About Doug

I have a passion for beauty in art, thought, and expression, and I am constantly experimenting and learning.

My background is eclectic, and I always find myself drawing on the whole of my experience, whether I am facilitating a discussion, conducting an orchestra, or flying an airplane.




Interim Co-Chair, Department of Communication, Liberal Arts, and Social Sciences, New Mexico Tech, 2014–2015

Chair, Humanities Department, New Mexico Tech, 2006–2008

Co-Founder and Co-Director, Women's Resource Center, New Mexico Tech, 2001–2008

Associate Managing Director, Classical Music Festival, Eisenstadt, Austria, 2001–2006

Director, New Mexico Tech Music Program, 1997–2014

Music Director, Animas Music Festival, 1997–2000


Professor of Humanities, New Mexico Tech, 2014–present

New title in acknowledgement of interdisciplinary teaching

Professor of Music, New Mexico Tech, 2010–2014

Associate Professor of Music, New Mexico Tech, 2001–2010

Granted early tenure

Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering, New Mexico Tech, 2001–present

Taught courses and course segments on leadership, listening skills, teamwork, and problem solving

Assistant Professor of Music, New Mexico Tech, 1997–2001

Visiting Lecturer in Physics, Pomona College, 1995–1997

Teaching Assistant in Physics, UC Berkeley, 1991–1993

Taught sections of a physics survey course for non-majors

Selected Courses Taught, 2001–present

Counseling, Mentoring, Institutional Service

Ombudsman, New Mexico Tech, 2005–2007

Pre-med Advising Committee, New Mexico Tech, 2000–2007

New Mexico Tech Committees, broad-ranging committee service, including numerous tenure and search committees (member and chair), Geopolitics Exploratory (chair), Student Disciplinary (chair),Academic Freedom and Tenure, Honorary Degrees and Awards, Community College, 1997–present


New Mexico Tech Women’s Resource Center

Institutional startup and ongoing funding

Yamaha grand piano,Yamaha studio upright pianos

Community fundraising campaign and additional private donations

Kay and Elise Brower Music Scholarship

Initial endowment and subsequent donations for endowed scholarship

Jean Macey Music Annex

Institutional matching funding for new recital hall containing multipurpose performance space and practice rooms


Guest Conductor, Concordia Santa Fe, 2013

Coach and Conductor, Kammermusik Workshops, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Spring 2010–present

Visiting Conductor, Claremont Concert Orchestra, Claremont, California, Spring 2008

Guest Conductor, Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra, 2006–2009

Conductor, Classical Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, Eisenstadt, Austria, 2005–2006

Inaugural Conductor, Fiori Musicali String Orchestra, Ventura, California, April 2005

Guest Conductor, Sinfonietta Hungarica, Budapest, March 2005

Assistant Conductor, Classical Music Festival, Eisenstadt, Austria, 2001–2006

Conductor, New Mexico Tech Ensembles, 1997–2008

Conductor, Animas Music Festival, 1997–2007

Principal Guest Conductor, Showcase Chamber Players and Choir, 1999–2000

Conductor, National Symposium on American Women in Music, October 1995


Founder, Studio Non Troppo, LLC. 2008–present

Founder and President, Dunston Sommer Innovation Group, LLC., 1999–2004

Education and training

Systems Thinking for Social Change Workshop, 2017

Network Leadership Training Academy, 2017

Conversation Cafe Host Training, National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation, 2017

Facilitation for Success Workshop, New Mexico First, 2015

Certificate Course in Conflict Analysis, United States Institute of Peace, 2010

Level 3 TRIZ Expert Training, 2007

Edward Tufte Seminar "Presenting Data and Information", 2004

National Science Foundation Short Course "Creativity and Innovation", 2000

Lore International Courses "High-Impact Facilitation" and "Effective Coaching", 1999

DMA Conducting, Claremont Graduate University, CA, 1997

MA Conducting, Claremont Graduate University, CA, 1995

MA Physics, University of California at Berkeley, CA, 1993

BS Physics, Harvey Mudd College, CA, 1990

Graduated with high distinction and honors in humanities and social sciences.

Research interests

Creativity and innovation. Leadership, facilitation, and negotiation.

Selected presentations, arrangements, publications

New Mexico Tech Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Seminar, 2017. "TRIZ-Based Problem Solving"

CreateSpace publishing platform, 2014. Practical Creativity: Thirty-three Meditations. (Click here for more information.)

Smashwords and CreateSpace publishing platforms, 2013. Windmills. Novel. (Click here for more information.)

Kammermusik Workshops, 2010. "What To Do When 'It' Isn't Working"

Women Lawyers of Ventura County, 2005. "Answer-resistant Problems and a Model of Practical Creativity"

Proceedings of the 12th International Conference of Women in Engineering and Science, 2002. "Students' Epistemologies in Science and Engineering: Paths to Responsibility and Connection"

New Mexico Tech Humanities Faculty Research Seminar, 2002. "Answer-resistant Problems and a Model of Practical Creativity"

New Mexico Women's Studies Conference, 2001. "One-in-three" (Sound recording)

The Mother Goose Suite, 1999. (Music arrangement and new English text)

College Music Society, Pacific-Southern Chapter, 1996. "Copies as Originals: Aspects of Nonoriginality in Music and the Arts"

Grants, Honors, Awards

Finalist, New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards for 'best First Book' award, 2014

Nominee, Distinguished Teaching Award, New Mexico Tech, 2005 and 2012

"Innovative Problem Solving" Grant, New Mexico Institute for Advanced Studies, 2007

National Novel Writing Month Winner, 2004. Draft novel "Windmills"

Winners of the National Novel Writing Month are those who begin and complete a 50,000 word draft between November 1st and 30th..

Visiting Scholar, Claremont Colleges Faculty Development Seminar in Music, 1998

JL Foundation All-Claremont Fellow, 1994–1997

National Science Foundation Fellow, Physics Department, UC Berkeley, 1991–1993

Watson Fellow, 1990–1991

Wanderjahr in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Austria. Apprenticed to brass instrument maker Rainer Egger in Basel, Switzerland. Designed and constructed rotary-valve high G trumpet, first used in concerts in Eisenstadt and Vienna, Austria, August, 1991.

Astronaut Scholar, 1989–1990

Arizona Honors Academy Fellow, 1989

Intensive, multidisciplinary seminar on issues of nuclear arms control.


Proficient in German

Private pilot

Multi-resumé (2005)

My multi-resumé is a textual, graphical, and pictoral representation of my skills and experience as a conductor and professor. The interactive presentation will open in a separate browser window. Last updated in 2005. (Viewable if your browser has the current Flash plugin installed)