Steve E. Watkins

2005 WISE

The WISE program welcomes Dr. Steve E. Watkins of the University of Missouri-Rolla (UM-Rolla) as the 2005 WISE Faculty-Member-in-Residence.

Dr. Steve E. Watkins is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at UM-Rolla, the assistant department chair of electrical engineering undergraduate studies, and the director of the Applied Optics Laboratory. His research and teaching interests include applications of smart structures, optical sensing systems, and engineering education. During 2004, he served as a legislative science-and-technology fellow on the personal staff of California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher. The position was sponsored by the IEEE-USA Congressional Fellowship program of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Also, he has been a visiting physicist for the U.S.A.F. Phillips Laboratory at the Kirtland Air Force Base and a visiting scholar for Nippon Telegraph and Telephone in Tokyo, Japan.

He is active professionally. He serves on the IEEE-USA Committee on Transportation and Aerospace Technology Policy, on the Board of Governors for the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society, and on the Board of Governors of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society. He advises the UM-Rolla student chapters of HKN and of Toastmasters, both of which have received national activity awards. His awards include 2000 Outstanding Educator from Region 5 IEEE, 1999 MSM-UMR Alumni Outstanding Advising Award, 1995 MSM-UMR Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award, 1993 finalist for Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer of HKN, and 1983 Outstanding Electrical Engineering Student of HKN.

Dr. Watkins received a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla. He is a member of IEEE (Senior Member), ASEE, SPIE, OSA, HKN, and Toastmasters.

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