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Engineering Faculty and Staff

ashisthumb160Ashis Nandy, PhD
Chair / Associate Professor
Full C.V.


Dr. Ashis Nandy is currently an Associate professor in the Department of Engineering and Technology at the Northern New Mexico College, Espanola, New Mexico. He has earned his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 2012. His topic of doctoral research was heat and water transport in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells. He has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Jadavpur University, India, and a MS degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India, respectively.

After completing his BS degree, Dr. Nandy was engaged in industrial work at Tata Motors, Pune, India. His current teaching and research interests include fluid-thermal sciences, electrochemical systems, engineering design, renewable energy systems, heat transfer, computational fluid dynamics, and engineering education. He has published his work in journals and conferences and has served as a reviewer for the proceedings of ASME fuel cell conference. Dr. Nandy had served as a Co-Principal Investigator of an NSF S-STEM project, and is currently serving as the Principal Investigator of an NSF IUSE project.

Sadia Ahmed, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department 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.

stevecox_160Steve Cox, PhD
Assistant Professor

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.

Bryan Malone, DCS
Information Engineering Technology

Bryan Malone accepted his doctorate in the field of software engineering from Colorado Technical University. He is currently serving as a professor of Information Engineering Technology in the College of Engineering at Northern New Mexico College. His primary interests are software engineering, object-oriented analysis and design, software testing and metrics, and scalable network design.

Dr. Malone dissertation research results were co-published in 2016 in the IEEE Transactions on Reliability on The Use of Security Tactics in Open Source Software Projects, Volume: 65 Issue: 3. He presented at various conference proceedings in 1999 on: Two Different Approaches to Online Course Offerings, League for Innovation in Community Colleges conference on “Information Technology” in Chicago, IL; Online Training Tools for the Internet in the Stop Surfing-Start Teaching National Conference: Teaching and Leaning Through the Internet in Myrtle Beach, SC; and Web-based Student Satisfaction Surveys for the New Mexico Higher Education Assessment Conference in Albuquerque, NM.

Dr. Malone has consulted the last 15 years developing secure in-house customized software systems, equipment specification, installation and maintenance. He has continually designed and implemented LAN/WAN configurations for integrated voice-over-internet-protocol systems. He has developed website and database warehousing integration, email services and support of secure remote user access to critical system components. He has integrated database design and development with front-end/back-end web-based applications to support multiplatform application program interfaces.

Dr. Malone brings over 25 years of educational experience including graduate-level development and delivery at Pennsylvania State University and Regis University and was course lead in Object-Oriented Analysis & Design 2001 to 2007. He has also provided Corporate Training on various Microsoft certification paths from 1991 to 1999. He has continually provided faculty and staff training from 1990 to 2003. In 2001 he received Faculty Special Recognition at Regis University. He was honored with Who’s Who Among American College Teaching in 2000 and 2002 at New Mexico Junior College and Colorado Christian University.

Tom Garcia, PhD
Adjunct Faculty

In addition to serving the students of NNMC as an Adjunct Faculty Member in theDepartment 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.

raulthumbRaul R. Peralta, MSc
Adjunct Faculty
Full C.V.


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.

Jorge Crichigno, PhD
Adjunct Faculty

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