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First recipient of Bob Davis professorship named

An assistant professor of chemical engineering at New Mexico State University is the first recipient of the Bob Davis professorship.

Dr. Shuguang Deng, NMSU's first recipient of the Bob Davis professorship (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Shuguang Deng has been with NMSU since August 2003. In a little more than two years, he has helped create research programs in hydrogen fuel cell and water treatment, obtained research grants of $500,000 and created two new elective courses.

"In his short time here at NMSU, Professor Deng has shown exemplary performance in both teaching and research," said Steven Castillo, dean of the College of Engineering. "He has provided innovative work in both fuel cell and water treatment research. Professorships like these help us to retain and reward our faculty."

"Professor Shuguang Deng is a great asset to the NMSU Chemical Engineering Department," added Martha Mitchell, academic department head of chemical engineering. "He is pursuing cutting-edge research and is a well-respected instructor. We are honored to be able to name him as the recipient of the first endowed professorship in chemical engineering."

Deng earned his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering in 1984 and his master of science degree in chemical engineering three years later. Both degrees were earned at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. He earned his doctoral degree in chemical engineering at the University of Cincinnati in 1996.

Bob Davis, an NMSU alum and the former president and CEO of Chevron Chemical Co., provided a large part of the funding for the professorship. Several alumni and friends of the department, along with matching funds from a Department of Education Title V grant, brought the endowment to its full amount of $250,000, which goes into an endowment at the NMSU Foundation. The College of Engineering's share of the principal will be used to enhance the salary of the faculty member holding the professorship.