Phillip De Leon, PhD

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Chief Research Officer

Professor of Electrical Engineering

Phillip De Leon serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research (AVCR) and Chief Research Officer and is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering. As AVCR, he leads the CU Denver efforts in elevating our research activities across a diverse array of programs, ideas, and people. This includes developing and implementing CU Denver's research strategy and associated research plan. Previously, he was a Professor in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New Mexico State University, where he held the Nakayama Professorship in Engineering for Teaching Excellence and the Paul W. and Valerie Klipsch Distinguished Professorship. In addition, he served as Associate Dean of Research in the College of Engineering and Associate Vice President for Research and Chief Science Officer. His teaching and research experience is in the field of digital signal processing (DSP) and includes audio and speech applications, machine learning including deep learning, time-frequency signal analysis, and embedded systems and mobile application programming. He has published extensively in the field of DSP and his research has been supported by agencies and organizations such as the Air Force Research Laboratory, Army Research Laboratory, National Science Foundation, NASA, and Sandia National Laboratories.


  • Machine learning
  • Speech processing (speaker recognition, speech enhancement)
  • Time-frequency analysis
  • Embedded systems and mobile application programming

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