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NMSU electrical and computer engineering to honor professor emeritus

The Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in New Mexico State University's College of Engineering will honor Professor Emeritus Frank Carden by lending his name to a $1.3 million endowed chair he established.


At a 4:30 p.m. ceremony Friday, May 14, the chair will be named the Frank Carden Chair for Telemetry and Telecommunications. Carden also will be named by the college as an "Ingenieros Eminente" for distinguished work in the field of telemetry and telecommunications.

Carden joined the NMSU electrical engineering faculty in 1966, serving as department head from 1968 to 1987. His primary research interests involved telemetering and telecommunications, and during this time he worked to raise funds for an endowed chair in that area. His goal was realized in 1990, and he retired from NMSU in 1994.

"We are happy to honor Dr. Carden with the naming of the chair," said Steve Castillo, interim head of the Klipsch School. "Prof. Carden was instrumental in establishing a world-class research and teaching program in telecommunications and telemetry within the Klipsch School. He did this through the establishment of the chair while at the same time working with Prof. Stephen Horan to attract several large research grants."

The telemetry and telecommunications program receives about $1 million per year in funding from NASA, Sandia National Laboratories and other industrial sponsors, Castillo said. "Students graduating from the program are in extremely high demand in the wireless industry."

A selection committee appoints the Frank Carden Chair for Telemetry and Telecommunications for a three-year term. The faculty member with the title receives a salary supplement of $8,000, as well as funds to be used for research, equipment and other needs promoting the telemetering program. Horan, who directs the program, currently holds the title.

Carden received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, in 1959. He earned his master's degree in 1960 and his doctorate in 1965, both in electrical engineering at Oklahoma State University.

Also at Friday's ceremony, engineering graduates will be inducted into the Sociedad de Ingenieros, or Society of Engineers. The Sociedad was established in 1989 to recognize students who have successfully completed an engineering program and qualify for a degree.

About 200 students are expected to be eligible for induction. The ceremony will be in the Corbett Center Auditorium. A reception will follow.
Rachel Kendall
May 13, 1999