People You Know, February to May 21, 2009


Lucius Clark (59, BS, mining engr.; 59, BS, metallurgical engr.) brought us up to date on the past 50 years. He writes, "After graduation I went to work at Magma Copper Co. in Superior, Arizona. Before a year was out the draft caught up with me and the next two years were spent in the Army. The Army assigned me to Aberdeen Proving Grounds to work on short-range weapons. While in the Army I met and married my wife Jean.

"When the Army was through with me, and I with them, Jean and I went to Superior. It was quite a change for Jean, she having been born and raised in Delaware and New England.

"After a spell at Superior, we moved to Tucson, where I got a master's degree and our first child, Donald, was born."

"Our next stop employment was with Freeport Minerals. We moved around a bit during our ten years with Freeport. We lived in Tucson; Hillsville, VA; New York; and New Orleans. I also spent time in Indonesia, Australia, Mexico and Canada. During this time we had two more children, Andrew and Jennifer."

"After Freeport, we moved to St. Louis and worked for a coal mining company, Arch Minerals. Our fourth child, Margaret, was born during this period."

"Later we moved to San Antonio, TX to work for Tesoro Coal Co. who were developing properties in eastern Kentucky. Unfortunately, this project was not successful and we moved one more time, to Houston."

"We lived in Houston for several years, while I worked for Brown & Root, Keplinger Consultants, GCO Minerals, Standard Gypsum and the IRS. These jobs required a lot of travel, including China, Japan, Mexico and Uganda."

"Currently, Jean, Donald and I are living in Bremerton, WA. We retired here for the cool summers and mild winters." 


Barney Popkin (65) has written a manuscript on Guerrilla Government Contracting for Dummies and a middle reader book series about the adventures and cultural challenges of two sisters and their younger brother living with their family overseas. Popkin consults and conducts workshops from DC and San Francisco in environmental engineering and procurement.


John A. Crum (75, BS, petroleum engr.) has been named by his employer, Apache Corp., as co-chief operating officer and president - North America. He will lead the Gulf Coast, Central and Canada regions as well was the Worldwide Drilling, corporate EH/S and Purchasing groups.

Crum was named executive vice president in 2000. Previously, he led the company's Australia and North Sea regions. Prior to joining the company in 1995, Crum served in executive and management roles with Aquila Energy Resources Corp., Pacific Enterprises Oil Co., and Southland Royalty Co. Crum served as chairman of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Dr. Kathryn McMahon (75, BS, chemistry) professor of pharmacology, Department of Medical Education, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at El Paso, was recently honored as the first recipient of the Jonathan and Patricia Rogers Endowed Chair in Medical Education for the new medical school. The school will accept its charter class in July 2009.

Dr. McMahon is a veteran of medical education at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock. She is internationally recognized in medical education as a leader in innovative curriculum design and implementation. Dr. McMahon holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from North Dakota State University. She received her postdoctoral training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and at the Chicago Medical School.


Jeremy Epstein (80, BS, computer science) is a computer security researcher with SRI International in Arlington VA.  His research areas include software security and voting system security.

Jeremy and his wife Monica are celebrating the graduation of their daughter Sarah from Oberlin College (BA Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa). Son Daniel just finished his first year at the University of Virginia in computer science and systems engineering, and Naomi is completing fourth grade.  The Epstein family has lived in Northern Virginia, just outside Washington DC, since 1985.

Contact: jeremy DOT j DOT epstein AT gmail DOT com or on Facebook or LinkedIn.

Dr. Eric Nelson (80, BS, physics) writes, "After 15 years (1984 - 1999) as an applied research scientist in the defense industry for SAIC in Albuquerque and San Diego and one year of start-ups in Silicon Valley, I took two years off to rethink my interests. Graduate school at the University of New Mexico was overlapped in there from 1980 to 1988."

"In 2003 I moved into education. It turns out I had been teaching since 1977 when the Tech Astronomy Club opened the 10-inch telescope to the general public on Friday nights. I am now a physics/astronomy/electronics/robotics/comp.sci. teacher and computer science department chairman at The Harker School in San Jose, California. I have not had this much fun since my early days at SAIC blowing things up in the deserts of New Mexico and Nevada.

"I now live with my wife and youngest daughter in the mountains where I grew up above Los Gatos, California where I get to “play with science” once again."

Chris West and friend

Chris West (82, BS, geological engr.), visited the Chengdu Panda Nursery (see photo). He commented, "I was impressed just how gentle this panda was, but I know they can grow up to be a giants, so must be treated with respect." Chris is the Deepwater Drilling and Completion manager for Chevron Indonesia. He reports that he is in his thirteenth home since leaving Socorro.

Elena (Scott) DeHerrera (86, BS, psychology) writes, "I currently live in Henderson, Nevada and I work at the University of Nevada, Vegas. After many years working as a disability adjudicator for Social Security in Albuquerque and Carson City, NV, I have shifted gears and am now working in higher education. I am currently involved in the UNLV iNtegrate ERP project, assisting with the implementation of a new student information system for all of Nevada's institutions of higher education."

"I have been happily married for almost six years to Ted DeHerrera (brother of former Techie, Melissa DeHerrera). I have a wonderful son, Bradley, who is 12 years old and an avid, accomplished downhill skier. I really miss my years at Tech, and so many of my lifelong friends from my college years. I do still keep in touch, although we don't get together often enough. Friends can contact me at elena.deherrera@gmail.com.

Ward Herst

Ward Herst (86, MS, hydrology), recently won the prestigious Master's Championship in the 2008-2009 Skip Barber Race Series. The series pitted drivers in equally-prepared Mazda Miata MX-5 racecars at road racing tracks across the southern and western United States. By providing the cars and mechanics, the race series places a focus on driver skill and talent. In addition to the master's championship for drivers 40+ years old, Mr. Herst finished third overall out of forty series competitors and finished second for Rookie of the Year honors. As an example of the extremely high level of competition, the overall Series Champion received a $70,000 factory racing sponsorship.

Said Mr. Herst, "It sounds kind of funny for a guy in his mid- to late-40s to be considered for Rookie of the Year in anything. I didn't start racing until I was already in my 40s, but I appreciate the opportunity to live the dream of racing no matter what my age. I very much enjoyed the opportunity to compete against the young, aggressive, and talented drivers in the '08-'09 Series, and based on my finishes I guess you could say I showed that age and experience can overcome youth and exuberance."

Mr. Herst is a previous Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Mid-American Regional Champion, SCCA Midwest Division National Champion, and two-time SCCA Runoffs (National Championship race) qualifier.

Mr. Herst is the Managing Partner of Herst & Associates, Inc., a hydrogeologic and environmental consulting firm located in St. Charles (St. Louis), Missouri. Herst & Associates, Inc. has been recognized as the #1 Service Provider in the U.S. by the National Business Incubator Association. The company web site is www.herstassociates.com. Mr. Herst is a Life Member of the NMT Alumni Association.

Mathew A. Tilman (88, BS, geology; 89, BS, computer science) writes, "I now work for the state of Oregon's Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI), based out of their Portland state building. My position is GIS analyst/cartographer. My current project is the creation of a new topologic base map of the Portland Metro area based on LiDAR imagery at one-meter resolution. The area encompasses 40 quadrangles and will involve creating new contours, stream channels, water bodies, roads and all other infrastructure. Concurrently, I am helping in a project to redelineate FEMA DFIRM maps for the Coos County, Oregon area. I started my new job with DOGAMI on December 12, 2008."


Andrew Montano (94, BGS, environmental science) writes, "After working for the Bureau of Reclamation in Denver, CO, for the past 17.5 years, I've accepted a position with the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) in Portland, OR. I love it here! I've been wanting to move to the Pacific Northwest for quite some time and finally made it. It's been a great transition. I've been busy with the new job - helping to integrate wind farms into the Federal Columbia River Transmission System that BPA operates. I oversee these types of interconnection projects and manage the environmental and cultural compliance portions. Additionally, I'm involved with habitat improvement projects with emphasis on preserving and improving conditions for salmon and other important species in the Northwest. It's a very rewarding job, and I look forward to doing a lot more with BPA in the future."

Lauren (Siegel) Hurtgen (A.S.,1997) writes, "I and my wonderful husband of 12 years, Bryan , have been living in back New Mexico for seven years. Our daughters, Samantha, 8, and Julie, 6.5, are enjoying school at Socorro's Cottonwood Valley Charter School I am pursuing a master's degree in counseling online, with Capella University. In everyone's free time (what's that?) we all enjoy performing with Socorro Community Theater, where Bryan was recently producer of "A Doll's House." The girls starred in it, too! Bryan is also manager of the meat department at John Brooks Supermart in Socorro, and he makes his "famous" wings every Wednesday for our family fun night. Friends, feel free to keep in touch at laurenhurtgen@yahoo.com.


Dr. Timothy Wangler (01, BS, chemical engineering) graduated from Princeton University with a Ph.D. in chemical engineering.

Jennifer Coleman and Jamison London

Jennifer Lynn Coleman (04, BS, electrical engr.; 04, BS, biology) and Jamison London (08, BS, electrical engr.; 08, BS, computer science) are getting married on June 27, 2009, in Albuquerque. The couple plan to live in Cedar Crest.