ACAGE Membership Committee

There shall be a Membership Committee of at least five (5) Active Members, one (1) of which shall serve as Chair, and said committee shall take such action as is necessary to comply with articles of these by-laws. At least one (1) Board member should serve on this committee.

Conrad G. Keyes Jr. (Mem Comm Co-Chair)

University Degree Current Employer
New Mexico State University BS 1959, MS 1961, ScD 1967 PdNWC @ www.pdnwc.org
Bryan Hoffman

Keyes & Lisa sent the 2016 ACAGE Voting form and Dues & Donations information to acage membership via email list around 1 June 2016. Both are involved with the work needed to get all the potential 2016 ACAGE initiates to Homecoming 2016 and all other functions associated with Homecoming 2016.

Rhonda Faught

University Degree Current Employer
New Mexico State University BSCE 1980

CAREER NM DOT, Bureau Chief, Santa Fe, 1992-1995 District One Engineer, Deming, 1995-2000 Adjutant Secretary, Santa Fe, 2000-2002 Cabinet Secretary, Santa Fe, 2003-present AWARDS/ORGANIZATIONS – APWA Top Ten Transit Officials; Past Board Member NM First; Past President, NM Chapter, APWA; AASHTO

Roy F. McKinney

University Degree Current Employer
New Mexico State University BSGEN 1973
Bryan Hoffman

Pete Mileta (Mem Comm)

University Degree Current Employer
New Mexico State University BSCE 1986
Bryan Hoffman

Pete Mileta, Jr., PE is a 1986 Civil Engineering graduate of NMSU. Born and raised in Raton, NM, (P.J.) returned to Northeastern New Mexico to work for both the NMDOT and the City of Raton. P.J. and his wife Wendi have a son, Dante and two daughters, Camryn and Madisyn. As Project Engineer and Construction Engineer for the NMDOT, P.J. oversaw the construction of numerous bridges including the FHWA award of Excellence Cantilever Bridge near Montezuma, New Mexico. The cantilever structure was the first cantilever bridge in New Mexico and is built within the historical confines of United World College Campus north of Las Vegas. P.J. also oversaw urban projects in Raton, Las Vegas, Springer and Clayton which were some of the first innovative contracts used in New Mexico. As City Manager and City Engineer for the City of Raton, Mr. Mileta calls the recreational improvements in Raton and the Sunshine Subdivision paving project his most satisfying projects. A combination of successful grants helped pave streets for the first time in one of Raton’s oldest neighborhoods. P.J. was active in the NM Municipal League and NM Self Insurers Fund serving on the Board of Director and as President of the Insurers Fund. A proponent of “youth and community involvement”, P.J. and Wendi are active in youth recreational and educational opportunities in Raton and NE New Mexico. As a volunteer coach or as School Board President, P.J. enjoys seeing kids experience success in the classroom and the athletic arena. Mr. Mileta is a lifetime member of the NMSU Alumni Association and has participated in various professional and civic organizations. Retired from public service, P. J. is currently working as a Consultant. Mr. Mileta is pursuing engineering and construction opportunities near Raton and as a CAGE member hopes to help NMSU recruit Engineering students in Northeastern New Mexico.

Chris Traina (Pres Elect & Mem Comm Chair)

University Degree Current Employer
New Mexico State University BSCE 1986, Membership Committee 2015 California Department of Transportation
Bryan Hoffman

I have worked in the Bridge Department for the California Department of Transportation since May of 1991. The past 20 years I have worked as a Supervising Bridge Engineer in the Toll Bridge Department helping to manage projects for a $10 billion dollar Seismic Retrofit program for all Toll Bridges within the State of California. Prior to joining Caltrans, I served as an Officer with the United States Army Corps of Engineers in Virginia and Germany from 1986 to 1991. I left Active Duty with the rank of Captain in April of 1991, and served in the US Army Reserve in the San Francisco Corps of Engineers District Office until 1999. My wife Polly and I have 3 daughters: Leah, Olivia, and Claudia.

William W. Kennedy

University Degree Current Employer
New Mexico State University BSCE 1969, MSCE 1971 Independent Consultant
Bryan Hoffman

My entire career has focused on the development, implementation and operation of large water and water recycling infrastructure projects, and as Program Manager for multi-billion dollar programs. Served as Home Office Director for the Iraq Reconstruction Program - Water Resources Sector, Deputy Program Manager for the City of San Diego's Clean Water Program, Program/Peak Services Manager for the San Diego County Water Authority. Director of Asset Management for Parsons and Project Manager for the EPA-awarded Strategic Asset Management Plan for the Orange County Sanitation District. Long-term commitment to professional societies such as ASCE (Life Member), WEF (Life Member), AWWA, and California WateReuse. Contributing author for several Manuals of Practice for these professional societies. Member of Sigma Tau and Chi Epsilon while at NMSU.

Kenneth Leitch (Mem Comm)

University Degree Current Employer
New Mexico State University BS 1995, MS 1997, Ph.D 2002
Bryan Hoffman

Quote “When you graduate, your education does not end. Continue to learn something new every day.” Professional Profile Dr. Leitch joined the West Texas A&M University Department of Engineering and Computer Science in 2009. He received a BSCE with Honors in 1995, an MSCE in 1997, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 2002, all from NMSU. He also holds an MBA (2009) from Colorado Christian University. Dr. Leitch’s research interests include the structural and transportation subareas of civil engineering as well as engineering education, sustainability, ethics, and computer modeling techniques. Dr. Leitch is a member of ASEE, ASCE, TBΠ, and Chi Epsilon and is a registered PE in Texas and Indiana and a LEED Green Associate.

Fabian Lopez (Mem Comm)

University Degree Current Employer
New Mexico State University BSCE 2007

Current Employer: Pettigrew & Associates, P.A. Business Address: 1110 N. Grimes Street City and State: Hobbs, NM Zip: 88240 Position Title: Engineer Intern Phone: 575.393.9827 E-mail: flopez@pettigrew.us Fax 575.393.1543 Description of Duties/Responsibilities: Engineer Intern I – Civil Project Designer. Responsibilities include preparing engineering plans, design tasks, engineering calculations, etc. Previous Employment Location Date USACE Cannon AFB, NM 2001-2007

Brad Weldon (XE Faculty Advisor)

University Degree Current Employer
New Mexico State University BS 2001, MS 2006, Ph.D 2008
Bryan Hoffman

Robert Fierro (Mem Comm)

University Degree Current Employer
New Mexico State University BSCE 2006

Celina Folmar

University Degree Current Employer
NMSU BSCE 2009 Pettigrew & Associates
Bryan Hoffman

Current Employer: Pettigrew & Associates Business Address: 100 E. Navajo, Suite 100 City and State: Zip: Hobbs, NM 88240 Position Title: Project Manager Description of Duties/Responsibilities: Currently, Mrs. Folmar serves as Project Manager for multiple projects as well as Project Engineer on certain projects. Her responsibilities include project administration, coordination with Survey Department and other design professionals, as well as project management and employee supervision. As Project Engineer, her work includes preparation of engineering design reports, grade and drain design, hydrologic analysis, infrastructure design, preparation of site drainage reports, design and construction documents, project cost estimates and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans. Responsibilities for construction administration include oversight of construction inspection, preparation of contractor progress payments, submittal review, preparation of change orders and project acceptance and closeout documentation.

Berenisce Smith

University Degree Current Employer
New Mexico State University BSCE 2009 MSCE 2010
Bryan Hoffman

Engineering is my passion, being an engineer was always very clear to me. I have had the opportunity to practice more than one engineering discipline. I started my professional engineering career as a Bridge Engineer in El Paso, TX. My main responsibility was to design and manage bridge projects. Then I became a contractor for The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). I am the Pressure Vessel System Specialist for the Propulsion Department at The White Sands Test Facilities (WSTF), located in Las Cruces, NM. I enjoy diverse engineering design and engineering project management. I grew up in Mexico, in Juarez, a city in the state of Chihuahua. From a very young age I was captivated by construction, roads, bridges, machines, etc. My father is a mechanical engineering contractor. As long as I remember he would take me to the job sites and explained HVAC designs, steel fabrication, and other construction projects. At age 10, I participated in a city program for elementary schools. The contest was to write about a problem we identified in our city. I wrote about the deterioration of roads. I explained that there were a lot of potholes, and road distresses. I stated that we needed a program to fix them. This letter was addressed to the former major of Juarez, Mr. Barrios. The price was to win a meeting with him to discuss the issue. I won one of the 10 spots and we talked about my letter. I graduated high school from a catholic school in Mexico. Then, I embarked in my journey to graduate as an engineer from an American school. I obtained a bachelor in science of civil engineering (BSCE) from The New Mexico State University (NMSU) with emphasis in structural engineering. Following, I completed a master degree in the science of civil engineering (MSCE) with an emphasis in structural engineering; also, from NMSU. College provided me with the engineering tools to apply basic principles and methodologies. These tools have been a great help in my engineering career. In 2011, I became an American citizen. My studies and persistence allowed me to successfully obtain a position as a contractor for NASA. WSTF is a NASA test facility. Duties include the design and evaluation of pressure vessel systems (piping and components) to meet NASA standards and applicable ASME codes; B31.3, Section VIII, Div. I etc., code calculations for relief valve sizing, ASME tank equivalency, perform interface analysis, finite element analysis, and structural evaluations. Additional work includes visual inspections of systems to determine critical issues and to determine appropriate course of action to remediate and meet code compliance. Although, I possess a strong designing and analysis background, I wish to broad my skills/knowledge. I believe that continuing education opens many doors. I will continue to strive to be the best engineer I can be.