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Twelve new faculty join the College of Engineering

Their research interests range from combustion, communications and computing to nanotechnology, electricity, biotechnology, human factors, and healthcare and robotics: In the 2007-2008 academic year, the College of Engineering welcomes 12 talented faculty members—several of whom join the college with tenure, and all of whom bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion that will enable them and their students to achieve great things.

 

Sandra A. Ashford

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Sandra A. Ashford
Engineering Professional Development
In August, Sandra Ashford joined the Department of Engineering Professional Development as an assistant faculty associate and director of the Master of Engineering in Engine Systems program. Ashford, who earned her PhD from the University of Oklahoma in aerospace and mechanical engineering, previously worked in the Office of the Technical Fellow at Ford Motor Company, exploring new design and product-development methods. Her research interests include fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, combustion, CAD, CAE, and six-sigma.


Stark C Draper

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Stark C. Draper
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Prior to joining the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in August as an assistant professor, Stark C. Draper worked at the Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he directed the secure biometrics project, designed error-correcting codes for the next-generation Mitsubishi Electric optical transport network, and worked on routing algorithms for ad-hoc wireless networks. He has held teaching and research positions in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley; and at the University of Toronto, Canada. Draper earned his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in electrical engineering and computer science. His research interests include signal processing, communications, biometric security, streaming media, estimation, information theory, queuing, and networking.


Ryan J. Kershner

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Ryan J. Kershner
Mechanical Engineering
In January 2008, Ryan J. Kershner will join the Department of Mechanical Engineering as an assistant professor. Kershner earned his PhD in materials engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004. Currently he is an industrial postdoctoral fellow at the IBM Almaden Research Center/Stanford University Center on Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies; previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Kershner’s research interests include nanomanufacturing, directed self-assembly, electric field and laser tweezer manipulation of nanoscale objects, and atomic force microscopy.


Tom N. Krupenkin

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Tom N. Krupenkin
Mechanical Engineering
Formerly a member of the technical staff of Lucent Technologies Bell Labs, Tom N. Krupenkin joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering in August as an associate professor. He earned a PhD in physics in 1996 from Case Western Reserve University and a PhD in materials science in 1992 from the Moscow Institute for Physics and Engineering. Krupenkin, who has more than 75 patents and publications, also was a materials researcher at the University of California at Santa Barbara. His research interests include the physics and chemistry of liquid-solid interfaces, nanostructured surfaces, self-assembly at the nano and micro scale, nano- and microfluidics, optofluidics, lab-on-a-chip devices, and electrowetting.


Bernard Lesieutre
Electrical and Computer Engineering
In March, Bernard Lesieutre joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as an associate professor. Previously, he was a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he conducted research relating to analysis and operation of large-scale electric power systems and policies concerning the design and operation of electric energy markets. He also was a visiting associate professor at Cornell University and an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993 and also conducted postdoctoral research at the university. Lesieutre’s research interests include modeling, analysis and control of electric power grids; electric energy markets, and energy policy.


Wan-Ju  Li

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Wan-Ju Li
Biomedical Engineering
Wan-Ju Li will join the Department of Biomedical Engineering in February 2008. He earned his PhD in cell and tissue engineering in 2004 from Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. As a National Institute of Standards and Technology visiting researcher fellow from June 2003 until the present, he has studied electrospun scaffolds for drug delivery. Li also has been a National Institutes of Health (NIH) postdoctoral fellow and currently is an NIH research fellow. Li, who also will be affiliated with the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation in the School of Medicine and Public Health, studies musculoskeletal tissue engineering.


Jeffrey T. Linderoth

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Jeffrey T. Linderoth
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Previously an assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering at Lehigh University, Jeffrey Linderoth joined the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the Department of Computer Sciences in August as an assistant professor. He earned his PhD in 1998 in industrial and systems engineering from Georgia Tech, completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Argonne National Laboratory mathematics and computer science division, and was a senior consultant with Axioma Inc. Linderoth’s research interests include numerical optimization, high-performance and grid computing (linear and nonlinear), integer programming, stochastic programming; and applications in finance, logistics and healthcare.


Brian F. Pfleger

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Brian F. Pfleger
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Brian F. Pfleger joined the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering as an assistant professor. He earned his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2005; as a postdoctoral fellow in the Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan, he worked on characterizing the enzymes that make up a virulence-associated biosynthetic pathway in Bacillus anthracis. Pfleger’s research interests include synthetic biology, biotechnology, protein engineering, sustainable chemical production, and natural product biosynthesis.


Jennifer L. Reed

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Jennifer L. Reed
Chemical and Biological Engineering
In August, Jennifer Reed joined the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering as an assistant professor. She earned her PhD in bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego, in 2005 and was a lecturer and faculty fellow researcher until spring 2007. Reed’s research interests include systems biology, metabolic model development and analysis, metabolic engineering; and biofuels, bioremediation and biotechnology.


David A. Rothamer

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David A. Rothamer
Mechanical Engineering
David Rothamer will join the Department of Mechanical Engineering as an assistant professor, also affiliated with the Engine Research Center, in January 2008. He currently is finishing his PhD in mechanical engineering at Stanford University. Rothamer’s research interests include laser diagnostics, IC engine, combustion, alternative fuels, energy systems, and fluid dynamics.


Douglas A. Wiegmann

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Douglas A. Wiegmann
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Douglas Wiegmann joined the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering as an associate professor. He earned his PhD in experimental psychology (cognition), from Texas Christian University in 1992. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute until 1993; Wiegmann recently concluded a second postdoctoral fellowship in biomedical science (clinical and translational research) at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. His research interests include cognitive systems engineering, system safety, accident investigation, human error analysis, aviation, and healthcare.


Michael R. Zinn

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Michael R. Zinn
Mechanical Engineering
Michael Zinn joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering as an assistant professor. He earned his PhD from Stanford University in mechanical engineering in September 2005; from 2003 to 2007, he was director of systems and control for Hansen Medical, a startup company that developed a minimally invasive robotic catheter system for treating atrial fibrillation. Zinn’s research interests include human-centered robotics, minimally invasive surgical robotics, haptics, and robotic actuation technology and controls.

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