College of Engineering adds 13 new faculty for 2020-21
The College of Engineering has added 13 new faculty for 2020-21, increasing total faculty hires to 58 over the past four years.
The new faculty include five in Computer Science and Engineering, three in Civil and Environmental Engineering, two in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and one each in the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction, the Master of Engineering Management Program, and Mechanical and Materials Engineering.
Robert Dyer, assistant professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Dyer comes to Nebraska after serving as assistant professor of Computer Science at Bowling Green State University. He earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Iowa State University, where he served as a post-doctoral research in the Department of Computer Science.
Among Dyer's research interests are software engineering and programming languages and developing new programming models to maintain the benefits of software engineering practices such as separation of concerns and agile software development.
Peixun Fan, research assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Fan is a former post-doctoral research associate in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has earned degrees in materials processing from Huanzhong University of Science & Technology in China, a Joint Ph.D. from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Tsinghua University in China.
Fans' research includes laser micro-nano fabrication and laser precise machining techniques for both fundamental research and industrial applications, laser materials processing, and ultrafast laser manufacturing.
Justin Firestone, Assistant Professor of Practice in Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management and Computer Science and Engineering
Firestone joins Nebraska Engineering after previous stints as an intellectual property associate attorney with Baird Holm in Omaha and has experience as an instructor at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Firestone has earned seven degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln – bachelor's in computer science, Latin and economics, a master's and a Ph.D. in computer science, a master's in classics, and a juris doctorate.
Hamzeh Haghshenas Fatmehsari, research assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Haghsehnas Fatmehsari is a former post-doctoral research assistant in Civil and Environmental Engineering and was a highway quality assurance manager for the Nebraska Department of Transportation. As a Nebraska Engineering student, Fatmehsari earned a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering.
His research includes infrastructure materials, recycled and engineered construction materials, and mechanistic analysis and design of roadways and pavements.
Neal Lewis, assistant professor of practice, Master of Engineering Management Program
Lewis joins the MEM program with 30+ years of engineering management industry experience at Proctor & Gamble and Bayer, serving in such roles as technology manager, plant engineer and quality control manager. He has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and a doctoral degree in engineering management from the University of Missouri-Rolla and an MBA from the University of New Haven.
After receiving his Ph.D., Lewis worked at Marshall University and then the University of Bridgeport, where he received tenure in 2013. Since 2016, he has been teaching mostly in web-based asynchronous environments. Lewis has co-authored two best-selling undergraduate and graduate textbooks in engineering economy and is a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Management.
Fanben Meng, assistant professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Meng, who has degrees from Nanjing University in China and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, has extensive research experience as a post-doctoral associate at both the University of Minnesota and Princeton University.
His research includes biofabrication and nanofabrication, 3D printing of living cells, soft biomaterials and functional nanomaterials for reconstruction of tumor microenvironments, and electrochemical biosensors for extracellular and intracellular detection
Mojdeh Pajouh, research assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Pajouh is a former assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has degrees in civil engineering from KNT University of Technology, Tehran Polytechnic and Texas A&M University.
A former post-doctoral research assistant at the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, Pajouh's research includes crashworthiness analysis, large-scale testing, transportation safety, roadside safety hardware, educational engineering and culturally responsive teaching.
Tony Roebuck, assistant professor of practice in the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction
Roebuck has been at Colorado State University as an instructor in mechanical systems, construction management and project management for mechanical systems. He also has experience as a project manager for both RK Mechanical and Trautman & Schreve in Denver, Colorado.
Roebuck has a bachelor's degree in Engineering Technology from Illinois State University, a bachelor's in business administration from Colorado Technical University and a master's in real estate and construction management from the University of Denver.
Arman Roohi, assistant professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Roohi joins the College of Engineering after having been a post-doctoral fellow in the UT Design Automation Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin. He has degrees in computer engineering (bachelor's from Shiraz University in Iran and a Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida) and computer architecture (master's from Azad University in Iran).
Roohi's research includes energy efficient and high-performance processing, brain-inspired (neuromorphic) computing and Boolean Logic; and design and implementation of for resource-limited IoT devices.
Hoang-Dung Tran, assistant professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Tran earned a doctoral degree in computer science from Vanderbilt University after gaining a bachelor's in automation from Ho Chi Minh University of technology in Vietnam and a master's in control science from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China.
His research includes safe artificial intelligences, cyber-physical systems, formal methods, control theory, and parallel computing.
Jun Wang, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Wang, a former research assistant professor in the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES) at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), earned bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering at Zhejiang University in China and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.
Wang's research includes sustainable energy, power electronics synergistics, medical power electronics, and fault prognostics and diagnostics, reliability, and resiliency of power electronic components and systems.
Matthew Williamson, assistant professor of practice in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Williamson earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in civil engineering at Kansas State University, where he also served as an instructor and program coordinator in construction engineering technology.
He also has experience in industry, as a senior project engineer and office manager at GeoSource, LLC.
Qiuming Yao, assistant professor of Computer Science and Engineering
A former research fellow in the Department of Hematology at Boston Children's Hospital and Department of Pathology, Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital, Yao was also a post-doctoral research associate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from Tongji University in China, and a master's in statistics and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Missouri.
Yao's research includes GWAS and functional genomics in human disease, gene editing in therapeutics and functional analysis, high-performance biocomputing, big data visualization, artificial intelligence, and pattern recognition.
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