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Alumni Association Directors

Brett Wendt (President)
Russell Erbes (Vice President)
Louise Chamberlin (volunteer)
Robin Campos
Tom Dillon
John Dowdle
Tom Engler
Bill Guse
Charles Goodman
Kathy Hedges (volunteer)
Geza Keller
Linda Linden
Shasta Marrero, president of GSA
Richard Miller
Roger Renteria, president of Student Assn.
Paul Shoemaker
J. Eric Wilson

Louise Chamberlin (BS, basic sciences,’67; MST ’72) now serves as director of auxiliary services at New Mexico Tech. One of her current projects is construction of a new children’s center on campus.

Tom Dillon (BS, ceramic engr.’75; BS, metallurgical engr., ’76), currently vice president with Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure, is working on large proposals and programs for the federal government, including flood control projects for New Orleans, world-wide military construction and sustainment operations. His home in Sandy, Utah, is his eighteenth since leaving Tech, he said, spread over seven states and two foreign countries.

John Dowdle (BS, math, ’60) retired as a senior vice president after 30 years with Booz-Allen & Hamilton, where he also served six years on the board of directors. He is currently a partner in NODO Services, Inc., a management consulting practice focused on logistics and strategic planning. He is a member of the Business Advisory Committee at Northwestern University’s Transportation Center, and has served on the faculties of the University of North Carolina, University of New Mexico, and New Mexico Highlands University. He holds a master’s degree in economics from Carnegie-Mellon University, and was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow in computer-oriented mathematics at the University of North Carolina.

Tom Engler (80, BS, geology; 82, BS, petr. engr., 92, MS, petr. engr.) is chair of the Petroleum Engineering Department at New Mexico Tech.  He earned his Ph.D. in 1995 at the University of Oklahoma.

Russ Erbes (BS, physics, ’69) is president of the Colorado Chapter of the Alumni Association. He obtained a master of science degree in atmospheric science from Colorado State University. Russ is chief technical officer for Kleinfelder, Inc., an engineering and environmental consulting firm, responsible for the technical adequacy and quality of its consulting service, including career development for Kleinfelder’s technical personnel.

After working for 25 years in Colorado, Linda Gonzales (BS, math, ’65) and her late husband Leo retired to Socorro in 1987. Linda has taught beginning computers in the Community College, and continues teaching beginning computer classes for Literacy of Socorro. She is also president of the Socorro Chapter, American Association of University Women, and active in women’s health issues.

Los Alamos/Santa Fe Alumni Chapter President Charles Goodman is a member of the Class of ’74, with bachelor’s degrees in mining and petroleum. Head of Kokopelli Santa Fe Real Estate & Property Management, the largest property management firm in northern New Mexico, he also has a financial consulting practice at Morgan Stanley. Charlie is a partner in Denver-based Three Forks Resources, LLC, an oil and gas entity operated by president and CEO Scotty Smith (B.S., petr. engr., ’73).

A 20-year resident of Carlsbad, Calif., Geza Keller (BS, math, ’76) is president and CEO of his company, Infinite Optics, Inc. He is also involved in the Victor Saracini Endowment at New Mexico Tech.

Shasta Marrero, president of the Graduate Student Association (GSA), will complete her M.S. in Hydrology in Spring 2008, and plans to continue her research in cosmogenic nuclides in a Ph.D. program at Tech. She received her B.S. in chemistry and geology from University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her “spare time,” Shasta plays the trumpet, acts and sings, especially in local musicals. That’s how she met her husband, Nico. Within GSA, she is involved in the Student Health Insurance Committee and Research Conference planning.

Roger Renteria is 2009-2010 president of the Student Association.

Richard Miller (BS, petr. engr., ’67) also holds a master’s degree in Petroleum and an MBA from University of Southern California. He is an accredited senior appraiser with a specialty in oil and gas property appraisal. Following service with Texaco, Inc., James A. Lewis Engineering and United California Bank, he founded Richard J. Miller & Associates, Inc. in 1978. The firm provides oil, gas and geothermal property evaluation services. Richard is the author of a book section on oil property evaluation, and of numerous papers on petroleum property appraisal and the development of market valuation criteria.

Paul Shoemaker (BS, physics ’71) also holds a master’s degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He served in a number of positions in state government in Texas and New Mexico before joining Sandia National Laboratories in 1981. He currently serves as deputy chief operating officer of Sandia’s Nuclear Weapons Strategic Management Unit. In addition to promoting strategies and operational planning at Sandia, Paul has served as process consultant and facilitator on a number of assignments for the U.S. Department of Energy, and has designed and conducted planning processes for academic institutions, including Stanford University, the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Tech.

A Houston resident, Brett Wendt (BS, petr. engr., ’92), is a petrophysicist for ConocoPhillips in the Gulf of Mexico and Latin America. He is a member of the New Mexico Tech Petroleum Department’s Industry Advisory Board.

J. Eric Wilson is a 1999 graduate in materials engineering.  He works at the Naval Weapons Research Center in China Lake, Calif.

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