Board of Directors

Tito Busani, President, Chair

Dr. Busani is a Research Associate Professor, Nanofab manager, University of New Mexico
Tito Busani worked as process engineer at STMicroelectronics at and as research engineer at IMEC prior earning a doctoral degree in Physics and nano materials at the University of Grenoble in France with distinction. His topic of study was on the high k materials and gate oxides. He continued to work on MOSFETs transistors reliability and memories during his post doc funded by the AFRL. He joined the University of New Mexico in 2013 as a research faculty and he is also the nano fab manager at the Center for High Technology Materials (CHTM). In the past 5 years his research focus is on energy materials and wide bandgap materials. Particularly he has worked on tip metrology and tip lithography and imaging as well on photovoltaic and thermoelectric. His current research interest is 1D nanostructured materials, near field spectroscopy, nano lasers and nano membranes, and their integration into multi-functional devices

Ganesh Balakrishnan

Dr. Ganesh Balakrishnan is an Associate Professor and Regents’ Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico. He is also the Associate director for the center for high technology materials (CHTM) and the Chair of the Optical Science and Engineering graduate program at UNM. He was the associate chair of the ECE department from 2013 – 2017. His area of expertise is in the development of semiconductor electronic and optoelectronic devices and semiconductor crystal growth using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). His specific focus has been on high power lasers including vertical external cavity surface emitting lasers (VECSELs) and photonics crystal cavity surface emitting lasers (PCSELs). His research interests also include metamorphic buffer technologies, antimonide semiconductors, epitaxial quantum dots, photovoltaic devices, advanced materials characterization using electron microscopy and failure analysis of semiconductor devices in electromagnetic and nuclear radiation environments. Dr. Balakrishnan has published ninety-eight peer reviewed journal articles, fifty-six conference proceedings and has given over forty conference presentations (five invited). He is on the program committee for several conferences including the electronics materials conference (MRS-EMC), IEEE Photonics Society Conference, the North American MBE conference (NAMBE), the International MBE conference, the Rio Grande Symposium for Advanced Materials (RGSAM) and the Indium Phosphide and related materials conference (IPRM). He was the program chair for NAMBE in 2012 and 2017.

Robert Balch

Dr. Robert Balch is the Director of the Petroleum Recovery Research Center located on the campus of New Mexico Tech. At the university he also holds Adjunct Professor positions in Petroleum Engineering and Geophysics and has been research advisor to more than 45 graduate students. During his 22 years at the PRRC he has been principal Investigator on a range of enhanced oil recovery, intelligent systems, and environmental projects, with a focus on developing and applying solutions to problems at many scales using geological, geophysical, and engineering data. Dr. Balch is the Principal Investigator of the Southwest Partnership on Carbon Sequestration, which is currently performing a DOE funded demonstration project where 1,000,000 metric tonnes of anthropogenic CO2 is being injected for combined storage and enhanced oil recovery into a mature waterflood in North Texas. During the course of his work he has published more than 48 papers, is a frequent invited speaker, and has presented his research at more than 100 meetings or events, in 2017 he was selected as a  Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers on the topic of CO2 storage during enhanced oil recovery. Dr. Balch held an appointment as an Oil Conservation Commissioner for the State of New Mexico between June of 2011 and December of 2018.

Diane Burke

Diane Burke is CEO of Burke & Associates LLC providing consulting, coaching and facilitation in strategic analysis, workforce/economic development and leadership development. In her previous positions at Central New Mexico Community College she was the Dean of Applied Technologies for programs in transportation, manufacturing, construction and mechanical trades, design and apprenticeships; as the Dean of Workforce and Economic Development  providing training to organizations investing in employees to stay competitive with upskilling and credentials; and as Executive Director of Global Education a strategic initiative to establish a global education office to provide local  students with global education competencies and attract new international students to the college. Diane has worked with Sun Microsystems facilitating marketing boot camps for their marketing teams in the US, Europe and Asia; directed a network of 80 US offices of the U.S. Commercial Service to help businesses enter new markets; and developed international market entry strategies for companies in New Jersey. Her focus is working with organizations and individuals to improve their effectiveness, leadership skills and market position. Ms. Burke has an MBA and a BA Psychology from Rutgers University. She serves on the boards of the NM Energy Manufacturing Consortium and the Sandia Science and Technology Development Park.

Gail Cooke

Gail Cooke is a Clean Energy Project Manager for the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, Energy Conservation and Management Division. Gail was the co-lead in the development of the New Mexico Energy Roadmap, which was created through a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Energy.  Gail has 20 plus years of experience working in the areas of air quality and energy related planning.  Ms. Cooke holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from Texas A&M University and a master degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech.

Jim Crimmins

Mr. Crimmins is the General Manager of CFV Solar Test Laboratory, Inc., a leading Photovoltaic product development and test lab in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  CFV helps clients bring their PV products to market and provides performance and reliability validation and certification services for PV modules, racking and tracking systemsPrior to his involvement in the solar business, Mr. Crimmins held executive positions in finance with Goldman, Sachs and Morgan Stanley.  He has also done advisory work for several Cleantech companies in Southwestern Colorado, including an electric car rental company, a biodegradable water bottle company, and a global clean water drinking foundation. Mr. Crimmins received a B.A. in Economics from Yale College in 1983, and an M.S. in Physics from Harvard University in 1987.  Read more at

Patricia Sullivan

Dr. Patricia A. Sullivan serves as Director for Strategic Initiatives and Associate Dean for Outreach and Recruitment in the College of Engineering.  With over 34 years’ experience at NMSU, Dr. Sullivan provides direction for advancing system-wide strategic initiatives as well as directing statewide engineering extension and outreach and recruitment programs under the College’s Engineering New Mexico Resource Network. Dr. Sullivan serves as Co-PI for a NSF INCLUDES pilot grant to broaden participation in STEM, was the institutional co-lead for the NSF Pathways to Innovation cohort led by Stanford University, and is PI for EPA and USDA grants to advance adoption of energy efficiency and pollution prevention best practices by business and industry statewide. Additionally, Dr. Sullivan serves on a variety of regional, state and local boards and commissions where she is regarded for her professional and visionary leadership.  Having served for over 13 years on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), she currently serves as Past-Chair of the Commission. She is also a member of the board of directors for Enchantment Land Certified Development Company (a program that certifies SBA 504 loans in support of economic development), and serves on the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority’s Tax Allocation Committee.  She has received the NM Distinguished Public Service Award, the Outstanding MAESstro Bravo Award from the national MAES organization, was named a Women of Influence by Albuquerque Business First, was named Energy Executive of the Year by the NM Association of Energy Engineers and is a graduate of the Leadership New Mexico program. Most recently, she was elected to the Board of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) College Industry Partnership Division for a three-year term.