Stan Atcitty

Stan Atcitty, Electrical Engineering, '93, '95

Atcitty received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from NMSU. After graduating from NMSU, he went on to become the first American Indian male to receive a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Virginia Tech University. He currently works a Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia Laboratories, where he has gained international recognition and received the prestigious R&D 100 award from “Research & Development” magazine.

In 2007, Atcitty received the American Indian Science and Engineering Society Technical Excellence Award for his American Indian community involvement and technical achievements. He has authored more than 30 publications, holds three patents with another three patents pending. His research interests are power electronics for integrating energy storage, distributed generation with the electrical utility grid, power conversion systems and electrochemical capacitors.

Further accomplishments include the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, which was award to Atcitty in 2012 by President Barack Obama. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government for outstanding engineers and scientists.