People You Know, April to June 2011

News and updates from New Mexico Tech graduates:

Tech graduate Dr. Anne Ortiz (B.S. in Basic Science, 1993) was hired in April as psychiatrist at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, N.M. Dr. Ortiz most recently was a psychiatrist at Artesia General Hospital, where she worked with acute patients. After completing her bachelor's at New Mexico Tech, Dr. Ortiz earned her medical degree from the University of New Mexico.Plains Regional administrator Hoyt Skabelund said the hiring of Ortiz represents the hospitals continued commitment to building a medical infrastructure for behavioral health services in Clovis.

Betty Reynolds, who served as library director of the Skeen Library at the New Mexico Tech from 1981 to 1998, passed away at her home in Deming on April 22, 2011. She received a bachelor’s in Library Science/Social Science from Northern Illinois University, a master’s in Librarianship from University of Denver, and an M.B.A. from University of Missouri-Kansas City.  She was active in various library organizations and served as secretary of the New Mexico Library Association, and represented the Tech Library in the New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries and New Mexico Library Services Alliances.  She also belonged to the Friends of the Socorro Public Library and served as a trustee at the Socorro Public Library and Hillsboro Community Library.


Marlon McDougall (B.S. in Petroleum, 1988) was recently named Chief Operating Officer of Pengrowth Energy Corp. The Calgary, Alberta-based company said McDougall will begin work August 8, 2011.

McDougall has an extensive background in the oil and gas industry with over 30 years of experience working in a variety of engineering disciplines. His most recent roles have been Chief Operating Officer for an intermediate-size company, and as a senior operations executive at Northrock Resources Ltd. Previously, he has held positions with increasing levels of authority at Suncor, Halliburton and ADECO Drilling and Engineering. McDougall has a solid understanding of conventional and unconventional resource-style play opportunities and a proven track record of creating significant shareholder value, according to the Pengrowth press release.

McDougall earned a bachelor’s in petroleum engineering from the New Mexico Tech, and a petroleum technology certificate in production from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

“I am very pleased to have Marlon join Pengrowth. His appointment rounds out our senior leadership team. We’re ready to meet the challenges and opportunities of our increasingly complex business,” said Derek Evans, President and CEO.

Pengrowth Energy Corp. is an oil and gas company active in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. Pengrowth's operations include production from conventional and unconventional assets, evenly balanced between liquids and natural gas. Future growth opportunities include the development of unconventional oil and natural gas production, heavy oil, shale gas and coal-bed methane as well as the addition of production through acquisition. Pengrowth’s shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “PGF” and on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PGH.”


Adam Manzanares (B.S. in Computer Science, 2006) is now a post-doc fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He works under the mentorship of Meghan Wingate and John Bent, both in the High Performance Computing Division. Manzanares grew up in northern New Mexico and attended the New Mexico Tech while working on a BS in computer science. From 2002 to 2007, Manzanares worked as a student intern at Los Alamos and had the opportunity to work on wireless network security and integration. In the spring of 2010, he received his Ph.D. in computer science from Auburn University, where he concentrated on energy-efficient storage systems. His research interests include high-performance and parallel computing, storage systems, and computer science education.

As a Metropolis Fellow, Manzanares is working to determine how a parallel log-structured file system will fit into an exascale input/output (I/O) stack and what improvements PLFS will require to operate at this extreme scale of computing.


Donald G. Strachan (M.S. in Geology, 1976) was named project advisor and geologist for Jet Gold Corp., a Vancouver-based mining company. Strachan will principally work on the company's Big Hammer Gold discovery located in Terrace, British Columbia, according to company president Brad J. Moynes.

Strachan earned a master’s in geology from New Mexico Tech in 1976. He has more than 35 years as an economic geologist and hydrogeologist and has experience from all corners of the globe. Mr. Strachan earned a bachelor’s in geology in 1973 from California State University-Fresno before coming to Tech. In late 2009, Strachan visited the Big Hammer property and prepared an internal report on the gold and tellurium potential. A Jet Gold press release said that Strachan’s work inspired the company to move forward vigorously to the next stage of development. Moynes said, "We welcome Donald with his vast expertise and are confident that he will assist us in moving Jet Gold to the next level."


Tom McGuire (B.S. in Mineral Engineering, 1994) has joined Toronto-based IC Potash Corp. as Director of Technical Services, Mining Engineering at the company’s operation near Carlsbad, N.M.

Sidney Himmel, President and CEO of IC Potash said, "We welcome Tom to the IC Potash management team. We highly value their vast geological and mining knowledge of New Mexico. His technical experience complements our existing potash mining leadership and supports our goal to be the next international SOP producer."

McGuire has worked in the potash industry for major New Mexico potash producers in the Carlsbad area for 17 years as a senior mine engineer and chief mine engineer.

E.J. Pittinger (Petroleum Engineering, 1981)
is the senior vice president and chief operating officer for Lynx Operating. He and his wife have three daughters and three grandsons.

Juan Garcia (Mining Engineering, 1984)
recently accepted the position as Superintendent-Mining Engineering at the BHP Billiton Navajo Mine in the Four Corners region. Juan had previously worked 20 years for Rio Tinto at the ColoWyo Mine in northwest Colorado.

Theresa G. Johnson, 84, died April 9, 2011, at La Vida Llena Retirement Community in Albuquerque. She was born in Northampton, Mass., Oct. 9, 1926, the daughter of Amelia and Joseph Guzowski.
She was educated in Northampton schools where she was a star basketball player. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Vermont and earned her Master 's of Science Teaching degree at New Mexico Tech.
She married Norman G. Johnson in 1951 at Fort Benning, Ga. Following a brief career as a mathematician in General Electric's engineering department, Mrs. Johnson became a science and mathematics teacher in Proctor, Vt., El Paso, Texas and Albuquerque. Her teaching awards include New Mexico Science Teacher of the Year, Albuquerque Public Schools Science Teacher of the Year and New Mexico Outstanding Earth Science Teacher.
After retirement, she became an award-winning watercolor artist and volunteered for the Animal Humane Association, Kirtland Air Force Base Thrift Shop and New Mexico Regional Science Fair.
Survivors include her husband and a son, Barry Johnson, both of Albuquerque; two daughters, Dr. JoAnne Allen of Albuquerque and Nancy Bilderbeck of London, England; three grandchildren and three nephews.
She was predeceased by a brother, Dr. Victor Guzowski.
Burial took place in Santa Fe National Cemetery.