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College of Engineering names four new professorships

On Friday, Oct. 31, during Homecoming 2008 celebrations, the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University will announce the appointment of four new professorships. The new professorships are made possible by the generosity of longtime college supporters.

Martha C. Mitchell, academic department head of chemical engineering, has been named the recipient of the Robert Davis Chemical Engineering Professorship.

Mitchell received her bachelor's in chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989 and received her doctoral degree in chemical engineering at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis in 1996. Mitchell joined the NMSU chemical engineering faculty in the fall of 1996.

Mitchell's research mainly focuses on computer-aided design of fuel/oxidizer operations, separation of light gas mixtures using inorganic molecular sieve membranes, molecular density functional theory and simulation of leaching of radioactive isotopes.

Mitchell's professorship was made possible by Robert W. Davis, who retired from the Chevron Corp. in 1989 as president and chief executive officer of the Chevron Chemical Co. and vice president of Chevron Corp. Davis received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from NMSU in 1949, with honors. He received a master's degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1950. Davis is now a principal at Davis Associates, a management consulting firm. This is the second professorship that Davis has endowed for the chemical engineering department.

David V. JŠuregui, associate professor of civil engineering at NMSU, has been named recipient of the Wells/Hatch Family Civil Engineering Professorship.

JŠuregui was recently selected as Higher Education Educator of the Year by the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers.

JŠuregui received a bachelor of science in civil engineering from NMSU and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on the condition evaluation of bridge structures using analytical techniques and nondestructive testing methods.

The Well-Hatch professorship was made possible by William C. Wells, Jr., who earned his bachelor's of civil engineering in 1965. He is one of 13 family members who have graduated from NMSU, beginning with his father, the late William Cramar Wells, Sr., bachelor's of civil engineering in 1935, and mother Ruby Jane Wells (Hatch), bachelor's of home economics 1939. Wells is president and owner of Denver-based Wells Energy Company and Vegas Production Company, involved in oil and gas exploration and production.

Charles D. Creusere, associate professor at the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is the recipient of the International Foundation for Telemetering Professorship in Telecommunications.

Creusere received his bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Davis. He went on to receive his master's and doctoral degrees in electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Creusere joined the faculty of the Kilpsch School at NMSU in 2000.

Creusere is a member of several technical program committees for the IEEE. Creusere was the associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Image Processing from 2002 to 2005 and began serving as the associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Multimedia in 2008.

The International Foundation for Telemetering has supported the Klipsch school through the establishment of graduate fellowships and was key in establishing the Frank Carden Chair in Telemetering and Telecommunications, which has played a central role in the development of a nationally recognized program in this important area. The Carden chair was the first chair to be established at NMSU.

Thomas D. Burton is the recipient of the Robert G. Myers Department Head Professorship in Mechanical Engineering.

Burton received a BS in engineering from Caltech in 1969, with a major in aeronautics. He received his master's and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972 and 1976, respectively.

Burton spent eight years as an aerospace engineer with the General Electric Missile and Space Division in Valley Forge, Pa. Burton entered academia in 1977, spending 18 years at Washington State University and 10 years at Texas Tech University. In June 2005 he moved to NMSU as department head of mechanical engineering, developing an aerospace engineering program.

Burton's research has been in the general area of dynamics and vibrations and has included work in the following specialties: 1) perturbation methods applied to nonlinear vibrations; 2) nonlinear and chaotic responses of fluids and structures; 3) reduced order modeling in nonlinear structural dynamics.

The professorship is made possible by Robert G. Myers who received his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from New Mexico A&M (now NMSU) in 1958. He was named College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus at Homecoming 2007. After receiving his degree, Myers worked for the Boeing Company and then for Northrop Grumman. At Northrop Grumman, Myers served as vice president for the Military B-2 Stealth Bomber Flight Test Program and then as vice president for the Military Aircraft Systems Division Test and Evaluation. He also served in the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserves.