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Four Klipsch Professorships established at New Mexico State

Four Klipsch Professorships established at New Mexico State



Michael Giles, an electrical engineering professor at New Mexico State University, will be named a Klipsch Professor at a 2 p.m. public ceremony Friday, Oct. 11. (New Mexico State University photo by Darren Phillips)

Four New Mexico State University electrical engineering professors will be named Klipsch Professors at a 2 p.m. public ceremony Friday, Oct. 11, in front of the Klipsch Museum in Engineering Complex III.
The professorships are being established in memory of audio pioneer Paul W. Klipsch by his wife Valerie, who will attend the ceremony. The endowment that will support the professorships was established with a $450,000 donation from Valerie Klipsch and matched by the state of New Mexico. Mrs. Klipsch also donated an additional $50,000 for support of the museum named after her husband.

Klipsch, a renowned inventor, engineer and scientist, died in May at the age of 98. The university's Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering is named for him. He graduated from New Mexico A&M, now New Mexico State, in 1926 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.

New Mexico State Professors Michael Giles, Kwong Ng, Jamie Ramirez-Angulo and Satish Ranade were selected for the professorships by a committee and Department Head Steve Castillo. Klipsch Professors will hold the title as long as they continue teaching at New Mexico State, but will be reviewed every three years to ensure they are continuing to maintain a high level of performance. The honor carries with it a stipend to supplement the recipient's salary.

"The professors were chosen based on teaching, research and service to the university," Castillo said.

Giles received his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University and his doctorate in optical sciences from the University of Arizona. He joined the Klipsch School faculty in 1982 after working for 11 years as a research engineer for the U.S. Department of Defense. At New Mexico State, he and his students have developed and tested techniques for optical image and signal processing, imaging system characterization, programmable pupil function implementation using liquid crystal televisions, wave front sensing and adaptive optics.

Ng is the director of the Electromagnetics Laboratory at the Klipsch School. He received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from McGill University in Canada and his master's and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Ohio State University. Before joining New Mexico State in 1990, he was an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of Virginia. Over the past 15 years, he has been conducting research in the areas of computational electromagnetics, bioelectromagnetics and biomedical instrumentation.

Ramirez-Angulo is director of the Mixed-Signal Very Large Scale Integrated (VLSI) Circuits Laboratory and the NASA Center for Intelligent Systems Engineering at the Klipsch School. He received a degree in communications and electronic engineering and a master's in electrical engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City and a doctorate from the University of Stuttgart in Germany. Before coming to New Mexico State in 1990, he was a professor at the National Institute for Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics and at Texas A&M. His research is related to the design and testing of analog and mixed-signal VLSI circuits.

Ranade received his bachelor's degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, his master's in electrical engineering from New Mexico State and his doctorate from the University of Florida. He joined New Mexico State in 1981 and his teaching and research is concentrated in the area of electric power systems. He is associated with the university's Electric Utility Management Program.

For more information about the ceremony or the professorships, call the Klipsch School at (505) 646-3117.
Michael Giles, an electrical engineering professor at New Mexico State University, will be named a Klipsch Professor at a 2 p.m. public ceremony Friday, Oct. 11. (New Mexico State University photo by Darren Phillips)
Kwong Ng, an electrical engineering professor at New Mexico State University, will be named a Klipsch Professor at a 2 p.m. public ceremony Friday, Oct. 11. (New Mexico State University photo by Darren Phillips)
Jamie Ramirez-Angulo, an electrical engineering professor at New Mexico State University, will be named a Klipsch Professor at a 2 p.m. public ceremony Friday, Oct. 11. (New Mexico State University photo by Darren Phillips)
Satish Ranade, an electrical engineering professor at New Mexico State University, will be named a Klipsch Professor at a 2 p.m. public ceremony Friday, Oct. 11. (New Mexico State University photo by Darren Phillips)