Meet UF’s New Engineering Faculty (2018-2020)

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At the University of Florida, engineering researchers and educators are ready to usher in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Our New Engineers will help lead the way by addressing the seemingly impossible challenges we face collectively in the areas of cybersecurity, environmental protection, personalized and affordable healthcare, transportation, and workforce and economic development. Together, we are ready to help shape the radically changing landscape of life as we know it.

The following faculty members joined or will join the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering between 2018 to 2020.


Carl Denard, Ph.D.

CARL DENARD

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering

Research Areas: Protein Therapeutics, Synthetic Biology, Biocatalysis, Bioengineering

  • Ph.D.: University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign
  • B.S.: North Carolina State University

Charles Hages, Ph. D.

CHARLES HAGES

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering

Research Areas: Semiconductors, Nanomaterials, Energy, Advanced Spectroscopy Modeling

  • Ph.D.: Purdue University
  • B.S.: University of California, Santa
    Barbara

Piyush Jain, Ph.D.

PIYUSH JAIN

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering

Research Areas: CRISPR/Cas, DNA Amplification, RNA Detection, CRISPR Delivery, Light-Activated Systems

  • Ph.D.: University of Missouri – Kansas City
  • B.S.: Dr. Hari Singh Gour University
    (Central University)
YEONGSEON JANGYeongseon Jang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering

Research Areas: Self-Assembly, Colloid and Surface Science, Functional Coating, Polymer Engineering, Biomaterials

  • Ph.D.: Seoul National University
  • B.S.: Seoul National University

Joseph Rollin, Ph.D.

JOSEPH ROLLIN

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering

Research Areas: Cell-Free Biosystems, Synthetic Biology, Biomanufacturing, Artificial Cell, and Biofuels

  • Ph.D.: Virginia Tech
  • B.S.: University of Notre Dame

Whitney Stoppel, Ph.D.

WHITNEY STOPPEL

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering

Research Areas: Biomaterials, Regenerative Medicine, Natural Materials Muscle, Immune System

  • Ph.D.: University of Massachusetts
  • B.S.: Tulane University

Vincent Bindschaedler, Ph.D.

VINCENT BINDSCHAEDLER

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering

Research Areas: Security, Privacy, Data, Machine-Learning, Cryptography

  • Ph.D.: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S.: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • B.S.: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
SHARON LYNN CHUSHARON LYNN CHU, Ph.d.

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering

Research Areas: Human-Centered Computing, Learning Technologies, Child-Computer Interaction, Embodied Interaction, User Experience Design

  • Ph.D.: Texas A&M University
  • M.S.: Virginia Tech
  • B.S.: National University of Singapore

KEJUN HUANG, Ph.D.

KEJUN HUANG

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering

Research Areas: Machine Learning, Signal Processing
Optimization, Statistics,
Big Data

  • Ph.D.: University of Minnesota
  • B.S.: Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology
ERIC RAGAN, Ph.D.ERIC RAGAN

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering

Research Areas: Virtual Reality, Visual Analytics Visualization, Human-Computer Interaction, 3D Interface

  • Ph.D.: Virginia Tech
  • M.S.: Virginia Tech
  • B.S.: Gannon University

Byron Williams, Ph.D.

BYRON WILLIAMS

Associate  Professor, Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering

Research Areas: Software Security, DevSecOps Vulnerability Analysis, Mobile Applications, Threat Modeling

  • Ph.D.: Mississippi State University
  • B.S.: Mississippi State University
ZOLEIKHA BIRON, Ph.D.
ZOLEIKHA BIRON

Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Research Areas: Cyber Physical Systems, Control Theory, Estimation, Diagnosis, Intelligent
Transportation System

  • Ph.D.: Clemson University
  • M.S.: K.N. Toosi University of Technology
  • B.S.: University of Tehran

CRISTOPHE BOBDA, Ph.D.

CRISTOPHE BOBDA

Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Research Areas: Embedded Systems, Robotics Security, Embedded Imaging

  • Ph.D.: Paderborn University
  • M.S.: Paderborn University
  • B.S.: University of Yaoundé
FARIMAH FARAHMANDI, Ph.D.
FARIMAH FARAHMANDI

Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Research Areas: Design Automation of System-on-Chips, Formal Verifi cation Hardware Security, Post-Silicon Validation and Debug Internet of Things

  • Ph.D.: University of Florida
  • M.S.: University of Tehran
  • B.S.: University of Tehran

PHILIP FENG, Ph.D.

PHILIP FENG

Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Research Areas: Quantum Engineering with Solid-State Photonic & Electronic Devices, MEMS/NEMS, Sensors for IoT

  • Ph.D.: California Institute of Technology
  • M.S.: Tsing-Hua University
  • B.S.: Tsing-Hua University

SOUMYAJIT MANDAL, Ph.D.

SOUMYAJIT MANDAL

Associate Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Research Areas: Integrated Circuits and Systems, Scientific instrumentation, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Sensor Physics

  • Ph.D.: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • M.S.: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.S.: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
WAYNE GIANG, Ph.D.WAYNE GIANG

Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering

Research Areas: Human Factors, Technology Acceptance, Health Information Technology, Interface Design, User Experience

  • Ph.D.: University of Toronto
  • M.S.: University of Waterloo
  • B.S.: University of Waterloo

BOYI HU, Ph.D.

BOYI HU

Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering

Research Areas: Occupational Safety, Biomechanics Physical Ergonomics, Human Motion Analysis, Wearable Sensors

  • Ph.D.: West Virginia University
  • M.S.: Yanshan University
  • B.S.: Yanshan University

DAVID KABER, Ph.D.

DAVID KABER

Chair & Professor, Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering

Research Areas: Human-Machine Systems. Systems Safety, Situation Awareness, Cognitive Workload, Virtual Reality

  • Ph.D.: Texas Tech University
  • M.S.: University of Central Florida
  • B.S.: University of Central Florida

NICK NAPOLI, PH.D.

NICK NAPOLI

Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering

Research Areas: Signal Processing, Pattern Recognition, Physiology Response Analysis, Machine Learning & Data Mining Applications, Human Performance Modeling, Healthcare & Cyber-Physical Systems

  • Ph.D.: University of Virginia
  • M.S.: University of Miami
  • B.S.: University of Miami
MOSTAFA REISI GAHROOEI, PH.D.MOSTAFA REISI GAHROOEI

Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering

Research Areas: Efficient Methodologies and Algorithms for Modeling and Monitoring Industrial Systems with High Dimensional, Heterogeneous Data, Adaptive System Modeling and Data Fusion

  • Ph.D.: Georgia Institute of Technology
  • M.S.: Georgia Institute of Technology
  • B.S.: Isfahan University of Technology

XU SUN, PH.D.

XU SUN

Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering

Research Areas: Stochastic Modeling and Optimization, Multiqueuing Systems in Healthcare, Analysis and Control of Urban Transportation Systems

  • Ph.D.: Columbia University
  • M.S.: University of Waterloo
  • B.S.: Dalian University of Technology
XIAOCHEN XIAN, PH.D.XIAOCHEN XIAN

Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering

Research Areas: Big Data Modeling, Monitoring and Prediction, System Informatics and Data Analytics,
Statistical Learning and Data Mining Applications

  • Ph.D.: University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.S.: University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S.: Zhejiang University

MEGAN BUTALA, PH.D.

MEGAN BUTALA

Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering

Research Areas: Energy Storage Materials, Lithium-ion Batteries, Structure-Property Relationships, X-ray Diffraction, Pair Distribution Function Analysis

  • Ph.D.: University of California, Santa Barbara
  • B.S.: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Amanda Krause, Ph.D.AMANDA KRAUSE

Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering

Research Areas: Ceramic Processing, Microstructure Evolution, Extreme Environments, Non-destructive Testing Methods. Materials Informatics

  • Ph.D.: Brown University
  • M.S.: Virginia Tech
  • B.S.: Virginia Tech

VICTORIA MILLER, PH.D.

VICTORIA MILLER

Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering

Research Areas: Fundamentals of Structural Evolution in Crystalline Materials, Advanced Electron Microscopy Techniques,Recovery and Recrystallization, Deformation Mechanisms and Texture Development

  • Ph.D.: University of California, Santa Barbara
  • B.S.: University of Michigan
Erika Moore, Ph. D.ERIKA MOORE

Holder of Rhines Rising Star Larry Hench Assistant Professorship, Department of Materials Science & Engineering

Research Areas: Biomaterials, Cell-Material Interactions. Immune Engineering, Regenerative Medicine

  • Ph.D.: Duke University
  • B.S.: The Johns Hopkins University

RYAN NEED, PH.D.

RYAN NEED

Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering

Research Areas: Thin Film Deposition, Interface and Defect Engineering, Emergent Phenomena, Quantum Materials, Nanoionics, Magnetism, X-Ray and Neutron Scattering

  • Ph.D.: University of California, Santa Barbara
  • B.S.: Clemson University
NATHALIE WALL, PH.D.NATHALIE WALL

Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering

Research Areas: Radiochemistry, Nuclear Wastes, Nuclear Forensics, Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Environmental Behavior of Radionuclides

  • Ph.D.: University of Paris XI
  • M.S.: University of Paris XI
  • B.S.: University of Paris XI

JUSTIN WATSON, PH.D.

JUSTIN WATSON

Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering

Research Areas: Reactor Physics, Thermal Hydraulics, Reactor Systems Design, Multiphysics Modeling, Numerical Methods

  • Ph.D.: Pennsylvania State University
  • B.S.: Pennsylvania State University
JING PAN, PH.D.JING PAN

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Research Areas: DNA Nanotechnology, Directed Evolution of Biomolecules, Bio-Nanomaterials, Optical Microscopy and Spectroscopy, Biosensors

  • Ph.D.: Purdue University
  • B.S.: Xi’an Jiaotong University

JAMES TRAINHAM, PH.D.

JAMES TRAINHAM

Professor, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Research Areas: Thermal, Solar, Energy, Renewable Electrochemical Engineering

  • Ph.D.: University of California, Berkeley
  • M.S.: University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S.: University of California, Berkeley
  • National Academy of Engineering Member
ERIC JING DU, PH.D.ERIC JING DU

Assistant Professor, Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment

Research Areas: Automation in Construction Cobot, Virtual Reality, Human-Computer Interaction, Building Information Modeling

  • Ph.D.: Michigan State University
  • M.S.: Tianjin University
  • B.S.: Tianjin University

ANDREIA FONSECA DE FARIA, PH.D.

ANDREIA FONSECA DE FARIA

Assistant Professor, Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment

Research Areas: Nanotoxicology, Desalination Membranes, Nanoadsorbents, Nano-antimicrobials, Antibiofouling Surfaces

  • Ph.D.: University of Campinas – Sao Paulo
  • B.S.: Federal University of Viçosa
ANTARPREET JUTLA, PH.D.ANTARPREET JUTLA

Associate Professor, Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment

Research Areas: Water and Health, Flood Forecasting, Satellite Remote Sensing Applications in Hydrology, Climate Change, Issues of Scales

  • Ph.D.: Tufts University
  • M.S.: University of Saskatchewan
  • B.S.: Punjab Agricultural University

Brian Phillips, Ph.D.

BRIAN PHILLIPS

Associate Professor, Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment

Research Areas: Structural Dynamics, Structural Control, Wind Engineering, Earthquake Engineering, Cyber-Physical Systems, Real-Time Hybrid Simulation

  • Ph.D.: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S.: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S.: University of Pittsburgh
DENISE SIMMONS, PH.D.DENISE SIMMONS

Associate Professor, Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment

Research Areas: Civil Engineering Workforce Ecosystem, T-Shaped Professional, Inclusive Environment. Industry-Academic Partnerships Co-Curricular Activities

  • Ph.D.: Clemson University
  • M.S.: Clemson University
  • B.S.: Clemson University

KATHERINE TODD-BROWN, PH.D.

KATHERINE TODD-BROWN

Assistant Professor, Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment

Research Areas: Soil carbon dynamics, Earth System Models, Pore-to-Global Scaling, Model-Data Integration, Simulation Analysis, Data Harmonization

  • Ph.D.: University of California, Irvine
  • B.S.: Harvey Mudd College
KHIEM TRAN, PH.D.KHIEM TRAN

Associate Professor, Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment

Research Areas: Nondestructive Testing, Ultrasonic/Seismic Methods, Waveform Tomography, Structure Defect, Sinkhole Detection

  • Ph.D.: University of Florida
  • M.S.: University of Florida
  • B.S.: National University of Civil Engineering

XILEI ZHAO, PH.D.

XILEI ZHAO

Assistant Professor, Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment

Research Areas: Dynamic Traffic Network Modeling, Civil Infrastructure Systems, Future Mobility Systems Planning

  • Ph.D.: The Johns Hopkins University
  • M.S.: The Johns Hopkins University
  • B.S.: Southeast University
LAKIESHA WILLIAMS, PH.D.LAKIESHA WILLIAMS

Associate Professor, J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Areas: Traumatic Brain Injury, Soft Tissue Mechanics, Bio-inspired Design, Materials Characterization

  • Ph.D.: Mississippi State University
  • B.S.: Louisiana State University
 

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