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February 2011

  1. Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering welcomes Vojin G. Oklobdzija as department head
  2. Nirmala Khandan named first holder of Foreman endowed chair
  3. Civil engineering builds opportunity to help others
  4. Edward Pines receives Roush Award
  5. NMSU's Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center marks three major milestones
  6. NMSU Archivist's Book Makes List of New Mexico's 100 Best
  7. Registration now open for golf tournament to benefit scholarship fund
  8. Intel's Douglas Davis set to give Bromilow lecture
  9. Engineering students gather to watch IBM's computer Jeopardy! challenge
  10. Alumni News

1. Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering welcomes Vojin G. Oklobdzija as department head

Vojin OklobdzijaVojin G. Oklobdzija has joined the NMSU Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering as academic department head. A search committee selected Oklobdzija this past spring and he started his new post in January. Oklobdzija is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, Vice-President of Technical Activities for IEEE Circuits and Systems Society and Member of the Board of Governors. Additionally, he directs the Advanced Computer System Engineering Laboratory. Read More


2. Nirmala Khandan named first holder of Foreman endowed chair
By Linda Fresques

Dr. Nirmala KhandanNirmala Khandan, professor of civil engineering at NMSU, has been named as the first holder of the Ed and Harold Foreman Endowed Chair in Civil Engineering at NMSU.

"For more than 20 years Nirmala Khandan has been a leader in scholarly activities in the civil engineering department. He has been widely recognized for his research and teaching and he is most deserving of this honor," said Ricardo B. Jacquez, College of Engineering Dean. Read More


3. Civil engineering builds opportunity to help others
By Linda Fresques and Darrell Pher

Sarah WilliamsonA desire to help others, an unplanned job opportunity and the persistence of a faculty member led to an unexpected career path for New Mexico State University graduate student Sarah Williamson.

"When I first came to NMSU I was not enrolled as an engineering student; I was enrolled as a government major because I felt that politics was the only avenue for a job where I could get paid to do outreach projects," said Williamson, who graduated in December 2010 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in environmental engineering. "I had hopes of working internationally with developing countries on their human and health rights. I was able to get a job working on campus, but not in the government department. The only job I could find was working as a research assistant in civil engineering for Dr. Ricardo Jacquez." Read More


4. Edward Pines receives Roush Award
By Justin Bannister

Convocation 2011New Mexico State University welcomed faculty and staff back to campus today during the 2011 Spring Convocation ceremony held at NMSU's Atkinson Music Recital Hall. Convocation is held each January and August to celebrate university accomplishments and inform staff and faculty about the upcoming semester. It is traditional for NMSU to give out various awards during the ceremony.

Eleven faculty members were recognized for winning the Donald C. Roush Excellence in Teaching Award. Among them was Edward Pines, industrial engineering department head.Named for a former NMSU executive vice president in recognition of his 35 years of teaching improvement in New Mexico, the annual Roush award recognizes NMSU faculty for teaching excellence. Read More


5. NMSU's Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center marks three major milestones
By Therese Shakra

Lie Down and Be CountedThe Presidential Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) on America's Nuclear Future will soon visit southern New Mexico's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) as a model operation; WIPP is independently monitored for health and environmental safety by the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center (CEMRC) through New Mexico State University's Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE), part of the College of Engineering. The second landmark event for CEMRC/WIPP is that it recently earned recertification by the Environmental Protection Agency for its excellent safety record. The third major achievement is attaining "invisibility" regarding the measurement of zero radiation in people and the environment. Read More


6. NMSU Archivist's Book Makes List of New Mexico's 100 Best
By Jeanette Smith

Whle Damned WorldThe book The Whole Damned World: New Mexico Aggies at War 1941-1945 by New Mexico State University Library archivist Martha Shipman Andrews is among the titles listed as the 100 Best New Mexico Books.

The list was announced in January by the New Mexico Book Co-op in time for the New Mexico Centennial in 2012. Books were voted on by authors, librarians and the public. There are classic books on the list as well as relatively new books. Read More


7. Registration now open for golf tournament to benefit scholarship fund

Golf ClassicGolf enthusiasts can hit the links and support NMSU engineering students at the same time by participating in the First Annual Volt Information Sciences Slide Rule Golf Classic. The tournament is set for Thursday, Feb. 24 during Engineer's Week with a shotgun start at 8:30 am at the NMSU Golf Course.

Registration is now open for this event that will benefit engineering scholarships. Prizes will be provided by Callaway Golf. Fees are $100 for individual players and $400 per team. The tournament will conclude with an awards luncheon at 1 pm. Click here for the tournament registration form. For more information, contact Tracey O'Neil or Mack Haley at 575-646-2913.


8. Intel's Douglas Davis set to give Bromilow lecture

Douglas DavisDouglas Davis, NMSU electrical engineering alum and vice president and general manager of the Intel Netbook and Tablet Group, has been selected as the 2011 Distinguished Bromilow Lecturer. He will present his lecture on Friday, Feb.25 from 1:30-3 p.m. in Thomas and Brown Hall, room 104,NMSU campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 575-646-2913.


9. Engineering students gather to watch IBM's computer Jeopardy! challenge
By Linda Fresques

Students at Jeopardy! challengeMore than 70 NMSU electrical engineering and computer science students gathered on Feb. 15 to watch the ultimate match of wits between man and machine when the Watson system, developed by computer scientists and engineers at IBM Research, challenged human grand champions in the game of Jeopardy! Read More

 


10. Alumni News

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