Donors provide support for engineering professorships

Professors Jesse Wilson, Jason Quinn and Tom Bradley, head of Systems, with Dean Dave McLean
Professors Jesse Wilson, Jason Quinn and Tom Bradley, head of Systems, with Dean Dave McLean after a ceremony celebrating their new professorships.

Three professors in the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering have been awarded professorships – one of the most prestigious honors at the university to support innovative research and teaching.

Individuals who hold endowed chairs and professorships at CSU have outstanding qualifications, demonstrated success in their fields, and high records of achievement. They generate research and programs that transform the world and attract the best and brightest students to CSU.

Awarded in the fall:

Lisa and Desi Rhoden Professorship – Jesse Wilson, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Wilson is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the School of Biomedical Engineering. Wilson works on developing laser-based imaging technologies with a current emphasis on improving understanding and diagnosis of mitochondrial disease and melanoma.

Lisa and Desi Rhoden are CSU electrical and computer engineering alumni who created the professorship in 2013 to inspire current and future alumni to join them in supporting the future of engineering education, research and service.

Rockwell-Anderson Professorship – Jason Quinn, Mechanical Engineering

Quinn, an alumnus of the college, is an associate professor whose research and teaching focus on energy, with current work on system evaluation and optimization on the metrics of economics and environmental impact of electric transportation, microalgae biofuels, agricultural systems, and fission power systems.

The Rockwell-Anderson Professorship was created in 1989 to honor Robert Anderson, a CSU mechanical engineering alumnus and former CEO of Rockwell International Corp. The professorship advances the careers of outstanding junior and mid-level faculty in the college for the purpose of teaching.

Woodward Professorship in Systems Engineering – Thomas Bradley, Systems Engineering

Bradley, department head for Systems Engineering and professor of systems engineering, conducts research on the design of automotive, aerospace and energy systems; integrated controls and design optimization; and the validation of engineering design methods.

Woodward Inc., a Fort Collins-based primary employer that applies total system solutions to energy, industrial, and aerospace controls, created the professorship in 2007 to support and advance systems engineering education and research at CSU.