School of Engineering to honor 7 at Distinguished Alumni Award event

July 14, 2016 - By Kim Delker

The University of New Mexico School of Engineering is recognizing the accomplishments of seven of its alumni during its Distinguished Alumni Award event on Sept. 22.

The event is being held at the Embassy Suites, 1000 Woodward Place NE, Albuquerque. To purchase tickets, go to engineering.unm.edu/alumni/DAA.html. Those interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact Courtney Holmes at courtg@unm.edu.

The 2016 honorees are:

• Douglas M. Smith, a graduate of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Smith, of Albuquerque, received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from UNM in 1983. He is president and founder of NanoPore Inc.

• Rick L. Marquardt, a graduate of the Department of Civil Engineering. Marquardt, of Albuquerque, is chairman and CEO of Jaynes Corp. He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UNM in 1984.

• Rick D. Russell, a graduate of the Department of Computer Science. Russell received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from UNM in 1987. He is a software technical executive at IBM Software Group and lives near Fort Worth, Texas.

• Michael A. Rodriguez, a graduate of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Rodriguez earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from UNM in 1981. He is retired from a 25-year career with RR Donnelley and lives in Palatine, Illinois.

• Roger J. Koerner, a graduate of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Koerner received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UNM in 1968. He retired from a 40-year career with ExxonMobil in 2008 and lives in Montgomery, Texas.

• Jennifer L. Troup, a graduate of the Department of Nuclear Engineering. Troup, of Albuquerque, received her bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in nuclear engineering from UNM in 1992, 1994, and 2000, respectively. She is a manager at Sandia National Laboratories Discrete Math and Optimization area.
 
The Young Alumni Award will be presented to Jason W. Harrington, a graduate of the Department of Civil Engineering. Harrington received a bachelor’s degree in construction management from UNM in 1998. He is president and CEO of HB Construction.