People You Know, Dec. 2000 - March 2001

Dec. 2000 - March 2001


Dr. Ralph E. Pray (56) served as historical consultant for The History Channel TV program "Gold Mining," broadcast in July 2000. Ralph finished his undergrad work at the University of Alaska while serving as territorial assayer. He earned his doctorate in metallurgical engineering at the Colorado School of Mines before entering research management with U. S. Steel. Ralph founded the Mineral Research Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., in 1968, and continues as president of that firm, now located in Monrovia, Calif. He is the author of over 100 published book and magazine articles, short stories, and essays dealing principally with his experiences in the mining industry (see mine-engineer.com).

J. W. "Bill" Powell (58, BS, mining engineering) retired on Oct. 15, 2000. He is contemplating moving from Wyoming back to New Mexico.


Mike Burke (68, BS, chemistry) writes, "After being snagged by the SS out of grad school, I finally finished a master's degree in chemistry from the University of Colorado and went to work in the pharmaceutical industry in North Carolina.

"I married in 1977 and left the country with my wife, Susan Bowling, for two years of backpacking around the world. Came back to North Carolina in 1980, still in pharmaceuticals, and with what, at the time, was the Wellcome organization, a British multinational.

"I had several internal careers, ending as licensing director, before coming out to Colorado to run a T-cell immunology company, which I then sold to another Colorado biotech. Spent some time home getting to know our daughters, Elizabeth and Cheresse (who are now 16 and 13) and working with their school, then worked with a Seattle gene therapy company as VP of Corporate Development. The commute was, shall we say, interesting so I am now consulting for them on business development issues."

Gary Terrell (69, BS, computer science) retired from the University of Texas at Austin to take a position as chief information security officer at ADOBE systems, a software publisher in Silicon Valley.


Ed Beach (71, BS, computer science) retired from the United States Navy in 1996 with the rank of captain after 25 years as a naval aviator and aeronautic engineering duty officer. His last assignment was as Commanding Officer at the Naval Aviation Depot in Alameda, Calif.

Ed is currently manufacturing operations director at Applied Materials, a maker of semiconducter capital equipment in Santa Clara, Calif.
He received a master's degree in Operations Research and Systems Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1979 and an MBA in Manufacturing and Logistics Management from George Washington University in 1992.

Don Blea (72, BS, math) writes, "Hello to alumni who know me. I am in Tucson, Ariz. I have been working for IBM for 28 1/2 years as a software engineer (technical term for programmer). Hope everyone is healthy and maybe wealthy, because I know you are wise, having graduated from Tech.
"I am a very proud grandparent of a 7 month old grandson whose father and mother both work at IBM while grandma takes care of the baby."

Robert S. Young (72, BS, metallurgical engr.; 84, MS, mineral engineering) worked for MolyCorp in Questa, N.M., for 20 years and is now working for the state as a highway engineer. He resides in Lamy, N.M.

Dr. John F. Alderete (73, BS, math; 74, BS, biology) of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, has been elected to a fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology. He is honored for a distinguished career in infectious disease research. Alderete has investigated the molecular pathogenesis and virulence factors of the sexually transmitted disease, Trichomonas vaginalis, which affects millions of women worldwide.

Academy fellows are elected by their peers based on their records of outstanding contributions to microbiology, scientific achievement and leadership. Academy fellows represent 35 countries and all subspecialties of microbiology, including basic and applied research, teaching, public health, industry and government services. Alderete is one of only 1,700 scientists elected to academy fellowship in the organization's history.

Michael Provenza (75, BS, mining engr.) has been promoted to general mine manager at McKinley Mine in Gallup, NM, with the Pittsburg & Midway Coal Mining Company.

Dr. Karl Staudhammer (75, Ph.D., metallurgy) is the new deputy division leader for programs and science for the Nuclear Materials and Technology Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Staudhammer is a U. S. Senior Scientist Humboldt Fellow and an American Society for Materials International Fellow. He received the DOE's Weapons Recognition Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement for electron microscopy evaluation of plutonium in 1987. Before coming to New Mexico Tech, Staudhammer earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from California State University at Los Angeles; and master's and engineer's degrees in mechanical engineering and materials science from the University of Southern California.

Staudhammer has worked at LANL since 1978. During his career, he has conducted research on a variety of property-microstructure relationships including microscopy, metallurgy, and transformations of plutonium. He has been team leader, deputy and acting group leader in both the Materials Science and Technology and Nuclear Materials and Technology Division.

David Elsbernd (76, BS, biology) writes, "My spouse Gayle and I are awaiting our third grandchild in May. Between grandparenting duties, I keep busy climbing snow-covered volcanos here in the Pacific Northwest, such as Mt. Rainier and Mt. Shasta, and stay in shape running ultramarathons. I work for Biotronik, validating pacemaker hardware and software." Friends can reach David at DaveElsbernd@Earthlink.net

Mark Ivey (77, BS, environmental engr.), his wife Nicole, and their two sons, Noah and Jack, recently moved to Bozeman, Mont. Mark is a senior research engineer and project manager at Montana State University's Spectrum Lab. Nicole is a photographer, specializing in black-and-white portraits. Noah and Jack are learing to ski.

Steve Reynolds (78, BS, geology) writes, "I moved with my wife, Laura, and our three daughters to the Marshall Islands in May 2000 after spending the last 20 years living in the Dallas-Fort Worth (Texas) area. My current position is with the Environmental Department for Raytheon Corporation which is the Logistical Support Contractor for the Kwajalein Missile Range.

"We live on a small island with a population of 2500 and enjoy the warm weather, beautiful water and five minute bike ride to work. My daughters are Alyssa, 10, Julianne, 7, and Michelle, 4."

Dr. Sandy Riese (76, BS, geology; 78, MS, chemistry), after graduation from New Mexico Tech, earned his Ph.D. in geochemistry at the Colorado School of Mines in 1981. Sandy served as president of the publicly traded international environmental, infrastructure development and construction engineering firm, Harding Lawson Associates, Inc. with more than 50 offices domestically and around the world. He has recently left the firm to start a new venture (EnSci, Inc.), focusing on litigation support, international project development and project finance. He has recently completed a project financing worth more than $300 million for a major gas to liquids project in Western Australia and is presently pursuing power project financing for projects in California. EnSci's primary business for which Dr. Riese serves as President & CEO is strategic consulting for major litigations for private industry and law firms in the environmental industry.


David Duggan (80, BS, computer science) writes "I must have been having too much fun at work after transferring to the Information Design Assurance Red Team at Sandia National Laboratories in June 1998. My wife, Ruth Aerts Duggan (81, BS, physics) decided to transfer to the same organization this past year. The team has been hired to break into cyber systems for a wide variety of government and commercial entities. You can read about one of our exercises in the December issue of Scientific American. Another article about us and the team and work is at: www.sandia.gov/media/NewsRel/NR2000/redteam.htm."

Kathy Muller-Ogle (81, MS, hydrology) has accepted a position with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Land Quality Division as the cumulative hydrologic impact analysis hydrologist for the Powder River Basin.

Dr. Charlotte Rowe (81, BS, geology; 00, Ph.D., geophysics) writes, "After graduating with my bachelor's degree, I worked for G.S.I. (Dallas) for two years doing 3D seismic for oil exploration. Then, I relocated to Fairbanks, Alaska, to obtain M.S. in Geophysics. Stayed in Fairbanks working with the Alaska Earthquake Information Center and Alaska Volcano Observatory as Staff Seismologist then Deputy State Seismologist until 1997. In 1997, I returned to Socorro and New Mexico Tech to pursue a Ph.D. I am currently employed as a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Wisconsin Department of Geology & Geophysics."

Roger Day (82, BS, geological engr.) writes, "I'm the technical manager for Dyno Nobel, Inc. in the southwestern Virginia/ West Virginia region and live outside of Bristol, Va. My wife Lori is teaching Special Ed. in Smyth County and working on her masters. My two children are Will and Megan who are eighteen and fifteen -- Will was born my last semester at Tech. I still enjoy hunting and camping and I usually spend two weeks in November in the Blue Ridge mountains combining the two."

Tim Hayes (84, BS, chemistry; 84, BS, physics) is a group leader in the Nuclear Materials and Technology Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is married to Robyn Smith Hayes (85, BS, chemistry) who is a chemistry instructor at Northern New Mexico Community College. They have two children: Elizabeth, 11, and Amelia, 9.

Philip L. Johnson (84, BS, geological engr.) has been promoted to office manager of the San Antonio Office of Cobblestone Engineering. Phil lived for 13 years in Las Cruces, N.M., working for Precision Engineering and AGRA Earth & Environmental. In 1997, he and his wife, LeNora, moved to Harlingen, Texas, where he worked for Cobblestone. Phil and LeNora enjoy hiking, camping, running and flying.

Carolyn Sims (84, BS, computer science; 84, BS, math) has resumed using her maiden name, so delete any references to Wenke. She has an awesome 5-year-old daughter, Abby, who she says is all-girl, complete with dresses, tights, and fingernail polish. Last summer, after 16.5 years at Hewlett-Packard, Carolyn decided to go with a start-up, MontaVista Software, Inc. Carolyn and Abby live in Silicon Valley in Los Gatos, Calif.

Nancy McLaughlin (84, BGS) writes, "I've been working as a Systems Analyst/Product Manager for a software company headquartered in Baltimore since 1991. Was first located in Charlotte but the company allows us to tele-commute. I asked if I could move back to Socorro and work from home and the boss said 'Sure!' So, here I am back in the Promised Land (living in Lemitar, just north of Socorro). Greg McFadden (84, BS, petroleum engr.) is still with Unocal and is currently in Anchorage, AK. He'd love to hear from the Techies we partied with. ur daughter, Leila, is 16 now and a junior at Socorro High."

Tony Macaluso (85, BS, math) writes, "My family and I returned to Virginia in July 2000, after living for a year in Nebraska. We now have two children: Michelle, 3 1/2, and Matthew, 1 1/2. My wife Yen is a computer scientist, and I am a mathematician, both at the Naval Surface Warfare Center lab in Dahlgren, Virginia."

Dr. Catherine ("Carrie") Magill (85, BS, biology) writes, "I left Tech in 85 and went to medical school in Missouri. I then went back out west to Colorado and did a residency in pediatrics. Lived in Wyoming and Colorado off and on for years, working part time and reproducing. My husband Mike and I have four kids now. They were all born in different states -- three at home and one in a hot tub. They are: Zoe, 8, Niko, 7, Xander, 4 and Kali, 1. Most recently, we have lived in St. Paul, Minn., and now St Louis, Mo., to further my husband's studies in maternal and fetal medicine. He is an obstetrician/gynecologist. He did play rugby in college even though he didn't go to Tech.

"Presently I am taking a break in my career to pursue the challenging fields of motherhood and homeschooling. This has been the most exciting job so far. I ponder the entropic forces of four children on a daily basis, so I feel those physics classes from Tech were not wasted."

Robert Andres (86, BS, geology; 88, MS, geochemistry) and Tina Behr-Andres (88, MS, geochemistry) recently moved from Alaska to North Dakota. Bob is an associate professor of Space Studies at the University of North Dakota, and Tina is a senior research manager at the Energy and Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota.

Gregory S. Sadowski (86, BS, petroleum engr.) writes, "I have started a new position as sales engineer/territory manager for ExxonMobil Lubricants and Petroleum Specialties Company in the Pittsburgh area. It is taking some time to adapt to winter weather after living in Texas for seven years. My daughter Ashlee, born in Socorro General Hospital in 1983, has been accepted for Fall 2001 at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C. How quickly they grow up!"

Jim Linville (87, BS, petroleum engr.) writes, "I've recently moved to Oklahoma City and am working for Devon Energy as a senior operations engineer. My properties are located in and between Hobbs and Artesia, NM. I'll be traveling to Artesia monthly and look forward to visiting Socorro in the future.
"I'd love to hear from any Techies in the Artesia/Hobbs or Oklahoma City area."

Kevin T. Parker (88, BS, geological engr.) writes, "I'm the manager of engineering and a senior group leader for CC Technologies of Dublin, Ohio, which employs approximately 75 persons across the United States and Canada.

"In March 2001 I will be receiving the Distinguished Service Award from NACE(National Association of Corrosion Engineers) International at their national conference in Houston, Texas."

Matthew A. Tilman (88, BS, computer science; 89, BS, geology) has moved to Mission Viejo, Calif., for a position as a web developer with WFS Financial Services, Inc.

Kathleen Young (88, BS, metallurgical engr.) writes, "I have moved back to the Chicago area after spending 10 years in Alaska. I worked as a corrosion engineer for ARCO Alaska and for Alaska's Department of Environmental Conservation. Along the way, I got my PE license in Mechanical Engineering. Now I am working as a salesperson and inventory coordinator at The Container Store, and absolutely loving it!"

Shannon Curcio Boardman (89, BS, geophysics) married Bill Boardman in 1991. They are now living in Madison Heights, Mich., where Shannon teaches special education (learning-disabled students).


David Oakes (90, BS, biology; 90, BS, math; 93, MS, math) and his wife Amy Stoklas-Oakes (91, BS, physics, BS, engr.; 92, MS, engr.) and their two sons Cam, 3, and Tevel, 1, are moving from the frigid north of Minnesota to the warm climate of Phoenix, Ariz., as of January 2001. Amy received a promotional opportunity with a new company in Phoenix -- The Tech Group -- that she just couldn't pass up. David will start teaching at Maricopa Community College this coming fall. Amy says, "We are both looking forward to being near to family and friends."

David Fiddler (92, BS, technical communication) writes, "After graduation, I took a job with EG&G Energy Measurement supporting the Los Alamos projects at the Nevada Test site out of Las Vegas. After two years of dealing with security clearance issues, I decided to bag the whole show and climb up to the hills.

"I moved to Silverton, Colo., with Ben Shaver (92, BS, mining engineering). I began working as a full-time snowboard bum at Purgatory Ski Resort. Not-intending-to-stay-long turned into a life: I worked at various jobs (carpentry, being a waiter, lift operator/foreman/mechanic, Emergency Medical Technician, property manager, teacher etc), and I still do. After years of trying to figure out what I'm doing, I found that I've figured it out and I'm doing it.

"Currently I'm a paramedic working full time with the county ambulance service, am the director of the Silverton Avalanche School, still do some property management, I teach Emergency Medical Services to those interested, occasionally work at Purgatory (for the pass?), own a truck, a car, a house, three guitars, and take care of a dog (how can I say I "own" him?) Life is short, don't let the end dictate the means!"

Cheryl (Thompson) Graff (92, MS, math) is working at International Truck and Engine Corp. in Fort Wayne, Ind., as the lead software engineer in the software systems integration laboratory in which electronic control units are tested.

Dr. Nik Chawla (93, BS, materials engr.) writes, "I recently began a position as tenure-track assistant professor at Arizona State University. Research and teaching keep me quite busy. I was fortunate enough to receive the National Science Foundation Early Career Award for young faculty. It's a five-year program dedicated to research and educational outreach."

Sharukh Alamshaw (94, BS, math) is a manufacturing engineer with Advanced Micro Devices in Austin, Tex. The company is the world's second largest micro-processor manufacturer.

Patrick D. Radabaugh (95, BS, environmental engr.) writes, "I graduated in 1995 with a bachelor's in environmental engineering. After that, I attended Michigan State and completed a master's in environmental engineering (1998). Currently, I work for CDM in Denver doing wastewater and water resources engineering, primarily."

Elizabeth Larkin (99, BS, biology) writes, "I live and work in Huntsville, Ala., with a great company, Research Genetics. It only took me nine months to find this great job!

"I found that what is said about Tech being a good school is true. I got to work and all of these people have way less training than I do from Tech."

Vincent Fusconi (97, BS, environmental engr.) writes, "I moved to Albuquerque in June 1997, after accepting a graduate student internship at Sandia National Labs. My graduate research was the analysis of a soil vapor extraction/ air sparging remediation system located at the Mound DOE facility in Miamisburg, Ohio. I received my master's in civil engineering (environmental option) in May 2000, and was hired as a project engineer for Keith and Schnars, PA, since June 2000.
"A little news for any interested Pygmies, I recently played in the 25th annual Ft. Lauderdale Rugby Tournament, scoring a try and setting up two more."


Mason Hutchison (00, BS, general engineering) writes, "I'm busy making airplanes fly down in Las Cruces. I got a job at Adventure Aviation, starting out, at first, doing everything to keep pilots' and passengers' flying experiences nice. I also am doing some computer projects involving network and radar aircraft tracking. Getting to fly too! Soon, I am interviewing with a small aircraft manufacturer, Bede Aircraft Corporation, for design work and teaching at their kit-building camps. Having so much fun!"