New Mexico
Science, Education
& Economic Development

Project Team

The following are principal investigators & individuals that have made this NSF workshop series possible.

Steve Perry
UNM IT, Director of Networks, PI

Steve Perry joined UNM as the Director of Networks in October 2014 and has focused on the Regional Networks, both from an operational and strategic perspective for the University and the State of New Mexico. Along with the UNM networks team, has identified areas of improvement on campus wireless connectivity and is working to implement changes to improve stability. Prior to joining UNM, Steve spent two years with Cisco Systems, Inc., as a Senior Systems Engineer for the Southwest Territory, where he worked with more than 200 customer organizations to provide technology solutions for defined business needs. In addition, Perry is a part-time Networking Instructor in the Cisco Academy at Central New Mexico Community College, where he continues to teach after 12 years of service. He also spent 4 years as a Senior Manager and Lead Network Engineer for Sun Healthcare Group, Inc., supporting more than 600 locations nationwide, and a major Datacenter in Albuquerque, NM. Prior to that, he spent a career in the US Air Force, primarily running operational and high-speed research networks, and various IT/Communications systems for almost 23 years. Perry has a Master’s degree in Computer Resources/Information Management, and holds more than 15 vendor and industry certifications in Network Engineering, Network Design, Security, Service Provider, and Voice Communications.

Norma Grijalva
NMSU Chief Information Officer, co-PI

Norma Grijalva is a senior technology executive with over 25 years of diversified expertise in personnel leadership, technology infrastructure development, project management, data architecture, and telecommunications systems implementations. Through the use of information technology, she has improved the education experience for NMSU’s constituency. Grijalva is a leader with advanced technical and education degrees who has led networking initiatives and overseen improvement of technology-based connectivity for all educational institutions across New Mexico.

Joe Franklin
NMIMT IT, Director of Information, Technology and Communication

Joe Franklin is the Director of Information, Technology and Communication (ITC) at New Mexico Tech. ITC is a newly created department, consolidating several technology departments on campus. In conjunction with the ongoing strategic planning process, he is establishing an institution-wide direction for technology. The plan provides a robust and cost-effective suite of services to enable better education, research and support services. Franklin works with his colleagues around the state to advance technology in education and to provide improved broadband services to rural areas. He has had many roles in technology at New Mexico Tech, having been responsible for the maintenance and deployment of many systems over his 35-year involvement. Franklin, with others, was involved in the establishment of the management department and taught courses in the department for several years. He also participated in tertiary oil extraction research while at New Mexico Tech’s Petroleum Recovery Research Center, where he developed an automated experiment control system that controlled the operation of high-pressure core flooding experiments along with the collection of data samples and real-time analysis. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in General Studies from New Mexico Tech.

Piyasat Nilkaew
NMSU IT, Director of Networks

Piyasat Nilkaew is Director of Telecommunications, Networking, AV Tech, and Customer Support. He is a network engineer with 15 years of experience in network management and consulting, and has extensive expertise in deploying and integrating multiprotocol and multivendor data, voice, and video network solutions on limited budgets. He is an adjunct professor at the College of Engineering, teaching a course on advanced networking. Nilkaew has co-authored two books, Networking Essentials (3rd Edition) and A Practical Guide to Advanced Networking. He is a voting member of ARIN (American Registry for Internet Numbers), a network operations team member of the New Mexico Council for Higher Education Computing/Communication Services (CHECS), and a member of Leadership New Mexico. Nilkaew holds a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Richard W. Clement
UNM Professor and Dean of the College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences

Prior to joining UNM, Richard Clement served as Dean of Libraries at Utah State University from 2008-2014. Before going to Utah in 2008, he was head of the department of special collections at the University of Kansas Libraries and Professor of English. He edited the journal Mediterranean Studies, published by Penn State University Press, from 1987 to 2006 and the Association of College and Research Libraries journal RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage from 2003 to 2008. He has written two books on the history of American publishing: The Book in America (1996) and Books on the Frontier: Print Culture in the American West, 1763-1875 (2003). Clement serves as chair of the board of governors of the HathiTrust Digital Library, the executive board of the Western Regional Storage Trust, and is the past chair of the Greater Western Library Alliance. He has a BA in History and MA in English from UNLV, and an MA in Librarianship from the University of Chicago.

Karl Benedict
Associate Professor and Director of Research Data Services in UNM's College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences

Since 1986, Karl Benedict has worked in parallel tracks of research data management, geospatial information technology and archaeology. Previously, he served as Director of the Earth Data Analysis Center (EDAC), Research Scientist and IT Program Manager at EDAC, for the US Forest Service, National Park Service, and in the private sector conducting archaeological research, developing geospatial databases, performing geospatial and statistical analyses, developing web-based information delivery applications, and managing geographic information technology development projects.