by George Zamora
SOCORRO, N.M., Aug. 6, 2007 – New Mexico Tech’s Enrique R. Vivoni has been named this year’s “Most Promising Engineer — Advanced Degree” award winner by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award Conference (HENAAC) Selection Committee, an independent group of representatives from industry, government, military, and academia.
Vivoni, an assistant professor of hydrology at the state-supported research university in Socorro, is also a New Mexico Tech research hydrologist who specializes in studying the hydrological processes associated with surface water.
Vivoni came to New Mexico Tech in 2003 from MIT, where he earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees.
In addition to his teaching and research duties, Vivoni serves as a faculty research advisor to several New Mexico Tech graduate students, and often employs these very same students — graduate, as well as undergraduate — in his various research projects.
“It’s important to get students actively involved in research, especially since New Mexico Tech has a longstanding tradition of students working on research,” Vivoni said.
As a research hydrologist at the university in Socorro, Vivoni also has collaborated with scientists at Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories, as well as with researchers at other national universities.
A few of his recent research collaborations also have taken on an international aspect, with cooperative arrangements being forged with Vivoni’s assistance between New Mexico Tech and several Italian universities, as well as with researchers from Mexican universities.
As in past summers, Vivoni and an international research group spent part of this summer in Mexico, doing extensive field work for a National Science Foundation-supported study of the North American monsoon and its hydrological effects on the southwest region of the United States and the northwest region of Mexico.
Vivoni is the author or co-author of more than 30 research papers in refereed journals and has made more than 100 technical presentations on his research at various professional society and academic conferences.