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New Faculty Among Most Diverse Group to Join School

Wednesday, October 1, 2014



New Faculty 2014 Academic Year



We just added a dozen new faculty members, and we’re expanding with several

additional searches

this year. 



More and more students are choosing the KU School of Engineering for the outstanding experience they receive in our classrooms and laboratories.  And we’re responding by giving them access to great teachers and great researchers in fields that drive economic growth in Kansas, the Midwest and our nation. 



The expansion is part of the school’s

Building on Excellence Initiative

that drives growth in faculty, facilities, discovery and enrollment.



 




Masoud K. Darabi



Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering




m-darabi@ku.edu

785-864-4473



Research expertise: Design of self-healing fatigue-resistant materials and durable infrastructures through cutting-edge technologies in computational mechanics and material science. 



Doctoral granting institution: Texas A&M University



 




Huazhen Fang



Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering




h124f116@ku.edu

785-864-2984



Research expertise: Dynamic systems and control; modeling, identification, estimation, and control for dynamic systems as well as the applications in energy management, environmental observing, manufacturing, and mechatronic systems.



Doctoral granting institution: University of California, San Diego



 




Alexandra Kondyli



Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering




akondyli@ku.edu

785-864-6521



Professor Kondyli earned her Ph.D. at the University of Florida, Gainesville. She most recently served as a postdoctoral associate at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Her research interests include driver behavior, traffic flow characteristics, and traffic operations.



Doctoral granting institution: University of Florida, Gainesville



 




Xianglin Li



Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering




x960l599@ku.edu



Professor Li earned his Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut. He most recently served as a senior scientific engineering associate at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research interests include proton exchange membrane fuel cells, lithium-air batteries, multi-phase heat and mass transfer, thermodynamic analysis, and full fuel cycle analysis.



Doctoral granting institution: University of Connecticut



 




Brian Lines



Acting Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering




b779l640@ku.edu

785-864-2891



Professor Lines is a Ph.D. candidate at Arizona State University, Tempe. His research interests include strategic construction management and overcoming resistance to change.



Doctoral granting institution: Arizona State University



 




Arghya Paul



Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering




arghyapaul@ku.edu



Professor Paul earned his Ph.D. at McGill University. He most recently served as a postdoctoral associate at the Harvard-MIT division of health sciences and technology. His research interests include biotherapeutic devices, biomimetic nanomaterials, regenerative tissue engineering, stem cell/material interface, "tissue-on-a-chip, "microfabrication, and biomolecular & genetic engineering.



Doctoral granting institution: McGill University



 




Alessandro Salandrino



Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science




a325s937@ku.edu



Professor Salandrino earned his Ph.D. at the University of Central Florida. He most recently served as a postdoctoral research scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include electromagnetics, optics, photonics, plasmonics and metamaterials, RF, and computational electrodynamics.



Doctoral granting institution: University of Central Florida



 




Suzanne Shontz



Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science




s906s230@ku.edu



Professor Shontz earned her Ph.D. at Cornell University. She most recently served as an assistant professor at Mississippi State University. Her research interests include computational- and data-enabled science and engineering, including parallel scientific computing with a focus on unstructured mesh, numerical optimization, model order reduction, and numerical linear algebra algorithms and their applications to fields such as medicine and electronic circuits.



Doctoral granting institution: Cornell University



 




Juan Jose Bravo Suarez



Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering




jjbravo@ku.edu

785-864-1632



Professor Bravo Suarez earned his Ph.D. at the Industrial University of Santander, Colombia. He most recently served as a postdoctoral research scientist at the Acher Daniels Midland research facility in Lawrence, Kansas. His research interests focus on heterogeneous catalysis including advanced catalyst synthesis, reaction kinetics, and in situ spectroscopic studies for the development of catalysts and catalytic technologies for fuels and chemicals synthesis from bio-derived and alternative feedstocks.



Doctoral granting institution: Industrial University of Santander, Colombia



 




Franklin Tao



Associate Professor, Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering




f626t672@ku.edu



Professor Tao earned his Ph.D. at Princeton University. He most recently served as an assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame. His research interests include catalysis, chemical and energy transformations, nanoscience, and materials chemistry.



Doctoral granting institution: Princeton University



 




Guanghui “Richard” Wang



Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science




g925w596@ku.edu

785-864-8840



Professor Wang earned his Ph.D. at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He most recently served as an adjunct professor at Nanchang University, China. His research interests include computational vision, artificial intelligence, computer graphics & image processing, and robotics.



Doctoral granting institution: University of Waterloo



 




Yang “Cindy” Yi



Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science




y631y347@ku.edu



Professor Yi earned her Ph.D. at Texas A&M University. She most recently served as an assistant professor and director of the Integrated Circuit & Systems Laboratory at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Her research interests include very large scale integrated circuits and systems, computer aided design, high speed and energy efficient circuit design, and neuromorphic architecture for brain-inspired computing systems.



Doctoral granting institution: Texas A&M University





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