NMSU Chancellor Arvizu Visiting Los Alamos Thursday

New Chancellor Dr. Dan E. Arvizu of New Mexico State University will be at a reception Thursday in Los Alamos at Unquarked in Central Park Square. Courtesy/NMSU

NMSU News:

New Chancellor Dr. Dan E. Arvizu of New Mexico State University will be in Los Alamos Thursday to meet with researchers and others before attending a reception that evening at Unquarked in Central Park Square. The reception starts at 5 p.m.. RSVP’S are requested due to space limitations at chancellor.arvizu@nmsu.edu.

The Lab employs a large number of NMSU alumni in all fields including engineering, science, finance and the like, many of whom live in Los Alamos and the surrounding communities.

Dr. Arvizu has had a long, distinguished career in advanced energy research and development, materials and process sciences, and technology commercialization. He started his career in 1973 at Bell Labs, and after four years transferred to Sandia National Labs, where he spent the next 21 years, 14 years in executive roles. In 1998 he joined CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd for six years, his last two years as a CTO. 

In January of 2005 he was appointed the eighth director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, and became the first Hispanic lab director in the history of any of the 17 U.S. DOE’s National Labs. He retired in December of 2015, and is presently director emeritus.

In 2004 Arvizu was appointed by President George W. Bush, and subsequently in 2010 reappointed by President Barack Obama (twice confirmed by the full Senate), to serve six-year terms (2004-2010; 2010-2016) on the National Science Board. 

Arvizu has a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from NMSU and a master of science and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.