People You Know, Jan. 2010 to present

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Sidney Kirschner (56, BS, metallurgical engr.) has joined the firm Raising the Bar as managing director of its newly launched consulting practice. Kirschner will lead the practice in strategic planning, profitability modeling, pricing and compensation for law and accounting firms.

Kirschner is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Northside Hospital Before joining Northside Hospital, Kirschner was the chairman, president, and CEO of National Service Industries (NSI), a Fortune 500 company. Prior to NSI, he was the president of the Electric Motor Division of General Dynamics Corporation.

A graduate of the New Mexico School of Mines, Kirschner spent the early part of his career in engineering roles with Aerojet, Aerospace Corporation and Curtiss-Wright Corporation where he quickly rose through the management ranks. He is currently the Head of School at the Alfred and Adele Davis Academy in Atlanta. Governor Sonny Perdue recently appointed Kirschner to the Georgia Board of the Department of Community Health, the lead agency in Georgia for health care planning and purchasing with an annual budget of $11 billion.

Morris Worley (58, B.S., mining engr.) writes, “I have had two articles published in the Journal of the Mining History Association, the first in the 2008 volume, ‘Roll Front to Yellowcake: Innovations in Uranium Mining; Recollections of the Highland Uranium Operations,’ and the second in the 2009 volume, ‘The Cane Creek Mine Disaster: Personal Observations.’

He adds, “But to show I'm not just a relict of mining history, I satisfactorily passed the exam to become a Certified Mine Safety Professional in October 2009. I continue to manage the zeolite mining operations in Arizona for UOP LLC (a Honeywell company). It’s a good way to keep my miner’s boots on!”

Dr. Marvin W. Rowe (59, BS, petroleum engr.) has been selected by the American Rock Art Research Foundation (ARARA) to receive the Bock Award, to be presented at the annual conference held in Del Rio, Texas, in March. According to ARARA, the Bock Award is for candidates with extraordinary achievements over their lifetime in the fields of rock art studies, documentation, education, conservation, and outreach. Marvin Rowe, retired after teaching chemistry at Texas A&M University for 40 years, and his wife, Dr. Kathleen Rowe, now live in Santa Fe.

Dr. Frank Carsey (65, BS, physics) writes “I have recently had a piece of ceramic sculpture invited into the CVG 2010 Show, a juried art show in Bremerton, Wash., my home town. The piece is entitled “Holding Tight.” I have been working in ceramics for about five years on a sort of half-time basis while serving as househusband and generally goofing off as an old-age pensioner (you can see what that life is like on my blog: http://fcarsey.livejournal.com). Whereas I am no longer hammering at research and development, as a good Tech physics guy should, at least I come to the 49ers every year, trying to recapture the memories, looking for traces of the old gang, to little avail. Please, 60s people, throw away your walkers, flex your hand for holding a beer mug, and come back to Socorro for some green chile and a walk up M Mountain. I will stand you a round while the Vigilantes play.”

William A. Faust (79, BS, mining engr.) has been named to the Board of Directors of Pediment Gold Corp. Faust has over 28 years of engineering and management experience, including over 10 year of mine development and operations in Mexico. He is chief operations officer and senior vice president for Crystallex International Corporation. Previously, he served as VP Operations for Nevada Pacific Gold Ltd. and as VP Operations for Corner Bay Silver. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Faust was VP Operations for El Dorado Gold after initially serving as general manager for La Colorada Mine.

In addition to his degree from New Mexico Tech, Faust is a Registered Professional Engineer in New Mexico, and holds an MBA in finance and management from Western New Mexico University and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of New Mexico.

Dr. Nirupam Chakraborti (79, MS, metallurgical engr.) writes that he has just become an honorary professor of “Soft Computing in Materials Science and Technology” at the Abo Akademi University, Finland. He holds a permanent professorship of metallurgical and materials engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Dr. Tim Callahan (96, MS, geochemistry; 01, Ph.D., hydrology) has been promoted to Callahan is director of the master's of science in environmental studies program at the College of Charleston. Since joining the college in 2001, Callahan has been granted over $400,000 in external funding for local, state, and national-level research projects. He has published several papers on groundwater pollution, the hydrology of Carolina Bays and other freshwater depression wetlands, and watershed hydrology in the Coastal Plain region.

Dr. Jessica (Burks) Deshler (99, BS, math) is an assistant professor of mathematics at West Virginia University. She is running a half marathon in June to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. One of the people she’s doing this in memory of is the late Dr. Curtis Barefoot, her undergraduate advisor at Tech. People wishing to contribute should visit http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/rnr10/jdeshler

Jessica adds, “After getting my degree from Tech, I attended UNM and earned my M.S. in 2001 and my Ph.D. in 2008, both in applied mathematics. I live in Morgantown, WV with my husband, Adam, and our four children Eric, Rebekah, Kaitlyn and Jack.”

Israel Vaughn (02, BS, math) writes “I have now moved to Tucson, where I am currently in the Ph.D. program at the College of Optical Sciences here at the University of Arizona (the best optics program in the country). I recently published an article optimizing and experimentally verifying noise reduction in a polarimeter in Optics Express.”

“My current work is finding physically meaningful manifolds in remote sensing data for the prediction of the intensification of extratropical hurricanes. Tropical cyclones that undergo extratropical transition and then re-intensify are responsible for a huge amount of economic damage each year, so if we can predict them a few days before they happen it will be beneficial for warning about this damage. I am using math-heavy techniques to do this.

“I recently was married to Erin E. (Hahn) Vaughn. I also bought a small town house here in Tucson when I started in the optics program.”

Donald Wenner (04, BS, chemistry) and his wife, Stephanie Smith Wenner (04, BS, materials engr.) had their first child, a boy named Donald Edward Wenner IV on December 22, 2009. Donald is a second-year urology resident at UNM and Stephanie works for Applied Research Associates.

Nathan Wenner (06, BS, biology) married Jalene Clausen in Roswell in July 2009 and moved to Ft. Collins, Colo. in August to start veterinary school at CSU. Jalene works at Well Fargo Bank in Ft. Collins.