Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award - Cameron H.G. Wright
June 17, 2011 — Cameron H. G. Wright has been a faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Wyoming (UW) since January 2003 and is currently an associate professor and the associate department head. Cam earned the B.S.E.E. (summa cum laude) from Louisiana Tech University, the M.S.E.E. from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin (in the areas of signal/image processing, computer vision, and biomedical instrumentation). He is a licensed Professional Engineer, and holds Federal Communications Commission licenses for commercial radio and television broadcasting stations; for terrestrial, airborne, and maritime radar; and for amateur radio.
Cam served nearly 30 years in the military (7 years enlisted in the U.S. Navy, 22+ years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force). He was on the faculty of the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) twice, totaling almost 10 years, and was a full professor and deputy department head there before coming to UW. His experiences at USAFA imbued him with a deep appreciation for institutions that highly value the education, growth, and welfare of their students—which he found is not a top priority among many U.S. universities. He feels lucky to have found a civilian home at the University of Wyoming, which certainly does value students very highly.
Cam’s current research projects include the development of an artificial vision sensor based on the eye of the common housefly, and biomedical research into quantitative assessment of concussion and other traumatic brain injury in athletes. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in electrical and computer engineering, and in biomedical engineering. He is also an associated faculty member with three multi-disciplinary Ph.D. programs at UW: Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience, and Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences. He has graduated 15 M.S. students, has four M.S. and two Ph.D. students in progress, and has served as mentor to four undergraduate research students. Cam is an author or co–author on over 200 publications, including books, journal papers, conference papers, and magazine articles.
Cam is active in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, American Society for Engineering Education, Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium, the International Society of Optical Engineering, and the Biomedical Engineering Society. He is married to Robin Rawlings, and they have a wonderful three year old son Jacob.