NMSU: Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
New Mexico State University
Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Labs

Research Laboratories

There are extensive computer and research facilities available in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The school has numerous PC workstations contained within three different open computing labs and several research laboratories. Research requiring larger computational resources have access to the departmental 16 processor HP Integrity rx8620 supercomputer ( each of the 16 processors consists of a 4 core IA-64 processor), 4 quad-processor Itanium 2 HP servers, and a 128-processor "Beowulf" distributed memory parallel computer. The internal network consists of a one Gbit/sec fiber optic backbone with 100 Mbit/sec Ethernet connections to all desktop machines. The Electrical Engineering building is linked to a large number of remote computers on campus via NMSUnet and to computers at other universities and research laboratories via the VBNS and the Internet.

Computer Engineering
Signals and Systems
Power and Control
Photonics and Electromagnetics


Center for Telemetry and Telemetering

The Center for Telemetry and Telemetering hosts the Manuel Lujan, Jr. Space Tele-Engineering Program and the Frank Carden Chair for Telemetry and Telemetering. Faculty and staff in the Center are involved in education and research programs focusing on telecommunications, communication theory, coding and information theory, wireless networks, digital signal processing, optical and radio frequency communications, and digital image processing. The Center has several major research sponsors including NASA, the Department of Defense, and the National Science Foundation. The acting director of the Center is Dr. Charles Creusere.


Advanced Speech and Audio Processing Laboratory

The Advanced Speech and Audio Processing Laboratory is used for both teaching and research in digital signal processing (DSP). Current research areas include audio coding, embedded DSP, signal enhancement, speaker recognition, and subjective speech and audio evaluation. Research sponsors for the laboratory include Air Force Research Laboratories, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, Motorola, National Science Foundation, and Texas Instruments. The director of the laboratory is Dr. Phillip L. De Leon.


R.L. Golden Particle Astrophysics Lab (PAL)

The New Mexico State University R.L. Golden Particle Astrophysics Lab (PAL) is dedicated to measuring and interpreting cosmic ray spectra in an effort to better understand the origin, structure, and workings of our universe. PAL also serves as the center of a large scientific collaboration including scientists from Italy, Germany, Sweden, Russia, France, and India. For the past 20 years, giant helium-filled balloons have carried PAL’s research instrument on 24-hour flights to the top of the earth’s atmosphere. This method of research allows the collaboration to make scientific observations comparable to those possible using satellites but at a small fraction of the cost. PAL’s major sponsor is NASA. The director of PAL is Dr. Steven Stochaj.


Electromagnetics and Microwave Laboratory

The Electromagnetics and Microwave Laboratory is used for both teaching and research in electromagnetic fields. Current research areas include antenna analysis, synthesis, and design, bio-electromagnetics, brain mapping, computational physics, electromagnetic interference and compatibility, high performance computing, nondestructive evaluation, radar system analysis and design, and radar cross-section analysis. Research sponsors for the laboratory include American Heart Association, Department of Defense, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NASA, National Institutes of Health, Sandia National Laboratories, and White Sands Missile Range. The Director of the Electromagnetics and Microwave Laboratory is Dr. Kwong T. Ng.


Electric Utility Management Program (EUMP)

New Mexico State University’s program in Electric Utility Management Program (EUMP) is sponsored by a group of public and private electric utility companies and industrial organizations and hosts the PNM Chair for Utility Management and The Kersting Professorship. The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree program includes course work in public utilities regulation and is designed to prepare the student for a future engineering management position in the electric utility industry. An industry advisory committee provides the vital connecting link between the electric utility industry and the university, so that a coordinated effort may be achieved in realizing the following program objectives: (1) to provide a program of study at the graduate level in the planning, operation, and management of electric power generation, transmission, distribution, and utilization; (2) to supply the electric utility industry with the highest caliber of new engineering and management talent; and (3) to provide the university with the required financial and technical support to ensure a quality program. In addition, faculty in EUMP work with MS and PhD students to conduct funded research sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories, EPRI, NSF, DOE, and the electrical utility industry. Much of the current research is focused on renewable energy integration, protection, advanced control and optimization, and customer driven microgrids. The director of the EUMP and PNM Professor for Utility Management is Dr. Satish Ranade.


VLSI Laboratory

Faculty and students in the VLSI Laboratory are involved in the design and analysis of analog and mixed-signal microelectronic circuits and systems. Current research areas include high-frequency analog VLSI design; low-voltage, low-power high-performance operational amplifiers and operational transconductance amplifiers; analog image processing; power management circuits; and CMOS image sensors. Research sponsors include the Los Alamos National Laboratories and Agilent Technologies. The director of the VLSI Laboratory is IEEE Fellow Dr. Jaime Ramirez-Angulo.


Electro-Optics Program

The Electro-Optics program at NMSU offers unique opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing a career in electro-optics, applied optics, photonics, or optical engineering by combining the optics resources of the Klipsch School and the Physics Department. Most of the optics classes are cross-listed in the two departments, giving the students flexibility to plan their degree programs. Excellent cooperation between the departments provides students with different but complementary perspectives. The Klipsch School's Electro-Optics Research Laboratory (EORL) provides a variety of research opportunities in areas such as multispectral imaging, polarimetric imaging, free-space optical communications, and adaptive optics. Sponsors include the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, NASA, Sandia National Laboratories, Air Force Research Laboratory, Army Research Laboratory and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. SPIE Fellow Dr. David G. Voelz is the director of the EORL and the Electro-Optics program at NMSU.


Performance and Architecture Research Lab (PARL)

The Performance and Architecture Research Lab (PARL) supports cutting-edge research projects in wireless networks, network security, and computer architecture, and frequently contributes to US and international standards. PARL computer facilities include private research networks and wireless systems, extensive simulation resources, and support Internet resources such as the NMSU TraceBase, a repository of computer and network traces that is used in teaching and research worldwide. Dr. Eric Johnson is the director of PARL.


Computer Networking Lab (CNL)

The Computer Networking Lab (CNL) supports teaching and research in Internet and wireless sensor network technology. The mission of CNL is to provide students with the opportunity to do cutting-edge research that has high practical relevance. Currently, research projects in CNL include secure data dissemination in wireless sensor networks funded by US Army, solar-powered sensor networks funded by DHS, and RFID sensor networks funded by Intel. CNL is directed by Dr. Hong Huang.


Advanced Computer Architecture Performance and Simulation Laboratory

Students and faculty associated with the Advanced Computer Architecture Performance and Simulation Laboratory conduct research in the areas of performance modeling and simulation techniques, low-power microarchitectures and operating systems, computer security, and performance analysis and prediction. Recent sponsors include DoD, DHS, USDA, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Intel. The laboratory’s director is Dr. Jeanine Cook.


Rio Grande Institute for Soft Computing (RioSoft)

The Rio Grande Institute for Soft Computing (RioSoft) is a consortium of universities composed of New Mexico State University, the University of Texas at El Paso, New Mexico Highlands University, the University of New Mexico, and New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. The vision of RioSoft is to develop innovative bio-inspired Air, Space, Underwater, Land, and Underground autonomous systems. Soft computing which includes fuzzy logic, neural networks, and evolutionary computation are used for modeling, analysis, prototyping, manufacturing, testing, and evaluation of complex dynamical processes in various software-hardware integrated architectures. Such integrated architectures are being developed at the RioRoboLab, a NASA/Ames Research Center funded advanced robotics facility. Current research and development is focused on two broad areas: 1) Bio-inspired energy harvesting; and 2) Intelligent decision-support systems, both of which have widespread applications in industry and in areas of national security. The director of RioSoft is Dr. Nadipuram “Ram” Prasad of the Klipsch School.


Advanced Computer Systems Engineering Laboratory (ACSEL)

The Advanced Computer Engineering Laboratory (ACSEL) is engaged in solving problems related to high-performance and low-power computing systems with focus on VLSI ship engineering. The researchers at ACSEL are experts in high-speed digital circuits as well as low-power design. The lab specializes in low-power digital circuit libraries and optimal relationship between computational energy and speed. The broader expertise is also in Computer Arithmetic, Media Signal Processing, Cryptography, and System Architecture. The director of ACSEL is Dr. Vojin G. Oklobdzija.