Grigg, Razavi Win Top Faculty Awards

SOCORRO, N.M. May 13, 2015 – New Mexico Tech recognizes two faculty members each year as the Distinguished Researcher and Distinguished Teacher.  Dr. Reid Grigg of the PRRC won the research award. Dr. Mehrdad Razavi of the Mineral Engineering Department won the teaching award.

Dr. Van Romero presented the Distinguished Research Award to Dr. Grigg.

He said Grigg has been a scientist and researcher at the Petroleum Recovery Research Center for 23 years. Over that time, Dr. Grigg has established an outstanding record in teaching, research and service to the oil and gas industry.


Dr. Reid Grigg won the 2015 Distinguished Researcher Award. Standing at right is univresity president Dr. Daniel H. Lopez.


Dr. Grigg earned his bachelor’s and his PH.D. from Brigham Young University and completed a post-doc at the University of Lethbridge in Canada.  He worked as a research chemist with Conoco for 11 years before coming to New Mexico Tech.

Much of Dr. Grigg’s research focuses on the study of carbon dioxide in enhanced oil recovery. He has authored or co-authored more than 110 publications and is an active leader in the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Since 1992, Dr. Grigg has served as an adjunct professor, receiving tenure in 1997. He has served as research advisor for 3 Ph.D. students, seven master’s students and committee member for numerous other graduate students.

His nomination for this award was supported enthusiastically by his colleagues in Missouri, Utah and Texas, as well as the cabinet secretary of the N.M. Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department. In addition to a framed certificate, the winner also gets $1,500.

Dr. Warren Ostergren, vice president for Academic Affairs, will introduce the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award

Dr. Warren Ostergren, Vice President for Academic Affairs presented the Distinguished Teaching Award to Dr. Razavi.

Ostergren said that the award committee received 85 nominations from students this year and more than 25 percent of the submissions were in support of Dr. Razavi. 


Dr. Mehrdad Razavi (left) won the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award. At right is V.P. of Academic Affairs Dr. Warren Ostergren.


Razavi earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Shiraz Engineering University in Iran. He then earned his Ph.D. from Washington State University, where he won the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in his final year there.

Razavi joined the New Mexico Tech faculty in 2007 in the Mineral Engineering Department. His classes include geotechnical engineering, soil mechanics, geostatistics and Foundation Analysis & Design. He has advised 13 graduate students and served on committees for a dozen more.

All the students praised Dr. Razavi for the high quality of his lectures, his ability to explain complicated concepts, his willingness to help students and being patient and understanding.  Students also praised his penmanship, his voice and for actually responding to emails.

One student wrote that “Professor Razavi is the best teacher I have had because he requires students to learn. His teaching methods are unique and stand apart.”

Another wrote that “Not only is he a great lecturer in that he is organized and knowledgeable, but he shares his experiences with his class and makes sure to emphasize topics important in industry. He has a passion for teaching and it shows. He is very friendly and always offers a smile and a greeting.”

Yet another wrote that, “He sees each of his students as individuals and can somehow magically know what we each need to learn and succeed.”

In addition to a framed certificate, the winner also receives $1,500.

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