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College welcomes eight new faculty members

This year, several faculty members bring to the College of Engineering their experience in government laboratories, in industry, or in other university settings. They boast research interests that range from stem cells, biomaterials, hydrology and circuits to materials, manufacturing, energy and transportation. They are poised to make great contributions not only within the college, but also within their areas of expertise and throughout the state of Wisconsin.


Reidar S. Aamotsbakken

Reidar S. Aamotsbakken (Large image)

Reidar S. Aamotsbakken
Engineering Professional Development
Reidar S. Aamotsbakken joins the Department of Engineering Professional Development as an assistant faculty associate. He has an undergraduate degree in chemistry and earned his master’s degree in biomedical engineering in 1998 from the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee. His research interests include biomedical engineering, biomaterials, tissue mimicking plastics, medical device design, medical combination products, radiation therapy quality control, medical imaging quality control, in vitro diagnostics, and engineering and process development for biotechnology and medical devices.

Matt  Allen

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Matt Allen
Engineering Physics
Matt Allen joins the Department of Engineering Physics in November as an assistant professor. After earning his PhD in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2005, he took a postdoctoral research position in Applied Mechanics Development Org. 1526 at Sandia National Laboratories. Allen’s research interests include dynamics and vibrations, system identification, experimental modal analysis, dynamics of micro and nano systems, uncertainty in dynamic systems, and stochastic dynamic systems.

Mitchell M. Bradt

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Mitchell M. Bradt
Engineering Professional Development
Mitchell M. Bradt joins the Department of Engineering Professional Development as an assistant faculty associate. He comes to the college from industry: Most recently, he was a protection and control engineer for Realtime Utility Engineers, Madison; he also has worked with American Superconductor, the U.S. Air Force C-17 Program Office, the U.S. Air Force Research Lab, and the Kyoto (Japan) University Power Systems Laboratory. Bradt received his master’s degree in electrical engineering, with a focus on power electronics, from UW-Madison in 1996. His research interests include electric power systems, transmission and distribution, protective relaying, substation design, power electronics, wind farms, and alternative energy.

Azadeh  Davoodi

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Azadeh Davoodi
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Azadeh Davoodi joins the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as an assistant professor. She earned her PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2006. Davoodi’s research interests include design automation of deep submicron VLSI circuits for reliability and robustness to variations, physically-aware hierarchical design automation, and power-management techniques in system on chip design.

Jessica Y. Guo

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Jessica Y. Guo
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Jessica Y. Guo joins the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an assistant professor. She earned her PhD in transportation engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, in 2004 and also conducted postdoctoral research there for a year. Her research interests include travel behavior analysis and demand modeling, land use and transportation interaction, urban transportation planning, and spatial analysis and GIScience.

Steven P. Loheide II

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Steven P. Loheide
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Steven P. Loheide joins the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an assistant professor. He received his PhD in hydrogeology in 2006 from Stanford University. Loheide’s research interests include hydrology, hydroecology, river restoration, groundwater modeling, and remote sensing.

Jeffrey L. Oelke

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Jeffrey L. Oelke
Engineering Professional Development
Jeffrey L. Oelke joins the Department of Engineering Professional Development as an assistant faculty associate. Previously, he was the managing member of The Continuum Management Group and also worked at the Deere and Company Commercial and Consumer Equipment Division and at the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership. Oelke earned his master’s degree in manufacturing in 1992 from Minnesota State University, Mankato. His research interests include industrial and manufacturing engineering, business and production operations process predictability, continuum management, quick response manufacturing, lean, Six Sigma, theory of constraints, performance measures, and concept to cash cycle time reduction.

Brenda M. Ogle

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Brenda M. Ogle
Biomedical Engineering
Brenda M. Ogle joins the Department of Biomedical Engineering as an assistant professor. Previously, she was a postdoctoral researcher and then assistant professor at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Ogle earned her PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2000. Her research interests include regenerative medicine, cardiovascular therapies, stem cells, biomaterials, biomechanics, cell fusion, and immunogenicity of bioengineered constructs.