New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards 2008
Recognizing Those Committed to Making a Difference
Anthony Ortiz

Anthony Ortiz is a high energy, committed, enthusiastic champion of science learning at all ages. Since taking over as state director of the Science Fair and state Science Olympiad in 2002, Tony has significantly increased participation among high school students across the state.

He is a native of Socorro and a graduate of the College of Santa Fe. He began his career at New Mexico Tech in 1993. He served on the Socorro Consolidated School board from 2005-2009. He has also served to coordinate the Socorro Relay for Life and is a member of the advisory council of the Society for Science.

A tireless champion of education in New Mexico, Tony’s office is directly responsible for opening the world of science, engineering and technology to thousands of youngsters in the state. Dr. Dan Lopez, President of New Mexico Tech said “At a time when the United States is lagging behind the rest of the world in these areas, it is vital that we have leaders like Tony to serve as leaders and mentors.”.

The two high school science programs have exploded in participation and offer more than $100,000 in scholarships to deserving high school students. Tony is the liaison between New Mexico Tech and the six regions of the state from Roy to Albuquerque . Tony was also instrumental in bringing the International Science and Engineering Fair to Albuquerque in 2007, attracting more than 8,000 participants to New Mexico. He volunteered to co-chair the committee and raise money for the event. Tony’s record shows he goes above and beyond the call of duty every day.