Dr. Meier is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). He received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University. His computer engineering specialty is Computer Architecture. Dr. Meier is a member of IEEE, IEEE-HKN, and the IEEE Computer, Education, and Professional Communications societies. He joined IEEE as a student and has a 30-year history of membership and service.
Dr. Meier grew up on a large farm in Nebraska and agricultural machines fascinated him. He loved examining and fixing tractor engines, augers, combines, automatic livestock feeders, and other equipment. He also like solving agriculture problems using tools and determination. In high school, the personal computer era dawned and fantastic new machines running software changed his world. These machines had parts hidden inside ceramic chips and magically used electricity to do cool things! The Apple II and TI-99/4a were simple compared to modern computers, but they became his platforms to explore automation and control using the BASIC and Pascal programming languages. He quickly discovered his passion for computing and enjoyed helping his classmates learn about how computer hardware and software work. By the end of high school, it was clear that a professional career in engineering and engineering education was his future. Dr. Meier enrolled as a first-generation college student and had an amazing freshman year because he got to learn Fortran – a language he stills writes programs in today.
As a professor at MSOE, he mentors future engineers in the areas of digital logic, computer architecture, digital electronics, and computer networking. He has a 29-year history of teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His teaching skills have been recognized with an Iowa State University Teaching Excellence Award, the Iowa State University Warren B. Boast Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence, and the MSOE Oscar Werwath Distinguished Teacher Award. His research interests include engineering education, embedded systems, evolvable hardware, and computer architecture. His NSF funded research explores how first year students develop computational thinking.