People You Know, Nov. 2001 to March 2002


Dr. Alan H. Cheetham (50, BS, geology), now a senior scientist emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution, was honored twice this year for his research in paleontology. At the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Boston in November, he was given the Paleontological Society Medal, the Paleontological Society's most prestigious award. In June, the University of Chicago Press book, Evolutionary Patterns: Growth, Form, and Tempo in the Fossil Record (J. B. C. Jackson, S. Lidgard, and F. K. McKinney, editors) was published in his honor. According to a review in Science magazine, 'Evolutionary patterns is a festschrift in honor of Alan Cheetham, a distinguished paleontologist who has provided breakthrough insights on patterns of colony formation in bryozoans, documented that careful morphometrics can reveal true genetic species in bryozoa, and demonstrated that speciation patterns in fossil bryozoa fit the model of punctuated equilibrium' (R. Bambach, Science, 2 November 2001). '

Donald H. Richter (50, BS, geology) writes, "We have a second home (vacation retreat) at the edge of the Gila Wilderness, where in the late 1940s a bunch of us students often went to collect cassiterite and wood tin mineral samples." Don and his wife live in Anchorage.


Fritz Wolff (60, BS, mining engr.) writes, "I tried to retire a few years ago, but found it to be awfully tough work. Washington State's Department of Natural Resources took pity on me and I am currently working on their Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Program in conjunction with the Forest Service." Fritz lives in Olympia, Wash.


Michael (Mike) W. Dory (76, BS, geology) writes, "I have been employed since 1976 with BJ Services, an oilfield services company specializing in acidizing, fracturing, cementing and coiled tubing services, worldwide. I am the district manager of Coiled Tubing Services over the Pacific area (California and Alaska). In addition to my Tech degree, I also received a Masters in Business Administration from Colo. State University in May 2000.

"I am in the process of relocating myself and my family to Bakersfield, Calif., which is the twelfth location I have worked in (others were Texas, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Nagykanizsa, Hungary).

"My family consists of my wife Catherine and children Kristen, 16, and Megan, 12. Catherine is currently a student at Kilgore Junior College in Texas, studying photography and computer graphics. She graduates in May 2002 with an associate's degree. She works as a photographer in her spare time."

Carl Axness (75, BS, math; 77, MS, math; 84, MS, hydrology) received his Ph.D. in civil engineering in June 2000 from the Technical University of Catalonia (Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya), under advisor Jesus Carrera. He also received a five-year Ramon & Cajal grant to do research at the Technical University of Valencia in Valencia, Spain, in hydrology.

Mitch Bilderbeck (77, BS, petroleum engr.) and Nancy Bilderbeck (76, BS, biology) continue to reside in London, England. Mitch now works as an energy consultant for Gaffney, Cline and Associates. He spends much of his time in India, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait (to name a few). Nancy has recently resigned as the vice principal of a primary school and is now a specialist science teacher.

Their daughter Amy, 19, is at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. She is also studying at Oxford in England. Ray, 17, is finishing his Advanced Level studies at Westminster School, London.
Each spring they travel to New Mexico for a brief visit. Socorro is always on the agenda, as no trip to the Southwest would be complete without putting at least two golf balls into the pond on the 5th hole of the Tech Golf Course.

Dr. Johnny L. Golden (77, BS, chemistry) is an expert in spacecraft materials, working for Space and Communications, Inc., in Houston. After graduation from Tech, Johnny earned his master's in chemical engineering at the University of New Mexico and his Ph.D. in the same subject at Montana State Univ. He is an expert on the properties of spacecraft materials and their applications in spaceflight hardware. He has worked for Boeing, where he has been Materials and Processes lead for the International Space Station. He has earned several awards for his work: the NASA "Silver Snoopy" award in 1999 for professional excellence and safety; the Boeing Superior Quality Performance Award for solving an antenna bearing problem in 1998; and the NASA Spaceflight Awareness Award for significant safety contributions, 1995.

Estevan Lopez (79, BS, petroleum engr.; 79, BS, chemical engr.) has been appointed county manager for Santa Fe County. He is also the county's land-use administrator.


Bruce W. Baker (81, MS, geology) and his wife Beth have moved to Howell, Mich. Bruce is a principal at Harding ESE, an environmental consulting firm, and Beth, who used to teach reading at Alamo Navajo Reservation, now teaches in Howell.

Dr. Philip Carpenter (81, MS, geophysics; 84, Ph.D., geoscience) has been promoted to full professor at the Dept. of Geology and Environmental Geosciences at Northern Illinois University. He continues to conduct research in environmental geophysics. In September he traveled to southern China to work on a groundwater remediation project in rural Guangdong Province.

Philip and Madaline Carpenter adopted their second daughter from China in March, 2001. Her English name is Celia Anne and she was adopted in Changsha, Hunan Province, China. She joins her sister, Lydia Rose, who was adopted in China in 1998. In June, Philip and Madaline had a baby boy, whom they named Robert Philip Meier Carpenter. The two new children have brought some major changes to the Carpenter household! They live in DeKalb, IL, about 50 miles west of Chicago.

Ellsworth Kevin Rolfs (81, BS, CS) writes, "I have been involved for the past four years in upgrading the (Department of Defense) DFAS (Defense Finance Accounting Service) snail mail accounting and commerce methods to state-of-art Electronic Commerce/Electronic Data Interchange (EC/EDI) techniques.
"My wife Elizabeth and I have two daughters, adopted from Romania. They are Adriana, 13, and Cammie, 12. We got them when they were 1 and 2."

Timothy A. Hanson (82, BS, geological engr.; 90, MS, mining engr.) is a CEO of Compusolve USA, Inc. He lives in Lakewood, Wash.

Charles LaCerra (82, BS, physics) writes, "After graduating and spending a year in Albuquerque, where my oldest son was born, I moved back to New Jersey. I spent four years in the Air Force as a weather officer. After that, I became an environmental consultant, working for 11 years with a company that provided technical support to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. I now work as a project manager at an analytical laboratory. I have two fine sons, one in college and one in high school."

Joseph A. Sawyer (82, BS, mining engr.) writes, "I've been working for SRK Consulting for two years now, based out of Reno, Nev. My wife Carmen and I still have two boys and three girls at home. Our oldest son lives and works in Las Vegas, Nev. Proud to be a Techie!"

Jerry Schilling (82, BS, petroleum engr.) recently celebrated 20 years with Unocal Corp. In January 2002, he was part of a team to receive the Chairman's Award, his company's highest honor for successes in the offshore oil and gas business. He is an active rock climber and backpacker. This year, he ran his first marathon in Houston this year. He and his family have been relocated from Lafayette to Sugar Land, Tex.

Mark Shellhorn (82, MS, geology) writes, "During 2001, I sold my ownership in the consulting firm Basin and Range Hydrogeologists and moved to Bay City, Mich., where I am semi-retired. I offer limited consulting services for select clients and am involved in financing real estate ventures. My wife Shelly and I have a five-year-old son, Weston."

John H. Dooley (83, MS, geology) writes, "I'm into my fourteenth year at the New Jersey Geological Survey. Last year I was promoted from principal geochemist to research scientist. My work focuses on the environmental chemistry of metals and radionuclides. A new interest of mine is the role geomicrobiology has in the development of glauconite and other authigenic aluminosilicates. My wife Brenda and I have a wonderful 2.5 year old son who loves to pick up rocks....already following in the ol' man's footsteps!"

Carolyn Sims (83, BS, computer science and math) writes, "Massive layoffs here in Silicon Valley have meant hard times for many. Happily, I am now working as a senior technical project manager at eBay. It's an amazing place! The software lifecycle is very, very fast!"

Mary Torres (83, BGS) was elected president of the State Bar of New Mexico for the year beginning January 2002. She is the first Hispanic woman to head the organization. Mary, whose father Eugene owned Gambles Tru Value Hardware Store in Socorro, was a teacher for six years in Socorro. She was encouraged to go into law by Socorro District Court Judge Neil Mertz, when she showed an interest during mock trials staged with her class. She earned her law degree from the University of New Mexico in 1996 and has been with Modrall Sperling law firm since January 1996.

Richard G. Guzowski (84, MST) retired after teaching for 36 years with the Springfield, Mass., public schools. He was chairman of a 20-member science department and taught biology and ecology. Richard lives in Florence, Mass.

Eli Whitney Blake (85, BS, chemistry; 85, BS, math; 86, MS math) writes, "I am employed teaching mathematics at Northland Pioneer College in Holbrook Ariz. I live in Joseph City, AZ with my wife Tressa (Dennis) (a Tech student in 1983-84, who also worked with Tech security as a dispatcher then), and three daughters, Valorie, Leah and Maranda. I taught for eight years at Albuquerque TVI (where I served as the secretary of the Faculty Senate and was active in the successful formation of a union). Then after a year in Texas, I began at NPC, where I am now in my fourth year. I love my job. In addition to my teaching duties, I am the secretary of the Faculty Association (having served as treasurer last year). I have also become involved recently with healthcare issues, particularly as they relate to small rural communities.

Grant Denn (87, BS, physics) writes, "After graduating with a Ph. D. in Physics from the University of Iowa in 1999, I've worked temporary faculty positions at Georgia Southern University and the University of Wyoming. My latest position is a Research and Teaching fellow at Sweet Briar College in Virginia, where I teach physics and astronomy, and try to get some radio astronomy projects finished. I enjoy teaching and am still playing music (NMT Jazz Band was a lot of fun!)"

Rama (Krishnamurty) Gehris (87, BS, math,; 90, MS, math) and Allen Gehris (87, BS, materials engr.; 90, MS, materials engr.) are still living in southern Maryland (near Washington, D.C.) Allen still works as a civilian for the United States Navy, but now for the Naval Science and Technology Office at Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Md. His official title is "technology manager," which means he gives a lot of briefs and makes a lot of view graphs and travels a lot.
After working writing software (what else do mathematicians these days do anyway?) for E2C airplane and reading software documentation for A-H 1 helicopter (Huey/Cobra) Rama resigned from her fabulous career to "stay home" with their three children Miranda, 9, Brandon, 7, and Cecilia, 3. This means that she is spending her time shuttling the kids to sports and activities, and volunteering for all sorts of stuff. She is also busy creating her own line of polymer clay jewelry.

Susan Lanphere (88, BS, materials engr.) writes, "I spent the first seven years after graduation in Illinois working metallurgy/failure analysis; then moved to Oregon where I spent five years, mostly working as process engineer for injection molding and printing of compact discs. Then I opted to move "back home" to Seattle working for a start-up medical device supplier -- portable ultrasound -- as supplier quality engineer. I have improved my golf game since learning it at Tech, playing many courses where I've lived and traveled -- the highlight being St. Andrew's Old Course. But I still miss the green chili cheeseburgers from the Owl Bar and Grill!"

Peter Vigil (89, BS, physics [electronics]) writes, "In 1999 I was hired as executive director for the Taos Soil and Water Conservation District. The district provides technical and financial assistance to local landowners with regard to natural resource conservation issues and projects. My wife Jeanette and myself have four children and live in Taos, New Mexico."


Capt. Edward J. Efsic III (90, BS, physics) writes, "After graduating from Tech, I entered the Air Force and was selected for officer training. After graduating from Officer Training School in San Antonio, Tex., I married former Socorroan Barbara Drake in 1992. We were first stationed at Mather Air Force Base in California, where I went to navigator school. Then we moved to Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Okla., where I flew AWACS.

"I traveled extensively all over the world, and after four years, I decided to train for another aircraft. In 1997, we moved to Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, Ark., where I started training for C-130. We plan to move again in Sept. 2002, hopefully to Tucson, Ariz., so we can get back to the Southwest. I will be up for promotion to major this year.

"We have two grown children, my stepchildren. Joni, 24, married in 2000 and lives in Oklahoma City with her husband, Doug. Stuart, 20, lives with us. Barbara and I will also celebrate our tenth anniversary in June 2002. We visit Socorro often, as we have many friends there and Barbara has a lot of family there."

Andrew M. Montaño (94, BGS) recently started his first semester at the Colorado School of Mines in pursuit of a master's degree in the Environmental Science and Engineering Department with an emphasis in biotechnology. Andrew continues to remain employed with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in Denver, CO, as an aquatic biologist.

Tim Gorham (95, BS, petr. engr.; 97, MS, petr. engr.) was recently assigned as petroleum engineer, Cymric Light Oil Technical Team, Chevron-Texaco, Bakersfield. Tim was married to the former Heather Walker in April, and resides in Bakersfield, CA.

Chris Zimmer (95, BS, geological engr.) writes, "I have worked for six years in the mining industry. All six years have been underground. For the first four years, I was a mining engineer, and for the past two years, I have been shift boss. I work for the Stillwater Mining Company and live in Roscoe, Mont., with my wife, Robin, and our three children: Mersades, 3, Theodore, 2, and Gavin, born Nov. 11, 2001."

Carl B. Kroll (96, BS, math), writes, "After graduating, I was fortunate enough to work for Hughes Aircraft in Hong Kong with Dan Wilson (96, BS electrical engr.) on a contract for the new airport at Chek Lap Kok for 2.5 years, during the territory's handover back to China. After spending a brief time in Fullerton, Calif., I continued my international career by working for Raytheon Air Command and Control System, which had a contract for the Portuguese Air Force. I have enjoyed imbibing Portuguese wine in port wine's native land ever since."

Brandon Pemble (96, BS, engineering mechanics) and his wife Rosa Armijo-Pemble (97, BS, technical communication) announce the arrival of their son Korbyn Royal Pemble, born March 3, 2002. Brandon is the manager of Engineering Services at Goodrich Aerospace. Rosa was working in marketing but has decided to stay home and enjoy being a mom.

Theresa Espindola (97, BS, biology) writes, "I was recently a co-author on a paper that appeared in the American Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology. The paper is titled "CCSP modulates airway dysfunction and host responses in an Ova-challenged mouse model"." Theresa is a research technologist at Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute. Theresa's husband Ricardo Espindola (96, BS, physics) is a project manager at Arctic Slope Regional Corporation Communications. They live in Cedar Crest, N.M.

Carolyn (Davidson) Henry (97, BS, physics) was married to Robert Henry on October 6, 2001 in Arlington, Virginia. Carolyn writes, "We currently are living in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington DC, but are thinking about relocating to the Philadelphia area in the next few months." Carolyn is a senior systems analyst and system administrator for Signal Corp. in Ft. Belvoir, VA.

Jennifer Knowlton (97, BS, environmental engr.; 99, MS, environmental engr.) and Brad Knowlton (95) are the proud parents of Wesley Glenn, born on November 3, 2001, and weighing in at 9 pounds, 4 ounces. Jennifer says, "He is a happy baby - always smiling and laughing. He is a joy to be around." The Knowltons live in Los Lunas, and Jennifer is a senior staff engineer at Harding ESE in Albuquerque.

April B. Cooley (98, BS, environmental engr.) moved to a new job in 2001 with FM Global working as a fire protection and loss prevention engineer. She lives in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Marc Ahlen (99, BS, engineering mechanics) has left Newport News Shipbuilding in Hampton, Va., to join Independent Mobility Systems in Aztec, N.M., as a staff mechanical engineer.


Dr. Mark A. Stanley (00, Ph.D., physics) was one of five co-authors of a cover article on "blue jets," featured in the March 14, 2002 issue of the prestigious British science journal Nature. See .

Wadhah Al-Tailji (00, BS, petr. engr.) writes, "I married Cheryl Dixon on May 12, 2001, with Jason Marino (00, BS, computer science; 00, BS, management) serving as my best man! I am now working for the California Department of Transportation in Oakland, California, and have learned the true meaning of the beast that is called the "Bay Area Commute" (I guess that's a motivator for where I work!). My e-mail address is still altailji@nmt.edu.

Marc Cooley (01, BS, electrical engineering) is working for the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C. He lives in Arlington, Va.