Four new faculty join college
This fall, the college welcomes Chris Brace, John Lee, Carol Menassa, and Franklin Miller to the faculty.
Brace joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering as an assistant professor and shares his appointment with the Department of Radiology. His research interests include image-guided interventional oncology, thermal therapies such as radiofrequency and microwave ablation, medical imaging, and applications of electromagnetics in medicine.
Lee joined the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering as a professor. His research interests include cognitive engineering, interface design, trust in automation, human adaption to technology, and modeling human behavior.
Menassa joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as the M.A. Mortenson Company Assistant Professor of Construction Engineering and Management. Her research interests include construction project management, life cycle cost analysis of alternative energy facilities, sustainability decision analysis of existing buildings, and construction dispute resolution.
Miller, who earned his PhD in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005, joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering as an assistant professor. Miller’s research interests include cryogenics, thermodynamics, magnetic refrigeration, properties of superfluid 3He-4He mixtures, sub-Kelvin cooling for space science detectors, and energy systems.
College names three assistant, associate deans
In May, Barbara McPherson joined the college as chief financial officer/associate dean for administration. She has a strong and impressive career history in the financial arena, most recently as CFO of Netconcepts LLC. “With more than 15 years’ experience with technology companies of varying size and focus, she has a reputation for solving a wide range of financial and operational challenges,” says Dean Paul Peercy.
As part of a realignment of student services, the college also welcomes John Archambault as assistant dean of student development and Manuela Romero as the assistant dean of student diversity and academic services.
Archambault advances to his new position after serving as associate director of Engineering Career Services since 2004. He will oversee Engineering Career Services, the Student Leadership Center and the Office of International Engineering Studies and Programs.
Romero has been executive director of the Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Participation since 2005 and previously was a faculty member at the University of Texas at El Paso. She will oversee the Engineering General Resources Office and the Diversity Affairs Office.
COE researchers play role in final WID themes
College of Engineering faculty and affiliated faculty are leading four out of the five proposals that will form the intellectual heart of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID). They include:
Health technology design in the living environments laboratory aimed at accelerating the development of personal care diagnostic and therapeutic technology, led by Industrial and Systems Engineering and Nursing Professor Patricia Flatley Brennan
Optimization in biology and medicine, a mathematical approach to minimize or maximize the variables of a given subject, led by Computer Science and Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Michael C. Ferris
WID is the public half of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, complemented by the private Morgridge Institute for Research. Both entities will occupy the new interdisciplinary research facility now under construction in the 1300 block of University Avenue.