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College Announces Gold Nuggets, Homecoming Breakfast

The College of Engineering has announced three Gold Nuggets for 2010 - Juan M. Herrera, Ph.D., P.E., Jose F. Cardenas, P.E., and Tom Cardenas, P.E. Alumni and Gold Nuggets will be honored at the annual Homecoming Breakfast, which will take place on Saturday, October 9, at the El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center. The breakfast will take place at 9 am – coffee will be served at 8 am. For more information or to register for the event, visit

Juan Herrera
Juan M. Herrera,
Ph.D., P.E.

Juan M. Herrera, Ph.D., P.E. received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical and Metallurgical Engineering from The University of Texas at El Paso. He completed a Ph.D. at the University of Houston.

Herrera is the president of Herrera, Stafford and Associates, a consulting metallurgical and mechanical engineering firm in El Paso. The firm is highly sought in the US and internationally in the areas of failure analysis, forensic engineering, accident reconstruction, and mechanical design. In addition to HS-A, Herrera was founding partner and president of Met-Tech, a manufacturer and fabricator of industrial machinery and metal structures.

In addition to being a successful entrepreneur (Herrera has started three successful business), over a 40-year career, Dr. Herrera has been a design and manufacturing engineering, technical and plant manager, and president of Mid-South Industries.

Dr. Herrera educated generations of UTEP engineers as from 1977 – 2003 as a professor in the College of Engineering. Beginning as an Assistant Professor in 1977, Juan held virtually every position in the College of Engineering including Department Chair and Assistant Dean. He supervised the completion of 129 master’s degree thesis, the highest degree awarded by his department during his tenure. Juan was a pioneer of the College’s outreach programs to middle-high school students, teachers and parents. He continues his association with the University as Emeritus Professor in the College of Engineering.

Jose Cardenas
Jose F. Cardenas, P.E.

Jose F. Cardenas, P.E. received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at El Paso. Cardenas is the president of Moreno Cardenas, Inc., a consulting civil engineering firm in El Paso. Cardenas has served on the board of directors of the Texas Council of Engineering Companies at the state level, and on the local level, on the board of directors of the El Paso Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and is a past president of the El Paso Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. Cardenas was also a founding member of the Alumni Academy of Civil Engineers at UTEP. He is the current chairman of the College of Engineering Advisory Board at UTEP, and on the board of directors of UTEP’s Alumni Association. He is also serving on the executive committee of the Borderland Mobility Coalition of El Paso. He is a licensed engineer in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Oklahoma. Cardenas has been active in community service, having served as an officer on several community organizations. He and his wife, Rebecca, reside in El Paso and have two children - Marisa and Jose Jr.

Joe has more than 33 years of experience in civil engineering, with 30 of those years as a practicing consulting engineer. As a founding partner of MCi, his primary practice has been to serve public sector clients in the planning, design and construction of projects mainly in the water and wastewater engineering fields. Joe has served as project manager for numerous multi-million dollar water and wastewater projects funded by EPA, the Texas Water Development Board, and local municipalities.

Tom Cardenas
Tom Cardenas, P.E.

Tom Cardenas, P.E. ECM International was founded in January 1983 by Tomas Cardenas, P.E. His vision to help public and private sector corporations establish high quality, cost efficient, and highly functional operations has lead ECM International’s position as a leader in multi-national consulting. Behind this outstanding leadership is a team of 40 bilingual, bicultural professional, technical and administrative personnel who have extensive experience in their respective fields. ECM has completed over 70,000,000 s.f. of constructed facilities representing over $6 billion U.S. dollars, in the United States, throughout Mexico, Central America, Canada, and England.

ECM International is a registered engineering company in the State of Texas with professionals in the disciplines of civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering. In addition, ECM staff includes LEED accredited professionals, and a Registered Accessibility Specialist. Project managers and inspectors are certified by the Association of Construction Inspectors (aci) in the fields of Certified Construction Project Managers (CCPM), and Certified Construction Consultants (CCC).

Tom’s been active in the community and at UTEP. UTEP activities includes advisory board for Rubin Art Center and the new program in Construction Management.