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Jennifer Quay Minnich Receives a $5,000 Scholarship At The 2019 WIT Celebration

Congratulations Jennifer Quay Minnich, our 2019 WIT Scholarship award winner! Jennifer Quay Minnich is a project manager for local technology agency, Consumer 51 by day, and a creative director for her company, QUAY Concepts by night. She has been working in the art, design, and technology space for the past 15 years. She will be launching an Augmented Reality experience at the Albuquerque Museum in the Summer of 2019. Jennifer’s work is bred out of her love for macro- level innovation, disruption, and futurism. She is a firm believer that she can achieve positive change in New Mexico through her work in technology.
She will receive up to $5,000 in educational reimbursements and continued involvement with the New Mexico Technology Council’s Women in Tech mentor network.
Thank you, Presbyterian for sponsoring this Scholarship Award!

2019-06-08T18:29:46+00:00April 11th, 2019|


Recognizing nine outstanding women in New Mexico’s STEM fields on March 28, 2019

The New Mexico Technology Council (NMTC) recently named nine women who will be honored this year at its 11th Annual Women in Technology Celebration (WIT) Awards Gala, to take place on March 28 at the Albuquerque Mariott Pyramid North, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

The Women in Technology Celebration is the organization’s way of honoring outstanding women in the STEM arena. Nominations are submitted by the public and reviewed by an independent panel of judges.

“Trailblazers, brilliant, determined, strong …. is how I can begin to describe this year’s honorees for our Women In Technology awards. These women hold critical technology and education positions throughout New Mexico in private industry, state government, national laboratories, and education.”, said Deborah Breitfeld, CEcD, Executive Director at the New Mexico Technology Council. “NMTC is thrilled to recognize these women and highlight their work and accomplishments. They are pioneers in their fields who provide support and encouragement for STEM education to their employees, colleagues, and future workforce.”

This year’s honorees include:

Janette Frigo
R&D Engineer
Los Alamos National Labs

Amy Halloran
Senior Manager – Renewable Energy Technologies
Sandia National Laboratories

Alia Lubers
Chief Engineer Pajarito Powder LLC

Laura Monroe
Senior Research Scientist – Computer Science
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Renay Moya
Vice President of IT Staffing NM
Robert Half Technology

Melanie Moses
Ph.D. Professor
Computer Science University of New Mexico

Jennifer Nevarez
Executive Director NM TechWorks
Community Learning Network

Paige Prescott
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Computer Science Alliance

Christina Salas
Ph.D. Assistant Professor – Biomedical Engineering University of New Mexico


The celebration will include a keynote speech from Dr. Joy Colucci, founder and CEO of Metis Technology Solutions, Inc. Joy is a former Women in Technology Award Honoree and has lead Metis Technology Solutions to be recognized with over 30 NASA achievement awards, the 2017 NASA Agency-Wide Subcontractor of the Year, and ranked as New Mexico’s 3rd fastest growing technology company as a 2018 New Mexico Flying 40 award winner.

Additional Recognition:

Debbie Berlin

Rebecca Farish

For more information on the Annual Women in Technology Celebration visit, nmtechcouncil.org.

2019-06-08T14:35:00+00:00March 13th, 2019|

NMTC Board Member, Annemarie Henton Honored with Local and National Awards

Annemarie Henton, AED’s Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, was recognized for her outstanding work in both economic development and community leadership. 

Annemarie is named the first recipient of Albuquerque Business First’s Jennifer Riordan Woman of Influence Community Impact Award. According to an article published by Albuquerque Business First, the selection committee evaluated the nominees on criteria inspired by Riordan: relentless passion, fierce champion of women, sparks community leadership, bold optimism, and impeccable integrity.

Additionally, Development Counsellors International, an economic development trade organization, honored Annemarie with the Top 40 Under Forty Economic Developers award. This is the only award of its kind to recognize young talent in the economic development industry.

Congratulations, Annemarie! Much deserved recognition for your commitment to economic development and passion for New Mexico.

2019-07-10T19:05:02+00:00February 13th, 2019|

Lisa Adkins Named Emeritus Board Member by NMTC

Lisa Adkins was named Emeritus Board Member by the New Mexico Technology Council (NMTC) for her contributions to the success of NMTC over the span of 14 years! She is the COO & Director of FatPipe NM and The BioScience Center, and COO and Cofounder of Ingenuity Software Labs. Lisa joined the NMTC Board in 2005 when NMTC was still known as the New Mexico IT and Software Association (NMITSA). During her time with NMTC, Lisa served as the Chairwoman of the Board for eight consecutive years. Lisa continues to be an active volunteer of NMTC committees such as the WIT peer group and experienceIT. We thank Lisa for her leadership and support of the NMTC and the technology industry in New Mexico! 

2019-01-08T13:47:41+00:00January 8th, 2019|

Happy Holidays From The New Mexico Technology Council

Alan LaSeck, Renay Moya, Lisa Adkins, Auri Vigil and Deborah Breitfeld

2018 has been a year of growth, innovation, celebration, and networking for NMTC and its members! From blockchain, cybersecurity, and big data analytics, to software development, 3D printing, 5G, and fiber. Impressive and exciting! New Mexico private companies, FatPipe NM, Sandia National Laboratories/Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)/Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and UNM/NMSU/New Mexico Tech, among others, are revolutionizing technology in our state, while growing a skilled workforce, and creating economic base jobs, of which we are grateful. 

In 2019, NMTC will continue its work promoting and highlighting technology innovation while providing quality events with professional networking; workforce development programs and resources; and legislative advocacy related to issues important to growing New Mexico businesses. 

The NMTC staff could not perform this important work without our Community Partners, Members, and Board of Directors. The commitment and dedication shown by each of you is invaluable, and greatly appreciated. Please encourage your colleagues, business associates, partners, and vendors, to join NMTC, and participate in our exciting organization. Our major Community Partners include Deloitte, AFRL, LANL, Comcast, APS, CNM, Descartes LabsNusenda, PNM, U.S. Bank, and bigbyte.cc – Thank you! 

NMTC is fortunate to have an exceptional Board of Directors who provide leadership, guidance, and participation in our organization and associated program of work. Thank you to Curt Schatz, who served as Chair for the past two years, and Sheila Mendez our incoming Chair for 2019! Consummate professionals and thought leaders compose the NMTC Board of Directors. Thank you all for your continued leadership of NMTC! 

With workforce as a near and dear subject to all involved with NMTC, we have continued our partnership with TechHire NM, a USDOL grant funded program, to provide job training funds and resources for applicants interested in skills-based training, and employers with open positions and needs for technical training for existing employees. Please contact us with openings, or training needs, so we can connect you with an available financial and labor resource! 

If you are a new member or want to get more involved in the coming year, there are many opportunities to do so! Consider nominating an outstanding woman in technology for our Women in Technology Celebration (WIT) in March, attending peer group meetings and other events, or signing up as an event sponsor; many opportunities available for excellent visibility and recognition among hundreds of attendees and participants!  

Wishing you a very happy holiday season, 

Deborah L. Breitfeld, CEcD 


Executive Director 

New Mexico Technology Council 


2018-12-11T17:47:53+00:00December 11th, 2018|

STEM Boomerang On Track To Bring Homegrown Talent Back To The Land of Enchantment

The second annual Career Fair will be on December 20, 2018 in the UNM Student Union Building

By Maggie Werner-Washburne, Director of STEM Boomerang

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — For the second year in a row, business, academic and economic development and government leaders from the city, state and region will converge at The University of New Mexico to meet with recent, highly-trained STEM professionals who live in and out of New Mexico.

At the inaugural symposium in December 2017, more than 200 professionals attended, including 115 STEM professionals. 75 percent of attendees where native New Mexican’s looking to return from outside of New Mexico. More than half of the participants held Ph.D.s, and the other half were ready to begin jobs in the tech sector within the year. STEM Boomerang has now placed almost a dozen STEM Boomerangers and are in the process of connecting more.

“We want to make real-time connections for careers: to help businesses, our economy, the students we have educated, families, and the state of New Mexico,” said STEM Boomerang Director, Maggie Werner-Washburne. “In fact, there are thousands of good-paying, challenging jobs all over the state, and employers here are eager to meet New Mexico’s highly educated STEM workforce. What’s been missing is a connection, and we’d like to be the bridge to overcome this disconnect.”

New Mexico businesses looking to hire STEM professionals and participants ( BS/MS/PhD in the broad area of STEM) looking for careers in New Mexico are encouraged to fill out the survey on the STEM Boomerang website, stemboomerang.org. This survey is used to pair the needs of the business with Boomerangers that have the skills desired.

STEM Boomerang will also present a series of webinars, starting in November, that will cover career options, interviews, and direct meetings with New Mexico employers from start ups to the national laboratories.

Werner-Washburne says that the conference is scheduled right before the holidays by design.  “We want our New Mexico STEM professionals who live here and elsewhere to see New Mexico at it’s best, when careers, family, our great environment call to all of us.”

STEM Boomerang is supported by many organizations, including The University of New Mexico, City of Albuquerque, City of Santa Fe, the State Economic Development Department, the New Mexico Tech Council, Morgan Stanley, and others.

For more information on STEM Boomerang visit stemboomerang.org.

About STEM Boomerang

STEM Boomerang is designed to connect the dots between the many highly-paid job opportunities that exist in New Mexico in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and other technical areas and graduates from New Mexico who may wrongly believe that the state has little to offer its STEM professionals.  In fact the tech/biotech/engineering startup and businesses in New Mexico are growing exponentially.

2018-10-31T16:30:58+00:00October 31st, 2018|

experienceIT 2018 – a Great Success!

Innovation, Talent & Education Featured 

Nearly 1,000 technology professionals gathered to celebrate all sectors of technology at experienceIT last month. The program of events highlighted the exciting activities across industry sectors in New Mexico, providing outstanding professional development and networking opportunities for participants. Forty industry experts lead compelling sessions on topics that included Robotic Process Innovation, CNM’s trailblazing blockchain program, social engineering & media, workforce development, shared services, New Mexico’s NASA connections, and more.   

“New Mexico has an incredible depth of innovative and technology within the private, local, and federal sectors, performing cutting-edge research, development and delivery.” said Deborah Breitfeld, Executive Director of the New Mexico Technology Council (NMTC).  “It’s extremely common for organizations like Deloitte, CNM and Meow Wolf to be featured across the nation – in this case experienceIT was pleased to host these incredible change-makers.” 

This thrilling week of tech events included a Women in Technology Wine Tasting, Comcast Pitch Fest, VIP Reception, Conference and Tech Tour (featuring ABBA Technologies, Adelante Development Center & Aquila). From networking, educational sessions, and a $10K award to a local tech startup, each event gave locals a deeper look into the future of New Mexico’s existing technology community.    

Comcast Pitch Event 

Kicking off the week of events, the NMTC partnered with Comcast and Comcast Business to launch the first Comcast Pitch Fest. The grand prize award of $10,000, was granted to Teeniors, a local startup that provides one-on-one technology coaching to senior citizens. Judges from the local business community evaluated the (50) applications to narrow the field to five finalists, who pitched live on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. As a surprise Comcast announced awards of $1,000 to the other four finalists who participated in the Comcast Pitch Fest – ABQ Brew, Blush & Whimsy, Solstar Space, and Zennovate.  

The NMTC would like to thank Deloitte and Comcast as our Title and Founding Sponsors, and all of our event sponsors, Community Partner members, participants and speakers! As an annual event, the NMTC will hold experience IT in September 2019 and continue to celebrate all sectors of technology throughout the year by highlighted growing companies, innovative ideas and booming industries within New Mexico.   

2018-10-11T11:47:47+00:00October 11th, 2018|

Letter From The Executive Director, Deborah L. Breitfeld, CEcD 

Dear NMTC Members and Colleagues, 

It is exciting times for the New Mexico technology community while we see continued business growth and expansions throughout the state! NMTC remains focused on its mission to identify the needs of the technology sectors and highlight related successes, while informing you of programs and resources available from economic development and workforce development entities to assist in the success and growth of your companies.


With NMTC events for companies of all sizes, from Peer Group meetings to experienceIT, everyone has a chance to contribute to the bustling technology industry.  With your participation, we can ensure New Mexico’s tech industry continues to grow and find abundant success, while identifying the needs and challenges, and facilitating tangible solutions.  

experienceIT, a weeklong celebration of technology in New Mexico, is rapidly approaching and will be held September 10-14, 2018. It is a great way to get involved and build lasting connections for you and your company. Events throughout the week include the Women in Tech Wine Tasting, Comcast Pitch Fest, experienceIT Conference, and the blockIT Tech Crawl 

The experienceIT Conference will take place on Thursday, September 13 at the Sandia Resort and Casino. The event is New Mexico’s premier technology conference where you will hear from industry leaders with the opportunity to network and stay informed of best practices. We already have over 200 registrations! 

The Program Committee has done a stellar job and topics will include: 

  • Tech Training 
  • Talent Recruitment 
  • NMEDD Programs & Resources 
  • Social Engineering 
  • Disruption Cycle 
  • Blockchain 
  • Robotics Automation, and more! 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORSDeloitteComcast, and the NMTC Community Partners! 

EXPERIENCE IT SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES are still available! Please see the attached link for the opportunity to have your company, product or services visible to the hundreds of attendees at this exciting event. Great networking and business development opportunities! 


Please check our event calendar to stay informed about the many other informative events NMTC is hosting, as well. 

Best regards, 

Deborah L. Breitfeld, CEcD 

Executive Director 


2018-08-13T16:09:05+00:00August 13th, 2018|

The Opportunity to Win $10K Will Soon Be a Reality For New Mexico Companies

Deadline To Apply Is August 3rd at 5p.m.

Albuquerque, NM – July 11, 2018 – Comcast Business and the New Mexico Technology Council (NMTC) announce their partnership to support, highlight and invest in the business sector during experienceIT. Together they will host a pitch fest and community celebration on September 11, 2018, where five promising companies will pitch their brand and vision for the chance to win $10,000.

“The experienceIT Comcast Pitch Fest is based off a vision to help deserving companies and entrepreneurs get to the next level,” said Chris Dunkeson, Area Vice President, Comcast. “The partnership was a no brainer! We are both dedicated to promoting the growth and success of New Mexico’s innovators and entrepreneurs building businesses towards a better future. There are so many amazing companies in our beautiful state and we are excited to share their stories with the community.”

For the opportunity to pitch at the event companies must submit an online application at http://bit.ly/ComcastPitchFest by August 3, 2018 before 5.pm. To qualify for this opportunity all applicants must be a legally formed company that has been in business less than five years and has received less than $1 Million in previous funding.

Interested in learning more about the experienceIT Comcast Pitch Fest? Contact Auri at auri@nmtechcouncil.org.

About experienceIT

experienceIT is the premier technology showcase, held annually and featuring a series of events highlighting and celebrating the technology sector, and providing professional development and networking/collaboration opportunities for public and private sector entities.

About Comcast Business

Comcast Business offers Ethernet, Internet, Wi-Fi, Voice, TV and Managed Enterprise Solutions to help organizations of all sizes transform their business. Powered by a next-generation, advanced network, and backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast Business is one of the largest contributors to the growth of Comcast Cable. Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and has emerged as a force in the Enterprise market; recognized over the last two years by leading industry associations as one of the fastest growing provider of Ethernet services.

For more information, call 866-429-3085. Follow on Twitter @ComcastBusiness and on other social media networks at http://business.comcast.com/social.

2018-07-18T09:15:04+00:00July 18th, 2018|

Latest NMTC Job Board Postings

Updated job opportunities are now available on the New Mexico Technology Council Website! To submit open positions for your own organization, use the Members Portal (or click on the Login menu item) or contact us.

Deep Dive Coding Instructors

Expansion Coming, Instructors NeededYou may have seen recent news about Deep Dive Coding partnering with Facebook and the creation of new bootcamps. As we expand across New Mexico, we need more mid-senior level instructors for the bootcamps. We are actively seeking the following hires over the next few weeks:——Instructor for Fullstack Web Development (LAMP stack with heavy emphasis on JS and frameworks Angular/React) – Full-time or Part-time options may be availablePrerequisites: Bachelor’s degree in read more

Back End Java Developer

Research and Development – Albuquerque, NM – Full Time Engineering – Full Time. Not an entry level position.   What we’ll do for you: RiskSense is a rapidly growing team of security and software engineers working to revolutionize vulnerability management. As a software engineer, you will directly implement software used to protect businesses and the nation’s infrastructure. Working for RiskSense means you’ll work and be able to cross train with leading experts in the Cyber Security field including read more

Cybersecurity Technical Staff 2 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do As a member of the cybersecurity technical staff at LANL, you will have the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of cyber security, while enjoying the unique opportunities provided by LANL’s location. You will work in the Network and Infrastructure Engineering Division supporting a computing environment scaling from “desktop to teraflops,” a diverse and challenging network environment unavailable anywhere else. The selected candidate will be a member of the NIE-ESS Computer Security read more
2018-07-12T15:08:42+00:00July 12th, 2018|