Tech Students on Statewide Student Panel on Public Policy

by Roger Renteria

SOCORRO, N.M., July 24, 2008 -- New Mexico Tech students Kaoutar Abbou Oucherif, Toby Sachs Quintana and Isaac Simmons will join other college students from around the state for the inaugural Domenici Public Policy Conference at New Mexico State University from August 20 to 22.

Abbou Oucherif is majoring in chemical engineering, class of fall 2009; Sachs Quintana is majoring in materials engineering, class of fall 2008; and Simmons is majoring in civil engineering, class of fall 2009.

Students from Tech will join their counterparts from New Mexico State University, Dona Ana Community College, University of New Mexico, Eastern New Mexico University and Western New Mexico University to review academic papers written by presenters and ask questions of their research.

“We are very fortunate to have support and participation from other universities in this statewide effort to honor Senator Domenici’s contributions to New Mexico,” said Garrey Carruthers, NMSU vice president for economic development and chair of the Pete V. Domenici Legacy.

NMSU announced that U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate Chris Dodd would join a prominent list of speakers at the conference. Those speaking at the conference include Former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker, III, U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, former U.S. Representative Manuel Lujan, Jr. and U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman, along with a host of other local and national leaders.

The conference will close with a free picnic and free concert performed by Randy Travis. NMSU will waive the conference registration fees until the deadline on August 1.

Registration is available online at the conference Web site, domenici.nmsu.edu. Registration is required for most conference events. The opening ceremony Thursday morning, Chris Dodd’s speech Thursday evening, the picnic Friday morning and the Randy Travis concert Friday afternoon are free and open to the public. A complete conference agenda can be found on the Domenici Conference Web site, where the public is encouraged to sign up for public events.

Other confirmed conference speakers include Paul Robinson, former ambassador and president emeritus of Sandia National Laboratories; Michael J. Fitzpatrick, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness; William Hoagland, a former member of Domenici’s staff; and Siegfried Hecker, co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation.

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