The North American Wind Research and Training Center (NAWRTC) at Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari, N.M., recently made several personnel changes.
Jim Morgan, currently the director of technology, has been promoted to director of NAWRTC, effective July 1.
Hiring a director for NAWRTC was the second component of the recent signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Mesalands and Sandia National Laboratories. Morgan assisted in the negotiation of the MOU, which provides a framework for future research projects.
Morgan received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico, served 20 years in the U.S. Navy and has over 30 years of experience in nuclear technology. He has been an employee at Mesalands since 1999, working in the IT department, and has been a key member of development of NAWRTC from the onset.
John Hail Jr. is the new wind energy technology program director/instructor. Hail has years of experience as a technician of wind turbines. Most recently, he was the lead technician at Mitsubishi Power Systems at Caprock Wind Farm in San Jon, N.M.
Troy Carpenter is the new wind energy technology instructor. Carpenter has nearly two years' experience as a technician of wind turbines and was the level II technician for GE Energy in Schenectady, N.Y.
In addition, Julie Keck has transitioned from part-time secretary in the financial aid office to a full-time secretary for NAWRTC.
The college plans to break ground at the end of this year.
SOURCE: Mesalands Community College