Chuck Fleddermann

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Optics Education



Degrees: PhD Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1985 MS Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1980 BS Electrical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 1977

Dr. Fleddermann is UNM’s Acting Dean of Graduate Studies as well as the School of Engineering’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, a post he has held since 2002. Dr. Fleddermann is principal investigator on a $1.8 million NSF grant for 2004-08 to train and send graduate teaching fellows into Albuquerque’s West Mesa secondary and elementary schools. The fellows’ objective is to boost both learning and teaching of math and science with lessons in optics and photonics. Dr. Fleddermann developed an engineering ethics course for ECE in response to the ABET standard of incorporating ethics topics into the undergraduate engineering curriculum. His 1999 undergraduate textbook, Engineering Ethics, now in its third edition, is used by a number of universities nationally and internationally. It addresses the ways in which technology raises ethical concerns for engineers and how engineers can avoid ethical problems before they happen. Dr. Fleddermann also teaches professional development courses on engineering ethics in partnership with the New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers. His main research area is plasma processing of semiconductor materials, which involves using ionized gases to pattern transistors and other electronic devices during the manufacturing of integrated circuits such as microprocessor chips.