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July 10, 2001
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Tech Names Whites for Miller Chair
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has announced the appointment of Dr. Keith W. Whites as the first recipient of the Steven P. Miller Endowed Chair in Electrical Engineering. Whites was selected for the position after a national search. Whites will provide technical guidance for teaching and research related to telecommunications. He begins his duties Aug. 15.
Whites is a South Dakota native. He graduated from Lake County High School in Madison and received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from South Dakota Tech in 1986. Whites completed his master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. Since then, he has taught and conducted research at the University of Kentucky.
Specializing in applied electromagnetics and wireless communications, Whites has secured a number of governmental and industrial research grants and awards. Whites also has developed two new courses in computational electromagnetics as well as the new course “ Wireless Communications.” This latest teaching effort provides students the opportunity to learn the theoretical and practical intricacies of analog communication electronics. To aid his teachings, Dr. Whites has authored and co- authored two textbooks: Introduction to Electromagnetic Fields and Visual Electromagnetics for Mathcad.
“ We are excited to have Dr. Whites, who is nationally and internationally recognized as a leading researcher and educator, join our faculty,” Dr. Larry Simonson, Tech’s chairman of the electrical and computer engineering department, said.
Tech alum Steven P. Miller established Tech’s first- ever endowed chair with a gift exceeding $ 1.2 million in 1999. Miller grew up in Beresford and graduated from high school in 1965. Four years later, he earned his electrical engineering degree and graduated with honors from South Dakota Tech.
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