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New Mexico Tech Welcomes Thirteen New Faculty Members

by Tiffany Chisum

SOCORRO, N.M., July 24, 2007 – New Mexico Tech recently announced the hiring of 13 new faculty members who will begin their appointments starting with the 2007 fall semester at the state-supported research university.

Included among the new faculty is a New Mexico Tech alumna — Michaelann neé Shortencarrier Tartis — as well as Corey Leclerc; Ingo Janser; Jeff Altig; Jeffery Johnson; Catherine Snelson; René Aréchiga; Anders Jorgensen; Julianne Newmark; Barbara Bonnekessen; Ranis Ibragimov; Nadir Yilmaz; and Andrew Budek. All recently were appointed to full-time, tenure-track positions at New Mexico Tech.

Michaelann Tartis, an assistant professor of chemical engineering at New Mexico Tech, is a former resident of Sacramento, Calif., where she was a graduate student and research assistant at the University of California, Davis, under Dr. Katherine Ferrara in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She earned a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from UC Davis and a B.S. in chemical engineering from New Mexico Tech. Prior to becoming a Tech alumna, she was a research assistant under Dr. Robert Holson in Tech’s Department of Psychology in 2001-2002; and, she was a research assistant under Dr. Don Weinkauf in the Department of Chemical Engineering in 2000-2001.

Another position of assistant professor of chemical engineering was filled by Corey Leclerc, a former resident of Montréal, Canada. Leclerc was an assistant professor at McGill University prior to coming to New Mexico Tech. He earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota, and a B.S. in chemical engineering, summa cum laude, from the University of Maine.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Ingo Janser is a former resident of Berkeley, Calif., where he was working on postdoctoral research under Dr. K. Peter C. Vollhardt. He earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Aachen, Germany, and a B.S. in organic chemistry from the University of Darlsruhe, Germany.

Jeff Altig, a new assistant professor of chemistry and director of chemical laboratories at Tech is a current resident of Socorro. He has been a visiting assistant professor at New Mexico Tech since the start of this summer semester, and now joins the Tech faculty on a full-time basis. He earned a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Oregon.

Assistant Professor of Geophysics Jeffery Johnson is a former resident of Durham, N.H., where he was a research assistant professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of New Hampshire. He earned a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Washington, and a M.S. in geophysics and a B.S. in geological and environmental sciences from Stanford University.

Catherine Snelson, an assistant professor of geophysics, is a former resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, where she was an assistant professor of geophysics at the University of Nevada. She earned a Ph.D. in geological sciences with an emphasis in geophysics and a M.S. in geophysics from the University of Texas at El Paso and a B.S. in geology from California State University, Hayward.

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering René Aréchiga is a current resident of Socorro. He has been a visiting assistant professor at New Mexico Tech since 2006 (having previously visited Tech in 1998-1999 and 2002-2003) and now joins the faculty ranks at Tech. He earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico, a M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Instituto Politécnico Nacional (México).

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Anders Jorgensen is also a current resident of Socorro. He has been a visiting assistant professor at New Mexico Tech since 2006, and now joins the Tech faculty on a full-time basis. He earned a Ph.D. in astronomy from Boston University, and B.S. degrees in both physics and chemistry from Aarhus Universitet, Denmark.

Julianne Newmark, an assistant professor of English is another Socorro resident. She has been a visiting assistant professor at New Mexico Tech since 2006, and now joins the Tech humanities department in a tenured-track position. She earned a Ph.D. and a M.A. in English literature from Wayne State University, and a B.A. in English and comparative literature from the University of Michigan.

Assistant Professor of Social Science Barbara Bonnekessen is a former resident of Kansas City, Mo., where she was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Missouri. She earned a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Kansas, a M.S. in sociology and anthropology from Purdue University, and a B.A. equivalent from the Institute for Ancient American Languages and Cultures, University of Hamburg, Germany.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Ranis Ibragimov is a former resident of Ontario, Canada, where he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at McMaster University. He earned a Ph.D. in applied mathematics and computational mathematics from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and a M.S. in applied mathematics and theoretical mechanics from Novosibirsk State University in Russia.

Nadir Yilmaz, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering is a current resident of Socorro. He has been a visiting assistant professor at New Mexico Tech since 2006, and now joins the Tech faculty full-time. He earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from New Mexico State University, a M.S. in mechanical engineering from Bradley University, and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Istanbul Technical University.

And, last but not least, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Andrew Budek is a former resident of Lubbock, Texas, where he was an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Texas Tech University. He earned a Ph.D. and a M.S. in structural engineering from the University of California, San Diego, and a M.S. and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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