Founder’s Biography

Dr. Larry G. Stolarczyk received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado College of Engineering and Applied Science in 1960. He received the college’s Distinguished Alumni Award from in 2011. He received his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University in 1965 and his Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree in Electrical Engineering and related areas of Theoretical Physics and Mathematics from NMSU in 1970. At NMSU he was inducted into the Sigma Pi Sigma National Physics Honor Society, Sociedad de Ingenieros and the Academy of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In 2007 he was named outstanding alumnus at the 100 year anniversary of NMSU. He graduated from University of New Mexico Robert O. Anderson School of Business Executive Program in Industrial Administration (1974-1975).
Dr. Stolarczyk co‑founded Stolar, Inc. in 1983 and in December 2012 retired from active work in the Stolar family of companies. The economically based Stolar family of companies have generated over $80 million in revenue in the northern New Mexico community of Raton.

Dr. Stolarczyk served as a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of the Raton Public Service Company (RPS), a coal-fired electric generation and residential distribution company. During his tenure, the publicly owned utility became debt free and established a multimillion dollar rainy day fund. He co-founded the Arkansas River Power Authority (ARPA), an electric utility consolidating the purchasing and distribution of power for small regional municipalities.

For more than 10 years Dr. Stolarczyk was a visiting scientist at both Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories. He co-founded and is treasurer of the United States Industry Coalition (USIC). The USIC organization serves the Department of Energy (DOE) and its National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) Weapons of Mass Destruction (MWD) nonproliferation program that prevented highly trained former Soviet Union WMD scientists, engineers and technicians from migrating to rogue nations. Like the “Marshall Plan” of WWII, USIC represented 160 US large/small companies and universities in more than 250 partnership projects with the ten DOE National Laboratories in the commercialization of high tech Russian designed products. The USIC program did what government cannot do: create jobs and sustained wealth in both countries.

Dr. Stolarczyk founded the Stolar Humanitarian De-Mining Trust and the Institute of Radio Geophysics. He is a life member of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Society of Mining Engineers (SME), Geological Society of America (GSA), Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), and the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute. He assisted in establishing the Domenici Papers Archive at NMSU. He has published more than 40 technical papers and written two chapters in books dealing with mining geophysics.

Dr. Stolarczyk was nominated by NMSU for the National Technology Medal for the development of the Radio Imaging Method for tomography scanning of subsurface geologic structures. He received the 1986 National Award for Energy Innovation for the development of the Radio Imaging Method. He was nominated for the Noranda Mine Automation Chair at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec Canada. Dr. Stolarczyk received the Space Act Award from NASA for his Method for Locating a Concealed Object. The award recognizes inventions and other scientific and technical contributions that help NASA achieve its aeronautical space goals.

In 1995, Stolarczyk was named “Inventor of the Year” by the New Mexico Entrepreneurs Association for 20 separate patents related to the mining industry. The patent list has now been expanded to over a 100 US and foreign patents. Dr. Stolarczyk received the 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 R&D 100 awards sponsored by R&D Magazine for development and demonstration of underground radio communications, RIM‑IV in‑mine geologic imagery, horizon sensing, drill string radar, and navigation electronics for horizontal directional drilling in coal beds. The prestigious awards are considered the “Academy Awards” of design innovation in the US. Stolar has received twelve New Mexico Technology Flying 40 Awards and two New Mexico Business Weekly Fast Tracker Awards.

The DOD Rapid Equipping Force stated that the long wavelength electromagnetic gradiometer conceived and developed by Dr. Stolarczyk was the most important contribution to geophysics instrumentation in 100 years. The instrumentation has been applied in the defeat of road side bombs (153 story boards) and detection of drug smuggling tunnels crossing the U.S. borders.

Dr. Stolarczyk received recognition for Outstanding Achievement as a University of Colorado Living Legend in Track and Field, inducted in 2010 for setting 22 CU school track and field records including the freshman 220 yard dash and US mile relay records. The mile relay record broke the American record at that time. He still holds the Colorado State high school record at 220 yd.

Dr. Stolarczyk established a scholarship fund for high school seniors who want to become electrical or mechanical engineers. He has sponsored two full scholarships for graduate study at NMSU. He is a member of the Raton Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. In 2012, he was named an Outstanding Leader in Philanthropy.