Faculty Affairs Task Group

The functions are to review departmental practices as to faculty retention, recruitment, salary and sabbaticals, and to promote contractor/industry participation, professionalism/ registration and consider other items related to the faculty. The group (s) will consider and make recommendations regarding department curriculum, department goals, accreditation, short courses and seminars, engineering extension, research, and other items affecting the CE Department on the administrative level. A Task Group can be created for each program within the Department.

Augustine "Gus" C. Grace

University Degree Current Employer
New Mexico State University BS 1985, MS 1986
Bryan Hoffman

Augustine Grace, known to most others as "Gus", graduated from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering in 1985, and Master of Civil Engineering in 1986. Gus worked for one of New Mexico's largest engineering firms, Molzen-Corbin & Associates, for more than 10 years before embarking on his own private practice in 1996. Gus is currently the owner of ACG Engineering and Construction Management, an Albuquerque based engineering firm with numerous clients in New Mexico and throughout the country. ACG practices in the area of civil and water resources engineering, land development, forensics, structural, power transmission and distribution and a significant client base in construction management and project controls. Gus has been a Registered Professional Engineer since 1989; is a Certified Cost Engineer since 1990; and a Licensed General Contractor for nearly 20 years. Gus also has a thriving real estate portfolio which he manages for his family. His wife and him own a retail athletic store, Athletes Edge, which his wife, Susan, also a NMSU graduate (1988, Journalism and Marketing) manages. Susan and Gus have been married 21 years and have three children, Jordan (New York University, sophomore, Economics), Josiah (Rice University, freshman, Computer Science and Economics), and Daniel_Hanna (High School, freshman). The family enjoys a vibrant family life together, travels, adventures in several new business ventures, and an active community and church life. Gus is a member of multiple neighborhood associations, just finished almost 10 years with the regional Air Quality Board in Albuquerque, serving as an elder at his church, and other appointments he feels are important. The Grace family is proud of it's ties to New Mexico State University and is an recruiter and supporter of students going to their Las Cruces alma mater. Gus is looking forward to a more active role in working with the Academy to bolster the strength, reputation and success of the College.

Jorge A. Garcia

University Degree Current Employer
New Mexico State University Ph.D 1989
Bryan Hoffman

Nirmala Khandan

University Degree Current Employer
New Mexico State University Prof & Chi Epsilon Chapter Honor Member
Bryan Hoffman

Jerry B. Paz (Faculty Affairs Chair)

University Degree Current Employer
New Mexico State University BSCE 1983
Bryan Hoffman

J. Phillip King (Assoc Dept Head)

University Degree Current Employer
Colorado State University PhD New Mexico State University
Bryan Hoffman

Current Employer: NMSU Dept. of Civil Engineering Business Address: Box 30001 MASC 3CE City and State: Zip: Las Cruces, NM 88003 Position Title: Professor and Associate Department Head Phone (575) 646-5377 Description of Duties/Responsibilities: 1990-Present: John Clark Professor (2013) and Associate Department Head, Department of Civil Engineering. Tenured faculty member specializing in Civil (water resources) and Agricultural Engineering. Teaching includes graduate and undergraduate courses in computing, water resources engineering, irrigation and drainage, hydraulics, hydrology, geohydrology, hydraulic structures, construction, professional ethics, and engineering project management and economics. Research includes applied and basic projects on water use optimization, consumptive use, conservation, drought response, climate change adaptation, surface water-groundwater interaction, streamflow forecasting and river modeling, water resource planning and management, international development, and transboundary water issues. Principal Investigator for Reaching the Pinnacle, an NSF regional alliance aimed at recruiting and retaining students with disabilities in STEM fields, 2010-2012. Service includes university and professional society committee work, technical review of local water resources issues, curriculum development and administration, and advising graduate and undergraduate students. Sabbatical in 2009-2010 as Science & Technology Policy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, posted with the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA.