Brock J. LaMeres, Ph.D., PE
Associate Professor | Electrical & Computer Engineering
Areas of Interest
Computer Engineering, Digital Systems, Engineering Education
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.
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).
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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).
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)
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).
In January of 2017, LaMeres was invited to give the Spring Convocation address titled "Transforming Engineering Education". (MSU News Story, 1/4/17)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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).
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.
- NASA awards two MSU professors with grants (MSU Exponent, 12/15/17)
- MSU online course introduces robotics for STEM education (MSU News, 12/17/15)
- Balloon carries two MSU experiments to the edge of space (MSU News, 2/20/15)
- Annual Awards for Excellence to honor 40 MSU students and their mentors (MSU News, 2/16/15)
- NASA Announces University CubeSat Space Mission Candidates (NASA Press Release, 2/6/15)
- MSU Starts New Year with Awards for Excellence (Bozeman Chronicle, 1/29/15)
- MSU 2015 Award Winners (Bozeman Chronicle, 1/11/15)
- MSU Honors Top Faculty and Staff (MSU News, 1/5/15)
- RadPC Sounding Rocket Flight on SpaceLoft 9 (Video Montage)
- MSU Team Sends Computer into Space (MSU Exponent, 11/12/14)
- MSU Project Goes to Space (KTVM Story, 10-23-14)
- MSU Computer Reaches Space Aboard Research Computer (MSU News, 10/23/14)
- Collaboration between MSU and local school provides benefits to students, teachers (MSU News, 10/15/14)
- Montana State University Professor's Computer Technology To Be Tested Aboard ISS (ASEE First Bell, 6/30/14)
- MSU computer heading to International Space Station (Collegian Magazine, Summer 2014)
- MSU computer heading to International Space Station (Bozeman Chronicle, 6/20/14)
- MSU computer heading to International Space Station (MSU News, 6/20/14)
- NASA Announces Award Recipients for Space Station Research Flight Opportunity (NASA Press Release, 6/18/14)
- Two MSU engineering professors' teaching methods featured in journal (Bozeman Chronicle, 6/6/14)
- Two MSU engineering professors' teaching methods featured in journal (MSU News, 6/5/14)
- MSU College of Engineering Awards for 2014 (COE News, 5/1/14)
- MSU Honors Top Faculty and Staff (MSU News, 1/4/14)
- MSU 2014 Award Winners (Bozeman Chronicle, 1/3/14)
- NASA taps MSU professor for next phase of space computer technology (Collegian Magazine, Fall 2013)
- NASA taps MSU professor for next phase of space computer technology (Bozeman Chronicle, 9/21/13)
- NASA taps MSU professor for next phase of space computer technology (MSU News, 9/17/13)
- NASA Selects University Teams for New SmallSat Collaborative Projects (NASA Press Release, 8/12/13)
- MSU professor receives outstanding teaching award from American Society of Engineering Education (MSU News, 4/4/13)
- MSU 2013 Award Winners (Bozeman Chronicle, 1/13/13)
- MSU Honors Top Faculty and Staff (MSU News, 1/10/13)
- ASEE Is Me Profile (Print) (ASEE Prism Magazine, October 2012)
- 3rd Annual Lunabotics Competition - MSU Robot on Cover (Servo Magazine, August 2012)
- ASEE Is Me Profile (Online) (ASEE Website, 8/14/12)
- MSU Attracts NASA Attension with Computer System (Bozeman Chronicle, 7/25/12)
- MSU Attracts NASA Attension with Computer System for Space (MSU News, 7/23/12)
- NASA Space Tech Program Selects Technologies For Demonstration On Suborbital Flights (NASA Press Release, 7/2/12)
- MSU Students Earn Medals, Kudos for Robot's Showing at Kennedy Space Center (MSU News, 5/30/12)
- MSU Students and Robot Return to NASA to Compete for National Title (MSU News, 4/30/12)
- Mountain & Minds Magazine, People Profile (Fall 2011)
- MSU Students Get NASA Experience Sending Experiments to the Edge of Space (MSU News, 7/12/11)
- MSU Honors Top Faculty (MSU News, 1/10/11)
- MSU Robot Moon-Dinner Wins NASA Competition (Bozeman Chronicle, 5/29/10)
- MSU Robot Digs Most "Moon Dirt" (MSU News, 5/28/10)
- MSU Robot to Dig "Moon Dirt" (Bozeman Chronicle, 5/27/10)
- 2010 Lunabotics Team Goes to NASA Competition (MSU News, 5/24/10)
- LaMeres Develops Remote Control Learning w/ NSF CCLI Award (MSU News & ECE News, Fall 2009)
- 39 Seniors win Awards for Excellence with Faculty Mentors (MSU News, 2/2/08)
- LaMeres Joins ECE Faculty (COE Newsletter & MSU News, Fall 2006)