Board of Advisors

  Current Board of Advisors

Name Affiliation Education Biography
Dr. Brian D. Cloteaux  Computer Scientist, Applied and Computational Mathematics Division, NIST  PhD, Computer Science, NMSU, 2007  Brian Cloteaux is a researcher at NIST studying the characteristics of real world networks such as the Internet, biological and social networks. Brian investigates new methods for modeling and measuring these networks, and works on finding efficient algorithms (including randomized, approximation and parallel methods) for the combinatorial problems that arise from this research. Previously, he worked at ExxonMobil in both computing and research capacities.
Dr. Gupta Gopal  Chair, Erik Jonsson Professor, Department of Computer Science, UT Dallas  PhD, Computer Science, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1991  Dr. Gupta Gopal is the Erik Jonsson Chaired Professor of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is the chief technology officer and co-founder of, Inc. He is also the co-founder and co-coordinator of COMPULOG AMERICAS, a network of research groups in the Western Hemisphere engaged in research on computational logic. He has been active in research for over 25 years mainly in the field of programming languages, software engineering, parallel and distributed processing and assistive technology. His work has resulted in over 40 journal articles and 120 conference and workshop papers.
Dr. Patricia Lopez  Senior Platform Applications Engineer, Intel Corporation  PhD, Computer Science, NMSU, 1989  Patty Lopez worked in the inkjet printing industry for many years as a specialist in the graphics software stack. She is currently at Intel where she works with customers to deliver architecture solutions for high end data centers and mission critical applications.
Dr. Srinivas Kankanahalli  CEO, clearAvenue PhD, Computer Science, NMSU  In his role as the Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Srinivas Kankanahalli (Srini) is responsible for clearAvenue’s technology strategy. Srini was a tenured Associate Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University and has held adjunct professorships at University of Maryland and American University. He also held technical leadership positions at IBM, Hewlett Packard, Department of Education. Srini has published over 60 original research papers in National and International Conferences and Journals on Artificial Intelligence, Distributed Computing, Computer Security, Software Engineering and others.
Dr. Melanie J. Martin  Professor, Department of Computer Science, California State University, Stanislaus  PhD, Computer Science,
NMSU, 2005 
Melanie Martin is a full professor of computer science and program director for the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation at CSU, Stanislaus. Her research interests include team communication and performance analysis, dialog modeling, natural language processing, information retrieval, machine learning, health informatics and student success.
Mr. Jesus Mireles  Technical Architect, USAA Insurance  BS, Computer Science,
NMSU, 2002 
Jesus Mireles heads the Service Oriented Architecture domain with responsibility for architecture governance, enterprise architecture, technology strategy and roadmaps for the entire enterprise.
Mr. Rob Sinclair  Co-Founder at Kokanee Systems  MS, Computer Science,
NMSU, 1997 
Rob Sinclair is responsible for the Microsoft’s global strategy to make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to see, hear, and use their devices, software, and content. Sinclair manages the accessibility strategy within Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing division, which focuses on integrity and responsibility in business practices.

Former Members of the Board of Advisors

Name Affiliation Education Biography
Mr. Benjamin Currier  Solutions Architect
Hewlett Packard Enterprise 
MS, NMSU, 2005 Ben Currier completed his BS at NMSU in 1999, worked for IBM Tivoli for several years before returning to NMSU for his MS. Since then he has worked for Sandia National Labs and HP Enterprise as an expert in large enterprise systems
Dr. Ann Q. Gates  Associate Vice President of Research, University of Texas at El Paso  PhD, Computer Science, NMSU, 1994  Ann Gates has been on the faculty at UTEP since 1994, also serving as department head. Her research interests are in the area of software engineering, particularly software fault monitoring and software specification. She is active in CAHSI, the Computing Alliance for Hispanic-Serving Institutions.
Mr. Rob Kelsey Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratories PhD, Computer Science, NMSU, 1998 Rob Kelsey works on software design and development for LANL’s physical system simulations that use massively parallel high performance computing platforms. Rob is also involved in building a software simulation asset library that will support multiple LANL applications.
Dr. Miroslaw (Mirek) Truszczynksi  Professor, Computer Science, University of Kentucky PhD, Mathematics, Warsaw University of Technology, 1980 Miroslaw Truszczynski is a professor of computer science at the University of Kentucky. His research interests include knowledge representation, nonmonotonic reasoning, logic programming, and constraint satisfaction. Miroslaw is Editor-in-Chief of Theory and Practice of Logic Programming. In 2013, Truszczynski was elected Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).