Released: November 10, 2023
Santa Fe Community College announces it has hired Ivan Lopez Hurtado, Ph.D., as its Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. He will begin working with SFCC in January 2024.
The Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs will focus on leadership and coordination for teaching and learning, facilitation of transfer partnerships with four-year institutions, working with faculty and staff on assessment and program review, and other academic projects.
SFCC Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Margaret Peters said, “I am delighted that Dr. Lopez Hurtado will be joining the SFCC team. He provides a wealth of experience from his many years in higher education in New Mexico.”
Lopez Hurtado said, “I am profoundly grateful to the SFCC community for extending this incredible opportunity to me and entrusting my ability to make a meaningful impact on the institution’s academic mission. I eagerly anticipate the chance to integrate my experience, fostering a collaborative environment with the exceptional SFCC team. This opportunity marks an exciting new chapter in my professional journey, and I am genuinely thrilled to contribute to the continued success and growth of SFCC.”
Lopez Hurtado was born and raised in Tampico, Mexico. During his senior year in high school, he became a teaching assistant at an orphanage at the kindergarten level.
Lopez Hurtado received his B.S. degree in Industrial Physics Engineering with highest honors from Tec de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico, 1995 and an M.S. degree in Automation with highest honors from Tec de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico, 1998. After working as a Geophysicist for Schlumberger, as a Field Service Engineer for JOT Automation, as a Project Engineer for VI Technology, and as Program Director for the Mechatronics Undergraduate Program and Tec de Monterrey, Campus Juarez, he came to Albuquerque to obtain a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, that he received in 2008 from the University of New Mexico (UNM). In 2006, Lopez Hurtado received the Outstanding Student Award from the Department of Electrical Engineering during his doctoral program. His research was Control Systems across Networks, and he presented and published in several conferences and journals. Last year, he completed the Institute for Educational Management Program at Harvard University.
Since 2016, he has served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Northern New Mexico College. He previously served as Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology and Chair of the Department of Engineering at the same institution. He is also an Associate Professor of Engineering and Technology at NNMC after being granted tenure in 2012.
Since 1997, he has taught at Tec de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey, Campus Juarez, Campus Tampico, the University of New Mexico, and Northern New Mexico College.
He served as the director of multiple grants in those roles, including the U.S. Dept. STEM Title III, NIH NM-INBRE project, NSF S-STEM project, U.S. Dept. of Ed-CCRAA, Title V, PPHOA (Co-Director), PNM Smart Grid, NSF S-STEP (Co-PI). He is a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission and a program evaluator for ABET. He also serves as a statewide New Mexico Academic Advisory Committee member to the N.M. Higher Education Department, the N.M. EPSCoR Statewide Advisory Board Member, and the NM-INBRE Steering Committee member.
Lopez Hurtado became a U.S. citizen in 2015 and has been married to Alma Liñan for 22 years. They have two daughters, Alma and Diana.
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