Engineering professor/innovator to be featured speaker at engineering lecture series

Luke Nogales

NMSU alum Luke Nogales was an innovator at Procter & Gamble before returning to teach mechanical engineering technology. He will present an entrepreneurship lecture on Friday, March 14. (Courtesy photo)

NMSU’s College of Engineering welcomes Luke Nogales, assistant professor of mechanical engineering technology at NMSU and enterprise advisor for Arrowhead Center, as the speaker in the Verge Fund Lecture Series in Innovation, Ventures and Entrepreneurship. Nogales’ presentation, Arrowhead Center: Encouraging Entrepreneurship and Innovation, will be held in Thomas and Brown Hall Room 104 at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 14.

Nogales loves to help innovators reach their potential.  He teaches core mechanical engineering technology courses and is developing innovation and product development curriculum for traditional students as well as for the private sector. When Nogales is not preparing for class, he provides product development consulting services to Arrowhead Center start-ups.

Prior to working at NMSU, Nogales worked as an innovator at Procter & Gamble. He worked in the Disruptive Innovation department and the New Business Creation organization, both of which are part of the Baby Care business unit. He also worked on the Natura Pet innovation strategy team within the Pet Care business unit. In the Disruptive Innovation department, Nogales developed products for low-income consumers in Latin America and Western Europe.  In the New Business Creation organization, he developed products and helped pioneer new business models for bottom-of-the-pyramid consumers in Africa as well as for affluent eco-conscious North Americans. While in the Natura Pet organization, he developed marketing claim support strategies for several brands. Although work was never slow, Nogales made it a priority to continue helping students at NMSU by leading P&G’s on-campus recruiting efforts.

While working full-time at P&G in Cincinnati, Ohio, Nogales went to Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. and received a master’s degree in Product Design and Development. The internationally recognized program, which is taught by engineering and business faculty, strengthened his understanding of how to develop successful value propositions. Nogales’ engineering foundation was built at NMSU, where he received a bachelor’s of science degree with high honors in mechanical engineering technology.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Spyros Angelis at 575-646-2975 or

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