The annual technical research symposium attracted about 200 water experts from around the state to discussed their latest research and technological developments relevant to water resources. Brief presentations were made and posters displayed at the one-day event in late summer at New Mexico Tech. The symposium, held since 2002, brought together researchers from academia, the national laboratories, state and federal agencies, private firms, and students from throughout the Southwest. The Symposium Planning Committee suggested a theme and reviewed proposed abstracts submitted for oral and poster presentations. In 2006, a student presentation and paper competition was held and winning students received recognition and a cash prize.
The symposium was a forum for researchers, engineers, and students in the region to present their current water research activities. It was coordinated by the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute and sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, University of New Mexico, New Mexico Tech, New Mexico State University, Office of the State Engineer, New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the New Mexico Section of the American Water Resources Association.
In 2010, the NM WRRI elected to merge the annual symposium with the annual water conference resulting in a better attended conference with more exposure to student and non-student presenters.
August 3, 2010
The symposium was dedicated to the memory of Dr. Bobby J. Creel, longtime staff member of the WRRI (1986-2010). Dr. Creel was a devoted mentor to many undergraduate and graduate students over his long career in the water resources field.