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Medina_Anthony_2010.web Joseph Perea

 Council Chair  

ExxonMobil Fuels, Lubricants and Specialties Marketing Company

Joseph Perea is currently the Global Curriculum Manager for ExxonMobil Fuels, Lubricants and Specialties Marketing Company. Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Perea joined ExxonMobil in 1994 and holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University. His career began with ExxonMobil Pipeline Company in Houston, Texas. Perea moved to various cities throughout the US, where he spent the first 3 years of his career as a Project and Field Engineer focused on supporting pipeline terminal projects. He joined the Lubricants and Specialties Company in 1997, initially based in Houston, with the Basestock Specialties and Asphalt organization in a technical sales position. He moved through various positions within the finished lubricants business before moving to Fairfax, Virginia as a Global Analyst. Perea then progressed into the Aviation Lubricants division as the Global Business Development Advisor and subsequently supported and led various US business initiatives. He then held a variety of managerial positions as the Southwest District Sales Manager in Phoenix, AZ, US Supply Manager and Americas Technical Manager in Fairfax, Virginia. In February 2013 he joined the Fuels, Lubricants and Specialties Marketing Company within the Learning & Professional Development team as Global Curriculum Manager. Perea is a member of the ExxonMobil Global Organization for Advancement of Latinos (GOAL), Fairfax Chapter. He currently serves as Vice-President and has previously served as Recruiting Director. Perea serves as Vice-Chair on the New Mexico State University Engineering Dean’s Council and is a board member to New Mexico State University Mechanical and Aerospace Academy. He has been active with ExxonMobil campus recruiting for many years and currently serves as team captain for New Mexico State University and MAES. Perea is involved in various ExxonMobil community outreach activities such as Introduce a Student to Engineering and is a member of the planning leadership committee for the ExxonMobil Employees Favorite Charities Campaign, a campaign that supports charity organizations in the greater Washington, DC area. Perea is a MAES, Latinos in Science and Engineering, board member and currently serves as Associate Vice President of Operations.

Medina_Anthony_2010.webRandolph Rothschild

Council Vice Chair


Randolph Rothschild is currently a Senior Engineering Manager for Raytheon 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. 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 is very active in the company and has received awards and honors for his service.



Sylvia Acevedo

Communicard, LLC

Sylvia Acevedo, an industrial engineering alumna of Stanford University and NMSU, is the founder, president, and CEO of Communicard LLC, a breakthrough strategy and workforce solutions company for public and private institutions. She is also the creator and organizer of the Feria Para Aprender, the largest Spanish language educational event in the U.S., with attendance at the 2009 Los Angeles event exceeding 20,000. Acevedo literally started her career as a rocket scientist, and from there she has had a broad business career serving as an executive for several Fortune 100 companies such as IBM, DELL, and Apple. She has been the recipient of many awards including, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Businesswoman of the Year, Region 3, (2004), YWCA Austin’s Businesswoman of the Year (2006), GEM National Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2006), Austin Business Journal Profiles in Power Award (2007), Greater Austin Chamber Advocate Award (2007), Hispanic Community Leader for AISD (2007), Texas Association Gold Award (2008), and Austin Partners in Education Chairman’s Award (2008). Wanting the best and the brightest to carry out her own unique vision, Ann Richards also tapped Acevedo to join the Executive Board of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. Acevedo serves on the National Girl Scouts of America Board of Directors. In the greater Austin area, she contributes to numerous community and non-profit boards including a role as Chairwoman of the E3 Alliance, incoming chair of the Austin Community Foundation, and Board member of the Hispanic Scholarship Consortium, Con Mi Madre, and the Trinity School. Her work also includes advisory commissions with United Way, AISD, and the University of Texas.

Adelmo “Del” Archuleta

Emeritus Council Member

Molzen-Corbin & Associates


Medina_Anthony_2010.webEdmund “Ed” G. Archuleta

 El Paso Water Utilities Public Service Board

Edmund G. “Ed” Archuleta is President/CEO of the El Paso Water Utilities Public Service Board. He has managed the board since January 1989. He is responsible for all aspects of water, wastewater, reclaimed water service, and storm water to the greater El Paso metropolitan area. He reports to and implements strategic policies set by the seven-member Public Service Board. A registered Professional Engineer in Texas, New Mexico, and Iowa, Archuleta earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from New Mexico State University and a master of management degree from the University of New Mexico. He is an American Academy of Environmental Engineers Diplomat. He was appointed in June 2006 by President George W. Bush to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. In 2008, he was appointed to the National Academy of Engineering/Science to develop a publication on Water Reuse as an Approach on Meeting Future Water Supply Needs. Archuleta is currently involved with several technical and professional organizations, including the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation, Water for People, WateReuse Foundation, the National and Texas Societies of Professional Engineers, the Texas Water Conservation Association, New Mexico/Texas Water Commission, Far West Texas Planning Group, and Regional Economic Development Corporation. He is a past Chairman of the American Water Works Association Research Foundation, and current Board Member of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, the WateReuse Association, Water for People, and the El Paso Regional Economic Development Corporation. He serves as chairman of the Multi-State Salinity Coalition, an organization of 17 member cities in the West. Archuleta is currently serving or has assisted on several civic organizations, including the United Way, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, the Rotary Club, and the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, Paso del Norte Group, El Paso Symphony, and New Mexico State University Academy of CAGE. He is also on the Engineering Advisory Committee to New Mexico State University and the University of Texas at El Paso. Archuleta received NMSU Honorary Doctorate in May 2010.

Medina_Anthony_2010.webFrank Bates

El Paso Electric Company (Retired)

Frank Bates is retired President and Chief Operating Officer of El Paso Electric (EPE). He had oversight of the generation, transmission, distribution, power marketing and system operations at EPE. Bates had a 36-year career at EPE during which he held a number of increasingly responsible positions, including Executive Vice President, Vice President of Transmission and Distribution, Vice President of Customer Services, and Vice President of Operations. Bates, a resident of New Mexico, graduated from New Mexico State University with a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering (1972). Bates has served in various professional organizations including the Western Electricity Coordinating Council, the Western Energy Institute, and NMSU’s Electrical Utility Management Program’s Advisory Committee. Bates has also served in a number of community organizations, including the El Paso Chapter of the American Red Cross (past Chairman), the Insights Science Museum, the Children’s Miracle Network, and the Sun Bowl Association (past president).

Medina_Anthony_2010.webThomas M. Beall

V-F Petroleum Inc.

Thomas Beall is the chief executive officer of V-F Petroleum Inc., a privately-owned corporation founded in 1963. Its principal business for the past 34 years has been oil and gas exploration and production, with associated pipeline and refinery operations in the Permian Basin of west Texas and southeast New Mexico. Headquarters are in Midland, Texas, with an affiliated office in Dallas. The company also operates oil and gas projects in Russia through an affiliated corporation VF-Russia Inc. Before coming to V-F Petroleum, Beall was vice president, president, chief executive officer and owner of Fuel Products, Inc., a closely-held independent oil and gas exploration and development company established in 1973. He also served as vice president, chief operating officer and director of Read & Stevens, Inc., an independent operating company headquartered in Roswell, New Mexico, responsible for directing all oil and gas exploration and development operations. He was also the engineering manager and production manager for the Samsonite Corporation in Denver, Colorado, and served as assistant to the USA Divisions Operation Manager at the Ethyl Corporation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Beall holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from NMSU.

Medina_Anthony_2010.webMichael Beck

Associated Contractors of New Mexico

Michael “Mike” Beck is Executive Director of the Associated Contractors of New Mexico (ACNM), the statewide chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America representing New Mexico’s Heavy/Highway/Utilities construction industry.  He began his current position in 2011 following 32 years working in New Mexico’s transportation-related contracting community.  Throughout his career he has worked in various capacities, from field engineering to estimating to administration, for several of the states most respected and highly successful Contractors, Subcontractors, and Specialty firms.  He remains a Qualifying Party to the New Mexico General Contractors License he has held since 1986.   As a result of his efforts to highlight career opportunities and promote interest in New Mexico’s contracting community to potential future leaders of the industry, ACNM developed the “ACNM Transportation Industry Scholarship”.  This annual award provides deserving Civil Engineering or Engineering Technology students at New Mexico State University with financial resources to assist in furthering their educational opportunities.   Today Mike is an active member of both the American and the New Mexico Society of Association Executives, and the national AGC Executive Leadership Council.  He and his wife Julie, also an NMSU alum, currently reside in Albuquerque.  They have three grown children and one grandchild.

Medina_Anthony_2010.webLeonard Bloom

Western Refining

Leonard Bloom is a 1981 civil engineering graduate of NMSU. Upon graduation, he went to work as an engineer for Chevron in their coal mining company and then transferred into their refining company. He spent a total of 23 years with Chevron in various engineering assignments and joined Western Refining in 2003 upon the sale of the El Paso refinery to Western. He was the engineering manager with Western until he became the director of maintenance. El Paso is Western’s largest refinery and produces gasoline, diesel and jet fuels.

Medina_Anthony_2010.webDavid Durgin

Verge Fund

Dave Durgin 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 45-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, New Mexico, 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.

Medina_Anthony_2010.webJohn Galassini

Sunshine Silver Mines Corp.

John Galassini received his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering at NMSU in 1986. He currently is Chief Operating Officer of Sunshine Silver Mines Corp., a position he has held since August 2011 After graduation, Galassini accepted employment with General Electric Company in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at their Aircraft Engine Business Group. Galassini subsequently went to work for Phelps Dodge Mining Company in 1987 as a shift supervisor at Morenci, Arizona. He participated in the construction, start-up and operation of what at that time was the largest solvent extraction/electrowinning facility in the world. He held various positions of increasing responsibility including assignments with Phelps Dodge in Arizona, New Mexico, and Chile. In 2006, Galassini was named Senior Vice-President, North America, and in 2007 was appointed Senior Vice-President, Americas. After a 22-year career with Phelps Dodge (now Freeport McMoRan), Galassini joined Kinross Gold Corporation in March 2009. He served as Regional Vice President, North American Operations for Kinross Gold Corporation from 2009 to 2011. In this role, he was responsible for all of the company’s exploration and mining operations in North America. Galassini currently sits on the Board of Directors for the National Mining Association and is a member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME). Galassini is past chairman of the Morenci Section of SME, and in 2006, he was named Distinguished Alumnus at the NMSU College of Engineering. Galassini currently resides in Reno, Nevada, with his wife, Jan, and their two sons, Chris and Gino.

Medina_Anthony_2010.webColonel Art Hurtado

U.S. Army (Retired) Invertix Corporation

Art Hurtado is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Invertix Corporation, a small, veteran-owned, systems engineering and services company, headquartered in Annandale, Virginia. Hurtado is a seasoned executive with over thirty years of commercial and government technical and management experience. Before co-founding Invertix, Mr. Hurtado served as senior vice president, telecommunications for CACI, Inc. Hurtado previously served as vice president, systems applications for Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation. Hurtado was born in Taos, New Mexico. He began his undergraduate studies at Hardin Simmons University. He completed his bachelor’s of scinece in chemistry at Missouri State University and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Infantry. Hurtado served with distinction as an officer in the U.S. Army. Among his medals and honors, he received a Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge while serving with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam. In addition to numerous command positions he also served as the Project Manager for Electronic Warfare, and as a Program Manager in the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization. He was the first director of the Joint Precision Strike Demonstration Office. He also served as the Chief Scientist during the early stages of development of the Public Safety Wireless Network. He earned his MSEE at New Mexico State University, and is a member of the Eta Kappa Nu honorary society of electrical engineers. He is a graduate and research fellow of the National War College and a certified Project Management Professional. He is a member of the NMSU College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council and is also a member of the Klipsch Electrical & Computer Engineering Academy. He is an advisory board member for George Mason University’s Volgenau School of IT&E and for Missouri State University’s Department of Chemistry. He was recently appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia to serve on the Board of Visitors of Virginia Commonwealth University. Art and his wife Dianna, currently reside in Fairfax, Virginia.



Aubrey Johnson


Aubrey Johnson is Vice President of New Mexico Operations for PNM. Johnson oversees transmission policy, development and construction; distribution engineering, planning and construction; and technical services, system reliability, management and PNM business operations. He has served on the APS Foundation Board of Directors, participated in Leadership New Mexico 2014, and Jack & Jill of America, Father’s Auxiliary. He has volunteered for Hands on Atlanta and March of Dimes and served as a mentor for FIRST Robotics Fayette County. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tuskegee University.

Medina_Anthony_2010.web General Lester Lyles

Emeritus Council Member U.S. Air Force (Retired) The Lyles Group

Lester Lyles retired from the U.S. Air Force at the rank of general. His last Air Force assignment was as commander of the Air Force Material Command (AFMC) at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. At AFMC, he was responsible for research, development, test and evaluation, and the acquisition management services and logistics support necessary to keep Air Force weapons systems ready for war. All Air Force laboratories, test centers, product centers, air logistics centers, and more than a dozen field operating agencies reported to him. Prior to his AFMC assignment, Lyles was Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force from May 1999 to April 2000. General Lyles is a senior executive with over 26 years of experience running large, high-technology organizations involved in aeronautical and astronautical research, development, acquisition, and logistics. He was responsible for executing $40 billion annually and managing 82,000 personnel in operational locations throughout the United States and had unparalleled success in achieving multiple organization missions with result-oriented experience in supply chain management and technological operations. He has a demonstrated record of leading large organizations, effectively communicating with people, quality improvement, and optimizing revenue/costs. General Lyles received a master’s of science degree in mechanical engineering at NMSU in 1969.

Medina_Anthony_2010.webDavid R. Martinez

 MIT Lincoln Laboratory

David Martinez is Principal Laboratory Researcher in the Communication Systems and Cyber Security Division at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. In this capacity, he is focusing in the technical and programmatic developments in the fast growing area of cyber security, enterprise architectures, system applications and cloud computing. Prior to rejoining MIT/LL in May, 2011, Martinez was the President and Chairman of Mercury Federal Systems. He was responsible for the company’s operations and strategic directions. Martinez spent 22 years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He led 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. Martinez was responsible for over $140M in total operating budget and total personnel of over 330 people. Martinez received his bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State University in 1976, and his M.S. degree from MIT, and the E.E. degree jointly from MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1979. He completed an M.B.A. from the Southern Methodist University in 1986. He attended the Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. From 1979 through 1988, he was Principal Research Engineer at ARCO Oil and Gas Company. He received the ARCO special achievement award. He holds three U.S. patents. He was elected IEEE Fellow in 2003. He was awarded the Eminent Engineer Award in 2008 from the NMSU College of Engineering. He served on the Army Science Board from 1999 to 2004. Martinez was a member of MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s Steering Committee from 1999 to 2010. In 2007-2008, he served on the Defense Science Board ISR Task Force. He co-authored the book titled: “High Performance Embedded Computing, A Systems Perspective,” CRC, 2008.

Medina_Anthony_2010.webAnthony Medina

Sandia National Laboratories

Anthony Medina is the present director of the Energetic Components Center at Sandia National Laboratories. The position directs the design and development effort for explosive components, thermal batteries, and the primary standards lab for the entire US nuclear weapon complex. Prior to this, Medina was the Director of the Monitoring Systems and Technology Center – Sandia’s Satellite Payloads Center. During his tenure he grew the satellite program from $125M/year of business to over $300M/yr. prior to his promotion to Director in April 2004, Medina served in a number of line and program management positions throughout Sandia. Medina was hired by Sandia in May 1983 as a Member of Technical Staff in the Advanced Firing Set Department where he worked on a variety of nuclear weapon and conventional munition programs until his promotion to Manager in 1991. Medina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. Medina and his wife of 30 years, Leslie, have two grown children. They live in Albuquerque where they enjoy a multitude of outdoor sports including boating, running and golf.

Richard Montman

Halliburton Company

Richard Montman is a native New Mexican and is in his 33rd year with Halliburton Company. He is currently the Region Operations Manager for the Western U.S. overseeing operations in the Rockies, the West Coast and Alaska. After graduating from New Mexico State with a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering in 1978, he began his career with Halliburton in West Texas as an Engineer-in-Training. The first 11 years were spent in west Texas performing various Engineering, Business Development and Management roles. During this period, Montman pioneered the use of innovative oil well cementing practices, which are still in use today throughout the world. Two Society of Petroleum Engineering technical papers were co-authored, documenting the successes of the technique. Following management roles in Alabama, East Texas and South Texas he moved to Houston, Texas, spending five years in the Halliburton Corporate Health, Safety and Environment group where he was a Director for Health and Safety over the Western Hemisphere as well as overseeing development of Health and Safety Management Systems. Montman then spent five years in Red Deer, Canada, overseeing operations of two Product Service Lines within Halliburton which was followed by a move to Denver, Colorado. As Region Operations Manger in Denver, he is responsible for the daily activities of 5000 people operating in 9 states. He currently resides in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, with Lisa, his spouse of 30 years and a daughter Sara, who is 18 and headed to college. He enjoys woodworking, building and flying model airplanes and many other outdoor activities including hunting and fishing.

Medina_Anthony_2010.webMargaret “Peggy” Morse

 The Boeing Company

Peggy Morse was named the director of ICBM Systems in September 2006. This organization is a collection of development, production and sustainment programs for the nation’s ICBM fleet, some as a subcontractor to Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, and some as a direct contractor to the U.S. Air Force. The major sites for ICBM Systems are Anaheim, Ogden, Heath, El Paso, and Mesa, and consist of a staff of 1,300 people. Prior to that, Morse was a member of the IDS Program Management staff in Seal Beach, California. Morse 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. Prior to that assignment, Morse was a program manager in space and intelligence systems for three sequential programs from 1999 until 2004. From 1997 until 1999 she was the director of sales operations in BCA, and managed the interface between sales and the airplane programs. From 1996 until 1997, she 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. She started with Boeing in 1981 as an engineer in the area of antenna design, and radar cross section measurement and software development. Morse attended New Mexico State University and graduated with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering in 1980. In 1986, she received a master of science in electrical engineering from the University of Washington. Morse was recently selected by Boeing to be submitted as their representative for the board of directors of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce. She has been on the board of the Seward Park Art Studio, the chair of the Boeing Welliver Faculty Fellowship Program, and an associate member of the Corporate Council of the Arts in King County, Wash. Morse has one grown daughter, Jessica. She enjoys traveling, gardening, pottery and outdoor activities.

Medina_Anthony_2010.webRobert G. Myers

 RGM Consulting

Robert G. Myers attended Albuquerque High School, and was awarded the honor of Distinguished Alumni in 2000. He received his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from New Mexico A&M (now NMSU) in 1958. After receiving his degree, Robert worked for the Boeing Company on several projects, including the Bomarc Missile, M-X Missile, Reentry Systems Vehicle, B-1B Bomber, Advanced Cruise Missile, Advanced Launch Cruise Missile, and the Short Range Attack Missile I/II. Later, Robert managed all projects at the Boeing Mojave Test Center. After this Robert served as the Vice President for the Northrop Grumman Military B-2 Stealth Bomber Flight Test Program, and then as Vice President for Northrop Grumman Military Aircraft Systems Division Test and Evaluation. He also served in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves. He is presently a consultant for Northrop Grumman. Myers is a member of many professional groups including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Air Force Association, Reserve Officers Association, and the New Mexico State University Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Academy (past president). He has received the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Space Command Distinguished Service Medal, and the Air Force Academy Distinguished Unit Medal.

Medina_Anthony_2010.webBrian Rashap

Intel Corporation

Rashap is the Corporate Services Site Manager for Intel’s facility in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. In this role, Rashap is responsible for the NM Site’s facilities operations, building services, employee conveniences, security, health and safety, permitting and regulatory compliance, and community relations. Rashap started at Intel New Mexico in 1995, after earning his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and has held numerous Engineering and Manufacturing management positions at various Intel fabrication facilities over the last 18 years. He actively mentors both inside and outside of Intel, as is currently the sponsor of Intel NM’s Network of Intel African American employees. Rashap has been active in the community. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Central New Mexico and is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Santa Fe-based Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship. Rashap also recently joined the board of New Mexico First where he is passionate about engaging the broader community in addressing the various issues facing the State of New Mexico. Finally, he and his wife, Krista, are the proud parents of two children. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, cycling, and playing soccer. Most of all, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children.

Medina_Anthony_2010.webRobert B. Sachs

TEAM Technologies, Inc.

Robert (Bob) Sachs is owner and Chairman/CEO of TEAM Technologies Inc., formerly known as Team Specialty Products Corporation (TSP). TEAM is a “high tech” engineering and manufacturing company located in the Sandia Science and Technology Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For the past eight years, TEAM has earned the Flying Forty award as one of New Mexico’s fastest growing “high tech” companies and is a “Strategic Supplier” to Sandia National Laboratory. The company has grown to provide special services and products to several government and commercial customers. Sachs has been successful in continuing to grow a profitable company and to provide more than 65 high paying jobs in New Mexico. While at the helm at TEAM, Sachs has nearly quadrupled company revenues while continuing to grow profits. Sachs completed the Executive MBA program at the UNM Anderson School of Management, and earned consecutive bachelor degrees from NMSU in Business Management and Economics, and Applied Mechanical Engineering. Sachs spent the majority of his engineering career with Hughes Aircraft Company in Tucson, Arizona, and Los Angeles, California. While at Hughes, Sachs worked as a design engineer and later as a systems engineer where he lead critical development teams for Sidewinder (AIM-9X), AMRAAM, TOW, Maverick and a variety of other tactical missile programs. Sachs continued his graduate studies in Systems Engineering with an emphasis on Manufacturing Analysis & Technology Strategy through NTU with course work completed at Georgia Tech U., U. of Missouri Rolla, U. of Arizona and U. of Alaska Fairbanks. Sachs has more than twenty-two years of experience managing R&D and production companies and projects. Sachs is a friend of the community by providing his company the means to support the United Way, Special Olympics, Accion New Mexico, The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, Sandia Science & Technology Park Advisory Council, Sandia Mentor/Protégé Program, Sandia Small Business Assistance Program, the UNM Anderson Foundation, Carrie Tingley Children’s Hospital, and along with his brother Danny, also and NMSU graduate, is on the NMSU School of Engineering Curriculum Steering Committee.

Medina_Anthony_2010.webJerome “Jerry” Shaw

VOLT Information Sciences, Incorporated

Jerome Shaw and his brother William founded Volt Information Sciences, Inc. in 1950 with an investment of $13. It is now a global staffing supplier with annual sales of approximately $2 billion. Shaw received his bachelor’s in electrical engineering from NMSU. In 1995, he was named Distinguished Alumnus by the College of Engineering, and in 2001, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws. Shaw is a member of the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Academy as well as Sigma Tau. Along with directing the day-to-day operations of Volt, Shaw has also built a successful real estate business. In addition, he has created an award-winning residential housing development in northern San Diego County, Shaw-Lopez Park.

Albert Thomas

Bohannan-Huston, Inc.


Medina_Anthony_2010.webElizabeth Webster

EEA Consulting Engineers

Lisa Webster is employed with EEA Consulting Engineers. Her experience includes facilities for both the private and public sectors. She leads a team of architects, engineers and technicians in solving complex solutions and performing detailed designs for various project types. She utilizes a wide variety of building materials in the design of governmental facilities, including national laboratories, military installations, and state and local municipalities, as well as manufacturing plants, office buildings, and educational facilities. Webster has been involved with the National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES) since 1997. She is Subcommittee Chair the Civil Engineering Exam Committee. This group meets 4-5 times annually to write and review the national civil exams for the NCEES. She was names a Women of Influence in New Mexico in 2012 by New Mexico Business Weekly, nominated by NMSU’s College of Engineering. She also served on the Construction Industries Commission from January 29, 2001 – December 31, 2003. Previously she was employed at Chavez-Grieves where she served as multi-discipline Program Manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and held a current “Q” Clearance. She was the Program Manager for Chavez-Grieves for a “Partnering” contract at Sandia National Laboratories. She has headed of the Rotary Club of Albuquerque’s 11th Annual Family FUN Fiesta Charitable Event which is her Club’s main fundraiser of the year. Webster served as the first woman President of the American Society of Civil Engineers, New Mexico Section and has held many leadership positions with that organization. She also served as the Structural Team Lead for the Architectural Surety Code Team with Lynne Behnfield-Thomas of Rebuild New Mexico. As a student at New Mexico State University in the early 1980s (graduating in 1984 with a bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering), Webster received accolades from her peers and her instructors, and continues to receive praise and acknowledgment today, including Centennial Distinguished Alumnus, College of Engineering, October 1996 (100 alumni were chosen from the graduating classes of 1896-1996, member and secretary, CAGE (Civil Agricultural Geotechnical Engineering), Outstanding Alumni, October 1995.


Allyson D. Yarbrough

The Aerospace Corporation

Allyson D. Yarbrough received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University in1979 and a master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, in 1985 and 1988, respectively.

Dr. Yarbrough is now a principal engineer of the Electronics and Sensors Division for The Aerospace Corporation. She has been responsible for assisting in management of The Aerospace Corporation’s support to protected satellite communications systems that will provide worldwide capability to strategic and tactical forces. She currently leads the organization’s mission assurance effort that codifies and tracks the processes and disciplines for mission success. Dr. Yarbrough joined The Aerospace Corporation in 1989 and has held  positions at the Arecibo, Radio Puerto Rico Astronomy Observatory, Hewlett Packard, IBM, and on the faculty at the Electrical Engineering Department at California State University-Los Angeles.

Dr. Yarbrough holds five patents in the area of MEMs (microelectromechanical systems) and for a microwave transistor. She is a frequent contributor to corporate programs, committees and external interactions. Dr. Yarbrough is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, and the NMSU Electrical and Computer Engineering Academy, among others. She has earned awards and honors such as the President’s Council of Cornell Women, Who’s Who Among American Women, an Aerospace Corporation Woman of the Year, and the Women of Color Career Award.

Dr. Yarbrough is one of four family members who have attended NMSU. These include her parents, who enrolled as returning students during her undergraduate tenure.