New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards 2004
Recognizing Those Committed to Making a Difference
Van D. Romero
Dr. Romero is the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. In his current post. he is the Principal Investigator of six major projects: the Magdalena Ridge Observatory in Socorro; the Incorporated Research Institutions of Seismology in Socorro; the International Law Enforcement Academy in Roswell; the WMD First Responder Training Program in Socorro; the Homeland Security Training Program in Playas; and the National Cave and Karst Program in Carlsbad. Over 100 jobs in New Mexico have been initiated as a result of these research programs.
Earlier this year, the New Mexico Tech President's Club named Dr. Romero the recipient of the organization's Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to education, research, and public service. And he was recently recognized by "Influence" magazine as one of the top six Washington lobbyists who made an impact in
2003.
He serves nationally as a Commissioner on the White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans (appointed by President Bush); and Chairman of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium; and board member of Directed Energy Alliance; and the National Center for Genomic Research. And, locally he is a member of the Governor's Thsk Force on Higher Education and board member of the Explora Science Center and Children's Museum.
Through the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and the New Mexico Activities Association he dedicates time throughout the region to referee college and high school basketball and football programs. He is also a judge for many local and state science fairs and competitions.