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Current Issue: March 17, 2003
Volume 38, Number 16

Engineering honors distinguished alumni

The UNM School of Engineering and the Engineering Chapter of the UNM Alumni Association have selected four engineers to honor at the 5th Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Friday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Albuquerque Petroleum Club.

Alumni who will be honored are Jack E. Bresenham (BS-EE, 1959), Victor J. Chavez (BS-CE, 1967 & MS-CE, 1968), Lorenzo A. (Larry) Larranaga (BS-CE, 1971 & MS-CE, 1980), and Raymond J. Leopold (PhD, 1973).

Bresenham, professor of computer science at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, S.C., is a native New Mexican from Clovis. Bresenham worked 27 years for IBM at laboratory and headquarter locations in California, New York, North Carolina, Italy and England before retiring in 1987 to teach computer science. Computer graphics is the work for which Bresenham is known. He holds eight patents.

Chavez, registered professional engineer/director of planning for the City of Albuquerque, is a founding partner in the Albuquerque Structural Engineering firm of Chavez-Grieves Consulting Engineers, Inc. In 1997, Chavez received the Engineer of the Year award from the New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers. The same year, Chavez received one of five ACEC/National Public Service Awards. He served on the board of directors for Albuquerque Economic Development and for Shared Vision.

Larranaga is the former vice president and managing partner, Bohannan Huston, Inc., Albuquerque. He has served in the New Mexico House of Representatives since 1995, representing Albuquerque’s District 27. A native New Mexican, Larranaga received the 1995 Engineer of the Year award from the New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers. He is active with many local boards.

Leopold, vice president and director of Technical Ventures Motorola Labs, Chandler, Ariz., is an “Aviation Week and Space Technology” Laureate and an inductee in their Hall of Fame at the National Air and Space Museum.

He is a 2000 recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, and a recipient of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Biennial Communications Award for 1998. Leopold holds 27 U.S. patents and more than 75 patents in other countries.

Only UNM degrees are noted here.