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' team is currently working on a computer technology (RadPC) under funding from NASA that will be heading to the moon in 2022. 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. Dr. LaMeres was also appointed the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering Boeing Professor in July of 2018.
LaMeres has published over 100 manuscripts and 6 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.
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.
In 2019 and 2020, LaMeres published five new textbooks on digital logic and embedded systems. If you wish to purchase one, the best prices are always on Amazon.
Subscribe to Dr. LaMeres' YouTube channel to get access to the most recent textbook videos plus other online instructional content he has created. Dr. LaMeres’ YouTube channel focuses on introductory-level instruction of digital logic circuits, embedded systems, basic programming, and robotics. This channel is for: (1) engineering instructors looking for material to augment their live teaching; (2) K-12 teachers wishing to implement engineering modules in their classrooms; (3) makers that need an introduction to basic electrical engineering; or (4) anyone just curious about how computers work.
Interested in taking classes from these books for credit? Dr. LaMeres will be offering three courses fully online during the summer of 2020. Check out the course descriptions.
On June 21, 2020, Dr. LaMeres was interveiwed by Chris Gammell from The Amp Hour podcast. Topics ranged from LaMeres' own engineering education approach to his current aerospace research that is working toward testing a new computer technology on the moon. Listen to the podcast here and/or read the highlights here.
On February 2, 2020, "RadSat-u" was deployed from the International Space Station. This 12+ month mission will test a
further iteration of the radiation tolerant computing technology that Dr. LaMeres
has been developing. Pictured here is RadSat-u being pushed out of the NanoRacks
CubeSat Deployer. Notice the MSU Cat Head on the front of RadSat-u!
On January 2, 2020, Dr. LaMeres received the MSU Fox Faculty Award . This award is given to faculty members that demonstrate excellence across teaching, research, and mentorship. LaMeres was given the award at the 2020 MSU Spring Convocation. (MSU News Story, 1/2/20) (Bozeman Chronicle, 2/5/20)
On November 2, 2019, the Northrop Grumman NG-12 resupply mission carried "RadSat-u" to the International
Space Station. RadSat-u is the second research satellite that Dr. LaMeres' team has
developed to test a new computer technology that can operate in the presense of space
radiation. LaMeres and his students, Chris Major (MSEE, 2020) and Colter Barney (BSEE,
2021), attended the launch at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. (MSU News Story, 11/15/19)
In July of 2019, Dr. LaMeres was awarded $1.2M to demonstrate his radiation tolerant computer technology on the surface of the moon. The technology, called RadPC, will be carried onboard a commercial lunar lander as soon as 2021. The RadPCpayload will also carry radiation sensors to provide characterization data for the lunar surface in preparation for sustained human presence. (MSU News Story, 7/1/19) (NASA Press Release, 7/1/19) (AP Release, 7/7/19) (NBC Montana Story, 7/8/19) (KBZK Story, 7/8/19)
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!
On September 22, 2019, an experiment developed in Dr. LaMeres' lab to generate true random numbers from space radiation was flown on a high altitude out of New Mexico. The ability to create a true random number can increase the security of communication links by strengthening encryption algorithms. The project was funded by the NASA Flight Oppertunity Program (FOP). (MSU News Story, 12/10/18) (Bozeman Chronicle Article, 12/11/18) (KBUL Radio Interview, 12/12/18)
In September of 2018, Dr. LaMeres was named the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering's Boeing Professor. This endowed position is responsible for coordinating and overseeing college-wide activities aimed as aligning the skills of engineering graduates to the needs of the workforce. (MSU News Story, 9/14/18)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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, 4/30/18, Bozeman Chronicle Story, 5/2/18)
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
- 2020 MSU Fox Award for excellence in research, teaching, and mentoring (peer selected).
- 2018 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), Electrical and Computer Engineering Distinguished Educator Award (national award, peer selected).
- 2018/2017/2016/2015/2014/2013, 2007 Outstanding Instructor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Montana State University, Bozeman (student selected).
- 2015/2008 MSU Alumni Association & Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence. (student selected).
- 2017 Featured Convocation Speaker, Montana State University (Provost selected), “Transforming Engineering Education”.
- 2015 MSU James and Mary Ross Award for excellence in integrating research findings into lower-level engineering courses (peer selected).
- 2014 MSU Excellence in Online Teaching Award for exceptional creation and/or delivery of online courses (peer selected).
- 2014 MSU College of Engineering Lloyd Berg Faculty Mentorship Award (peer selected).
- 2013 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), Pacific Northwest Section Outstanding Instructor Award.
- 2013 MSU Teaching Innovation Award for development of novel instructional techniques to teach engineering laboratories remotely (peer selected).
- 2011 MSU President’s Excellence in Teaching Award for exemplary impact on university education through competition capstone projects (peer selected).
- Best Paper Award, “The Montana MULE – A Case Study in Interdisciplinary Design”, American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference, Multidisciplinary Engineering Division, Vancouver, B.C., June 2011.
- 2010 MSU College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award (peer selected).
- 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.
- Outstanding Graduate Student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, 2001.
- 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)