with operations in Huntington Beach, Calif., Ogden, Utah, Heath, Ohio, Albuquerque, N.M., and Maui, Hawaii, and at all Air Force missile wings.

Prior to joining Strategic Missile Systems in 2006, Morse was a member of the Boeing Defense, Space & Security program management staff in Seal Beach, Calif. She was the director of Strategy and Business Integration for Boeing Australia from January 2005 until February 2006, working in the Sydney office for the Boeing country vice president. Her job responsibilities included working with all the sites in Australia to better integrate with the U.S.-based business units, as well as coordinating and deploying the country strategy.

From 1999 to 2004, Morse was a program manager in Space & Intelligence Systems for three sequential programs. She was the director of Sales Operations in Boeing Commercial Airplanes and managed the interface between Sales and the Airplane Programs from 1997 until 1999.

Prior to this assignment, Morse was the chief engineer of the Inertial Upper Stage Program, one of Boeing’s heritage rocket programs. She was a manager in Business Development in 1995, as well as a program manager of a series of classified programs from 1989 until 1994. Morse started with Boeing in 1981 as an engineer in the area of antenna design, radar cross section measurement and software development.

Morse earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in 1980. She received a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington in 1986. She is the executive focal to NMSU and serves on the board of the NMSU Dean’s Advisory Council. She is the Boeing Executive champion for Arts & Culture focus in Southern California.

Harley Myler
NMSU Degrees: 1981 MSEE
1985 PhD
Year Inducted: 2002


 Harley Myler is Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Lamar University in Beaumont Texas. He is also the inaugural holder of the William B. and Mary G. Mitchell Endowed Chair in Electrical Engineering. The Mitchell Chair in the College of Engineering was made possible by a gift of $1.2 million by the alumni couple to the Lamar University Foundation. Mr. Mitchell is a former Vice-Chairman of Texas Instruments, Inc. Dr. Myler’s research interests are in digital video processing with an emphasis on broadband and broadcast distribution. This includes source and destination display and presentation technologies, channel efficiency considerations, compression and coding, Internet and intranet issues, multimedia formats and video quality analysis and investigation.

Dr. Myler came to Lamar from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, where he was a professor of electrical engineering. He began his college education at Virginia Military Institute and received a double-major bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and chemistry in 1975. After serving as a missile systems officer in the Army, he began studies at NMSU in 1979 and earned the MSEE in 1981 and the Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1985. He began his academic career as an instructor at NMSU before joining the faculty at the University of Central Florida in 1986. He is a registered professional engineer in electrical engineering.

Dr. Myler has received several awards for teaching excellence from honor societies and other entities, including Computer Engineering Educator of the Year at UCF. He has published numerous books and articles and has obtained patents and copyrights for his work, in addition to securing more than $2 million in research grants.

Patricia Nava
NMSU Degrees: 1981 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2012
Joseph Nevarez
NMSU Degrees: 1968 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2008


 Experience: 1962-1981, Member of Technical Staff with Bell Laboratories, supporting several Military R&D Anti-Ballistic Missile Radar projects and migrated to the Mobile Systems Development Organization which pioneered in early mobile and cellular research and development projects; 1981-1982, Project Manager, Operations, with AT&T International, supporting 1AESS OA&M projects in Saudi Arabia and Submarine Cable Systems in the Mediterranean area; 1982-1983, Project Manager/Maintenance Engineering Manager, with AT&T, supporting the initial implementation of the major Cellular Start-Up Markets in the U.S., as an AMPS manager on loan from Bell Laboratories; 1983-1986, Director of Radio Services/Manager of Systems Operations/Manager of Maintenance Engrng. And   Cellular Technical Ops Center, with Southwestern Bell Mobile Phone Services, in the establishment of the initial Technical Operations organization in SBMS and was responsible for establishing Cellular services in their first six major markets; 1986-1988, Vice President,  Engineering Operations with Comcast Cellular establishing the Engineering and Operations organizations in the original AMCELL Corp. and managed the building and operations of the cellular network covering the initial four systems in New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania; 1988-1989, Executive Director, Engineering Operations, with Movicom (CRM) Cellular System (BellSouth International and Motorola, Inc., Joint Venture), establishing the Engineering and Operations organizations and was responsible for the design and implementation of the start-up system in Buenos Aires; 1989-1992, Telecommunications Consultant with Motorola, Cellular Infrastructure Group, providing project management and technical support for the establishment of the TMA-900A National Cellular (TACS) System throughout Spain over a 2-1/2 year period; 1992-1995, Vice President of Engineering Operations with Portatel Del Sureste, S.A. De C.V., responsible for restructuring the Engineering and Operations departments of this wireless service provider and improving the system by integration via satellite of the seven separate systems covering five states; 1995-1996, Director of Wireless Operations, with AT&T Network Systems, developing outsourcing opportunity in Saudi Arabia for the Operations, Administration, and Maintenance of the Ministry of Public Telephone and Telegraph (MOPTT) GSM Systems; 1996-2000, Director of Operations, Venezuela/Configuration Engineering Director/Offer Integration Director with Lucent Technologies, Global Service Provider Division, responsible for the Operations and Maintenance of the Lucent CDMA Overlay System on the Telcel Wireless Network throughout Venezuela; responsible for the management of a configuration group supporting CALA Region in providing communications equipment configuration proposals; responsible for providing technical sales support on proposals to Lucent sales teams; established the Wireless Operations Group to provide global operations outsourcing opportunities to Lucent wireless equipment customers; 2000-2001, Director, Telecon Professional Services, with Tekmark Global Solutions, providing guidance to Account Executives and Recruiters in connection with providing staff augmentation and solutions to Telecommunications companies; 2001-2006, Project Management Deployment Director, GSM Services, with Ericsson Telecom, responsible for the project management functions for rollout of the GSM Core Net (MSC’s, BSC’s, BTS’s) and subsystems for Tercel throughout Mexico; Project Manager (UMTS/GSM/TDMA Deployment), responsible for the project management functions for the rollout of over 250 UMTS Radio Base Stations (RBS) on the Cingular Network in San Diego, CA; 2006-Present, Owner/CEO of N-Cell Services, LLC, a Telecon Consulting Company, involved in investigating WiFi and WiMax opportunities internationally with several colleagues.

Steve Omick
NMSU Degrees: 1986 BSEE
1987 MSEE
 1993 PhD
Year Inducted: 2011


William Osborne
NMSU Degrees: 1970 PhD
Year Inducted: 1996


 William P. Osborne joined the University of Texas at Dallas in September 1995, as Dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and Ericsson Chair and he retired from UTD in 2002. He has since served as Dean at University of Missouri at KC and Southern Illinois University, where he retired for final time in 2010. He came to UTD from New Mexico State University, where he was Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, holder of the Carden Chair and the Director of the Center for Space Telemetering and Telecommunications Systems.

Prior to his career in higher education Dean Osborne spent twenty years in the telecommunications industry. His roles in industry included seven years as VP Engineering and then President of Comsat Technology Products, a division of Communications Satellite Corporation in Washington, D.C. While at Comsat, he led the company in its successful entry into the data communications business area using very small aperture terminals (VSAT’s). Dean Osborne also spent eight years at Harris Corporation in Melbourne, Florida, where he rose to the level of VP of Engineering for the Satellite Communications Division. He also served as president of Telinq, a small telecommunications company in Richardson, which became a division of the ADC Corporation of Minneapolis.

One of Dean Osborne’s goals while at UTD has been to strengthen the research and educational links between UTD and the high-technology business community in Dallas and Richardson. He continues to work at achieving this goal through involvement with the Telecom Corridor ® Technology Business Council (TBC) and the School’s Advisory Council. Another main goal is to assist the School in increasing student enrollment, (which is up 250% in the last six years), and faculty appointments while enhancing diversity in both groups. Dean Osborne is also actively engaged in strengthening the School’s research with programs such as the recently announced Texas Telecommunications Education Consortium (TxTEC) in which he is a board member.

Dr. Osborne is also on the broad of Directors of @Track Communications in Richardson, SigmaTel Corporation in Austin, and the Technical Advisory Board of CenterPoint Broadband Communications in San Jose, as well as the Advisory Boards for Electrical Engineering at New Mexico State University and Kansas State University.

Eddie Padilla
NMSU Degrees: 1976 BSEE
1977 MSEE
Year Inducted: 2003
Krist Petersen
NMSU Degrees: 1986 MSEE
1998 PhD
Year Inducted: 2015


Krist Petersen retired from NMSU in 2013, but before that he was a professor from 1998-2013.  He was also the directro of computer services at the student learning lab at Eastern New Memexico University and the director of computer services for Armco Security in Dallas, TX.

During his time at NMSU Krist was an undergraduate academic advisor and assistant department head for the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  Following that he was the interim associate dean for the college of engineering and back as the interim department head for the Klipsh school.

Since he has retired, he has been teaching one class a semester in computer architecture.


George Petty Jr. ‡
NMSU Degrees: 1965 BSEE
Year Inducted: 1991
(Charter Member)


 Upon graduation from NMSU, he was commissioned in the US Air Force and served four years, three in Germany. After discharge he joined Bell System’s Long Lines Division as a Staff Supervisor. Petty advanced through different aspects of AT&T’s operations and served in managerial positions around the nation. He was promoted to Vice-President in 1986. In 1994 he was recruited to Canada where he served as President and CEO of TELUS Corporation, Canada’s second largest telecommunications company. He is a 1983 graduate of Harvard’s Advanced Management Program.

He was recognized as the College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus in 1986, and also, recognized in the 100 Outstanding Alumni in 1988.

David Pippen
NMSU Degrees: 1990 MSEE
Year Inducted: 1997
Patrick Quinlan
NMSU Degrees: 1960 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2004
Henry Rachele 
NMSU Degrees: 1977 PhD
Year Inducted: 1993
Randolph Rothschild
NMSU Degrees: 1988 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2014


 Randolph Rothschild attained the level of Senior Manager of Systems Engineering for Raytheon Technologies in Tucson AZ. He began his career with Raytheon Missile Systems after graduating with Honors from New Mexico State University in 1988 with a BSEE. While in school, he was an active member of Eta Kappa Nu, IEEE, and Tau Beta Pi.

Professionally, Mr. Rothschild has held roles as a System Integrator, Lead Designer, Chief Engineer, Department Manager, and Factory Technical Director. His experience spans the entire life cycle of hardware development which includes, proposals, numerous research and development projects, design and development activities, factory support, and field test. He has received awards and honors for his service including a President’s Award for product improvement. He has also been recognized for the development of people and leaders.

Outside of his professional work, 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, sat on the board of the NMSU Alliance for Minority Participation, and is a former chair of the NMSU College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council. 

C. Robert Scheafer
NMSU Degrees: 1957 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2007
John Scruggs
NMSU Degrees: 1964 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2001


 John Scruggs, elected as a full member, graduated from the Klipsch School in 1964 with a BSEE degree. During his time at NMSU he was a co-op at White Sands for 3 years. His career began as a circuit design engineer for the Motorola Government Electronics Division in Scottsdale, Arizona. Here he contributed to space programs such as Apollo and the Mariner. While at Motorola he earned an MSEE from Arizona State University. After 5 years with Motorola, he joined Varo Inc. where he managed the electronics design department developing prototype people-mover vehicles. In 1972, Mr. Scruggs joined the Hewlett Packard Corporation in Loveland, Colorado where he spent the majority of his career. His initial work at HP was designing Automated Test Equipment for the in-house integrated circuit facility. He subsequently moved into the Instrument R&D department where he held various technical management positions such as project manager, section manager and finally R&D department manager. In 1985 Scruggs was made General Manager of  the Manufacturing Test Division responsible for all activities, product development, marketing and manufacturing for that ATE product line. In 1992, Scruggs was promoted to general manager of the Automated Test Business Unit, responsible for several ATE related product lines. A year later, he was appointed a vice president of HP. In 1999 the Test & Measurement Business of HP was spun off to form Agilent Technologies and Scruggs assumed the position of Senior Vice-President of their Automated Test Group. In 2002 Scruggs retired from Agilent and now resides in Greenville, Texas.

Jerome Shaw 
NMSU Degrees: 1971 MSEE
Year Inducted: 1999


 Jerome Shaw is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Volt Information Sciences, Inc., a global staffing supplier with annual sales of approximately $2 billion. A dynamic and charismatic business leader, Jerome Shaw is part of a remarkable success story that began in 1950 when he, along with his older brother William, invested $13 and founded Volt.

In his capacity as Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Shaw is one of the driving forces in directing the day-to-day operations of Volt. Mr. Shaw ‘s vision and creativity is key to Volt’s ongoing expansion and development. Utilizing a hands-on, shirtsleeves management style, he has been instrumental in Volt’s tremendous growth from a startup entrepreneurial venture to a Fortune 1000 corporation. Today, at 75, Jerome Shaw is considered an icon of the staffing industry.

Over a period of nearly 40 years, Jerome Shaw also has built a second very successful business in real estate. In January 1959, he moved to California from New York. From 1959 to 1973, Mr. Shaw bought 650 acres of land and proceeded through city and county government to obtain approvals for “Tentative Maps.” This effectively is buying land at wholesale and re-selling it at retail. In addition, he has created an award-winning residential housing development in Northern San Diego County, Shaw-Lopez Park. Mr. Shaw’s real estate business has been totally accomplished working on Saturdays and Sundays.


Paul Short
NMSU Degrees: 1982 BSEE
1984 MSEE
Year Inducted: 2006


Raymond Shoults
NMSU Degrees: 1963 BSEE
1969 MSEE
Year Inducted: 2004


 Dr. Shoults received the PhD degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1974, the MSEE and BSEE degrees from New Mexico State University in 1969 and 1963, respectively. Dr. Shoults retired from the University of Texas at Arlington on August 31, 2008 after 33 years of academic service. At the time of his retirement he was Professor and Chairman of the Department of electrical Engineering, a position he held from September 2001 to August 2008.

Dr. Shoults’ expertise includes advanced computer methods for power system engineering; application of computer simulation to power system planning and operation; real-time power system control; automatic generation control (AGC); power system dynamics; reliability methods; rapid as well as conventional power flow techniques; reactive power flow analysis; power system simulation (Operator Training Simulators).

Dr. Shoults’ industrial experience in the electric utility industry includes distribution field engineering, industrial sales engineering, and Division Sales Supervisor (1963-1968); and advance transmission planning (1967-1971). He spent one and one-half years with a utility consulting firm as a staff consultant (1974-1975). H was associated with UTA and active in research and teaching responsibilities from 1975 to 2008. His research activity included projects with the NSF, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, EPRI, Public Service Company of New Mexico, Texas Utilities Electric Company, Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Institutional Division, the Advanced Technology Program with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the Texas Technology Workforce Development Grant administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Dr. Shoults has provided numerous short courses in power system analysis in the USA, Mexico, Taiwan and Germany. He received the Halliburton Award for Outstanding Research in the UTA College of Engineering in 1996.

Edward Shreve ‡ 
NMSU Degrees: 1964 MSEE
Year Inducted: 1991
(Charter Member)


  Dr. Edward L. Shreve is a co-founder of Frontier Engineering and has served as Vice-President, Technical Director, Secretary, and Director since its inception in 1973. From 1970 to 1979, he was a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Oklahoma State University. He has authored numerous scientific articles, position papers, and other engineering publications. Dr. Shreve received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1962, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University in 1964, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1969.

Dr. Shreve is an active member of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Board of Directors for the YMCA, Stillwater United Way, and Coalition for the Advancement of mathematics Education in Oklahoma. He is also a member of Indian Meridian Vo-Tech’s Management Development Group. In addition, he serves on the Industrial Advisory Council for OSU Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology and is a member of the OSU Foundation Presidents Club and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Academy at NMSU. Other Affiliations include the Oklahoma and National Societies of Professional Engineers, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Eta Kappa Nu Engineering Honor Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Association of Old Crows, and the American Management Association.


Richard Shumard
NMSU Degrees: 1971 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2013
Martin Small
NMSU Degrees: 1985 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2002


 Martin J. Small received his BSEE (with honors), BS (with honors) in Mathematics, and BS (with honors) in Computer Science from New Mexico State University. He specializes in High-speed data acquisition and real-time data processing systems, high-reliability closed-loop control systems engineering and, electronics and software design and development. He has previously worked at EG&G, NMSU Electrical Engineering Department, and at the Physical Science Laboratory (PSL) at NMSU. While at PSL, he became the Section Chief of the Systems Technologies Section. He then founded CALCULEX, Inc. which specializes in producing high-speed, solid-state data recorders for customers from around the world.

Eldon Steelman
NMSU Degrees:
Year Inducted: 2006
Gerald Stolarczyk 
NMSU Degrees: 1988 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2012
Larry Stolarczyk ‡ 
NMSU Degrees: 1965 MSEE
1970 PhD
Year Inducted: 1991
(Charter Member)


 Larry G. Stolarczyk (retired), Founder and former Executive Scientific Research Director of Stolar Inc., holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado (CU) and received his M.S. and Sc.D. degrees  in electrical engineering (related topics in theoretical physics) from New Mexico State University (NMSU). He completed the Anderson School of Management Executive Program, New Mexico University (UNM). He was named Distinguished Alumni of Colleges of Engineering at CU and NMSU. He has presented papers at West Virginia University ElectroTech and Ground Control Conferences, IEEE Vehicular Technology meeting, SME Annual Meetings, JASONS, National Mining Expo, and International Ground Penetrating Radar biannual meetings. Dr. Stolarczyk has published more than 50 technical papers and written two chapters in books dealing with mining geophysics. He was nominated for the National Technology Medal for the development of the Radio Imaging Method (RIM) technology for tomography scanning of subsurface geologic structures. He also received the 1986 National Award for Energy Innovation for development of RIM technology. In 1995, Dr. Stolarczyk was named “Inventor of the Year” by the New Mexico Entrepreneurs Association with a mining industry patent portfolio exceeding 40 maintained U.S. Patents.


Robert Tausworthe
NMSU Degrees: 1957 BSEE
Year Inducted: 1991
(Charter Member)


 Dr. Robert C. Tausworthe is a retired Senior Research Engineer and Chief Technologist of the Information Systems Development and Operations Division of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. During his tenure at JPL, he served as Software Chief Engineer of Deep Space Network Digital Systems, Manager of JPL’s Institutional Software Standards development, Deputy Software Manager of the Galileo Project, and Principal Engineer of Deep Space Network Metric Prediction Generation software development. He is the author of the two-volume set, Standardized Development of Computer Software (Prentice-Hall, Inc.), thirty papers in software methodology and analysis, and over one hundred papers in communications theory and mathematics. He was co-investigator in the Celestial Mechanics Experiment of the Mariner V mission to Venus, and innovated the first planetary ranging system, used by that experiment. He has taught at New Mexico State University, University of Southern California, and West Coast University, in Los Angeles. He remained professionally active as a consultant to JPL for 10 years after retirement, during which time he instituted significant improvements in Deep Space Network antenna pointing, communications, and mission scheduling, for which he was awarded a NASA Space Act award. Dr. Tausworthe is a Fellow of the IEEE, and a member of the ACM and Sigma Xi. He also served as a member of the AIAA Software Systems Technical Committee. He has received the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and three NASA Outstanding Performance Awards. He received the BSEE degree from New Mexico State University in 1957, and the MSEE and Ph. D. degrees from the California Institute of Technology in 1958 and 1963, respectively. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University in 1988. He was inducted into the NMSU Electrical and Computer Engineering Academy as a charter member in 1991.

Javin Taylor
NMSU Degrees:
Year Inducted: 2004


 Javin M. Taylor, Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering retired on July 1, 2002, after serving as Professor and Associate Head, Klipsch School of Electrical & Computer Engineering, New Mexico State University. He has over 55 years of experience, including 10 years of engineering with various aerospace industries and 36 years of research and teaching with three universities. He received a BSEE from the University of Illinois, MSEE from the University of Southern California, and a PhD from the University of Wyoming. His early research interests were in the area of system theory and included the design of the nutation control system for NASA’s International Ultraviolet Experimenter satellite. Current research interests are in the areas of computer architecture and design, parallel computation, digital communication networks, and fuzzy neural networks. He has over 30 publications in the areas of computer architecture, parallel processing, system theory, and electrical engineering education. He’s directed a variety of research projects in industry and in universities spanning dynamic system simulation and design to computer architecture research, design of concurrent digital and signal processors networks, parallel computing research and applications, and advanced high-speed space telemetry. During 1987-1989, Dr. Taylor served as Head of Electrical & Computer Engineering at New Mexico State University. Dr. Taylor is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the IEEE Computer Society. He’s been a reviewer for the IEEE Computer Society and an Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) evaluator for electrical engineering and computer engineering programs. He served on numerous university and state committees concerned with research, computing, and promotion and tenure issues. He is past chair of the University Research Council, the Academic Computer Advisory Group, and the University Data Authority Committee.

Dr. Taylor has directed 10 PhD dissertations and over 37 MS theses. He has directed 11 externally supported research projects totaling nearly $900,000 and has received nearly $4.6 million in equipment grants.

Since retirement, Dr. Taylor has taught six classes for the Klipsch School and continues to teach math classes for the Dona Ana Community College. He also consulted for one year with NewTec Corporation at White Sands Missile Range. His public service includes service on the Hearing Committee of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico and service as a judge for the annual State Fair Wine Competition.

Roland Thomas 
NMSU Degrees: 1952 BSEE
Year Inducted: 1999


 Dr. Thomas served for more than twenty-six years in the United States Air Force, retiring with the grade of Brigadier General. He served as an engineer at Wright Air Development Center from 1953-1957. From 1959-1979 he was with the Air Force Academy, first as a faculty member in the Department of Astronautics and then as a Professor and Head in the Department of Electrical Engineering. After his career with the Air Force, he continued to work as an engineer for several different companies. From 1979-1982, he was with Kaman Sciences Corporation working in EMP hardened military systems. From 1982-1984, he worked as a Senior Scientist with Mission Research Corporation. From 1984-1985, he was a System engineering Manager at the Motorola Government Electronics Group in Scottsdale, AZ and was responsible for defining the system level reliability and signal processing performance requirements for the baseband processor for the NASA Advanced Communication Technology Satellite Program. In 1985, he founded TCS in Scottsdale, AZ specializing in system engineering of military electronic systems. He retired in 1997 and continues to work in ABET accreditation and textbook writing.


Eloy Torrez
NMSU Degrees: 1970 BSEE
Year Inducted: 1994


Although, Eloy Torrez has lived outside of New Mexico since he graduated from NMSU with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1970, he is still deeply connected to the university. While working at Hughes Aircraft, he recruited Hispanic engineers from New Mexico, particularly NMSU, which kept him connected to his college and professors. Throughout the years, his involvement with the university has continued to grow. He has served on the Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board and as president of NMSU’s Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Academy. In addition to his generous contributions to the G.W. Lucky Scholarship and the Dean’s Fund for Excellence, Eloy has endowed a scholarship in memory of his parents, Eloy Torrez and Savina Salcido. For his generosity and outstanding career, Eloy has been recognized by the College of Engineering as one of the “100 Engineering Outstanding Living Alumni” and the 2017 Distinguished Alumni.  Recently, Eloy funded the Eloy Torrez Family Learning Communities in Engineering, which offers tutoring to all engineering students.

Eloy has distinguished himself through a career of innovation in engineering and technology. He participated in the Howard Hughes Fellowship Program, receiving a Master of Engineering degree at UCLA in 1976, and became a registered professional engineer in control system engineering. Eloy spent the first 16 years of his career rising through the ranks at Hughes Aircraft Company. He took leadership roles on notable projects including chief engineer on the Maverick missile. In 1986, he moved to the Aerospace Division at International Signal and Control, first as the vice president then as the president. He then went on to serve as president of the Missile Systems Division at Ferranti International, where he directed all development and manufacturing operations on a contract with the United Arab Emirates Air Force.

In 1996, Eloy founded his own engineering firm, SEI Group Inc., which designs, builds, and maintains complex infrastructure and energy systems. The company provides engineering services to government and corporate clients in 17 countries around the world. The Department of Defense is a client that has benefited from SEI Group’s energy efficiency designs and resource management technology to make the U.S. military greener.  Eloy’s leadership and strategic management has brought SEI Group significant growth and top recognitions, including distinction as a Top 500 Hispanic Business and recipient of Boeing’s Gold Performance Excellence Award.

Eloy has 10 sisters and one brother. He and his wife, Sheila Torrez, have two daughters, Aubrey and Lauren.

Jerry Traver
NMSU Degrees: 1962 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2004
Manuel Trujillo
NMSU Degrees: 1971 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2006
Austin Vick 
NMSU Degrees: 1950 BSCE
1961 MSCE
Assoc. Member
Year Inducted: 2010
David Voelz
NMSU Degrees: 1981 BSEE
NMSU Faculty: 1998-present
Year Inducted: 2000


 David Voelz is a professor of electrical engineering at New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM) and holds a Paul W. and Valerie Klipsch Professorship. He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University in 1981 and received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois in 1983 and 1987, respectively. From 1986 to 2001, he was with the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque, NM. He joined the faculty at the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New Mexico State University in 2001. He was named a Fellow of SPIE in 1999 and has received an OSA Engineering Excellence Award, the Bromilow Award at NMSU for research excellence, and the Giller Award at AFRL for technical achievement. His research interests include spectral and polarimetric imaging, laser imaging and beam propagation, laser communications, adaptive optics, and astonomical instrumentation development.

Stuart Warrick
NMSU Degrees: 1959 BSEE
Year Inducted: 1995
Gabe Watson
NMSU Degrees: 1979 BSEE
1980 MSEE
Year Inducted: 2007
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.


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.

Donald Wunsch
NMSU Degrees: 1958 BSEE
1969 DSC
Year Inducted: 1991 (Charter Member)
Allyson Yarbrough
NMSU Degrees: 1979 BSEE
Year Inducted: 2001


 Allyson D. Yarbrough, elected as a full member, graduated from the Klipsch School in 1979. After spending three years with Hewlett-Packard Company’s Network Measurement Division as a Product Marketing/Microwave Applications Engineer she joined Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, receiving a MSEE in 1985 and the PhD in 1988. In 1988, Dr. Yarbrough joined California State University, Los Angeles as an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering. In 1989 she joined The Aerospace Corporation and has held numerous positions, each with more responsibility. Dr. Yarbrough is currently Principal Director, Electronics Engineering Subdivision. She holds three patents, has published extensively, and has many honors and awards, including Aerospace Institute Executive Director’s Achievement Award, 1998, 2001, and Who’s Who in America, 2001.

Arlene Yusnukis
NMSU Degrees: 1985 BS
Year Inducted: 2000 (Honorary Member)


  Arlene M Yusnukis, elected an honorary member in 2000, holds Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences granted in 1984. She was the first female member of the Academy. She began her career as a software engineer with Hewlett-Packard in their Colorado Networks Division and has held numerous engineering and managerial positions with HP, Agilent Technologies, Verigy (now Advantest), and several other high tech companies since graduation. She actively promoted NMSU within HP/Agilent and was able to secure meaningful grants for several departments in the College of Engineering. She is currently back at HP working in their Storage business in the area of converged cloud systems management.

John Zschelie