Board of Directors

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Adrienne Widmer Photo

Adrienne Widmer President

Wyatt Kartchner Square

Wyatt Kartchner President-Elect & Membership Chair

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Chris Traina
Past President

Angela Valdez Photo

Angela Valdez Secretary

Jauregui Photo

David Jauregui, PhD Treasurer &
Department Head


Brian Burnett Photo

Brian Burnett Industry Advisory Board Chair

Gabi Apodaca Photo

Gabriella Contreras-Apodaca
Student Affairs Chair

Jerry Paz Photo

Jerry Paz
Faculty Affairs Chair

J P King Photo

J. Phillip King, PhD
Associate Department Head
Tabular Form of Board of Directors


Adrienne L. Widmer, NMSU BSCE 1991

CAREER Current – City of Las Cruces, Head of Water Resources Molzen-Corbin & Associates, 1994-present, Engineer & Project Manager for planning, design & construction administration of water & wastewater related projects US Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento, 1992-1994



President-Elect/Membership Committee Chair

Wyatt Kartchner, NMSU BSCE 2007

Upon graduation, he began his career at Molzen Corbin in Las Cruces, where he is currently a Vice President. Wyatt and his wife, Erin, have a daughter, Kinley, and son, Avery and continue to live in the Mesilla Valley. Wyatt has worked on a wide variety of projects throughout his career including; roadways, drainage, water, and wastewater projects. His recent and ongoing projects include I-25/Missouri Bridge, Valley Drive Reconstruction, I-25/University Interchange, US 285 Reconstruction, Anthony Waterline Extension, and Anthony Lift Station Replacement.



Past President

Chris Traina, NMSU BSCE 1986

Chris worked in the Bridge Department for the California Department of Transportation since May of 1991. The past 20 years he has worked as a Supervising Bridge Engineer in the Toll Bridge Department helping to manage projects for a $10B Seismic Retrofit program for all Toll Bridges within the State of California. Prior to joining Caltrans, he served as an Officer with the United States Army Corps of Engineers in Virginia and Germany from 1986 to 1991. Chris left Active Duty with the rank of Captain in April of 1991 and served in the US Army Reserve in the San Francisco Corps of Engineers District Office until 1999. He and his wife, Polly, have 3 daughters: Leah, Olivia, and Claudia.




Angela Valdez, NMSU BSCE 1986

Angela (Montoya) Valdez received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from NMSU in May 1996. Upon graduation, Angela took on a full-time position with the City of Las Cruces Utilities Division. Inspired by fellow graduates employed in the private sector, she moved to Albuquerque in September 1997 to pursue consulting. For the past 20 years, Angela has been privileged to focus on providing Engineering services for a range of communities across New Mexico. Other ventures have included design for projects in the states of California, Colorado, and Arizona. Her reward is knowing that she has served communities well and that her services have had a positive impact. Angela is grateful for the Civil Engineering degree and mentoring she received at NMSU – especially the support she received from Dr. White, Dr. McPherson, Dr. Idriss, Dr. McCarthy, and many other professors, graduate students and fellow Civil Engineering graduates.




David Jauregui, Ph.D., P.E.

NMSU: BSCE 1992, MSCE 1994

University of TX: Ph.D. SE 1999

NMSU Civil Engineering Department Head

Research Interests:

  • Bridge inspection
  • Proof and diagnostic bridge testing
  • Load rating of bridges and culverts
  • Finite element analysis
  • Virtual reality and close-range photogrammetry


NMSU CE Industry Advisory Board Chair

Brian Burnett, P.E., F.ASCE

UNM: BSCE 1978, MSCE 1980

Brian worked for TX DOT, UNM Engineering, and Albuquerque before taking a position with Bohannan Huston, Inc.  He recently retired from BHI as CEO Emeritus after 34 years in which he held numerous leadership positions. Brian led business development, planning, and leadership transition strategies. Brian participated in engineering, business, and community organizations.  He was involved in helping shape NM water policy and promoting the importance of infrastructure investments around the state.  Brian, and his wife, Celia, enjoy ministry work, taking care of grandchildren, and hot yoga.



Student Affairs Committee Chair

Gabriela Conteras-Apodaca


  • Present: NMDOT South Region Design Manager Transportation Research Board Panel Member, Washington D.C.
  • 2005 to 2012 (periodically): NMSU College Adjunct Professor and Guest Lecturer – Civil Engineering and Technology Departments NMSU and DACC Math Boot Camp Instructor



Faculty Affairs Committee Chair

Jerry Paz Photo

Jerry B. Paz




Financial Affairs Committee Chair


Associate Department Head

J. Phillip King


Professor and Associate Department Head in the Civil Engineering Department at New Mexico State University, where he has been on the faculty since 1990. Dr. King’s areas of specialty are water resources and agricultural engineering, as well as engineering management. His research focuses primarily on the water resources of the Rio Grande in New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, and the Republic of Mexico. I have also worked on STEM teaching, particularly for students with disabilities, and I am the Director of the New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation (NMAMP), a statewide program funded by the National Science Foundation, the New Mexico Legislature, and NMSU, aiming to diversify our nation’s STEM workforce.