Dean’s Advisory Council

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Medina_Anthony_2010.webRandolph Rothschild

Council 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.

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.

Eddie Binns

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.


Jack E. Davis

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.

Kevin C. Eades

Molzen Corbin

Ed Foreman

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

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.


John Galassini

Nyrstar Metals

John Galassini received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering at NMSU in 1986. He has worked in the mining and natural resources industry for more than 25 years, holding senior management roles since 2004. He began his career 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. 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. 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 where he was responsible for all of the company’s exploration and mining operations in North America. He joined Sunshine Silver as chief operating officer, then Nyrstar Metals as senior vice president – mining. Galassini served on the board of directors for the National Mining Association and is a member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration. Galassini is past chairman of the Morenci Section of SME, and in 2006, he was named Distinguished Alumnus by the NMSU College of Engineering. Galassini currently resides in Reno, Nevada.

Lou Gomez

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.

Bruce Hayes

Daniel Hicks

Debra Hicks

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.

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.

Johnson.AubreyAubrey 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.

Michael Johnson

Christopher Long

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.


Richard Madrid

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.

Manny Mora

Medina_Anthony_2010.webMargaret “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.

John P. Muholland

The Boeing Company

John P. Mulholland received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from NMSU in 1986 and 1995 respectively.  He is the son of George Mulholland, NMSU emeritus professor of mechanical engineering.

With more than more than 21 years of experience in space shuttle propulsion, systems and subsystem design, including 15 years with NASA, Mulholland is responsible for the overall direction and successful execution of Boeing’s Space Shuttle program.

Mulholland was named Space Shuttle vice president and program manager by The Boeing Company in Jan. 2008. Prior to his new position, Mulholland directed Boeing’s Orbiter project for nearly two years during which he was responsible for resolving pre- and in-flight space shuttle engineering anomalies and maintaining the fleet’s mission readiness. Mulholland joined Boeing in 2002 as the associate program director of Orbiter Vehicle Engineering and was responsible for space shuttle anomaly resolution and sustaining engineering.

He worked at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas, from 1996 to 1999 as a space shuttle vehicle engineering deputy manager of operations and project engineer. Before joining JSC, he worked at NASA’s White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico where he was responsible for shuttle propulsion testing and refurbishment.

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.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.

Albert M. Thomas

Bohannan-Huston, Inc.

Bert Thomas is senior vice president and manages BHI’s Traffic andTransportation 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.

Eloy Torrez

Paul J. Wantuck

Bud Waters

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.

Daniel Whiteman

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.