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NMSU Fulbright recipient represents university on international level

A New Mexico State University faculty member received the opportunity to teach and conduct research at Austria's largest scientific-technical research and educational institution when chosen to participate in the Fulbright program.


Phillip De Leon, a professor in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was chosen as a Fulbright Scholar based upon his leadership and academic merit. He taught and conducted research at the Vienna University of Technology in Vienna, Austria, from August to December 2008.

While at TU-Wien, De Leon taught and researched digital speech processing, which uses computers to recognize, analyze, filter and code speech signals. His course incorporated aspects of the German language, such as phonetic analysis of the language and subtleties of the Viennese dialect in speech synthesis.

De Leon's research focused on manifold learning methods, or ways to simplify data. He also worked with a research group at Telecommunications Research Center Vienna, a government-sponsored telecom research center, on speech synthesis problems.

De Leon said the Fulbright grant gave him the opportunity to represent NMSU on an international level and he chose to go to Vienna for many reasons.

"Vienna afforded me an opportunity to not only work with both research groups and teach at an outstanding technical university, but also to attend and present papers at several conferences in central Europe," De Leon said.

He said he had a colleague at TU-Wien and thought it would be an opportunity to collaborate on research.

De Leon has been at NMSU for 13 years and teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses. His research interests include speech processing, embedded systems, adaptive filtering and pattern recognition.

The Fulbright program was created by the U.S. government in 1946 to aid international educational exchange. Fulbright grants are given for a variety of educational activities, including advanced research, graduate study and university lecturing.

The main funding for the program is received from the U.S. Congress, while participating governments and host universities contribute indirectly.