Advisory Committee

John Balliew

John Balliew

President and CEO of El Paso Water Utilities, where he is responsible for all aspects of water, wastewater, stormwater and reclaimed water management for the greater El Paso metropolitan area. John has accumulated experience throughout the years by working on projects like the 50-year water resource plan, construction of the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Desalination Plant and implementation of a leak detection system that reduced unbilled water by 43 percent.

Jim Dickman

Jim Dickman

B.S.E.E. UTEP 1980, worked at IBM for 32 years. Jim held IBM technical and management positions in the development of the NASA Space Shuttle flight software system and performed the initial research and development on the NASA International Space Station on-board data management system through 1994. Jim also held IBM executive management positions in IBM Global Services focused on large company strategic outsourcing for major U.S. and European corporations through 2012.

Daniel Dominguez

Daniel Dominguez

B.S. & M.S. in M.E., UTEP - President and CEO of Flutec LP, a Design and Build Company dedicated to the business of industrial HVAC systems integration. Daniel has accumulated 33 years of experience in designing and integrating mechanical systems. He presently leads the R&D team for new products related to chilled water and hot water packaged central plants with cogeneration systems integration.

Gerardo (Ardo) Fuentes

Gerardo (Ardo) Fuentes

B.S. M.E. UTEP 1994; MBA from the University of Notre Dame. Ardo has experience in Automotive Engineering and is now working as a financial advisor with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Dallas. He also worked previously in the field of investment banking in San Francisco and New York City covering the Energy and Technology sectors as a bond analyst.

Hilda Galvan

Hilda Galvan

B.S. E.E. UTEP 1985, Juris Doctorate is now practicing as an intellectual property litigator and serving as managing partner of the Dallas office of Jones Day, an international law firm.

Bob Malone

Bob Malone

B.S. M.M.E. UTEP; MBA MIT – Former Chairman and President of British Petroleum (BP) America. He was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow at MIT and was selected as a Distinguished Alumni of the Year at UTEP. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of multiple companies including Halliburton, the second largest oil field service company in the world and Peabody Energy Company, the world's largest publicly owned coal company.

David Nemir

David Nemir

Was a UTEP professor of E.E. from 1987 to 1996. In 1996 he left to found X-L Synergy, a manufacturer of electrical shock protection products. He is currently CEO of TXL Group, Inc., an El Paso R&D firm that is developing thermoelectric semiconductors and related technology.

Mike Paganini

Mike Paganini

B.S. E.E. UTEP 1991, has over 20 years of music, engineering and product development experience and now working as Vice President of Engineering for Line 6, Inc.

Lawrence Pope

Lawrence Pope

is Executive Vice President of Administration and Chief Human Resources Officer for Halliburton, where he has global leadership responsibilities for Supply Chain, Information Technology, Human Resources, Real Estate Services, Corporate Aviation, Corporate Affairs and Security. He is a member of the Company's Executive Committee.

Jessica Townsend

Jessica Townsend

Ph.D., is associate dean and M.E. professor at Olin College in Boston, MA. Jessica has worked closely with UTEP faculty in creating the E-LEAD program.