SOCORRO, N.M., October 23, 2000 -- Robert L. Lee, the director of New Mexico Tech's Petroleum Research and Recovery Center (PRRC), recently was named this year's recipient of the New Mexico Oil & Gas Association's (NMOGA) Pete Porter Award.
Each year, NMOGA presents its Pete Porter Award to individuals who have distinguished themselves as "outstanding citizens of New Mexico who have made significant contributions to the state."
"When they announced it at the association's awards luncheon, I was so surprised," Lee says. "After all, I think there are many other people who deserve this award more than me."
Lee stresses that he feels that this year's award is actually more reflective of the total contributions New Mexico Tech and the PRRC have made to the oil and gas industry, rather than just the ones he has made as an individual.
"I'm very proud of and happy for New Mexico Tech and the PRRC," he states. "I can only extend my thanks once again to all the members of my staff at the PRRC. It's always a pleasure working with such outstanding, competent people."
NMOGA is a non-profit organization which was founded in 1929 to provide a collective forum through which the state's oil and gas industry can maintain an active involvement with the New Mexico political system and with the citizens of New Mexico.
The PRRC, a research division of New Mexico Tech, conducts both basic and applied research designed to improve recovery of petroleum and natural gas.
The PRRC also serves as a source of information on improved recovery for the oil industry in New Mexico and for research specialists in private industry and government agencies.