Two Alumni Receive Achievement Awards

SOCORRO, N.M. May 15, 2014 – The New Mexico Tech Alumni Association recognized two graduates for their career achievements at the commencement ceremony Saturday. The 2014 Distinguished Achievement Award winners are Jose Gomez, M.D. and Igor Gonzales.

Mr. Igor Gonzales

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Igor Gonzales (left) accepts the Distinguished Achievement Award from President Dr. Daniel H. Lopez and Alumni Association President John Dowdle.

Gonzales came to New Mexico Tech as a Fulbright Scholar. He earned a Master of Science degree in Extractive Metallurgy in 1984. He previously had earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of San Antonio Abad in Cusco, Peru.

Gonzales was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Barrick Gold on May 2, 2012. He was previously President of Barrick's South America region, a position he held since 2005.

Gonzales joined Barrick in 1998 and has over 30 years of experience in the mining industry. He played a key role in the successful growth of Barrick’s South American business unit and has also been integral to the development of the Pascua-Lama project. Under Mr. Gonzales’ leadership, the South America region consistently demonstrated strong performance in safety, production and cost management.

He is a board member for two mining companies, Hudbay Minerals and Sierra Metals. He is currently retired and lives in Peru.  Igor is a prime example of the professional distinction and achievement that a sound technical and managerial education that New Mexico Tech can provide.

Dr. Jose Lopez

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Dr. Jose Lopez (middle) accepts the Distinguished Achievement Award from President Dr. Daniel H. Lopez (left) and Alumni Association President John Dowdle.


Lopez is a New Mexico native. He grew up in tiny Penasco, north of Taos, where he graduated from high school. He then graduated from New Mexico Tech with a bachelor’s in chemistry. While at Tech, he was a Tech Scholar and the recipient of the Morris F. Stubbs Award given to the top Chemistry Graduate. He went on to receive his M.D. from the UNM School of Medicine in 1981, graduating Summa Cum Laude.

He has since become a nationally known and highly respected authority on thrombosis and blood
coagulation. He is currently the Chief Scientific Officer at The Puget Sound Blood Center as well as Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Dr. Lopez has published more than 350 academic papers and has been cited 7,245 times … and counting.

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