Dr. Van D. Romero -- Vice President for R & ED

 Dr. Van D. Romero -- Vice President for R&ED





Since 1997: Vice President for Research and Economic Development, New Mexico Tech.

Dr. Romero serves as chief official of the Research and Economic Development Division responsible for the encouragement, leadership, and support of research at the Institute and for the administrative and policy making activities of the division; offers dynamic research and administrative leadership to stimulate, coordinate, and provide support for the research at New Mexico Tech;acts as advocate for research within the Institute. 

He serves as director of the Geophysical Research Center; manages the research support functions of the Research Division; serves as the Institute's representative and on-campus administrator for the Waste-Management Education and Research Consortium. 

He acts as an external advocate and representative for New Mexico Tech's research activities; serves as mentor to new faculty to help them establish their research programs at the Institute; strongly encourages diversity and affirmative action; identifies research opportunities and actively encourages development of interdisciplinary research at the institute; ensures that high quality proposals are submitted by the Institute.





Ph.D., Physics, State University of New York, 1991

M.S., Physics, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 1979

B.S., Physics, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 1977


Previous Experience

1995-1997: Director, Energetic Materials Research & Testing Center, New Mexico Tech.
Direct and manage a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and staff involved in RDT&E programs in energetic materials. EMRTC provides a working laboratory for conducting research in support of both government and commercial programs in the areas of ordnance, explosives, propellants and other energetic materials. Facilities include over 30 separate test sites, gun ranges and research labs located within a 32 square mile field laboratory. Developed and implemented counter-terrorist program that benefits research and academic programs.

1994 - 1995: Senior Member Technical Staff, Sandia National Lab, Albuquerque, NM.
Conducted Environmental Impact Assessment for Medical Isotope Production program. Program consisted of converting weapons program facility to produce radio-isotopes for medical usage.

1993 - 1994: Deputy Director of Environmental, Safety and Health Oversight; Manager, Hazardous Waste Programs, Superconducting Super Collider, Dallas, TX.
Developed and implemented radiation protection policies compatible with DOE orders and CFR regulations, performed liaison activities with DOE, and provided technical direction to radiation and hazardous waste program. Responsible for the development and review of radiation transport calculations, shielding design, health physics procedures, mixed waste procedures, and environmental monitoring activities. Served as Chairman of the Laboratory's ALARA committee and member of DOE's R&D Laboratory Working Group (RADWG) Health Physics Procedures Committee.  Responsible for RCRA compliance during project closure.

1979 - 1993: Manager, Thermal Hydraulic Programs, General Electric Knolls Atomic Power Lab, Schenectady, NY.
Responsible for both the technical and personnel management of the group. Key participant in the long term planning and direction of both the research and the facilities construction and maintenance. Group responsibilities included thermodynamic and materials testing and analysis of fuel channels, steam generators, and in-core materials. This work determined the thermodynamic limits for the nuclear reactor which will power the next generation submarine scheduled for delivery at the turn of the century. In previous work as Lead Engineer, was responsible for the experimental fluid mechanics effort and developed LASER instrumentation and techniques for flow visualization and quantitative flow measurements. Additional experience includes the development, execution, and analysis of environmental impact testing of nuclear sub marines which includes radiation transport analysis, neutron detection, and gamma ray spectroscopy.

Current Funded Research Activities

  • Experimental verification of the alpha-omega effect for galaxy formation with Los Alamos National Laboratories.
  • Develop groundwater activation model that can be used to optimize the design for acceleration production of tritium with DOE.
  • Seismic source investigation, modeling and characterization of currently deployed explosive sources, design and computational testing of improved explosive sources, experimental verification and validation of improved sources - Western Geophysical (students - recruiting, post-doc and graduate in Geophysics).
  • Resusable blast test fixture, investigate explosive impact on wide-body aircraft with FAA.


Courses Taught

  • Graduate and undergraduate courses in Solid State Physics and Particle Physics for the Physics Department
  • Course in Explosives Surety for the Chemical Engineering Department


Patents Held

  • Procedure to study Bubble Evolution by correcting scattered LASER light and dynamic pressure signals


Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Society
  • Sigma XI
  • Health Physics Society


Conference Publications (1997)

  • Romero, V., P. E. Williams, D. Collis, S. Welch. "Blast Research, Development, Test and Evaluation,"  2nd Asia Pacific Conference on Shock Impact Loads on Structures:  Melbourne, Australia; November 25-27.
  • Romero, V. and Williams, P. E  "Blast Waves from Non-Ideal Explosives," Conference of the American Physics Society Topical Group on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter; Amherst, MS;  July 28-August 1.
  • Ferrel, R. and Romero, V.  "Simulation of High Density Hydrogen Compression," Conference of the American Physical Society Topical Group on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter; Amherst, MS; July 28-August 1.
  • Romero, V.  Invited Presentation:  "Terrorist Bombs: The Characteristic of 'Non-ideal' Explosives."  American Society of Civil Engineers, Architectural Engineering Division; Mitigation of the Effects of Terrorist Violence: A Research Planning Conference; March 13-14; Newark, NJ.


Journal Publications

    * "Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory Groundwater Model," Journal of Health Physics, November, 1997, Volume 73, No. 5 (Jeffrey S. Bull, Van D. Romero, Samuel I. Baker, Geoffrey B. Stapleton, David L. Goss, and Larry V. Coulson).
    * "Blast Waves from Non-Ideal Explosives," in Specialty Symposium on Structures Response to Impact and Blast, Tel Aviv, Israel, October 1996 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "SPH Calculations of Impact Fracture in Steel Cubes," In 16th International Symposium on Ballistics, September 1996 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "Environmental Radiation Monitoring Station," Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, June 1994 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "Radiological Survey of Surface and Tunnel Areas at the Superconducting Super Collider," Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, June 1994 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "Overview of Radiation Protection at the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory," 8th International Conference on Radiation Shielding, Apr 1994 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "Search for Exclusive b ? u Semileptonic Decays of B Mesons,"  Physical Review Letters, vol. 70, #18, 2681, 3 May 1993 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "Measurement of the ?-lepton mass," Physical Review D Rapid Communications, vol 47, #9, R3671, 1 May 1993 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "Production and decay of the Dsl (2536)+," Physics Letters B 303 (1993) 377-384, 15 Apr 1993 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "Tau Decays with One Charge Particle Plus Multiple ?0's," Physical Review Letters, vol 70, #9, 1207, 1 Mar 1993 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "Lepton asymmetry measurements in B??D* l- ?l  and implications for V - A and the form factors," Physical Review D, vol 47, #3, 791, 1 Feb 1993 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "Search for ?-? ??- :  A Test of Lepton Number Conversation," Physical Review Letters, vol 70, #2, 138, 11 Jan 1993 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "Measurement of ? Decays Involving ? Mesons,?"  Physical Review Letters, vol 69, #23, 3278, 7 Dec 1992.
    * "Exclusive ?(2P) production in Y(3S) decay,"  Physics Letters B 294 (1992) 139-144, 5 Nov 1992 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "Isospin Mass Splittings from Precision Measurements of D*-D Mass Differences," Physical Review Letters, vol 69, #14, 2046, 5 Oct 1992 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "A measurement of the tau lepton lifetime," Physics Letters B 291 (1992) 488-495, 1 Oct 1992 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "Two-body decay to ??+, ??+, ???+, and ??+," Physical Review D, vol 45, #11, 3976, 1 Jun 1992 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "Electronic branching ratio of the ? lepton," Physical Review D, vol 45, #11, 3976, 1 June 1992 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "Measurements of semileptonic branching fractions of B mesons at the Y(4S) resonance," Physical Review D, vol 45, #7, 2212, 1 Apr 1992 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "Ds+ Decays to ??+, ???+, and ??+," Physical Review Letters, vol 68, #9, 1279, 2 Mar 1992 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "Measurements of baryon production in B-meson decays," Physical Review D, vol 45, #3, 752, 1 Feb 1992 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "Inclusive and exclusive decays of B mesons to final states including charm and charmonium mesons," Physical Review D,  vol 45, #1, 21, 1 Jan 1992 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "Scattered LASER Light Techniques for Investigating Subcooled Voids," ASME FED-Vol. 125, Dec 1991.
    * "Measurement of the ratio B(D0-->K*?e+?e)/B(D0-->K?e+?e)." Physical Review D, vol 44, #11, 3394, 1 Dec 1991 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "Unusual decay modes of D0 and D+ mesons," Physical Review D, vol 44, #11, 3383, 1 Dec 1991 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "Measurement of the Inclusive B* Cross Section above the Y(4S)," Physical Review Letters, vol 67, #13, 1692, 23 Sep 1991 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "Inclusive ?(2P) Production in Y(3S) Decay," Physical Review Letters, vol 67, #13, 1696, 23 Sep 1991 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "Study of continuum D*+ spin alignment," Physical Review D, vol 44, #3, 593, 1 Aug 1991 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "Study of D0 decays into final states with a ?0 or ?," Physical Review D, vol 43, #9, 2836, 1 May 1991 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "Exclusive and Inclusive Semileptonic decays of B mesons to D mesons," Physical Review D, vol 43, #3, 651, 1 Feb 1991 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "Measurements of the ?+c Decay-Assymetry Parameter," Physical Review Letters, vol 65, #23, 2842, 3 Dec 1990 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "Study of K* Production in tau decay," Physics Letters B, vol 251, #1, 223, 8 Nov 1990 (CLEO Collaboration).
    * "222Rn and Atmospheric Electric Parameters in Carlsbad Caverns," Journal of Geophysical Research, vol 86, #C10, 9911, 20 Oct 1981 (Marvin Wilkening and Van R. Romero).


Contact Information for Dr. Van D. Romero

Mailing Address:
Dr. Van D. Romero
R&ED Office - Brown Hall
New Mexico Tech
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801


Phone: 575-835-5646

Fax: 575-835-6934

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