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Castillo named dean of engineering at NMSU

Steven P. Castillo, head of the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New Mexico State University, has been appointed dean of the NMSU College of Engineering effective July 1.

Steven Castillo will become dean of the NMSU College of Engineering on July 1.

o, a member of the NMSU faculty since 1987, was selected for the position following a national search.

He has been head of the Klipsch School since September 1999 and served as interim department head from December 1998 through August 1999.

In making the announcement, Interim President and Provost William V. Flores noted Castillo's achievements as a teacher and researcher and his successes in obtaining outside funding to enhance his department's academic programs.

"Dr. Castillo worked closely with faculty and college and university development officers to obtain outside funding in support of excellence within the Klipsch School," Flores said. "Major gifts during his tenure as department head enabled the creation of an endowed chair, four endowed professorships and several new endowed scholarships for the support of electrical engineering majors."

In 1991, early in his research career, Castillo received the National Science Foundation's Presidential Young Investigator Award, a highly competitive award that goes to some of the nation's best young scientists and engineers. He was named this year as a Regents Professor at NMSU.

A native New Mexican, Castillo received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at NMSU and his master's and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois. His research focuses on computational electromagnetism and high-performance computing.