Immediately after just about 40 many years teaching Louisiana Tech learners how to tackle electrical engineering difficulties, Dr. Mickey Cox has retired from the College. In honor of his devotion to Louisiana Tech and the School of Engineering and Science (COES), University Dean Dr. Hisham Hegab, in conjunction with University Improvement, has created a providing opportunity in Cox’s identify.
“Dr. Cox has been instrumental in the success of Louisiana Tech’s Electrical Engineering application, and – much more importantly – in the results of the program’s graduates,” Hegab explained. “The Higher education of Engineering and Science will miss his wit and rapport with learners and college alike.”
Above his 39 several years of service, Cox made use of humor, relatability, and colloquialisms to prepare generations of learners for the rigors of electrical engineering careers, educating nearly 300 lecture courses and extra than 100 labs and guiding a lot of specific tasks, which includes the investigation of capacitors creating acoustic noise at a energy substation, the conversion of a Ford Mustang powered by an electric powered motor relatively than a common gasoline motor, and the research of radiation from distribution traces carrying broadband-around-powerline signals.
Cox, a Louisiana Tech alumnus who attained his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the College, chose to devote his occupation teaching burgeoning Bulldog engineers as a way to spend forward the sense of accomplishment and belonging he felt as a university student.
“I appreciated the ambiance at Tech as an undergraduate pupil and resolved that it would be awesome to instruct at Tech as a profession,” he claimed. “I specifically savored teaching a huge variety of Electrical Engineering (EE) classes around the many years, from classes made for sophomores to those for graduate students. My preferred course to educate was possibly Electrical Engineering 411, the second electromagnetic fields course that all EE seniors will have to acquire. (I often told the pupils that electromagnetic field theory is the basic foundation of electrical engineering.)”
For students like Austin Taylor (BS ‘17, MS ‘19), Cox succeeded in combining a perception of community and skills in his college students. Taylor savored his undergraduate lessons with Cox so considerably that he joined Cox’s Ability Lab study group in graduate university. He says that Cox’s training design and style affected how he strategies the electrical engineering lessons that he teaches as a doctoral student at Auburn College.
“Dr. Cox’s courses received me interested in power devices, and his educating type impacts the way I teach nowadays. He’s a quite instance-based mostly teacher, and which is the way I learn. I generally relished his classes since of that and his willingness to support people today. I experience like his principal aim was to make positive you understood the material, and which is the way persons need to strategy teaching that’s the way I consider to technique it.
“The 1st working day of one particular of the lessons, he walked all over with a digicam and took a photograph of all people. Then, he printed off the images and experienced us produce a exciting fact about ourselves just so he could get to know each and every of us individually. As a graduate pupil, he recommended me on my master’s thesis, and we acquired a investigation prospect from Entergy to proceed the function. As a lot as I relished his classes, I’m very pleased of the investigate we did collectively.”
Toby Russell (BS ‘20, MS ‘21) added that he loved having Cox’s courses both of those to discover and to interact with Cox.
“Dr. Cox experienced a important impact on me all through my time at Louisiana Tech. I took a number of of my higher-level Electrical Engineering programs with him, and I cherished them all. The gentleman has a really spectacular wealth of awareness. Around the decades he tried to train me additional about electrical engineering than I could at any time quite possibly remember. As an teacher, he designed a point to support pupils in need, but he also was watchful not to ‘give absent the store’ and ensured college students would need to have to feel for them selves to get substantial marks on tests or ‘special assignments.’ I experience like each individual time I fulfilled alumni close to Nethken, they ended up possibly on the way to or leaving Dr. Cox’s workplace. He experienced a profound favourable influence on a ton of people.”
Although he will overlook interacting with Tech pupils on a daily foundation, Cox strategies to expend his retirement touring with his wife and Senior Lecturer of Chemistry at Tech Dr. Marilyn Cox, at the time she retires. In the meantime, he’s having enjoyable striving to master how to participate in his new banjo.
In addition to educating, Cox has posted dozens of content articles and gained many awards for his get the job done in electrical power techniques communications, electromagnetic fields, and electricity high-quality.
To learn how you can make a donation to the College of Engineering and Science in his honor, get hold of Devin Ferguson, Govt Director of Progress, at [email protected] or 318. 497.7737.