Outreach Activities

Annual Las Cruces “Touch-a-truck” event (2016 - present)

I organize the College of Engineering participation in the annual Las Cruces “touch-a-truck” event. Aimed at students from pre- through middle school, this unique event gives children the opportunity to touch their favorite vehicles and learn from their operators. In 2016, I was joined with fellow NMSU researchers Dr. Liang Sun and Dr. Andreas Gross (Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering), where we displayed various aircraft and communications equipment. Educational worksheets, hands-on experience, and descriptions of the vehicles and their research purposes were well received by the 1000+ strong and diverse audience.

Had a great day representing NMSU with students from the College of Engineering at the 3rd annual Las Cruces Touch-a-Truck event. We had fun explaining our research projects and got lots of good questions from future generations of engineers! Thanks to Jesus, Arezoo, Nathan, and Douglas for your time and enthusiastic explanations.

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Roadshow (Fall 2016)

I was a faculty participant in the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Roadshow, held on the NMSU Campus in Sept. 2016. The roadshow was aimed at 8th Grade Middle School students from the Las Cruces area. There were approximately 500 students broken into 10 groups of ~50 students that went through a number of education stations, including how a UAS flies (Physics of Flight), the subsystems of a UAV and UAS, and how UAS are used.

Short Courses/Workshops

For academic community outreach, I have developed several short courses based on my research interests that have been delivered to a variety of academics from different backgrounds and geographical locations. Please get in touch if you would like me to deliver such a course at your institution.

  • “Spatially Coupled LDPC Codes: From Theory to Practice,” 1 day short course, 2017 European School of Information Theory, Mardid, Spain, May 2017.
  • “GIAN Short Course: Advanced Topics in Coding Theory,” 3 day short course, IIT Kanpur, India, October 2016.
  • “Spatially Coupled Sparse Codes on Graphs: A Convolutional Coding Perspective,” 1 day conference workshop, IEEE Military Communications Conference, San Diego, CA, Nov. 2013.