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The University of New Mexico School of Engineering is seeking nominations for its 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Awards will be given out to alumni from each of the school’s six departments, plus a young alumni award, which can be from any department in the school.
The deadline for nominations is Sunday, May 15, 2016. Nominations can be submitted via an online form.
The award celebration will take place in Albuquerque on September 22.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest recognition of outstanding lifetime achievement for School of Engineering alumni. The following individuals are past recipients of the School of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award.
For more information regarding the event, table sponsorships or to request invitations by ticket only, contact Courtney Holmes at (505) 277-0664 or email@example.com.
Dana Wood, who earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from UNM, had a passion for the School of Engineering. His passion will live on through a $150,000 endowed gift that will benefit student scholarships.
Dana, a native of Gallup, New Mexico, worked for Bohannon Huston Engineering as his first job out of college. He had a lifelong passion for computers, which was put to good use when Bohannon Huston started a spinoff company called Diginetics that developed one of the first CAD programs for civil engineering. Dana helped write the software that was sold to other engineering firms in the United States. He eventually rose to lead the company.
Later, Dana developed a software called PowerMerge, which would sync a user’s files on different computers before the Internet and “cloud” were pervasive. Dana and associates also started a company called Leadertech, which had offices in Albuquerque and Los Angeles.
Dana’s three siblings are also loyal Lobos. Doug Wood, a School of Engineering civil engineering alum, is retired after a successful career with Hewlett-Packard. Charlene (Dolly) Delaunay, Dana’s sister, also graduated from UNM and has retired from her teaching career in Wyoming. John Wood, PhD is a Mechanical Engineering Professor who directs the Manufacturing Training and Technology Center at UNM’s School of Engineering.
Dana fought a long battle with cancer, passing away in 2013. Although he searched the world for cures, he felt the best care he could get was at the UNM Cancer Center. The Estate of Dana Wood also provided a gift to the UNM Cancer Center to support a chair of clinical research.
We appreciate all that Dana accomplished in his life, and we thank his family for honoring Dana through these gifts.
Constance Kimberly, the wife of late School of Engineering alumnus Peter C. Kimberly, recently made a $5,000 donation to the School’s Excellence Fund in honor of her husband.
Peter Kimberly received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from UNM in 1960. He went on to become the founder and CEO of LPK Industries in California. Peter passed away in April 2014.
Donations to the School of Engineering Excellence Fund support projects and programs in the School that have the greatest need.
The School of Engineering greatly appreciates Constance’s tribute in memory of her late husband. Her kind generosity will have a great impact on the School and its programs.
10-15-15-Marion M. Cottrell, 86, of Albuquerque, died Oct. 13. He was a professor in the UNM Department of Civil Engineering from 1960 to 1994.
He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering from UNM. After additional studies at University of California, Berkeley, he began his tenure as a professor of civil engineering at UNM.
He was an active participate in the UNM Faculty Senate for many years. Cottrell also served in local politics as an Albuquerque city councilor from District 9 from July 1974 to November 1981, serving as the president of the city council in 1980-81. He also was a mayoral candidate in 1981 and later served on the Bernalillo County Planning Committee, among others.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 17 at First United Methodist Church, 314 Lead Ave. SW, Albuquerque.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the UNM Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund.
See the complete obituary here.
The School of Engineering recognized the accomplishments of seven of its alumni during its Distinguished Alumni Award event on Oct. 15. The invitation-only event was held at the Embassy Suites, 1000 Woodward Place NE, Albuquerque.
The 2015 honorees were:
• Carol L. Adkins, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
• L. Wayne Brasure, Department of Nuclear Engineering.
• Michael E. Dexter, Department of Mechanical Engineering
• J. Charles Jennett, Department of Civil Engineering.
• James J. McNally, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
• Jeff P. Van Dyke, Department of Computer Science
• Young Alumni Award: Antonio E. Jaramillo, Department of Civil Engineering
Photos from the event can be found here.
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7-13-15-The nation’s largest national laboratory and New Mexico’s flagship university on Monday expanded their commitment to work together to help redefine the future of science and engineering for national security, partner on research and jointly recruit top researchers.
Sandia National Laboratories President and Director Paul Hommert and University of New Mexico Provost Chaouki Abdallah signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a Strategic Alliance at UNM’s Centennial Engineering Center.
“With this MOU, Sandia and UNM commit to a deeper relationship to strengthen both organizations by exchanging personnel, developing innovative joint research programs and educating the next generation of national security leaders,” Hommert said.
UNM President Robert G. Frank said, “In research, as in real estate, location is key! Not many research universities have a national lab as their neighbor, but we do,” said “This agreement with Sandia Labs strengthens that close working partnership and pools our intellectual resources.”
12-16-14-Robert J. Stamm, a successful local civil engineer and strong supporter of the University of New Mexico School of Engineering, died Sunday, Dec. 14, in Albuquerque. He was 93.
Stamm was an Albuquerque native and received a bachelor of science degree in from the Department of Civil Engineering in 1942. In 1946, Bob was hired by the construction contracting firm of O.G. Bradbury, just after he had completed a tour of duty as an engineering officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II. His active duty service included training at the U.S. Naval Academy in naval architecture. He retired from the U.S. Naval Reserves with the rank of commander.
Through the years, the firm of Bradbury Stamm Construction Company became a major force in New Mexico’s construction industry. Once called O.G. Bradbury Contractor, in 1958, the firm changed its name to Bradbury & Stamm Construction Co. Inc. (dropping the “&” in 1997), with Stamm as its vice president. In 1974, Stamm became president, chairman of the board and chief operating officer of the company. He retired in 1999 as chairman emeritus. Today, Bradbury Stamm is the largest general contractor in New Mexico, with nearly $120 million in New Mexico contract gross billings in 2013, according to Albuquerque Business First’s list of general contractors.
**UPDATE: Thanks to the generous gifts by many alumni and friends this fund became endowed!
Mechanical Engineering Professor Richard Dove was well-known for his
leadership in the School of Engineering, but he was also highly regarded for his teaching roles in the classroom and in the laboratory, always putting the education of his students first.
Dove died in 2011. To honor his legacy, the former students and faculty
colleagues of Dove are establishing an endowed graduate fellowship in his name. Jack Little, a 1958 ME graduate from Farmington, New Mexico, is leading the effort.
“Honoring a great teacher is a very worthwhile cause,” Little said. Dove was a member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 1952 to 1975, serving as department chair 1964-68 and then as dean of the School of Engineering from 1968-1974. Dove focused his research on experimental stress analysis. In addition to directing numerous research projects, he was director of the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineering Research Laboratory.
Little took several classes with Dove, and he remembers him and the impact he made on his life through the years. To initiate the establishment of a graduate fellowship in Dove’s name, Little made an initial gift, and he has been working with other members of his class to fully endow the fund with at least $25,000.
The UNM Foundation is assisting him in this endeavor by reaching out to Dove’s former colleagues in Mechanical Engineering, Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as his former students.
Every year in March, the School of Engineering celebrates the establishment of new memorial endowments at an evening reception. Each individual who is memorialized is remembered through a biography presented by the department chair. It is our goal to fully endow the Dove Fellowship and celebrate this accomplishment on March 6, 2015.
To help make this dream a reality, please send your check made out to the
UNM Foundation, with fund #610195 on the memo line, to:
The UNM Foundation
700 Lomas Blvd. NE
#2 Woodward Ctr.
Albuquerque, NM 87102
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In 1960 close to seventy Sandia National Lab employees came to UNM Engineering to obtain their masters degree. The Technical Development Program, TDP, allowed them to work a half day at Sandia and a half day at UNM. Read about our Engineering Golden Graduates who were a part of this program.
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