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Francisco A. Figueroa

Francisco A. Figueroa

Distinguished Engineer



Electrical Engineering – 1967



At Time of Nomination in 2005

Frank Figueroa was born in Del Rio, Texas and raised in San Angelo, Texas. After graduating from San Angelo Central High School, he attended Texas Tech receiving a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1967.

While at Tech, he joined ROTC and became a member of Arnold Air Society. He made "wing commander" over all the cadets his final semester at Tech. After graduation Frank accepted a commission in the US Air Force. He spent the next 20 years serving in various areas of classified satellite launches including working with the space program at the Pentagon. While in the Air Force he received a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and a Master of Science in Astronautics (Orbital Mechanics) from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Frank is currently Vice President of the Integrated Enabling Services Strategic Management Unit, Vice President of Business Management and Facilities Services, and Chief Financial Officer for Sandia National Laboratories managed by Lockheed Martin Corporation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is responsible for Sandia’s infrastructure programs, as well as facilities planning, construction, technical services, finance, procurement, property and logistics, business systems, business services, pension and savings fund management, contract administration, and risk assessment. He has also held the position of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Lockheed Martin Energy Systems in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Mr. Figueroa is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Colorado, California, Tennessee, and New Mexico; a Certified Financial Planner nationwide, and a Certified Project Management Professional. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New Mexico Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Financial Planning Association. He is also a member of the National Contract Management Association, the National Property Managers Association, the Project Management Institute, and Federal Executives International.

Frank was a member of the 1997–1998 class of Leadership New Mexico, and is Chairman of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation Board of Trustees. He serves on the Wells Fargo Bank Leadership Council, is the Past Chair of the Energy Facilities Contractor Operating Group, and is a member of the University of Colorado Engineering Advisory Council, the University of Colorado Multi–cultural Engineering Program Advisory Council.

Frank’s professional recognitions include being selected by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the Fifty Most Important Hispanics in business and technology in both 2003 and 2004, being a finalist in the Finance Leadership Development category of CFO Magazine’s Excellence Awards in 2001, and receiving the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award in 2000 in the category of Executive Excellence. He was also inducted into the Texas Tech University Electrical Engineering Academy in 2004.

Mr. Figueroa and his wife Sharon live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They have two sons, Adam and Derek.

It is a privilege and a pleasure for Texas Tech University’s College of Engineering to select this outstanding alumnus for honor and recognition. Francisco A. Figueroa is declared to be a DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.

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