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College of Engineering Bromilow Lecture scheduled for Wednesday; speaker announced

Col. William T. "Bill" Cooley, commander of the Phillips Research Site and Materiel Wing Director, Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., will be the featured speaker at the College of Engineering Annual Bromilow Lecture. Cooley's lecture, entitled "Government Science and Engineering: Lab to Living Room," will be held 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, on the NMSU campus in Thomas and Brown Hall, room 104. All are welcome to attend and admission is free.

Cooley leads a team of 941 military, civilian and on-site contractors who comprise the nation's Center of Excellence for military space science and technology, research and development, as well as advanced technologies integration and demonstration. His organization manages an annual budget of $378 million, focused on the mission thrusts of responsive space and counterspace and space-based command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Cooley is a native of Albuquerque. He was commissioned in 1988 through Air Force ROTC and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., with a degree in mechanical engineering. In addition to his continued technical education, which culminated in a doctorate of philosophy in engineering physics, Cooley's professional military education includes Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College and National War College.

Cooley's assignments include program manager Air Force Distributed Common Ground System; defense sector program manager, Office of Security Cooperation - Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan; program element monitor, Military Satellite Communications at the Pentagon; staff officer at the Warrior Preparation Center, Einsiedlerhof Air Station, Germany; and branch chief, Semiconductor Laser Branch, Directed Energy Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB.

The Bromilow Lecture is held in recognition of Dr. Frank Bromilow's leadership and enhancement of the quality of faculty during his tenure as dean of the College of Engineering, a position he held from 1961 until his death in 1974.