Steer Selected as Lampe Professor at NC State

January 09, 2006
North Carolina State University has selected Dr. Michael B. Steer as the Lampe Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, effective November 1, 2005. He is the first to hold the endowed professorship established by the Ross W. Lampe family of Smithfield.

Steer is an internationally recognized researcher in the field of high frequency microelectronics technology. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his research, including the Alcoa Foundation Distinguished Engineering Research Achievement Award in 2003, appointment as Editor-In-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques in 2003 and election as an IEEE Fellow in 1999. In the past five years Steer has garnered more than $21 million in grants, including two MURI awards given only to top researchers, and in the same period he has published 41 peer-reviewed journal articles, 89 refereed conference papers and four book chapters and co-authored one book.

The Lampe family's pledge to endow the professorship is the second substantial gift from the family. In 1993 in memory of Dr. J. Harold Lampe, dean of engineering from 1945 to 1962, they created the J. Harold Lampe Engineering Excellence Fund, which is an endowment providing unrestricted support for the College. Steer earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Queensland, Australia, in 1983 and joined the NC State faculty in 1983.