People You Know, June through Sept. 2003


Lawrence Nagle (38, BS, mining engineering) and his wife Joy dropped into the Alumni Office during a visit to Socorro from their home in Stephenville, Texas. Lawrence is retired from the oil and natural gas industry. He toured campus and reminisced about Prof. John Weir and Pres. Edgar H. Wells, whom he had known and who now have buildings named after them. Joy's great-nephew Michael Cannady is a current Tech student.


Michael Bikerman (56, BS, geology), emeritus professor at the University of Pittsburgh, has been elected President of the Pittsburgh Geological Society for 2003-2004 for the second time. His first term was back in 1977-78, so continuity is not assured!

Thomas J. "Jerry" Reese (58, BS, geology) was a semi-finalist in the GoldCorp Challenge, in which GoldCorp posted geological data on its Red Lake Mine (Ontario, Canada) online and challenged participants to identify potential targets for more gold exploration. Over 1,400 geologists and companies from 51 countries registered for the competition, and Jerry was one of only three semifinalists selected from the United States.

Jerry also brought us up-to-date on his life and doings: "After I received my degree from New Mexico Tech, I worked at the City Engineer's Office in Albuquerque, then entered the U.S. Air Force, which sent me to Ohio State University for my master's degree in geodetic science. After the Air Force stint, I did graduate work in economic geology at Colorado School of Mines.

"I retired from the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) at the end of 2001, where I worked as a senior physical scientist for 17 years, principally working on projects for deep geologic disposal of radioactive nuclear waste. Prior to joining DOE, I spent 11 years in mineral exploration, mainly in the western United States and South America, and three years as a mining geologist at the Homestake Gold Mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The ten years with the U.S. Air Force were spent primarily in geodetic surveying, establishing first-order base stations around the world using photography of satellites.

"After my retirement, my wife (an Argentine whom I married in South America) and I moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where we have established our home."

Dr. Marvin W. Rowe (59, BS, chemistry) was named as a 2002-2003 Distinguished Lecturer at Texas A&M University. Two A&M professors are selected yearly for this honor based on research. He presented a public lecture on April 8, 2003, at the Bush Auditorium at A&M.

Rowe earned his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1966 at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. From 1966 to 1968, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science, Physics, University of California, Berkeley.

He married Kathleen Craig in November 2002, and they plan to retire to Santa Fe in the near future.


John H. Carman (60, MS, earth science) writes that he has retired from the University of Iowa, but is still interested in how the Earth works. His company, Care-Man Enterprises, has recently published his article "The Core as the Third Pivotal End Member of the Earth's Plate Tectonic Cycle."

Tim Pearse (60, BS, geology) writes, "After receiving my bachelor's in geology, I went to Missouri School of Mines and obtained a master's in mining engineering. My first job was as a trainee with Kennecott Copper in Silver City, N. M. As part of my training, I worked in the maintenance shop, and fell in love with the work. So, for the next 39 years I worked in maintenance of open pit mining equipment with Kennecott, B. C Molybdenum, Anaconda and Kaiser Steel, finally retiring from International Mill Service as Director of Equipment and Maintenance.

"It has been a wild and fun-filled trip; however, had I known how much fun retirement would be, I would have done it first! (Kind of like grandkids.) In 2001, I retired and moved from New Jersey to Illinois. My children are all adults and remain in New Jersey. My first wife, Eleanor, died in 1993 and I am remarried to Betsy. I now live between the Illinois River and the Mississippi River in Calhoun County, Illinois. The geology here is very interesting and I am just now getting back to my first love while still enjoying heavy equipment."

Jim Rowles (65, BS, chemistry) writes "After working as a chemical technician, a chemical engineer, a Scientology counselor, a radiation safety (health physics) officer and state inspector, a health physicist and then industrial hygienist at the Nevada Test Site and the Yucca Mountain Project, old Jim Rowles let semi-retirement set in. My wife June and I will leave Las Vegas, Nev., in two or so years for cooler and mountainous climes: Ruidoso, Cedar Crest, Cedar City (Utah), or north central Washington state."

Jim adds a personal note: "I have learned and gained from the School of Mines, and other venues. I had to learn that LIFE is a learn-it-as-you-go thing. Lots of luck on your journeys."


Tom Dolittle (72, BS, computer science) writes, "After spending 15 years with the County of Santa Barbara as the network and operations manager, I 'retired' and began a second career as the information systems manager for the City of Santa Barbara. I am responsible for all servers, desktops, applications, help desk and network for the paradise area of California known as Santa Barbara."

Tom adds, "Please drop by and visit. Let's reacquaint and enjoy life."

Tom's wife, Lorrie LeSage, is a marriage and family therapist. Son Chris, 30, is also in Santa Barbara.

Dr. John F. Alderete (73, BS, math; 74, BS, biology) was named this year's 2003 Distinguished Scientist Award by The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). The presentation take place at the SACNAS Annual Conference in Albuquerque in October. Dr. Alderete plans to dedicate his award to Dr. C. B. Moore, who was written up in the last issue of Gold Pan, and whom he regarded as an important role model during his college years.

Dr. Alderete is a professor of microbiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Charles G. (Jerry) White (73, BS, biology) is working for the Visiting Nurse Association of Central New Jersey as an HIV social work case manager. He is also pursuing an advanced social work degree at Rutgers University. He has recently purchased 40 acres in Hildago County, New Mexico.

Dr. Jim Olsen, P.E. (75, BS, mining engr.) was named Honored Faculty Member by the University of Phoenix, New Mexico campus, at commencement exercises on June 7 in Albuquerque. Olsen teaches a variety of classes including statistics, research methods, project management, college algebra, economics, environmental science, and a variety of management courses. In addition, Olsen serves as an Area Chair for Quantitative Analysis and Research at the graduate level and previously as Area Chair for Mathematics at the undergraduate level.

Outside of his role at the University of Phoenix, Olsen oversees the management training programs for Wackenhut Services, Inc., where his organization has a contract with the Central Training Academy of the U.S. Department of Energy. His previous experience also includes working as a professional engineer in water and wastewater utility engineering and operations management as well as construction project management.


Luke Jones (84, BS, computer science) writes, "We recently moved from Fort Collins, Colorado, back to New Jersey, where I have entered Princeton Theological Seminary. In just three short years I expect to receive a master's degree in Divinity and, soon afterward, to be ordained a pastor in the Presbyterian Church. My wife Margo (BS-ME Stanford, MS-ME CMU) continues in her job as a stay-at-home mom. Iris, 4, will be in pre-school two days a week, and Neil, 6, enters first grade. We'd love to hear from Tech friends."

David P. Jenkins (86, BS, math; 86, BS, petroleum engr.) writes, "This is my first letter to Gold Pan since I graduated in 1986. I joined Standard Alaska Production Company (SOHIO's Alaska division) out of college. After three years, SOHIO was purchased outright by British Petroleum. I spent my first seven years in Alaska, the next six years in England, and the last four years back in Alaska. I am in transition from my current job (Viscous Oil Development Team Leader for the Alaskan Milne Point Field); and expect to move out of Alaska again some time this year.

"I married my wife, Sylvia, the day before I graduated. We now have two daughters Valerie, 12, and Erica, 13, to help keep us out of trouble.

"Over the years, I have worked and bumped shoulders with other New Mexico Tech graduates (including Jeff Eckstein, Mike Watts, James Trantham, Rodney Stephens, Susan Starr, Robert Jackson, and Susan Sears). I have to say -- NMIMT puts out some darn good engineers.

Tim Stirrup (88, BS, biology; 88, BS, chemistry) has moved to a job at Outrider Environmental Planning and Technical Services in Albuquerque. Tim is vice president for Science and Engineering Technical Services, and he provides senior-level integrated environmental health and safety services to a diverse set of clients in New Mexico.

The Stirrup Family is doing well and is enjoying life in Corrales. Barbara (formerly Serna) Stirrup (89, BS, technical communication) has her hands full with Darby, 2, Kerry Ann 6, and Emily 7, and her active involvement in the community.

Alan Matthew Hill (89, BS, petroleum engineering) is married to Jennifer Plisga Hill (89, BS, biology), who got her M.D. degree in 1995 from the University of Texas. Matt writes, "Almost 15 years since graduation! Two kids (Paige is 7 and Sophia is 3) and a few more degrees between us -- MS, MBA, and MD. While Jennifer does not practice medicine, she teaches quilting and loves to cook. We are headed to Jakarta, Indonesia for a few years so Matt can support Unocal's new Deepwater developments . . . and travel!"


Melissa Allison-Ennis (93, BS, biology) and David J. Ennis (94, BS, geology; 96, MS, geochemistry) write, "We recently moved back to Las Cruces, N.M.. after living in southern California for four years. While in California, David worked for the County of Ventura Environmental Health Division as a project manager, providing oversight for the clean-up of leaking underground fuel tanks.

"Melissa became employed with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service while attending NMSU in 1997, and was offered a permanent position upon completion of her degree in 1998. She was employed at the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge, where she was the refuge manager for two wildlife refuges.

"While Southern California was very nice, the cost of living was expensive, and we both missed New Mexico. The opportunity to return came when David was offered a position as a project geoscientist with his former employer in Las Cruces, Souder, Miller & Associates. Melissa was also just recently offered a wildlife biologist position with the same employer. We are enjoying being back, and also enjoying our first home. We hope to see some of our NMT friends at 49ers this year!

Michael Portereiko (93, BS, biology) writes, "A lot has happened in the last 13 months. My wife, Brandi, and I were blessed with a little girl, Ann Elise, on Sept. 4, 2002. We bought a new home in Salt Lake the day before Ann was born. Lastly, I finished my Ph.D. in oncology at the University of Utah. I'm now doing a post-doc in the biology department."

Cindy Falkenstein (95, AGS) brought us up-to-date on the activities herself and her husband Matthew Falkenstein (96, BGS). They returned to the Washington, D.C. area after spending five enchanting years in New Mexico. They now live in La Plata, Md., with their daughter Sonya Corinne, who was born in 2000. Matt has been working for the Census Bureau as a mathematical statistician since their return, first in the Bureau's Planning, Research and Evaluation Division, where his work contributed to the 2000 Census. He has recently moved over to the Business Statistics Division where he will be working on the Bureau's Economic Census.

Cindy started out working for the Census Bureau's Geography Division during the 2000 census; then she took a position with Tele Atlas, North America, Inc. as the regional data collection manager for the Mid-Atlantic States under the Columbus 2002 Project which provided ground truth data for digital mapping of the entire United States. She is now back at the Bureau of the Census working as an IT consultant in the Geography Division assisting on the MAF/TIGER Accuracy Improvement Project.

When Matt is not driving his red 1961 Buick Le Sabre convertible, he is working towards his master's certificate in Project Management in a joint Census/George Washington University program out of the School of Business and Public Management. Cindy is heavily involved with AAUW Maryland, and is serving as the state membership vice president and is also working towards her certification in software engineering management. In addition to their degrees from New Mexico Tech, both went on to study at New Mexico State University where Cindy completed a BS in City and Regional Planning and a second BS in Geography in 1998. Matt earned his MS in Agricultural Economics from NMSU in 1999.

Elizabeth (Griffith) Heard (97, BS, geology) and Ray Heard (97, BS, electrical engr.) were pleased to announce the birth of their son Glenn on July 8, 2003. Elizabeth adds, "He was born a little premature at 4lbs 3oz but is doing just great!"

Jennifer Knowlton (97, BS, environmental engr.; 99, MS, environmental engr.) and her husband Brad (attended Tech 93-95) welcomed their second son, Trenton James on April 9, 2003. He was a whopping 9 pounds 13 ounces. He is growing well and mom is adjusting to working with two small children. Older brother Wesley was born on Nov. 3, 2001.

Jennifer adds, "On the professional side, I received notice that I passed the PE exam. I am now a Registered Professional Engineer in the states of New Mexico and Wyoming."

Shari Bauman (99, MS, geochemistry) lives in the Tucson, Ariz., area. She works for Turner Laboratories, a small, women-owned, environmental analytical laboratory, where she was recently promoted to laboratory director. She adds, "I oversee the daily operations of the facility, manage analysts, provide quality assurance, client manage, and complete the reporting for the laboratory, and then some. This is a position that most aquire after years of experience. I can only say that hard work has its benefits!"


David Bonal (00, BS, computer science; 00, BS, electrical engineering) married Nedra Alexander (00, BS, geophysics with geological and environmental studies option) on Saturday, April 19, 2003, in Austin, Texas. David is working at National Instruments, while Nedra is pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin.

Marty (Martha) Jonas (00, BS, technical communication) and Dennis Lee (03, MS, geology) were married on Aug. 2, 2003. Dennis is a petroleum engineering working in the Gulf of Mexico. Marty has been project coordinator for the Office for Advancement for the past three years, and will be joining Dennis in Lafayette, La., in December.

Timothy Sande (00, BS, petr. engr.; 02, MS, petr. engr.) married Leah Nicole Gassner of Albuquerque on May 26. She is a 2003 graduate of New Mexico Highlands University. The Sandes live in Birmingham, Ala.

Stephanie Marie Baca (02, BGS) and Robert Brewer (02, BS, engr. mech.; 03, MS, engr. mech.) were married on Aug. 30, 2003 at San Miguel Mission in Socorro. The couple live in Ridgecrest, Calif., where Rob works for China Lake Naval Testing Facility.

Meghan Wingate (02, BS, computer science) and Danny Quist (01, BS, computer science) were married at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos on June 7, 2003. Danny writes, "We are both employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Our two dogs, Murray and Gracey (as well as we ourselves) miss the green campus of Tech, but we are happy here in the mountains."