People You Know, Sept. - Nov. 2007


Don Deibert (51, BS, geology) writes that he has retired from "income-producing" work. He is an active volunteer with Sheldon Lake State Park in Houston and in local libraries.

Vaughn Scanland (58, BS, petr. engr.) reports that he plans to go to 49ers in 2008. He is living in Montgomery, Tex.


Roger Carr (63, BS, chemistry), now retired, was formerly director of quality assurance, U.S. Operations of AMCOR Flexibility, Ltd., Medical & Pharmaceutical Packaging Group.

Leland Timothy Long
(64, MS, geophysics) has retired from full-time teaching and research at Georgia Tech and is now doing consulting and writing papers. He lives in Jasper, Georgia.

David L. Haupt
(65, BS, geology) writes, "I retired after 26 years at Lawrence Livermore Lab in June 2001. Since then, I've been active in photography, collecting tobacco pipes, and generally goofing off. My wife, Muriel, is a very accomplished cellist. We have a house full of books and cats. I have fun pushing photo web pages to my website www.dlhaupt.com. I'd love to hear from old friends from the classes of 1965 and 66.

Joan Kastner (67, BS, math) reports that she is a law firm office manager in Littleton, Colo.


Daniel Hendry (71, BS, math) writes, "I am retiring from Lockheed Martin in Dallas-Fort Worth after 26 years as a Systems Engineer. My work in aerospace took me to Denver, Santa Maria (California), Cape Canaveral, and Texas. It's been an interesting career, but I'm happy that it's over.

"I started out at Tech in 1962 as a coop student and then went into the Navy after my sophomore year.

"I remember the interview I had with Dr. Workman when I left. The sly dog told me that I probably would not come back to finish what I had started. Of course I had to prove him wrong. My friend Jerry Brown and I returned in 1968 and graduated in 1971.

"Then for some strange reason I left graduate school and went back into the Navy. After another eight years, Jerry convinced me to go to work with him in Albuquerque for BDM. After about 18 months I went to work for Martin Marietta; the rest is history.

"I did finish my master's degree in systems engineering at SMU in 2006 (25 years later!) I don't seem to be able to do things the easy way. "

Gowri S. Kailas (71, MS, mining engr.) is the owner of Kailas Investments, LLC, a real estate investment and development company in Metarie, Louisiana.

Dr. Bruce Blevens
(72, BS, math; 75, MS, physics) writes, "My business partner and I have been toiling away at our new company, Antenna Development Corporation (AntDevCo - or for you Spanish speakers, TiaDevCo) in Las Cruces since 2005. I retired from NMSU's Physical Science Laboratory in 2006 and am learning about the cost of health care for a small business and how many different tasks the workers at a two-person company have to perform. Sales pitch: see us first for all of your low gain, narrow band spacecraft antenna needs! www.antdevco.com.

"My wife Geri and I have two daughters, both out of college and not living at home (the remittances helps them to not return to the nest!) "

Al Cooper (73, BS, geology; 77, BS, mining engr.) writes, "I took early retirement from Asarco after 28 years of service. My last position held at Asarco was environmental manager of the Mission Complex in Sahuarita.

"I have taken a new position of Chief Environmental Engineer with Freeport McMoran Copper & Gold Inc. PD Resource Management in Tucson Arizona."

Dr. Thomas Wellems (73, BS, physics; 73, BS, chemistry) received the 2007 American Society for Microbiology (ASM) sanofi-aventis U.S. Award. Wellems is Chief, Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Wellems has had an outstanding career in infectious disease, most of which he has devoted to the study of malaria and its treatment. Resistance to chloroquine, a popular malaria vaccine that was very successful in the 1950s, has dramatically increased death rates from malaria in Africa and Asia. Dr. Wellems was able to identify the chloroquine transporter and develop a diagnostic test, which has made serious impacts on malaria treatment. Among other important findings, Wellems has published in more than 100 papers.

After earning his degrees at Tech, he earned his Ph.D. in biophysics in the University of Chicago’s Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed his residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and his fellowship training at the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Joseph Milbourne (74, BS, metallurgical engr.) writes, "After leaving Tech, I managed to see a lot of the world, working in both operations and engineering companies. I have three great sons and a wonderful and understanding wife who has made life a fun-filled experience." The Milbournes live in Vancouver, BC.

Jim Cappa (75, MS, geology) retired from the Colorado Geological Survey after nearly 16 years of service. He has taken a new position as exploration manager, Colorado Plateau, for Ur-Energy USA, out of their Littleton, Colo., office.

Albert Morales (75, MS, metallurgy) is working in Dallas as a mechanical engineer for the Defense Contract Management Agency. He would like to hear from fellow alums at almorale@flash.net.

Fred Bingham III
(76, BS, physics) works in industry as an application specialist, answering technical questions and performing sizing on valves and regulators in industry. He represents Fisher Controls International (Emerson Process Management).


Catherine French (82, BS, mining engr.) writes, "I moved to my home -- south central Kansas -- and now work in the manufacturing sector. It was time to leave Los Alamos, and I moved to be closer to my relatives and help out. My current position is a quality engineer for Agco, an agricultural equipment manufacturer in Hesston. It provides a lot of diversity in parts to review and working with vendors all over the world. I also brought my small airplane here to south central Kansas, where it is very aviation-friendly and there are more independent aircraft builders. Miss the close availability of green chile here, but recently we had some Hatch chile brought in boxes here for us to roast (progress even in Kansas!)

Any Techies interested in contacting me can do so at: catherineafrench@hotmail.com."

Robert Winn (83, BS, metallurgical engr.) is manager at Vesuvius USA, a large refractory supplier for the steel industry, located in Pueblo, Colo. His oldest son, Logan, is a freshman at New Mexico State. His other son, Sam, is a senior at Socorro High School.

Dr. Aileen O'Donoghue (87, MS, physics; 89, Ph.D., physics) is the author of the newly released book The Sky is Not a Ceiling, the story of her personal spiritual journey, published by Orbis Books.


Lisa (Spanks) Noell (92, BS, math; 92, BS, engineering science) writes, "My husband Alan and I recently welcomed our second child and second daughter. Jessica Lacy Noell was born on May 10, 2006 in Fort Worth, Texas, and placed in our arms on May 15, 2006. She joins her sister, Sydney Elizabeth Noell, who was born on June 19, 2002 in Grapevine, Texas. We have resided in the same home in Grapevine, Texas since October 1997.

"I recently celebrated my eleventh year with American Airlines, which includes 11 years of amazing and very fortunate travel stories! Alan has been with Terracon, an environmental consulting firm, since January 2006 and somehow has yet to grow tired of hiking around landfills. It's hard to believe that it's been nearly 17 years since I left Socorro and New Mexico Tech. We hope to return for 49ers in the very near future."

Greg Schwarz (92, BS, physics) and Karen (West) Schwarz (91, BS, physics) live outside of Philadelphia with their two daughters. Greg works for the American Astronomical Society with their professional journals. Karen teaches astronomy at West Chester University and is the planetarium director there.

Diana "Space" Griffin (93, BS, physics; 93, BS, engineering science) writes, "After I graduated, it took me about a year and a half to find a job (nobody needed astronomers for anything) so I wound up working for lots of small defense contractors in Albuquerque. I moved to Las Cruces in 1999 to work for Technical Solutions, Inc. in El Paso, then I went to Chicago in 2002 to work for an avionics company as a weapon systems analyst (the math you do to figure out where things go in outer space is the same math that you do to figure out where bombs, rockets, missiles, bullets, etc., go when you shoot them from ships or airplanes). After I got laid off in 2004 I went to Boston as a contractor for Raytheon, then Eglin AFB, then Honeywell in Phoenix. I just moved to Houston to work for Jacobs Engineering ESCG as a spacecraft trajectory analyst for the Orion CEV project doing numerical analysis for proposed manned lunar missions and I’m currently working out of the Flight Mechanics Laboratory at the NASA Johnson Spacecraft Center in Houston.

"I never thought I'd ever get to work for NASA. Qapla! (Success in Klingon.)

Kevin Healy (93, BS, physics) and Anne Cedergren-Healy (93, BS, biology) announce the birth of their daughter, Cora Frances Healy, on June 8, 2007. Kevin teaches astronomy at Mesa Community College and Anne teaches microbiology at Scottsdale Community College. The Healys make their home in Tempe, AZ.

Stephen Smoogen (94, BS, astrophysics) sent an update to his notice. See People You Know, Nov. 2007 to Feb. 2008.

Tim Schwilm (95, BS, Materials Engineering; 97, MS, Materials Engineering) works for Vought Aircraft Industries in Dallas as a senior process control engineer in composite bonding of large aerostructures.

Chris Zimmer (95, BS, geological engr.) works for Rockwell Petroleum (Sheridan, Wyoming area), where he in charge of putting in their second underground oil mine, which is a new technology for efficient and environmentally conscious oil production. Previously, Chris assisted with the development of Rockwell's first underground oil mine in Greybull, Wyoming.


Aaron Saenz (00, BS, technical communication) reports that San Gabriel Valley Pride, an organization he co-founded, received a congressional commendation in 2007, the only pride organization to have done so.

Jon Steven Raugust
(03, MS, mining engr.) is a project engineering geologist and New Mexico mining lead with URS Corporation in Albuquerque.

Nicole Ramig-Lund
(04, BS, physics) was married to Aaron Lund (03, BS, CS; 05, BS, EE; 05, BS, math) on Dec. 30, 2006. Aaron is a software engineer for Lockheed-Martin and Nicole is a graduate student in the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. They live in Cambridge, Mass.

Dr. Sue Schrader (04, Ph.D., petroleum engr., 87, BS, math) is putting the skills she learned at Tech to good use. According to MyWestTexas.com, she is offering a belly dancing class at University of Texas of the Permian Basin. She conducts the free class on Fridays to help people unwind after a long week. Next time you're in Odessa on a Friday afternoon, drop in!

Maria Elena Talache-Prager
(04, BS, biology) and Aaron Prager (03, BS, electrical engr.; 03, BS, computer science) were married on September 8, 2007 at San Felipe de Neri Church in Albuquerque, surrounded by 450 of their closest friends (many from Tech!) and family. Maria writes, "We honeymooned in Alaska, and currently reside in South Bend, Indiana, while Aaron is finishing up his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Notre Dame University."

Tiffany Tadano
(06, BS, mgt.) and Tyson Gobble (06, BS, mgt.) were married on August 6, 2007, in Durango. Tyson is working on his master's degree at Tech in engineering management and Tiffany works in the office of Dr. Duane Beers in Socorro.

Patricio Pino
(07, BS, electrical engr.) writes, "I just started my new job with the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAV AIR or NAWCWD) as an electronics engineer in Point Mugu, California. It's located on the coast about 50 miles northwest of LA. I'm living in Camarillo, about 9 miles away from the base."