People You Know, July - Sept. 2007


Frank D. Carsey (65, B.S., physics) writes, "In 2005, I retired after a very satisfying career in geoscience that included getting a Ph.D. from UCLA in 1971. For my last appointment I was at Caltech for 24 years on a variety of positions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I had a great time working on NASA science, technology development and projects, mostly related to ice and snow on Earth and in the planetary system. I then moved with my wife, Dr. Susan Digby, to Bremerton, Wash., in the Seattle area where she teaches at Olympic College and in addition to being an old-age pensioner I am becoming a ceramic sculptor, rather slowly.


Michael Jaworski (71, BS, geology; 73, MS, geology) and his wife Mary (73, BGS) have relocated from Silver City, N.M., to Bisbee, Ariz., where Mike has been promoted to site manager at the Copper Queen Branch of Phelps Dodge. Since graduating from Tech, Mike has worked in the fields of petroleum exploration, coal exploration, gold mining, and conservation practices. The Jaworskis are looking forward to living in Bisbee.

Robert Bruce Kennedy (73, BS, mining engr.) writes, "I am currently working in Ely, Nevada, as vice president and general manager at Quadra Mining Ltds Robinson Mine. We are an open pit producer of copper, gold and molybdenum. At this time, there are three Tech grads working at our site: myself, Brent Anderson (72, BS, mining engr.) and David Pierce (82, BS, geology). Not quite enough for an Ely alumni club, but close. We have extended an offer of employment to a NMT geology major who plans to join us in February 2008. Maybe then we can start a local chapter."

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.

Christian Foster
(77, MST) has been named Purdue University's director of Discovery Park K-12 programs that focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. He has also been academic outreach coordinator and deputy assistant director for education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His wife, France A. Córdova, is the new president of Purdue.

Dr. Kenneth Ford
, former president of New Mexico Tech, is the author of the recently published memoir Flying. He provides tales from his own fifty years of flying light airplanes and gliders, and he profiles various aviators he has met along the way, people who impressed him with their passion for flying and who brought a special style to their love affair with flying.


Aimee Blanchard ('96, BS, environmental engr.) and her husband, Jayson Blanchard ('96, BS, environmental engr.) are currently living in Los Alamos and are both working at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Jayson received his certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) in 2006 and is a construction project manager in the Project Management Division. Aimee is an analyst with the International and Applied Technology Division focusing on energy security issues for DOE's Office of Intelligence. Aimee and Jayson have been back in Los Alamos since June of 2001 where they both initially worked as engineers for Adelante Consulting. Aimee moved to the Lab in March 2004 and Jayson in February 2005.

In recent years, Jayson has started competing in bodybuilding shows. He placed at several local shows and in November 2006, he competed in the heavyweight class at an all-natural drug-tested show in Houston, TX and won his class. He also qualified for a professional card with the National Gym Association (NGA) and will be competing in his first show as a professional natural bodybuilder in October in Baltimore, Maryland.

Aimee and Jayson still have four dogs but lost their beloved Calamity (Aimee's dog that she found at the beginning of her second year at Tech) in December 2005. Katie (Jayson's dog) is still around and seems to be doing great! They also have three relatively new additions; PeeWee (aka Monkey), Pumpkin (aka Pretty), and Bubbles (aka Bubs). No kids yet but they are really enjoying being Aunt and Uncle to Aimee's sister's new baby, Cody Hunter Thomas (aka Cutest Baby Ever), born in January 2007 (Aimee's sister is Angela (Partain) Thomas and her brother-in-law is Karl Thomas, both also NMT graduates).

Aimee and Jayson are proud to announce they will be celebrating their TENTH wedding anniversary on July 5th, 2007. They would love to hear from friends at akblanch@hotmail.com or jaysonbnm@yahoo.com.

Dr. Eric Heatwole (96, BS, math) has graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a Ph.D. in physical chemistry. He is currently doing a post-doc at Humbolt University in Berlin, Germany.

Gaylyn Yanke
(96, BS, business administration) is moving to the University of Arizona, where she will be the Assistant Director of Facilities Management. She has been at NMT nine years, seven of which were as business manager at Facilities Management, and two of which were at Restricted Funds. She also taught for seven years, mostly Managerial Accounting and Cost Accounting. She also served on the Alumni Board for six years in various capacities.

Dr. Rebekah Allen
(00, BS, mathematics; 03, MS, biology) completed her Doctorate of Medicine at the University of New Mexico. Her father, Dr. Matthew Silva (75, BS, Basic Science, 84, MS petroleum engineering) had the high honor of placing her doctoral hood at the graduation ceremony. Rebekah and her husband, Joseph Allen (03, BS, physics; 03, BS, mathematics) will be moving to Portland, Oregon in 2008 where Rebekah will complete her residency in ophthalmology. Rebekah was the Founder's Award winner in the year of her graduation.

Hector Rocky Jimenez
(05, BS, electrical engr.) earned his master's degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University in 2007. He has accepted employment with the Ford Motor Company, where he has been an intern for the past three summers.

Emily Fryer (07, MS, physics) and Craig Miller (02, BS, physics; 04, MS, physics) were married on July 14, 2007, under the Physics Tree on the north side of Workman Center. They live in Los Lunas. Craig is a scientist at Voss Scientific in Abq. and Emily is working as an adjunct faculty at UNM Valencia campus.