Alumni Connections

Lopez showcased by Brawny for strength, perseverance

New Mexico State University alumna Patty Lopez ’80 ’82 ’89 was one of four accomplished women in science, technology, engineering and math fields who were included in a new ad campaign from paper towel maker Brawny in honor of Women’s History Month.

Lopez, a platform applications engineer at Intel who holds seven patents, was among the first three women at NMSU to earn a Ph.D.

She remains connected to her alma mater, serving on the NMSU Foundation Board of Directors and several advisory boards at the university.

She is also a member of the Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions, a founding member of the national Latinas in Computing organization and a 2010 winner of the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference/Great Minds in STEM Community Service Award. Watch Lopez’s video at

Posted by webcomm_admin in Spring 2017

Music alum shares talents at his fourth presidential inauguration

When Gunnery Sgt. Douglas Quinzi ’02 ’04 graduated from New Mexico State University, he probably couldn’t have guessed he would one day perform at the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump.

It was Quinzi’s fourth inauguration since joining “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band as a French horn player in 2004.

“It’s a privilege to be able to make music for a living, and it is indeed an honor to do it while representing the men and women of the U.S. Marine Corps,” Quinzi says.

As he performs with the band around the country, Quinzi is also continuing his love of learning that began at NMSU by pursuing a doctorate of music arts at the University of Maryland.

“The faculty at NMSU definitely taught me how to conduct myself like a professional and how to prioritize practice and study,” he says, “but the most valuable thing was observing people working and succeeding in a career they loved.”

– Taylor Vancel

Posted by webcomm_admin in Fall 2016