Writer: Linda Fresques
J. Frank Bates, President and CEO of El Paso Electric, is being honored as Ingeniero Eminente by the NMSU College of Engineering in recognition of his achievements and contributions to his profession as an industrial engineer at the Sociedad de Ingenieros and Order of the Engineer ceremony for engineering graduates. The ceremony will be held Dec. 11 at 4:30 pm in the Corbett Center Ballrooms.
As President and Chief Operating Officer, Bates oversees the generation, transmission, distribution, power marketing and system operations at El Paso Electric (EPE). Bates is a 36-year veteran of EPE and during his career has held a number of increasingly responsible positions with EPE 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 serves in various professional organizations including the Western Electricity Coordinating Council and the Western Energy Institute. He serves on the New Mexico State University College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council and Electrical Utility Management Program Advisory Committee. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas. Bates also serves on the board of directors for a number of community organizations, including the El Paso Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Insights Science Museum, the Children’s Miracle Network, and the Sun Bowl Association.