C. Richard Compeau

C. Richard Compeau

Contact Information:
(505) 277-0300

Degrees: PhD EE, University of New Mexico; Physics Credential, California State University Long Beach; MS Metallurgy, MIT; BS Materials Science & Engineering, MIT

Dr. Compeau brings over 35 years of engineering, management, and instructional experience to the students of the ECE department. His research interests include ultrawideband antennas, analog electronics, plasma diagnostics, and post-secondary instructional methods.

Compeau has had extensive industry experience in microelectronics with application to the disk drive industry, having served as Senior Principal Engineer at Silicon Systems, Inc., Director of Read/Write VLSI Engineering at Western Digital, and Site Director at VTC, Inc's California Design Center. In these roles he was responsible for project and engineering management, integrated circuit design, staffing, and the construction of cross-functional teams. Compeau wrote the ISO-9001 documentation for WD's microelectronics division and views both business and education from a process perspective.

Dr. Compeau is one of few Faculty with a teaching credential, having taught AP Physics for four years in Albuquerque Public Schools before joining UNM. He was trained in STEM instructional methods at Wilson Classical High School in Long Beach, CA, under the guidance of Mr. Martin Matthews, a Presidential Teaching Award recipient.

Compeau teaches a number of courses in the ECE Department including senior capstone design, where new corporate sponsors and project challenges are always welcomed.