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    SPIE Board Member Jim McNally honored as distinguished alumnus of University of New Mexico

    22 October 2015

    photo of Jim McNallySPIE Fellow Jim McNally, director of strategic development for Applied Technology Associates (ATA) of New Mexico and a member of the SPIE Board of Directors, has been named a distinguished alumnus of the University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Engineering.

    McNally, who earned a PhD in electrical engineering at UNM, was one of seven engineering alumni the university honored on 15 October in Albuquerque.

    He is chair of the New Mexico Optics Industry Association and serves as chair of the SPIE Engineering, Science & Technology Policy Committee. He is also a member of the SPIE Corporate and Exhibitor Committee, Education Committee, Scholarship Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee.

    McNally was cofounder, CEO and chairman of TruTouch Technologies when its non-invasive alcohol measurement device was recognized by Time Magazine as Invention of the Year in 2006 because of its potential to identify drunk drivers faster and easier than ever before.

    At the university, McNally serves on advisory boards for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the optical science and engineering graduate program. He is also on the advisory board for the Central New Mexico Community College photonics program.

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