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New faculty members make up 'dynamic group'

A diverse group of faculty members - with interests ranging from construction to rock mechanics to community health to optoelectronic devices - has joined the College of Engineering over the past two years. It's a group that is fulfilling the college's continuing goal of attracting the highest quality faculty available, says Engineering Dean John G. Bollinger. "These new professors are dynamic teachers and researchers, and we feel very fortunate to have them join our team," the dean notes. "We know their names will become well known on our campus as they continue our tradition of faculty excellence at Wisconsin. On behalf of the college, I'd like to officially welcome them to the College of Engineering."

The new faculty members and their research interests include:

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Awad S. Hanna

Awad S. Hanna (large image)

Associate Professor Awad S. Hanna earned his PhD in 1989 from Pennsylvania State University. He comes to UW-Madison after working in industry and teaching in the U.S. and Canada. Also on the Biological Systems Engineering faculty, Hanna's interests include concrete framework, construction productivity, safety and quality, artificial intelligence, and construction project management.

Daniel R. Noguera

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Assistant Professor Daniel R. Noguera holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and did his postdoctoral research at Northwestern University. Additionally, he has industrial experience with Alvaro Orozco y Asociados of Bogotá, and has also served as a consultant in Columbia. His interests include biofilms, microbial ecology, mathematical modeling, scientific visualization, parallel processing, bioremediation, biodegredation pathways, nitrification, denitrification, and hazardous/industrial waste treatment.

Michele  Cooke

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Assistant Professor Michele Cooke is also on the faculty of the Department of Geology and Geophysics. She holds a PhD in geology and environmental sciences (minor in mechanical engineering) from Stanford University. Her primary interests include rock fracture mechanics, quantitative structural geology, fracture-fold relationships, boundary element modeling of fractures, and engineering geology.

Assistant Professor Gregory W. Harrington earned his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997. He has developed a software program for the Environmental Protection Agency that simulates water quality changes in drinking water treatment plants and has also worked as a consultant for Malcolm Pirnie, Inc. His interests include environmental engineering, aquatic chemistry in the treatment and distribution of drinking water, and mathematical modeling.

Bin  Ran

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Assistant Professor Bin Ran earned his PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His fields of interest include intelligent transportation systems, dynamic transportation network models, traffic simulation and control, dynamic travel demand forecasting, and information superhighways.

Lawrence C. Bank

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Professor Lawrence C. Bank comes to the College of Engineering from the Catholic University of America, where he was a professor of civil engineering. Prior to that he was a structural engineer with the New York City firm Skilling, Helle, Christiansen and Robertson, and an assistant professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His interests include structural engineering, mechanics, and composite material structural testing, analysis and design.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Luke J. Mawst

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Assistant Professor Luke J. Mawst earned his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before joining the faculty this fall he was employed at TRW in Redondo Beach, Calif., as a senior scientist in the Optoelectronics Research Group. For three years, he was also a senior staff scientist in the Reed Center for Photonics at UW-Madison. His research interests include material growth and fabrication of III/V compound semiconductor diode lasers, and optoelectronic devices.

Assistant Professor Akbar M. Sayeed received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana. He did postdoctoral work at Rice University. His research interests include statistical and time-varying signal processing, wavelets and time-frequency analysis, applications in wireless communications, biomedical engineering and industrial systems.


Assistant Professor Yogesh B. Gianchandani holds a PhD from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, where he also did postdoctoral work. Additionally, he has worked for Xerox Corporation and Microchip Technology in the area of circuit design, and has been a consultant for firms developing micromachined sensors and actuators and microelectromechanical systems. His research interests are in micromachines sensors and actuators, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and integrated circuits.

Industrial Engineering

Patricia Flatley Brennan

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Both a nurse and an engineer, Patricia Flatley Brennan joined both the faculty of the College of Engineering and the School of Nursing in fall 1996. She has a PhD in industrial engineering from UW-Madison and was previously a full professor at Case Western Reserve University. She has also worked as a staff nurse and clinical nurse manager/practitioner at Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia; and as an assistant professor of nursing (psychiatric) at Marquette University. In the School of Nursing she holds the first Moehlman Bascom professorship. Her research interests are health informatics, community health, information systems, computer-mediated clinical practice, and health services research.