Hoehne, Colorado resident Andrea Gallegos graduated from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology University with honors on Saturday, May 11, 2019. She received her bachelor’s degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and earned a Geographical Information System (GIS) Certificate.
For decades New Mexico Tech (NMT) has been ranked among the top universities in the nation in science and engineering education. Gallegos worked extremely hard to earn her degree at this very demanding institution.
Gallegos has been an active member in a number of professional organizations and has held offices in them, as well. Andrea was the 2018-2019 American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE) Chapter President as well as the 2017-2018 Chapter Treasurer, where she managed securing funding for several all-expense paid field trips to Midland, Texas for drilling rig tours, frac sights, mud companies, training sights for Chevron and career fairs.
Gallegos was instrumental in soliciting the AADE Permian Basin Parent Chapter to donate $50,000 to the Petroleum Department at NMT where it will be used to renovate a petroleum classroom and update it with the state-of-the-art technology.
Gallegos’ efforts made it possible for 16 students to make the trip to Denver, Colorado, for the National AADE Conference at no expense to the students.
Gallegos is an active member in Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) where she has collected toy, food, donated toys and food as well as distributed food for the holidays and volunteered each year to work the President’s Golf Tournament. Gallegos also belongs to the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG).
Even being as active as she was while on and off campus, she was a part of MATCH New Mexico where she worked with at risk third grade students who come from broken homes and are at risk for falling behind when it comes to math and reading.
Prior to graduation Andrea received four job offers from four outstanding companies and these offers could take her all around the world.
Gallegos’ parents are Abigail and Arnold Gallegos of Hoehne, brother David Gallegos, also of Hoehne and grandparents Connie and David Gallegos of Pojoaque, New Mexico.