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by Shawna Carter

SOCORRO, N.M., Aug. 15, 2005 -- New Mexico Tech recently announced the hiring of nine new faculty members for the start of 2005 fall semester at the research university.

Included in the group of new faculty are three women and three Hispanic professors. Dr. Gary Axen, Dr. Claudia Maria Dias Wilson, Dr. Thomas Duffey, Dr. Hector Erives, Dr. Kristine Harper, Dr. Raul Morales Juberias, Dr. Sharon Sessions, Dr. Glenn Spinelli, and Dr. Bixiang Wang were all appointed to full-time, tenure-track positions at New Mexico Tech.

Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Science Dr. Gary Axen is a former resident of Los Angeles, where he taught in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of California at Los Angeles. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in geology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and his Ph.D. in philosophy and geology from Harvard University.

Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Dr. Claudia Maria Dias Wilson is a former resident of Tallahassee, Florida, where she was a graduate student and research assistant under Dr. Makola Abdullah in the Wind Hazard and Earthquake Engineering Laboratory. She earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in civil engineering from Florida State University.

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Dr. Thomas Duffey is a former resident of Tijeras, New Mexico, where he has been working as a consulting Engineer. He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from University of New Mexico.

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Dr. Hector Erives is a former resident of Lanham, Mass., where he was a consultant for the United States Department of Agriculture's Southwest Watershed Research Center in Phoenix and a lead calibration engineer for Science Systems and Applications Inc. He earned his B.S. in electronics and industrial engineering from Instituto Tecnologico de Chihuahua in Chihuahua, Mexico, his M.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso, and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University.

Associate Professor of History Dr. Kristine Harper is a former resident of Cambridge, Mass., where she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology. She earned her A.B. in mathematics from the University of California, Riverside, her B.S. in secondary education from Western Oregon State University, her M.S. in meteorology and oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif., and her Ph.D. in the history of science from Oregon State University, Corvallis.

Assistant Professor of Physics Dr. Raul Morales Juberias is a former resident of Louisville, Ky., where he was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Louisville. He earned his B.S in astrophysics from the University of La Laguna in Tenerife, Spain, and both of his graduate degrees from the University of the Basque County in Vizcaya, Spain.

Assistant Professor of Physics Dr. Sharon Sessions is a current resident of Socorro. She has been a visiting assistant professor at New Mexico Tech since 2003, and now joins the faculty at Tech as an assistant professor. She earned her B.S. with highest honors in mathematics and physics from New Mexico Tech, and both of her graduate degrees come from the University of Oregon.

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Science Dr. Glenn Spinelli is a current resident of Socorro. He has been a research assistant professor at New Mexico Tech since 2003 and now joins the university.s faculty as an assistant professor. He earned his B.S. in Earth Sciences from the Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. in Earth sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Bixiang Wang is a former resident of Lawrence, Kansas, where he was a visiting assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Kansas. He earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics from Lanzhou University in China, and he earned his M.S. in computer science from McMaster University in Canada.

 

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