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New faculty members set to make teaching, research impact

In the coming year, the College of Engineering will welcome 11 new faculty members. This extremely promising group has expertise in a wide range of disciplines — from tissue engineering and ergonomics to rapid prototyping and radiation transfer. We welcome them to campus and take this opportunity to introduce them to you:

Naomi  Chesler

Naomi Chesler (12K JPG)

Naomi Chesler joins the Department of Biomedical Engineering as an assistant professor. She received her PhD in medical engineering from MIT in 1996; her research interests include tissue engineering, cardiovascular disease, gene therapy delivery strategies, and hemodynamics.

Benjamin  Jordan

Benjamin Jordan (6K JPG)

Benjamin Jordan is an assistant faculty associate in the Department of Engineering Professional Development. He earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1985 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include street and highway design and maintenance; water supply and distribution system design, operation and maintenance; public works management, infrastructure asset management and business district redevelopment.

Ben-Tzion  Karsh

Ben-Tzion Karsh (11K JPG)

Ben-Tzion Karsh, who received his PhD in 1999 from UW-Madison, is an assistant professor of industrial engineering. His research interests include ergonomics, occupational safety and health, and health care quality improvement.

Xiaochun  Li

Xiaochun Li (16K JPG)

Xiaochun Li, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, received his PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 2001. His research interests include rapid prototyping and manufacturing, geometrically and functionally complex smart structures, micro/meso scale laser material processing, micro-electromechanical systems, micro-optoelectromechanical systems, and manufacturing processes monitoring and control.

Andrew J. Miller

Andrew J. Miller (12K JPG)

Andrew J. Miller joins the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. as an assistant professor. He received his PhD in industrial engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999; his research interests include integer programming, applied optimization, production planning and logistics.

Gregory F. Nellis

Gregory F. Nellis (39K JPG)

Greg Nellis is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He received his PhD in 1997 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; his research interests include gas film bearings, cryogenics and heat exchangers.

Tim  Shedd

Tim Shedd (45K JPG)

Tim Shedd joins the Department of Mechanical Engineering as an assistant professor. He received his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois in 2001. His research interests include two-phase flow behavior and heating/ventilation/airconditioning.

Eric V. Shusta

Eric V. Shusta (59K JPG)

Eric V. Shusta is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. He received his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999 and is completing a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA in the Department of Medicine. Shusta's research interests include applied molecular biology, protein engineering and biopharmaceutical design.

Carl R. Sovinec

Carl R. Sovinec (32K JPG)

Carl R. Sovinec joins the Department of Engineering Physics as an assistant professor. He received his PhD in plasma physics from UW-Madison in 1995; his research interests include computational plasma physics and computational fluid dynamics.

Lester K. Su

Lester K. Su (12K JPG)

Lester K. Su is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He received his PhD in 1995 in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan. Su's research interests include Planar Laser Induced Florescence/Particle Image Velocimitry measurements of mixing and entrainment in turbulent jets and jet flames, experimental methods, laser diagnostics, combustion modeling, flow control, numerical methods, flow stability and transition, and plasma flows.

Paul P.H. Wilson

Paul P.H. Wilson (16K JPG)

Paul P.H. Wilson is an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Physics and is also affiliated with the Wisconsin Institute of Nuclear Systems and the Fusion Technology Institute. His research interests include isotopic inventory analysis, computational science, proliferation analysis, and radiation transport and interactions. Wilson earned a PhD in mechanical engineering in 1998 from Technical University of Karlsruhe (Germany) and a PhD in 1999 in nuclear eng

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