People You Know, Jan. - June 2006


Joe Kmeck (72, BS, geology) writes, "Pioneer Natural Resources transferred me from Irving, Texas, to Denver, Colo., in March 2006. I had been working Gulf of Mexico exploration and am now working exploration and unconventional resource development in the Uinta/ Piceance Basin."

Kenneth Meaders (74, BS, math) writes "After being in Nevada and California for five years each, my wife Linda and I moved back to New Mexico, where I took a computer job in Santa Fe. Happy to be back home! Fellow alumni might remember Linda as the secretary for Geology and Geoscience and for Science Fair while I was a student."


S. Luke Jones (84, BS, computer science) received his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary on Saturday, May 13, 2006. The Master of Divinity is a three-year graduate degree that is the basic professional degree for ministry.

John Hingtgen (85, BS, geology) writes, "After doing an M.S. at the University of Wisconsin specializing in wind energy generation, I took a position with the California Energy Commission working in the Renewables Office. My work there focuses on programs to develop large renewable energy generation in California and neighboring states that are connected through the regional power grid.

"I enjoy different types of folk and social dances in my free time, such as Scandinavian folk, Scottish country, and contra dance. On weekends, I like to explore the Sierra Nevada and northern California.

"People can reach me at: jhingtge@energy.state.ca.us."

Gregory S. Sadowski, (86, BS, petroleum engr.) writes "I recently received Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS) certification through the Society of Tribologist and Lubrication Engineers (STLE). I continue to be employed as a Lubrication Engineer for the ExxonMobil Corporation.

"My daughter Ashlee, who was born in Socorro and is now graduating from Temple University, will be joining me in June 06 for a pilgrimage back to campus and her birthplace. She selected this trip as her graduation present. We look forward to touring campus, hiking around Water Canyon, and a burger at the Owl Bar. Hopefully we will also see some old friends and teachers. Friends can e-mail me at gregsadowski@yahoo.com."


Garret Ross (90, BS, geological engr.; 92, MS, mineral engr.) and Gina (Age) Ross (92, BS, mining engr.) have a new baby girl as of February 2006. The proud dad writes, "Maggie Louise Ross is a beautiful healthy girl who loves attention, particularly after 11 p.m. Her brother Malcolm, who is now almost six, has quickly adapted to no longer being the only child.

"Life is good! Other news is that I have set a new personal record for staying put with one employer, after spending better than four years with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in Albuquerque. This seems to have paid off with a recent promotion to Chief, Water Operations Group over the Pecos and Upper Rio Grande Basins."

Craig Corey (92, BS, environmental engr.) has joined Kleinfelder, Inc., as business development manager of their New Mexico operations. Prior to joining Kleinfelder, Corey worked for an international environmental services and chemical logistics company. He has focused his energies on new business development and customer relation management activities. Corey holds a bachelor's of business administration from the University of New Mexico and is also a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (master's level).

Jim Bibb (93, BGS) is running for Attorney General of New Mexico. He received a degree in law from the University of New Mexico in 1996. Since then, he has been an asst. district attorney in Las Vegas, N.M.; an FBI agent; a lawyer in private practice in Santa Fe; an assistant U.S. attorney for the district of New Mexico, prosecuting federal crimes; and a team leader for the New Mexico National Guard in Afghanistan, providing medical helicopter evacuations.

Dr. Nik Chawla (93, BS, materials engr.) writes, "I was recently promoted to full professor of Materials Engineering at Arizona State University, where I've been for the past 6.5 years. My wife Anita and I are expecting our first child in early August. If anyone wishes to get in touch, my e-mail address is nchawla@asu.edu.


J.J. McGlasson (00, BS, petr. engr.) writes, "After working as a field engineer and district engineer with BJ Services for five years, I have moved on as a consultant with Ely & Associates of Houston. I still live in Roswell and work in the Permian Basin and Panhandle of Texas.

"My wife (Krista) and my daughter (Amanda) are doing great. Amanda just finished kindergarten. Their class motto was "Kindergarten is a zoo!!" And it was. Krista is working as a veterinary technician with a startup animal health center in Roswell. We both miss El Camino but will make it up there someday."

Lisa Peterson (04, BS, chemistry) and Jonathan Hudston (02, BGS) were married on July 9, 2005, in Los Alamos. They live in Pullman, Wash.

Stephanie Smith
(04, BS, materials engr.) and Donald Wenner (04, BS, chemistry) were married on June 24, 2006, in Tucson, Ariz. Stephanie is currently working for the U.S. Navy and Donald is a medical student at the University of New Mexico.

Joshua Link
(05, BS, information technology) and Jon Hill (attended early 2000s) have moved their company, iniCom Networks, Inc., from Socorro to Albuquerque. They specialize in providing forensic work to legal firms.