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Dynamic new faculty members can make a mark on research, education

In the 2008–2009 academic year, the College of Engineering welcomes 13 talented new faculty members. They hail from as close to Wisconsin as Michigan and as far as Australia, and they add depth and expertise in areas that include nanotechnology, cancer biology, optimization of complex problems, environmental chemistry, computational fluid dynamics, plasma physics, and others. In addition, many of the new hires can make positive contributions to engineering research and education based on their experience in industry and at university, national and international research facilities.

Michael Scott Arnold

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Michael Arnold
Materials Science and Engineering
Michael Arnold joins the Department of Materials Science and Engineering as an assistant professor. He earned his PhD in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University in 2006. As a postdoctoral research fellow from 2006 to 2008 at the University of Michigan, he investigated new means for patterning organic semiconductors via vapor phase printing, and controlling the molecular ordering and crystallinity of organic thin films for energy-efficient white-lighting and photovoltaics. Arnold’s research interests include carbon nanostructures (carbon nanotubes, graphene nanoribbons), organic electronics and optoelectronics (photovoltaic solar cells, organic light emitting diodes), inorganic-organic hybrid composite electronic materials, materials for alternative energy, nanostructured energy storage, semiconductor electronics, and nanoelectronics.

Nader  Behdad

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Nader Behdad
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Coming to UW-Madison after two years as an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Nader Behdad joins the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as an assistant professor. He earned his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan in 2006. Nader Behdad’s research interests include applied electromagnetics, antennas, periodic structures, phased arrays, microwave circuits, and wireless interfaces.

Nam Sung  Kim

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Nam Sung Kim
Electrical and Computer Engineering
After nearly five years at Intel, where he designed robust and low-power microprocessors for future nanoscale silicon technology, Nam Sung Kim joins the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as an assistant professor. He earned his PhD from the University of Michigan in computer engineering in 2004. His research interests include robust and low-power circuit and microarchitecture for nanoscale technology, biomimetic circuits, and microelectronic systems.

Pamela  Kreeger

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Pamela Kreeger
Biomedical Engineering
A postdoctoral fellow in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Biological Engineering, Pamela Kreeger will join the Department of Biomedical Engineering as an assistant professor in January 2009. She earned her PhD in chemical engineering from Northwestern University in 2005 and worked in the field of tissue engineering, developing 3-D gels to culture ovarian follicles in vitro, with applications to study follicle development and ultimately help restore fertility for cancer patients. At MIT, with an American Cancer Society fellowship, she is using experimental and computational techniques to learn how different mutations in colon cancer change cell response to inflammation. Kreeger’s research interests include cell signaling networks, computational biology, endocrinology, women's health, and cancer biology.

Ananth  Krishnamurthy

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Ananth Krishnamurthy
Industrial and Systems Engineering
After earning his PhD in industrial engineering from UW-Madison and serving as an assistant professor in the Department of Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, Ananth Krishnamurthy joined the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in January 2008 as an associate professor. In addition, he directs both the Center for Quick Response Manufacturing and the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Program. His research focuses on topics including production inventory systems, assembly operations, product variety and customization, material handling and warehouse systems, lead time reduction and quick response manufacturing.

James R. Luedtke

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James Luedtke
Industrial and Systems Engineering
James Luedtke joins the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering as an assistant professor. He earned his PhD in 2007 in industrial and systems engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Then, he worked for a year as a postdoc at the IBM Research T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York, where he studied methods for solving large-scale scheduling problems with complex side constraints. Luedtke’s research interests include optimization of complex problems involving uncertainty, discrete decisions, and nonlinear interactions.

Enid N. H. Montague

Enid N. H. Montague
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Enid Montague joins the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering as an assistant professor. She earned her PhD in 2008 in industrial and systems engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Her research interests include human factors, health systems, and human-computer interaction.

Andrew  Rose

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Andrew Rose
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Andrew Rose, who holds a PhD in environmental engineering from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, will join the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in January 2009 as an assistant professor. During his two years as an Australian Research Council postdoctoral fellow at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, he conducted several field studies to examine oxygen redox chemistry in the Costa Rica Dome and Peruvian upwelling regions, and to examine the biogeochemistry of iron acquisition by the marine nitrogen-fixing cyanobacterium Trichodesmium on the Great Barrier Reef. Rose’s research interests include aquatic chemistry, biogeochemistry of natural waters, analytical methods for water chemistry, modeling of biogeochemical systems, and human impacts on water quality.

James A. Schneider

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James Schneider
Civil and Environmental Engineering
James Schneider joins the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an assistant professor. He earned his PhD in civil and resource engineering from the University of Western Australia in 2007, and followed those studies with postdoctoral research related to experimentally modeling the response of deep-water pipelines subject to submarine landslides. Prior to his PhD, Schneider spent four years in civil (geotechnical) engineering consulting. His research interests include evaluation of the stress-strain-time behavior of saturated and unsaturated particulate materials subject to large strain penetration or cylindrical expansion, and application of those results to the design of foundation elements for bridges, offshore structures, large diameter wind turbines, and other structures subject to static and cyclic loading.

James M. Tinjum

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James Tinjum
Engineering Professional Development
With bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees from UW-Madison in civil and environmental engineering, James Tinjum joins the Department of Engineering Professional Development as an assistant professor. In the department, he is responsible for teaching and developing short courses in geotechnical engineering, geoenvironmental engineering, and subgrade improvement for highway and rail transportation systems. Tinjum has six years of experience working for the consulting firms CH2M HILL and RMT Inc. His research interests include geotechnical engineering, beneficial reuse of industrial byproducts, remediation design and construction, sustainable highway design and maintenance, and sediment management.

Mario F. Trujillo

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Mario Trujillo
Mechanical Engineering
Engine researcher Mario Trujillo joins the Department of Mechanical Engineering as an assistant professor. After earning his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois in 2000, he spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher in the Los Alamos National Laboratory theoretical division working on computational models of more comprehensive treatments for high pressure sprays, as well as spray-wall interactions. These were implemented into the computational fluid dynamics code KIVA-3V. In 2003, he joined the Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Laboratory as research faculty, where he developed computations of bubbly wake flows and related naval hydrodynamics, as well as droplet vaporization near the thermodynamic critical regime. Trujillo’s research interests include supercritical droplet vaporization, spray and droplet phenomena, Lagrangian particle transport, turbulent flows with a gas-liquid interface, and molecular dynamics of phase change processes.

Francesco  Volpe

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Francesco Volpe
Engineering Physics
With experience on tokamaks, spherical tokamaks and stellarators in Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, plasma physicist and numerical modeler Francesco Volpe will join the Department of Engineering Physics in December 2008 as an assistant professor. He earned his PhD in 2003 in experimental physics from the University of Greifswald, Germany, and completed postdoctoral research at UKAEA Fusion, Culham, United Kingdom, where he worked on optimizing a microwave launcher aimed at suppressing neoclassical tearing modes in ITER (the international thermonuclear experimental reactor). Volpe’s research interests include plasma physics and magnetic confinement fusion, with an emphasis on microwave heating, current drive and diagnostics; and magnetohydrodynamic instabilities and their control.

Xudong  Wang

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Xudong Wang
Materials Science and Engineering
Recipient of a 2007 Technology Review magazine Young Innovators Under 35 Award, Xudong Wang joins the Department of Materials Science and Engineering as an assistant professor. He earned his PhD in 2005 in materials science and engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also completed postdoctoral research there, focusing on zinc-oxide nanostructures for mechanical energy harvesting. In 2006, he and a colleague invented the nanogenerator, which converts mechanical vibration into electricity. Wang’s research interests include nanomaterials fabrication and characterization, nanostructures for energy harvesting, and nanosensors and nano-optoelectronics.