by George Zamora

SOCORRO, N.M., September 9, 2004 – New Mexico Tech Vice President Van Romero has been named one of this year’s notable recipients of the 35th annual New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards.

Romero and 14 other New Mexicans will be honored tonight at an awards banquet at the Albuquerque Marriott, with New Mexico Tech President Daniel H. López chairing the program.

Each year, the Governor of New Mexico and the board of the New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards select several state residents as award winners in recognition of their outstanding contributions to public service in their respective communities.

In particular, Romero, who is in charge of research and economic development at the university in Socorro, was cited in his award for having helped obtain funding for and being the principal investigator of six major ongoing research projects: the Magdalena Ridge Observatory; the Incorporated Research Institutions of Seismology; the International Law Enforcement Academy in Roswell; the First Responder Training Program; the Homeland Security Training Program; and the National Cave and Karst Research Institute in Carlsbad.