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Engineering dean appointed to National Science Foundation advisory committee

New Mexico State University College of Engineering Dean Steven P. Castillo has been appointed by National Science Foundation Director Arden Bement to serve on the NSF's Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure (ACCI).

The ACCI will advise 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. This includes hardware, software, data storage and management, programming tools and networking systems.

The office also supports the training of researchers and educators to use these tools and resources to further their goals. The OCI has a budget of approximately $600 million.

The advisory committee meets twice yearly to focus on NSF's cyberinfrastructure programs and plans. The 24-member committee will be chaired by James Duderstadt, president emeritus of the University of Michigan, and is composed of academic and industry leaders in computer engineering education and research.

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.