Four New Faculty Members Join New Mexico Tech

By Roger Renteria

SOCORRO, N.M., July 31, 2008 — Four new faculty members will join New Mexico Tech this fall. The new faculty feature two computer engineers, one chemical engineer, and one astronomer.

Dr. Song Fu, Dr. Jun Zheng, Dr. David Meier, and Dr. Michael Riley were all appointed for full-time, tenure-track positions at the state-sponsored research university in Socorro.

Assistant professor of computer science Dr. Song Fu joins New Mexico Tech from Wayne State University in Detroit. He recently finished his doctorate in computer engineering under Dr. Cheng-Zhong Xu in 2008. He earned his master's of engineering and bachelor's of science degrees in computer science at Nanjing University in Nanjing, China. He also was an instructor and teaching assistant for five semesters at Wayne State, and has his work published in several peer-reviewed journals.

Assistant professor of computer science Dr. Jun Zheng joins New Mexico Tech from Queens College, City University of New York, in Flushing, N.Y. He completed his doctorate in computer engineering from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in 2005. Zheng was an assistant professor at Queens College since 2005. He earned his master’s of science and engineering in biomedical engineering at Wright State University in Dayton, O.H. He also earned a master’s and bachelor’s of science degrees in electrical engineering at Chongqing University in Chongqing, China. Zheng was a teaching assistant at the University of Nevada.

Assistant professor of chemical engineering Dr. Michael Riley joins New Mexico Tech from INI Power Systems in Morrisville, N.C. Riley was a senior systems engineer and consulting research engineer with INI Power Systems, a senior research engineer at Microcell Corporation, and technician at Electrosynthesis Research Triangle. He earned his doctorate in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., in 2002. He earned his bachelor’s of science in chemical engineering from West Virginia University in Morgantown. In addition to completing his doctorate, he was a research and teaching assistant and has co-filed various patents related to chemical engineering.

Assistant professor of physics Dr. David Meier didn’t have to move far to join the physics department. Meier works for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory on Tech campus. He earned his doctorate and master's in astronomy from the University of California in Los Angeles in 2002 and 1996, respectively. Meier completed his bachelor's in physics from California State University. In addition, he was a post-doctoral research associate and lecturer at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, research and teaching assistant at UCLA.