Laurence Harold Lattman, Ph.D.

Title: President Emeritus
Company: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

Laurence Harold Lattman, Ph.D., President Emeritus at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in geology education.
A distinguished geologist and educator of more than four decades, Dr. Lattman got his start in his chosen field after earning a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the City College of New York in 1948. He went on to matriculate at the University of Cincinnati, attaining a Master of Science in geology in 1951 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1953. Following his own education and a term as an instructor at the University of Michigan, Dr. Lattman went to work for the Gulf Oil Corp. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as assistant head of the photogeology section, remaining until 1957 when he entered the realm of academia.
Dr. Lattman joined the Pennsylvania State University in 1957 as an assistant professor, rising to full professor of geomorphology. He returned to the University of Cincinnati in 1970 as a professor and department chairman for five years. In 1975, he was offered the head dean position of the College of Mines at the University of Utah and later the position of dean of the College of Engineering, where he flourished in the roles until 1983. Dr. Lattman was then offered the presidency at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 1983, which he had served as until retiring as president emeritus in 1993.
Alongside his primary roles, Dr. Lattman served on the board of directors of the Public Service Company of New Mexico and consulted for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as major oil corporations. Civically, he was a member of the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board from 1995 to 2002. To add to his many feats, Dr. Lattman authored “Aerial Photographs in Field Geology” in 1967, and contributed extensively to professional journals. Despite his numerous achievements, he is most fond of his time in the classroom teaching geological science to non-scientists, as he enjoyed sharing his expertise with those in other fields of study.
A fellow of the Geological Society America, Dr. Lattman has maintained affiliation with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, Association Western Universities, and Sigma Xi. Likewise, the American Society of Photogrammetry granted him the Ford Bartlett Award in 1968 and the American Institute of Mining presented him with the Mineral Industries Education Award in 1986. Notably, he also served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 and was the first Fenneman Fellow at the University of Cincinnati in 1953. To attest to his legacy, Dr. Lattman can also be found in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the West, and Who’s Who in the World.


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