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Endowed professorship established in College of Engineering

A $400,000 endowed professorship has been established in New Mexico State University's Department of Mechanical Engineering. This is the first fully endowed professorship in the department.


ght L. and Aubrey Chapman Endowed Professorship was established through an estate gift from the Chapmans. Dwight Chapman received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from NMSU in 1933. He started his collegiate career at Southern Methodist University, but transferred to NMSU because of the co-op program it offered to its students.

"The Chapman Endowed Professorship will allow us to recruit a nationally renowned faculty member into the mechanical and aerospace engineering programs," said Steven Castillo, dean of the College of Engineering. "This supports the College of Engineering's drive toward national prominence."

The professorship was established to support key technical areas in mechanical engineering such as thermal/fluid science, mechanics, dynamics and control or design. The holder of the professorship will teach and be involved in research activities promoting educational and professional development of undergraduate and graduate students in mechanical engineering at NMSU.