NMSU engineering dean appointed to National Science Foundation and National Academy of Engineering advisory committees

By Linda Fresques

New Mexico State University College of Engineering Dean Steven P. Castillo has been appointed by National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Academy of Engineering to serve on committees related to engineering education and research.

Castillo will serve on the Committee on Engineering Education, a committee of the National Academy of Engineering Office of the President. The committee “is composed of thought leaders and experts from the business, academic, and public sectors that have a demonstrated commitment to the advancement of education issues in engineering.”

Current committee projects focus on:

  • Creating an education system that will secure technological leadership well into the future,
  • responding to and anticipating shifts in modern engineering practice,
  • developing education practices that enhance the teaching and learning experience, and educating the public about the engineering profession.

Castillo was also appointed to serve on the NSF Directorate for Engineering Advisory Committee. The committee advises the directorate on:

  • How the directorate’s mission, programs, and goals can best serve the community,
  • important issues in institutional administration and policy,
  • how the directorate can promote quality graduate and undergraduate education in engineering,
  • priority investment areas in engineering research, and
  • government Performance and Results Act, including Committees of Visitors.

Castillo was appointed to serve on NSF’s Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure (ACCI) in the spring of 2006. The ACCI advises the NSF’s Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI) on the acquisition and development of state-of-the-art cyberinfrastructure resources, tools and services needed to support the nation’s science and engineering research and education.

Castillo received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from NMSU and master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana, where he conducted research in electromagnetic analysis of high-speed digital circuits.

Castillo joined the NMSU faculty in 1987 and was head of the university’s Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1998 until 2004, when he became dean of engineering. He won the NSF Presidential Young Investigator award in 1991 and was named as an NMSU Regents Professor in 2004.


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