ECE Alumni: Where are they now?

Durrani Brings Expertise in Space and Satellites to FCC

Dr. Sajjad H. Durrani, ScD EE, 1966, was named a 2007 UNM School of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus. He is a world-renowned expert in satellite communications who worked for NASA on the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System that is used as the primary relay for earth observation satellites, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Space Shuttle.

Durrani spent more than 20 years in government and corporate offices working on U.S. space and satellite programs. He taught engineering in Pakistan for 10 years and has served as an adjunct professor at George Washington University and the University of Maryland.

Dr. Durrani was selected in 2003 for a one-year fellowship as a special advisor to the Federal Communication Commission's Office of Engineering and Technology. Sponsored by the IEEE, the fellowship gave Durrani the opportunity to work with the FCC on issues related to network and wireless technologies as well as interference issues involving communications satellites in non-geostationary orbits.

PhotoDr. Delores M. Etter

Director, Caruth Institute for Engineering Education
Texas Instruments Distinguished Chair
Lyle School of Engineering Southern Methodist University, Dallas
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Ph.D. in EE, 1979

As director of the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education at Southern Methodist University, Dr. Etter—an IEEE Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Engineering—focuses on increasing the number and diversity of students who graduate from U.S. high schools with the enthusiasm and knowledge needed to pursue the engineering careers that are necessary for the U.S. to compete in a global economy.

Her research interests include digital signal processing and biometric signal processing with an emphasis on identification using iris recognition. She has also written a number of textbooks on computer languages and software engineering. The UNM School of Engineering magazine published a story about Dr. Etter in its fall 2004 issue, and Wikipedia maintains a page about her here here. Her contributions to the field of engineering include:

2008-present: Faculty, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science departments, Southern Methodist University 2005-07: Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development, and Acquisition) 2001-08: Faculty, ECE Department, U.S. Naval Academy (where she was the first recipient of the Office of Naval Research Distinguished Chair in Science and Technology) 1998-2001: Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Science and Technology) 1990-98: Faculty, ECE Department, University of Colorado, Boulder 1989: UNM Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs 1983-84: NSF Visiting Professor, Electrical Engineering Department, Stanford University 1979-89: Faculty, ECE at UNM

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Mulryan Heads Trembly Associates

ECE alumnus and UNM Presidential Scholar Gary Mulryan (BSEE 1987) is president and chief executive officer of Trembly Associates Corp., a manufacturers' representative headquartered in Albuquerque. With sales offices in Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Albuquerque and Denver, Trembly specializes in sales of industrial electrical and electronic products. While a student in the ECE Department, Mr. Mulryan was chairman of the IEEE Student Section, a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, and a member of the Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society.

John Paul Nicholson
BS CompE 1999
1952 Clearwater Loop
Rio Rancho, NM  87124
(505) 867-0824

Works for Raytheon in Albuquerque

David L. Papenfuss
BS EE 1987

2330 Palisades Dr.
Appleton, WI  54915

Manager of Design Engineering for Voith Sulzer.

Shah Reza
BSEE 1994

10656 Victory Blvd. #204
North Hollywood, CA 91606
(818) 506-4981

Alumnus Shah Reza works as a wireless network engineer for Leap Wireless in San Diego, Calif.; (March 2006)

Dr. Edward Tunstel, Jr.
PhD ECEatUNM, late 1990s

Dr. Tunstel works at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratories. A brief story is here.