by George Zamora
SOCORRO, N.M., April 19, 2006 – New Mexico Tech President Daniel H. López and one of his top university administrators recently were in China, working to strengthen ongoing research collaborations between the research university and PetroChina Company Limited, the largest oil and gas company in the People’s Republic of China.
Accompanying and assisting López on his two-week-long business trip to China was Robert L. Lee, director of the Petroleum Recovery Research Center, a research division of New Mexico Tech.
During their stay, López and Lee met with PetroChina’s top company officials to discuss the possibility of expanding existing research and education collaborations which were forged between the university and oil company two years ago.
On March 22, on behalf of New Mexico Tech, López signed a Technical Intercommunication and Training Contract to promote further collaborations — particularly in research areas dealing with enhanced oil recovery — with Daqing Oilfield Company Limited, PetroChina’s major research division.
“This new contract that we have entered into with our research partners in China will further enhance New Mexico Tech’s own research efforts in oil and gas recovery, and may serve to bolster the university’s international student exchange and visiting professor programs as well,” López said.
Also traveling along with the New Mexico Tech administrators on the recent trip to China were New Mexico State Senator Timothy Z. Jennings of Roswell, State Representatives Henry “Kiki” Saavedra and Daniel P. Silva of Albuquerque, and David F. Williams of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), all of whom paid for their own respective travel expenses.