Engineering Faculty and Staff
Sadia Ahmed, PhD
Chair and Assistant Professor
College of Engineering and Technology
Dr. Sadia Ahmed completed her B.Sc. degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. She received an M.Sc. degree in computer science from University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK in 1999. From 1999 to 2004 she worked as a programmer in Sanchez Computer Associates, Philadelphia, PA. She completed a second Masters and PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of South Florida, FL in 2014.
During her PhD, she received a grant from The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) to work in a naval underwater acoustic communication project. She was awarded a grant from Veterans Affairs (VA) to work with Ultra-wideband transceivers in determining the wandering behavior of Alzheimer’s VA patients in home setting. She also worked as the education coordinator in a local organic farm and as a teacher in the Hillsborough County Public School System, FL.
She taught physics from 2013 to 2016 in University of South Florida, St. Pete, FL and worked as a programmer in Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, St. Pete, FL for one year before moving to New Mexico. She was involved in volunteer work in the state parks, nature preservation efforts, local radio stations, and literacy programs in Florida.
Dr. Sadia Ahmed joined College of Engineering and Technology at NNMC in Fall, 2016. Her primary goal at Northern is to make a significant positive difference in the lives of minority students in shaping their career path in engineering and technology, and, in the process, help build local community toward a positive future while preserving local history, tradition, culture, and natural resources.
Steve Cox, PhD
Dr. Steve Cox was born in 1960 in Los Angeles to the daughter of a Missouri farmer and son of a Boston auto mechanic. Schooled at Marquette University in Electrical Engineering and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and New York University in Mathematics, he joined the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University in 1988 and the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine in 2004.
Dr. Cox held visiting positions in Madrid, Cologne and Nancy. At Rice, he was awarded six campus-wide teaching awards, served as College Master for 10 years, served as founding Director of the Rice Center for Teaching Excellence as founding Director of BrainSTEM (a weekly outreach program that pairs University Neuroscience student mentors with High School Apprentices) and as founding Director of the Gulf Coast Consortium for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience. He has published over 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals in Mathematics, Engineering and Science and coauthored the text Mathematics for Neuroscientists with Fabrizio Gabbiani.
Dr. Cox joined the Engineering faculty at Northern New Mexico College in 2016, intent on recruiting, mentoring, teaching, challenging and collaborating with students in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) fields.
Ashis Nandy is currently an Associate professor in the Department of Engineering at the Northern New Mexico College, Espanola, New Mexico. He has completed his doctoral research on Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells from the Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department at the Pennsylvania State University and will be receiving his PhD degree in summer 2012. He has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Jadavpur University, India and a MS degree in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India respectively.
After completing his BS degree Ashis Nandy was engaged in industrial work at Tata Motors, Pune, India. His current research interests include fuel cells, electrochemical systems, renewable energy systems, heat transfer, multi-phase flows and computational fluid dynamics. He has published his work in journals and conferences and has served as a reviewer for the proceedings of ASME fuel cell conference.
Michael Beddo PhD, Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Beddo received his Ph.D. (Physics, 1990) from New Mexico State University. He has held postdoctoral positions at Argonne National Laboratory and New Mexico State University. As an Assistant Physicist at Argonne, he was a member of the Polarized Proton Target Group, participating in a number of nucleon-nucleon spin experiments at intermediate and high-energy accelerators (Los Alamos, Saclay, Brookhaven, Fermi Lab). He was a member of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider Spin Physics collaboration. At present, he is a Senior Scientist at Data Ventures, Inc. in Los Alamos, NM. There, he worked for many years with the New York Mercantile Exchange developing statistical algorithms for the Exchange’s “Trade Practices” and “Large Trader” divisions who are concerned with compliance with established trading rules and regulations. Most recently, he is applying ideas from “Reservoir Computing” for the forecasting of demand for a major soft drink bottler’s products, and developing a Bayesian probabilistic model for the merchandising of these products. Dr. Beddo has many years of experience using computers for solving science problems, especially in the fields of Monte Carlo simulations, machine learning, and non-parametric and Bayesian statistics.
Rick Byrne, MBA (MIS), Adjunct Faculty
Mr. Byrne is currently serving as Acting Division Director for Enterprise Services for the Department of Information Technology for the State of New Mexico. His prior experience includes: Director of Information Systems and Computer Services for the College of Santa Fe (1998-2003); IT Bureau Chief, Financial Systems and Applications, for the New Mexico Highway Department; Information Technology Director of the New Mexico Municipal League (1993-1998). Mr. Byrne has written and implemented several information systems including the Elderly and Disabled System and numerous utility billing programs. Mr. Byrne started his career in computer information systems at Sandia National Laboratories in 1975 where he worked for 13 years.
Tom Garcia, PhD
In addition to serving the students of NNMC as an Adjunct Faculty Member in the College of Engineering, Dr. Garcia is President and CEO of Tactical Advantage Group, Albuquerque, NM. During his career in the private sector, Dr. Garcia served in the following senior executive positions: Deputy Laboratory Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM; President, CEO and Major Share Owner of L&M Technologies, Inc., Albuquerque, New Mexico; Vice President and CEO of U S WEST Communications, Inc., New Mexico and Arizona Operations, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Executive Vice President, U S WEST Corporate HQ, Denver, Colorado; and Vice President Marketing, Graviton, Inc., La Jolla, California. Most recently Dr. Garcia served as Executive Vice President of Northern New Mexico College. Dr. Garcia earned his Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership and Institutional Learning from the University of New Mexico; his Masters in Business Administration Degree from the University of Denver; and two undergraduate Engineering Degrees from New Mexico State University.
Vishal Mehta is currently teaches online in the College of Engineering and Technology at Northern New Mexico College, Española, New Mexico. Prior to coming to Northern, Dr. Mehta was at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado, conducting photovoltaic research as a postdoc. Vishal has MS and PhD degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He earned his BE degree in Metallurgy from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India.
His current research interest includes renewable energy, materials processing, instrumentation, semiconductor devices and STEM Education. He has published his work in journals and conferences and has served as a reviewer for the International Journal of Photoenergy. Prior to his academic experience, Dr. Mehta was engaged in industrial work at Keystone Valves (I) Pvt. Ltd and Birla Copper in India.
Raul Peralta received his BSc degree in Electronic Engineering from San Agustin National University in Arequipa, Peru, in 1993. In the following years he worked for public institutions and private companies in Pucallpa and Lima, Peru. In 1998, he started to pursue his MSc degree in Computer Science at the Pontificial Catholic University of Peru in Lima.
After he earned his degree in 2000, he started to work as a professor in private Universities in Arequipa. He won a Fulbright Scholarship that allowed him to get a MSc degree in Computer Engineering from The University of New Mexico in 2007. His research interest are Wireless Sensor Networks, NetFPGA, Ad Hoc Networks and Operating Systems. Since march 2012, he is a member of the Department of Engineering at Northern New Mexico College, Española, New Mexico.