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William Holcomb (1960)

Holcomb William BSCHE 1960 Current Employer: retired Career Discussion: Bill completed 26 years with the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps as an Engineering Officer. He spent 13 years at the National Institutes of Health and 13 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. From 1990 to 2000 he was the radiation safety training officer…
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Ken Dickson (BSCHE 1978)

Dickson Ken BSCHE 1978 Current Employer: Oklahoma State University Job Title: Adjunct Professor Career Discussion: Ken retired from ExxonMobil Development Company in July, 2015 after a 38-year career in oil and gas production. Ken graduated in 1978 from New Mexico State University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. His career started with El Paso Natural…
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Joseph Fronczek (BSCHE 2007)

Fronczek Joseph BSCHE 2007 (MS Physics, University of Houston, 2011) Current Employer: National Aeronautics & Space Administration Job Title: International Space Station Instructor Career Discussion: Trains NASA Astronauts and Flight Controllers on the thermal and environmental systems onboard the International Space Station, as well as emergency response. Conducts crew lessons and simulations to evaluate and…
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Tony Smith (BSCHE 1977)

Anthony (Tony) Smith BSCHE 1977 Current Employer: Albuquerque VA Medical Center Job Title: Medical Doctor (Urology) Career Discussion: Tony graduated from NMSU with a BSCHE and went on to obtain an MD degree at the University Of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. He completed a residency in urology at the University of New Mexico…
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Colin Cahoon (BSCHE 1983)

Cahoon Colin BSCHE 1983 Current Employer: Carstens & Cahoon, LLP Job Title: Attorney Career Discussion: The combination of Colin Cahoon’s legal expertise with a distinguished career in the armed forces enables him to provide clients with smart, technical legal counsel. As a partner in the firm, Mr. Cahoon concentrates his practice in patent law. Mr….
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David Seidel (MSCHE 1979)

Seidel David MSCHE 1979 Current Employer: Los Alamos National Laboratory Job Title: Emergency Management and Response Specialist 4 Career Discussion: Participates in the design, development, and maintenance of the Laboratory’s emergency planning and preparedness program. Provides outreach assistance to federal, state, local and tribal organizations with emergency planning and preparedness activities. Specific duties may include,…
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Robert Connors (MSCHE 1980)

Robert W. Connors MSCHE 1980 Current Employer: retired Career Discussion: I am a 1980 Masters Degree graduate who studied under Dr. Donald B. Wilson. My research was on Hydrotreating of a Lurgi Coal Liquid. At the time I was a Captain in the U.S. Army and after graduation I went on to complete a 22 year…
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Carlos Wendler (BSCHE 2001)

Carlos Wendler BSCHE 2001 Current Employer: Ascent Engineering, Inc. Job Title: Senior Lead Process Engineer Career Discussion: Provide process design and troubleshooting services to the oil refining, chemical processing, and alternative energy industries. This ranges from performing equipment surveys and reviewing operating data for diagnosing operating problems to generating complete process design packages for new or…
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Jerry Strange (BSCHE 1971, MSCHE 1974)

Strange Jerry BSCHE 1971 MSCHE 1974 Current Employer: Retired from El Paso Natural Gas Co. Job Title: Retired as Director of Marketing Career Discussion: Worked as Process Engineer in Gas Conditioning. We were responsible for designing, starting up, and trouble shooting gas plant facilities to purify natural gas for transmission in El Paso’s main pipeline…
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F. Naiomi Tapia (BSCHE 2006, MSCHE 2008)

Tapia F. Naiomi BSCHE 2006 MSCHE 2008 Current Employer: Victaulic Job Title: Environmental Engineer Career Discussion: Supporting liaison among Victaulic U.S. facilities and local environmental agencies. Research environmental regulations and applicability to Victaulic facilities. Facilitate development of facility environmental programs. Assess, manage, and implement necessary improvements to environmental programs. Develop and implement comprehensive training plans…
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