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McLeod granted Professor Emeritus title

December 9, 2009 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- Bruce R. McLeod, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering and former dean of the College of Graduate Studies at Montana State University, has been granted the "Professor Emeritus" title by the Montana Board of Regents.

McLeod's career at MSU has included 26 years as an assistant, associate, and full professor (1970-1996). He served as head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1996 through 1999. During that time, the new computer engineering bachelor's of science degree program was established. In addition to many departmental and college honors, McLeod received the MSU Wiley Award for Meritorious Research in 1991 and the MSU President's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1996.

McLeod became dean of graduate studies in 1999, a position he held for six years before returning to the ECE faculty. While dean, McLeod established key policies and procedures that continue to guide MSU graduate studies. As dean, McLeod recognized that many graduate students needed access to programs that could not be offered independently by MSU. McLeod implemented new processes to allow distance education degree programs at the graduate level as part of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA). In recognition of his role in distance education, he received the Second Annual Friend of Great Plains IDEA Award in 2008.

As a researcher, McLeod invents and creates technologies that use electromagnetic fields to control and regulate tissue growth in biological systems. He is the inventor of 28 United States patents and 11 foreign patents. He was elected president of the Bioelectrical Repair and Growth Society in 1990 and served through 1992 (president elect, 1990, president 1991, immediate past president, 1992). In 2003, he was elected president of the Bioelectomagnetics Society (BEMS) and served as president elect in 2003-4, president, 2004-5 and immediate past president 2005-6. McLeod was twice selected to be the Technical Program Chairman for the BEMS international annual meeting. In 2008, he was the invited opening plenary speaker at the BEMS 30th annual meeting in San Diego.

McLeod earned a bachelor's degree at Colorado State University and a master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado-Boulder, all in electrical engineering.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu