Orbital ATK National Security Systems
Christopher Long’s 21-year career in space has been spent with Orbital ATK and the heritage companies (Orbital Sciences Corporation, General Dynamics and Motorola Government Electronics), holding various engineering and management positions. In his current role, he oversees profit and loss responsibly all defense and intelligence programs with sales in excess of $200 million annually.
Before this position, Long spent two years as the vice president and general manager of Gilbert Operations where he oversaw roughly 350 employees and associated design and factory infrastructure. He also served as the director of advanced systems and as director of business development for Space Systems General Dynamics.
Long has been a member of the Leadership Innovation and Entrepreneur Program in Palo Alto, California for the past seven years. He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, the international electrical and computer engineering honor society; Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association; National Defense Industrial Association, Association of Old Crows; and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Long has published multiple technical papers related to space communications systems. He has an MBA in high technology from the W.P. Carey Business School, Arizona State University, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University.
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.
After graduating from NMSU in 1957 with a degree in civil engineering, Eddie Binns set out to build not only the finest homes, apartments, and commercial properties in Las Cruces, but to also build a home that everyone could afford.
Binns Enterprises celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2018, with more than 3,000 customers. Binns, founder, president and CEO of the company, has overseen the company’s accomplishments: building more than 1,500 homes, and building and owning multiple commercial properties and apartment complexes in Las Cruces, Hobbs, Carlsbad, and other communities throughout New Mexico.
Along the way, Binns’ entrepreneurial spirit led him to a variety of other business activities, including banking, serving on the board of El Paso Electric to help guide the proposal and construction of the Palo Verde station, launching the ReadyMix concrete operation, ranching, and even owning a winery.
Additionally, Binns has given back to the community by serving in the Rio Grande Rotary Club and receiving Rotarian of the Year award, and providing support for an annual Rotary fundraiser that generates over $20,000 for hospice care, and supporting neonatal care.
Binns has served as New Mexico’s D.C. representative on the National Homebuilders Association, presenting a seminar for NMSU civil engineering students on the advantages of being a contractor, and supporting the Athletics Aggie Booster Club.
Binns and his wife Bernice have four children: Cynthia, Karen, and two Aggie sons, Mike (’90 economics), and David (’92 finance/real estate).
Jack E. Davis
Council Vice Chair
Portland General Electric
Jack Davis joined Arizona Public Service Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Company, as an engineer in the system planning department immediately following graduation from NMSU in 1973 with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering and a B.S. degree in medical technology in 1969. Davis was promoted through the ranks with management positions in power contracts, system development and power operations, fossil generation, transmission systems, customer service, and power marketing and trading at APS. He became president of energy delivery and sales for APS in 1998, and chief executive officer of APS in 2003, until retirement in 2008. Also, in 2000, Davis became chief operating officer for PWCC, was named president of PWCC and was elected to the PWCC board (2001), while retaining his positions with APS and also serving on that company’s board. At retirement in 2008, Davis was chief executive officer of APS (since 2003) and president, and chief operating officer (since 2003) and director (since 2001) of PWCC.
Davis is currently chairman of the board of Portland General Electric. He is also chairman of the board of the Arizona Community Foundation, and has previously served as chairman of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Theatre Company. Additionally, he is a member of NMSU College of Engineering Electrical Engineering Industry Advisory Committee and the Dean of Engineering’s Advisory Council at Arizona State University. Most recently became a full member of the College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council at New Mexico State University.
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.
While working as an oil field hand, Ed Foreman launched a highly successful petroleum-related business that made him a millionaire by age 26. He also had a successful political career and is the only person in the past 100 years to be elected to the U.S. Congress from two states: New Mexico and Texas. Today, Ed is one of the country’s top motivational speakers and positive thinkers, counting the late Dr. Norman Vincent Peale as a friend, teacher and mentor. A dynamic business entrepreneur and active civic leader, Ed has developed numerous programs and products and persuasively teaches the success formula he lives by. Ed Foreman holds the Council of Peers Award for Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the National Speakers Association, held by fewer than 100 people worldwide and is one of only eight people to receive the Distinguished Faculty Award of the Institute for Management Studies.
Ed Foreman graduated in 1955. He also served in both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force. Foreman received an honorary degree from NMSU in 2008. The Foreman Engineering Complex is named in honor of the Foreman brothers and their generous support of the College of Engineering.
Harold Foreman’s career began in heavy construction and led to real estate brokerage and management. He is currently president and co-owner of Valley Leasing and Development, Inc., a property management and asset holding company in Las Cruces. In 1984 he was elected to the New Mexico State Senate, where he served for eight years while actively participating on the Legislative Finance and Education committees. He retired from the Senate in 1992. In 1988, Harold was selected as one of the top 100 alumni from the NMSU College of Engineering.
Harold Foreman graduated from NMSU in 1961. Foreman received an honorary degree from NMSU in 2008. The Foreman Engineering Complex is named in honor of the Foreman brothers and their generous support of the College of Engineering.
Carlos I. Guiterrez
Born to migrant workers in Deming, Carlos Gutierrez joined the Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged with a rank of sergeant. He enrolled in home-study high school, then went on to attend NMSU where he received his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering in 1963. He received his master of science in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1969.
Gutierrez spent most of his career working for the Department of Defense. After retirement, he went on to serve as a consultant for companies like General Dynamics, Elmhurst Research, Inc. and Albatross. He formed Sol Control Company, a solar systems corporation and he ventured into real estate in Troy, New York.
In 2014, Gutierrez made a significant 10-year pledge to the NMSU College of Engineering. Money from the pledge helps the college’s current use fund and builds the Carlos I. and Patricia B. Gutierrez Endowment Scholarship. He also supports students in Jalisco, Mexico, who cannot afford to attend college. Gutierrez first created the scholarship program in Mexico by providing $1,000 for 20 students from low-income high schools. The first set of students who received the scholarships are now graduating.
Gutierrez and his wife, Patricia, raised four children: daughters Debbie, Natalie, and Carla and son Carlos.
Daniel Hicks was selected as chief executive office of Spaceport America in September 2016 charged with leading the business relationships of the facility and engaging the nearby communities and the state of New Mexico in Spaceport’s purpose. This follows his highly successful 34-year career with the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range that began in 1982 as a test conductor within the Materiel Test Directorate.
In 1991, he became the supervisory general engineer of the Patriot Missile System, leading the execution of all aspects of developmental testing and combined developmental and operational testing in the acquisition of a major military system. Hicks went on to become the acting division chief, where he managed the activities of the three branches in the division: Air and Missile Defense, Tactical Missiles and Targets, and Space, Sensor and Interoperability. These programs focused on theater missile and national missile defense, air defense battle management, U.S. Army directed energy and space programs, space related programs/applications under NASA, Department of Defense, foreign and other commercial programs.
Later, Hicks was appointed by the commanding general to start up a new Business Development Directorate. His responsibilities included leading the overall business, instrumentation and test infrastructure development. He led the merger of two directorates, maximizing investment dollars based and creating direct cost savings.
Hicks then became technical director, chief of staff and in 2013, deputy executive director at the White Sands facility. In these leadership roles he was responsible for assisting the commanding general and the executive director in the operations of the entire missile range, with more than $11 billion of infrastructure and a noontime population of approximately 12,000 personnel.
Hicks was responsible for the direct oversight of the command planning functions for the range where he completed “WSMR 2046” a 30-year strategic plan and maintains oversight for all external relationships.
A graduate of Las Cruces High School, Hicks received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from New Mexico State University and received an honorary selection to the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Academy at New Mexico State University.
Pettigrew & Associates
Regent Debra P. Hicks graduated from NMSU with a bachelor of science in civil engineering. After serving on both the New Mexico Transportation Commission and the New Mexico Tech Board of Regents, she returned to her alma mater being appointed in early 2015 by Governor Susana Martinez. In 2013, she was named New Mexico Woman of Influence by Albuquerque Business First.
In 1990, Hicks bought Pettigrew & Associates and proceeded to become the CEO and president. During her career, Hicks has gained experience in a variety of areas, including mining, multi-family housing projects, small and large-scale subdivisions.
Hicks has been involved with community outreach programs such as The Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, Leadership New Mexico, New Mexico Junior College, Palmer Drug Abuse Program and many others. Her community outreach focuses on organizations that support children, education and the arts.
Regent Hicks served as president for the Academy of Civil, Agricultural, and Geological Engineering at NMSU, providing feedback to the administrative team of the College of Engineering. As an NMSU Regent, she will serve on Regents’ Audit Committee, the Regents’ Real Estate Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Aggie Development, Inc.
Colonel 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.
Richard Leza became a director of Exar in October 2005 and was elected chairman of the board in September 2006. After 10 years as chairman, he retired in June 2016. He was appointed interim chief executive officer and president of the company three times during his services.
Leza received the high honor in 2014 of being one of the Top 100 Elite Board of Directors by The National Association of Corporate Directors.
Leza was a dynamic business entrepreneur and venture capitalist who served as chairman and director in more than 12 corporations from 1980 to 2016. He was also a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies for seven years. Leza was a board member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council for eight years. He is emeriti director of the New Mexico State University Foundation Board and a current member of the College of Engineering Dean’s Executive Committee and Dean’s Advisory Council. He was also the co-founder, past chairman and past president of Hispanic-Net, a nonprofit organization. In 1990, he was honored the NMSU Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award. In addition, Leza has established four scholarships at NMSU.
Leza was the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of AI Research Corporation from 1988 to 2007, an early stage venture capital firm specializing in the areas of business-to-business software, information technology, medical devices and medical analytical software applications. Leza was also the co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of CastaLink, Inc., a provider of a web-based supply chain collaboration solution. In addition, he served as co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of NucleoTech Corporation, an application software company focused on digital image-driven analytical DNA software solutions. From 1982 to 1988, he was co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of RMC Group, Inc.
Leza earned an AA from East Los Angeles City College, B.S. in civil engineering from New Mexico State University, MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from New Mexico State University.
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.
General Dynamics Mission Systems
Margaret “Peggy” Morse
The Boeing Company (retired)
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.
Robert G. Myers
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.
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.
Wayne L. Savage
Wayne Savage is executive director of Arrowhead Park, NMSU’s 200-acre planned community for science, technology, and business.
Savage is a 1980 graduate of NMSU’s Industrial Engineering program, and a 1994 NMSU Ingeniero Imminente awardee. He has more than 30 years of experience in semiconductor manufacturing, high-purity gas and chemical production, economic development consulting and construction management. Returning home to New Mexico in 2007, Savage has served in a variety of capacities contributing to the successful startup of Spaceport America and the growing commercial space industry, having represented both the New Mexico Spaceport Authority and client/tenant interests.
Savage chaired the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Commercial Space Committee for four years and remains active in reaching out to the industry and others to attract new companies to our community.
Albert M. Thomas
Bert Thomas is senior vice president and manages BHI’s Traffic and Transportation group. His duties include contract administration as well as project management and engineering design on transportation-related projects. He has extensive experience in civil engineering and focuses his efforts in transportation planning, highway design and traffic engineering. Prior to managing the Traffic and Transportation group, Thomas served as a design engineer for civil site design, utility and drainage projects.
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.