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April 29, 2002

Delores Etter receives outstanding alumni award from WSU College of Science and Mathematics

Delores M. Etter, Ph.D., the first recipient of the Office of Naval Research Distinguished Chair in Science and Education at the United States Naval Academy, is the 2002 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient from the Wright State University College of Science and Mathematics.

Prior to joining the electrical engineering faculty at the Naval Academy this past August, Etter, who earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Wright State, served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Science and Technology. In that position, she was responsible for strategic planning, budget allocation, and program execution and evaluation for the $9 billion per year Department of Defense Science and Technology Program.

Etter's research interests are in adaptive signal processing, speech and speaker recognition, digital filter design and software engineering. She has written several textbooks on computer languages and software engineering. Her educational interests include the development of collaborative experiments in virtual teaming of students using the Internet.

While attending Wright State in the early 1970s, Etter recalls "teaching my two-year old daughter to use the keypunch machines so that she could play with them while I did my computer science homework. Today's students don't even know what a keypunch machine is!"

A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Etter is also a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society for Engineering Education.

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