Brock J. LaMeres, Ph.D., PE

Associate Professor | Electrical & Computer Engineering

Director | Montana Engineering Education Research Center

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Areas of Interest

Computer Engineering, Digital Systems, Engineering Education

Background

Dr. LaMeres joined the Montana State ECE faculty in July of 2006. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder in December of 2005, his MSEE from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in May of 2001, and his BSEE from Montana State University, Bozeman in December of 1998. LaMeres teaches and conducts research in the area of digital systems with particular emphasis on exploiting reprogrammable fabrics to deliver more effective computer systems. LaMeres is also studying how engineering education can be improved using innovative e-learning environments.  Dr. LaMeres was appointed the Director of the Montana Engineering Education Research Center (MEERC) in September of 2016.

LaMeres has published over 80 manuscripts and 2 textbooks in the area of high speed digital systems. LaMeres has also been granted 13 US patents in the area of digital signal propagation. LaMeres is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Registered Professional Engineer in the States of Montana and Colorado. Dr. LaMeres is a member of AESS, ASEE and serves as the faculty advisor of the student branch of IEEE at MSU.

Prior to coming to MSU, Dr. LaMeres worked as an R&D engineer for Agilent Technologies in Colorado Springs, CO from 1999 to 2006. LaMeres was a hardware design engineer in the Logic Analysis R&D lab. He designed acquisition hardware for the 16910/11/12 and 16950 Logic Analyzer systems in addition to developing a variety of probing solutions.

Recent News

RadSat-g Deployment

In July of 2018, "RadSat-g" was deployed from the International Space Station.  This 12 month mission will test how the radiation tolerant computing technology that Dr. LaMeres has been developing for over a decade will respond to space radiation.  Pictured here is RadSat-g being pushed out of the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer.  Notice that MSU logo on the front of RadSat-g!

 

LaMeres Wins National Award for Engineering Education

In June of 2018, LaMeres received the Distinguished Educator Award from the Electrical & Computer Division of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).  This award recognizes significant contribution to ECE education including excellence in teaching, publications of educational research, development of novel curricula, and authoring of textbooks. (MSU News Story, 8/6/18)

MEERC at ASEE 2018 

In June of 2018, MSU published a record number of papers (17) at the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, UT.  Raising the profile of MSU within ASEE is a strategic goal of the Montana Engineering Education Research Center (MEERC), for which Dr. LaMeres serves as director.  The MSU News Service wrote a story about this successful showing. (MSU News Story, 6/24/18

 

RadSat Launch on Orbital ATK OA9, May 22, 2018

On May 22, 2018, the Orbital ATK OA9 Resupply mission carried "RadSat-g" to the International Space Station.  RadSat-g is a research satellite that Dr. LaMeres' team developed to test a new computer technology that can operate in the presense of space radiation.  LaMeres and his graduate student, Skylar Tamke (MSEE, 2018) attended the launch at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.  (MSU News Story, 5/22/18)

 

Name Plate Pro Video Thumb

In May 2018, MSU Communications produced a video on the 125 year anniversary tribute that Dr. LaMeres' research team conducted.  The tribute consisted of flying the names of the May 2018 graduating class onboard a resesearch satellite (MSU Communications Video, May 21, 2018)

 

RadSat Commencement Announcement - May 5, 2018 

At the Spring 2018 Commencement, MSU President Waded Cruzado announced Dr. LaMeres' tribute to the 125 year anniversiary of the university.  This 2:26 minute video is an excerpt from the commencement live stream when the announcement was made.


Bozeman Chronicle Image for Name Plate Story

In April of 2018 Dr. LaMeres' team announced that they had put together a tribute to the 125th Anniversary of MSU.  Each of the names of the May 2018 graduating class were etched onto thin aluminum plates (2000+ names) and inserted into a research satellite that Dr. LaMeres' team has been working on.  The satellite will be carried to the International Space Station on May 22, 2018 and then put into orbit during the summer.  (MSU News Story, 4/30/18Bozeman Chronicle Story, 5/2/18)

  

2018 Summer Courses

During the summer of 2018, Dr. LaMeres will be teaching two fully online courses on digital logic.  The courses are EELE 261 - Introduction to Logic Circuits and EELE 367 - Logic Design.  EELE 261 will be offered during the second summer session (6/11/18 - 7/6/128) and EELE 367 will be offered during the third summer session (7/9/18 - 8/2/18).   The laboratory components of these courses will be performed using a portable lab kit that can be checked out from MSU.  Information about these courses can be found here: (Course Offering Overview, EELE 261 Syllabus, EELE 367 Syllabus).

 

RadSat Overview Video

In November of 2017, the MSU Communications team created a research overview video showing the highlights in the development of LaMeres' radiation tolerant computer. (MSU Communication Video, 11/27/17)

 

Arduino

In November of 2017, LaMeres released an online course on Arduino-based robotics for in-service K-12 teachers through the National Teachers Enhancement Network.  (MSU News Story, 11/9/17, KBZK News Story, 11/14/17)

 

MineCraft

In November of 2017, LaMeres was part of a team that was awarded $445,000 from the National Science Foundation to improve the spatial skills of middle schoolers.  The project will use the gaming platform MineCraft to implement a curriculum that will ultimately lead to improved performance in math and science courses.  (MSU News Story, 11/6/17)

 

STEM Story Tellers

In October of 2017, LaMeres was part of a team that was awarded $500,000 from the National Science Foundation to improve the communication skills of STEM graduate students.  This project will use a variety of unconventional approaches to teaching effective communication including having students create Podcasts, present at Curiosity Cafes, and even being trained by an improvisational actor.  (MSU News Story, 10/9/17) (Link to Program Website)

 

RadSat Development

In September of 2017, LaMeres was awarded $100,000 from NASA to deploy and operate a satellite to demonstrate his radiation tolerant computer technology.  The satellite called "RadSat-g", will be carried to the International Space Station on-board a commercial resupply mission and then deployed into orbit using the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer.  (MSU News Story, 9/13/17)

 

RadSat

In February of 2017, LaMeres' radiation tolerant computer was selected by NASA's Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) program to fly as an auxiliary payload aboard missions planned to launch in 2018, 2019 and 2020.  The MSU satellite, called "RadSat-u" was ranked #2 out of the 34 payloads selected in the 2017 class.  RadSat-u represents MSU's 7th selection by the NASA ELaNa program  Prior selections where HRBE-E1P, FireBird, FireBird 11, PRINTSat, IT-SPINS, and RadSat-g.  MSU's small satellites are developed by the MSU Space Science & Engineering Lab.   The official NASA Press Release can be read here: (NASA Press Release, 2/17/17).

LaMeres USIP

In January of 2017, LaMeres was awarded $200,000 from NASA to develop a small satellite to demonstrate MSU's radiation tolerant computer. (MSU News Story, 1/31/17)

 

Artemis

In January of 2017, LaMeres' research team deployed "Artemis" on the International Space Station.  Artemis is a new type of radiation tolerant computer system that will be tested for 12 months on the ISS.  Pictured here is the installation of Artemis.  (MSU News Story, 1/17/17) (Video of Artemis Floating) (ABC FOX Montana News Story).  This project was funded by a $100,000 grant that LaMeres received from NASA in 2014 (MSU News, 6/20/14).

 

Convocation

In January of 2017, LaMeres was invited to give the Spring Convocation address titled "Transforming Engineering Education". (MSU News Story, 1/4/17)

 

LaMeres Named MEERC Director 

In November of 2016, LaMeres was named the Director of the newly formed Montana Engineering Education Research Center (MEERC).  (MSU News Story 11/21/16)

LaMeres VHDL Book 

 In October of 2016, LaMeres published a new book on digital circuits.  The book is used in EELE 261 and EELE 367 at MSU and has already been adopted by a number of other schools both in Montana and internationally. (Available on Amazon)

 LaMeres Spearheads new Center

In September of 2016, the Montana Engineering Education Research Center was approved by the Board of Regents.  LaMeres spearheaded the effort on behalf of the MSU college of engineering (MSU News Story, 9/27/16) (Bozeman Chonicle Story)

 

2nd Gradres Artwork 

In July of 2016, LaMeres worked with 2nd graders at Morning Star Elementary School to design the mission logo for his research team's computer demonstration on the International Space Station.  Stickers bearing the logo were sent to the ISS in July and will be returned to the students as keepsakes sometime in 2017.  LaMeres' daughter Kylie was the lead artist on the project (MSU News Story, 7/21/16) (Making of the Logo Video) (ABC FOX Montana News Story) (KBZK News Story) (NBC Montana News Story)

RadPC Launch out of Wallops

In March of 2016, LaMeres' research team launched a version of his computer system called "RadPC" into outer space.  The launch took place at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.  Pictured here is the moment of launch of the Improved Terrior-Orion vehicle. (Launch Video Montage, 3/7/16).  This flight was made possible by a $100,000 grant that LaMeres received from NASA in 2012 (NASA Press Release, 7/2/12).

 

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In January of 2015, LaMeres won the MSU James & Mary Ross Provost's Award for Excellence for his work in creating innovative course materials for lower level engineering classes.  Pictured here is Dr. LaMeres receiving the award from MSU President Cruzado at the 2015 Convocation (MSU News Story, 1/5/15). 

Awards & Honors

  • 2017 Outstanding Instructor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Montana State University, Bozeman (student selected).
  • 2017 Featured Convocation Speaker, Montana State University (Provost selected), “Transforming Engineering Education”.
  • 2016 Outstanding Instructor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Montana State University, Bozeman (student selected).
  • 2015 MSU James & Mary Ross Provost's Award for Excellence.
  • 2015 MSU Alumni Association & Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence.
  • 2015 Outstanding Instructor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Montana State University, Bozeman.
  • 2014 MSU Excellence in Online Teaching Award.
  • 2014 MSU College of Engineering Lloyd Berg Faculty Mentorship Award.
  • 2014 Outstanding Instructor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Montana State University, Bozeman.
  • 2013 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), Pacific Northwest Section Outstanding Instructor Award.
  • 2013 MSU Teaching Innovation Award.
  • 2013 Outstanding Instructor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Montana State University, Bozeman.
  • 2011 MSU President's Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • Best Paper Award, American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference American, Vancouver, B.C., June 2011. "The Montana MULE - A Case Study in Interdisciplinary Design".
  • 2010 MSU College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • Elevated to IEEE Senior Member, June 2009
  • 2008 MSU Alumni Association & Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence.
  • 2007 Outstanding Instructor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Montana State University, Bozeman.
  • Best Paper Award, "Broadband Impedance Matching for Inductive Interconnect in VLSI Packaging", IEEE International Conference on Computer Design (ICCD). Circuit Consideration in Processor Design track, 2005.
  • Best Paper Award, "Performance Modeling for Off-Chip Busses Considering Bandwidth and Cost", DesignCon-05. PCB & Package Co-Design Track, Feb 2005.

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