Dr. Ostergren Named New V.P. Of Academics

SOCORRO, N.M. May 21, 2014 – New Mexico Tech President Dr. Daniel H. Lopez announced today that Dr. Warren Ostergren has been selected as the new Vice President for Academic Affairs.


Dr. Warren Ostergren

Vice President of Academic Affairs


Dr. Ostergren is a professor and chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Tech. He was selected after a national search created a pool of 25 applicants and four finalists.

“In the end, Dr. Warren Ostergren was selected for this position because he presented the best mix of appropriate education, skills and experience,” Dr. Lopez said. “Specifically, he has proved to have a unique talent for dealing with difficult problems and constraints and how to manage growth in a constrained fiscal environment.”

Dr. Ostergren will officially take over the position effective July 1, 2014. 

The four finalists each spent a day on campus, meeting with the Council of Chairs, interviewing with Dr. Lopez and hosting a public forum. The university also allowed interested people to submit anonymous comments about any of the finalists.

Overwhelmingly, the comments for each of the candidates were positive; Lopez said Ostergren had the most widespread support – from faculty, staff, students and the research divisions.

Those comments helped gauge the depth and breadth of support on campus, Lopez said. However, two other factors weighed the most.

“First, the reviewing committee had very positive commentary about Dr. Ostergren,” he said. “Second, during the interview with me, he came across as the most knowledgeable about New Mexico Tech – because he works here – and how to deal with conflicting interests. He demonstrated a level of maturity and temperament – attributes that are difficult to quantify, but important to consider in selecting an individual who has the best potential to succeed in this position.”

Ostergren earned his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Rochester in 1967, his master’s in engineering from Brown University in 1969 and his Ph.D. in mechanics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1976.

He worked for GE from 1968 to 1999, first in Schenectady, N.Y., then in Lynn, Mass., finishing his GE career as F414 Engine Program Manager. Throughout his time with GE, he was largely involved with gas turbines and aircraft engines.

In 2001 and 2002, Ostergren worked as Vice President of Engineering at WASTECH in Portsmouth, N.H. and took his first academic job, serving as adjunct professor at York County Technical College in Wells, Maine.

Ostergren joined the New Mexico Tech faculty as an adjunct professor in 2003 and became an associate professor in 2004. He has been the department chair since 2009 and also serves as an adjunct in the Management Department.

He is the P.I. or co-P.I. on four research grants. He has served as thesis advisor or committee member for 44 New Mexico Tech students in mechanical engineering and management. In 2007, he won the Distinguished Teaching Award, which is presented at commencement.

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