Aggie, Ingeniero August 2010

jeff_beasleyBeasley named head of engineering technology and surveying engineering department

Jeff Beasley, professor of engineering technology, has been named academic head of the department of engineering technology and surveying engineering at NMSU.  He assumed the position as of July 1. He succeeds Sonya Cooper who is returning to the classroom having served in that position since 2005.

“Dr. Beasley’s experience in teaching, securing and managing externally funded research, and scholarly productivity serve as a great foundation for providing leadership for the department of engineering technology and surveying engineering,” said College of Engineering Dean Ricardo Jacquez. “As a native New Mexican and alum of NMSU, Jeff brings an appreciation for creating and fulfilling the promise of the land grant mission of NMSU. This experience will serve him well in responding to the educational needs of our students.”

As department head, Beasley will assume leadership for one of the most diverse degree granting programs at NMSU, which offers six different major courses of study, three associate degrees, six minors and four concentrations.

“The diversity of our program provides excellent opportunities for all of our students,” said Beasley. “We have a very strong program.”

Working alongside Cooper and Associate Professor Lynn Kelly, Beasley is working toward expanding distance education opportunities for the department.

“We are planning on expanding our distance education opportunities for our electronic and computer engineering technology program with delivery of the first course offerings to the Alamogordo campus in January of 2011. One of our challenges is that we are lab-based and we need to establish the necessary lab facilities in our branch colleges,” he said.

The program will later be extended throughout NMSU’s branch facilities to include the Grants and Doña Ana campuses.

Beasley earned a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of science in engineering technology, a master’s of science and a doctoral degree in electrical engineering, all from NMSU. His NMSU career began in 1979 as a broadcast engineer for KRWG-TV.  He joined the engineering technology faculty as assistant professor in 1988 and was named professor in 1998.

Beasley has distinguished himself while serving as a faculty member, being recognized as Professor of the Year, 2006-2007, by the Engineering Technology Department and as Outstanding Professor by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers in 1999. He received the Donald C. Roush Award for Teaching Excellence at NMSU in 1999 and the Engineering Dean’s Award of Excellence in1998. The El Paso Energy Foundation honored him with a Faculty Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding university teaching in 1998.

Influencing the shape the ETSE department, Beasley was instrumental in the development of the curriculum and courses for the security technology minor, the information engineering technology program and the distance education completion program in information and communications technology.

Beasley’s contributions have extended beyond NMSU and have impacted college-level teaching as well as the industry of computer networking.

Beasley founded Technology Interface, a peer-reviewed, on-line journal in 1996 and served as editor until 1999. He returned as editor in 2006 and continues to edit this journal, now in its 12th year having published more than 250 peer-reviewed papers that have been accessed more than 200,000 times.

Beasley received a U.S. Patent in 1996 for Integrated Circuit Fault Testing Implementing Voltage Supply Rail Pulsing and Corresponding Instantaneous Current Response Analysis. He served as committee chair and graduated one doctoral and eight master’s students in electrical engineering whose research topics were all related to integrated circuit testing.  As a result, a total of 11 publications were generated.

Beasley is the author of three textbooks and two lab manuals, all published by Prentice Hall.  All of these textbooks are used both nationally and internationally.  He is currently developing a mapping guide and a laboratory manual for the Cisco Press 640-802 Network Simulator software to accompany his textbook Networking.

He has received more than $5.3 million in funding for various projects at NMSU and has authored 27 conference papers and publications.

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