George J. Friberg contributed significantly to UNM as an athlete and in his exemplary professional and civic career. Friberg earned three letters in football (1958-60) and was captain his senior season. He obtained a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1962 and a master's in 1983.
As a UNM quarterback Friberg was quoted as a "cool play caller, a good passer, operates like a veteran, and has a talent for leadership." Those words remain true today, as anyone who knows George can attest that he is genuine, caring, honest, inspirational and has a knack for leading. Not much has changed since his playing days at UNM, as Friberg has managed to lead some of New Mexico's brightest engineering and manufacturing enterprises.
Friberg has been involved in business endeavors for most of his career as an engineer, manager and executive. He has been a founding member of several entrepreneurial enterprises specializing in venture funding and technology business development. Friberg is best known for his contributions to our community as he is active in national and local advisory groups and boards for education, industry, charitable, and faith-based organizations. Friberg admits that one of his faults is that he cannot say "no."
Friberg has been honored with the Lockheed Martin Nova Award, the UNM Alumni Association Zia Award and the UNM Regents Award Medal.