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Susan Welch

 Susan Welch
Education Outreach Advisor (Retired)
New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources
New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
801 Leroy Place
Socorro NM 87801-4796

(575) 835-6333 fax

Susie Welch is an education outreach advisor for the Geologic Extension Service (GES) at New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources (NMBMMR). The GES assists the public in accessing the services and information available at NMBMMR. In addition to handling daily inquiries from the public relating to the geology, mineral and water resources, and geologic hazards of the state, the GES operates a year-round outreach program that serves the K-12 education community as well as the public. Examples of some outreach programs and activities include teacher enhancement workshops and presentations, exhibits, and open houses.


Professional Experience

  • Adjunct - Education Outreach Advisor (ret), New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources (2017 to present).
  • Manager, Geologic Extension Service, New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources (1994 to 2017).
  • Associate Editor [also Assistant Editor], New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources (1991 to 1994)
  • Research Assistant, Petroleum Recovery Research Center, NM Tech (1980 to 1986)
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, New Mexico State University (1978 to 1980)

Professional Associations

  • New Mexico Science Teachers Association, Member, 1995–present; Serving on several committees to the Board of Directors, Exhibit Chair/Co-Chair for fall conferences 1996, 1997, 1999
  • New Mexico Mining Association Education Committee 1998–present
  • Environmental Education Association of New Mexico (past member)
  • New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission/Comprehensive Groundwater Protection Program—Public Education and Participation Working Group, 1995
  • Native Americans in Mineral Engineering and Science Advisory Board 1984–1986


  • Past editor of Lite Geology
  • Coordination and development of teacher enhancement workshops
    • Seismic Sleuths/Tremor Troop, FEMA-based earthquake safety curriculum for teachers
    • Rockin' Around New Mexico, a summer geology workshop for teachers
  • Coordination and development of displays, presentations, and minerals education curricula