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National Renewable Energy Laboratory director to speak at NMSU Feb. 25

Dan Arvizu, the newly appointed director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., and a New Mexico State University alumnus, will be the featured speaker for this year's Frank Bromilow Lecture sponsored by the NMSU College of Engineering.


Arvizu's lecture, "Our Energy Challenge: The Role for Renewable Energy," will be presented at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in Room 104 of the Thomas and Brown Building on the NMSU campus.

Arvizu is also a senior vice president with the Midwest Research Institute in Kansas City, which operates NREL for the U.S. Department of Energy. Late last year he was appointed by President Bush to the National Science Board, which oversees the National Science Foundation. He has served on the G-8 Renewable Energy Task Force, the Army Science Board, the National Coal Council and the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award Corp.

Arvizu was named one of the "Top 50 Most Important Hispanics in Business and Technology" by Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine in 2003 and 2004.

He received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from NMSU in 1973 and earned a master's degree and doctorate in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

After 25 years at Sandia National Laboratories, he joined the international engineering and design firm, CH2M Hill of Englewood, Colo., where in 1998 he created the Energy and Industrial Systems Business Group. In 2002 he was promoted to senior vice president and chief technology officer over seven business groups with combined annual revenues of $2.5 billion.

The Bromilow lecture is an annual tribute to Frank Bromilow, a former dean of engineering. This year's lecture is part of a week-long series of events sponsored by the NMSU College of Engineering Feb. 21-25 to celebrate National Engineers Week.