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The College of Engineering has added 13 new faculty for the 2022-23 academic year, increasing total faculty hires to 67 over the past six years.
Nathan Huynh, the new director of the Nebraska Transportation Center – is among the three new faculty in civil and environmental engineering. There are three new faculty in the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction, two each in electrical and computer engineering, mechanical and materials engineering and the School of Computing, and one in biological systems engineering.
These new engineering faculty include:
Shubhendu Bhardwaj, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering
Bhardwaj was assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Florida International University and worked for Sony Mobile Communications and Samsung India Software Operations. Bhardwaj’s research interests include electromagnetic, multiphysics and AI-enabled modeling, antennas, wearable and flexible electronics, and MMW and Tetrahertz devices.
Jessica Deters, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering
Deters joins the college after stints as a graduate fellow with the Academy for Global Engineering and a graduate research assistant at Virginia Tech. Her areas of research include dimensions of engineering culture in multiple contexts (e.g., across countries, during times of stress), equity, diversity and inclusion in engineering, and engineering culture and its impacts on students.
Hongzhi Guo, assistant professor, School of Computing
Previously, Guo was assistant professor of engineering at both Norfolk State University and University of Southern Maine. Guo’s research includes low-power Internet-of-Things (IoT), networked robotics, and cyberphysical systems in extreme environments (underground, underwater, etc.).
Qilin Guo, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering
Guo will join the college in spring 2023 after working as a graduate research assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Missouri University of Science and Technology. Guo’s research focuses on laser metal additive manufacturing and the dynamics of metal additive manufacturing processes.
Mohammad Rashedul Hasan, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering
Hasan previously was assistant professor of practice in the School of Computing at UNL. He is an entrepreneur, including being CEO of GlobalVillage.com. Among Hasan’s areas of research are natural language processing, computer vision, and modeling uncertainty and its implications in complex interdependent networks.
Chun-Hsing (Jun) Ho, associate professor, Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction
Prior to joining UNL, Ho was associate professor of civil engineering and a lead faculty in the Advance Construction Materials Laboratory at Northern Arizona University. Among Ho’s research areas are asphalt mixtures in pavement construction, sustainable pavement infrastructure, smart infrastructure systems, and transportation systems modeling
Nathan Huynh, director of Nebraska Transportation Center and professor of civil and environmental engineering
A professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of South Carolina, Huynh will serve as the second director of the NTC. He has been on the faculty at North Carolina A&T State University and previously worked for the Port of Houston Authority. Huynh’s research interests include transportation safety, pavement management, healthcare engineering, port operations, drayage operations, and intermodal freight transport.
Kaycie Lane, assistant professor of practice in civil and environmental engineering
A postdoctoral scholar at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Lane has previous experience with Clean Valley Bio-Filtration Technologies and as an independent researcher for Luminultra LTD. Lane’s research areas include wastewater systems and sustainable solutions to water access.
Xiaoqi (Clare) Liu, assistant professor, Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction
Before joining Nebraska Engineering, Liu was an engineer with the U.S. Department of Energy Building Energy Codes Program and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Liu’s research includes building performance analysis, energy retrofit incentives analysis, and smart and occupant-centered buildings.
Milad Roohi, assistant professor, Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction
Roohi was a senior scientist in reinsurance analytics and solutions at Colorado State University. Research interests include multi-hazard risk, reliability, and resilience of civil infrastructure and urban systems, structural health monitoring for smart structures and cities, dynamical systems, and next-generation sustainable/resilient structures.
Rahul Purandare, associate professor, School of Computing
Purandare was associate professor and assistant professor of computer science and engineering at Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology in Delhi, India. Purandare’s research focuses on program analysis and verification, software testing, program comprehension, code search, and automatic program repair.
Saleh Taghvaeian, associate professor of biological systems engineering
Taghvaeian previously was at Oklahoma State University as both a professor of Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies and associate professor and extension specialist in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. Research includes agricultural water resources, irrigation and drainage, remote sensing, and GIS.
Jamilla Teixeira, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering
Teixeira returns to the College of Engineering, where she earned both master and doctoral degrees. In Brazil, Teixeira was on the faculty at Federal University of Espírito Santo and research collaborator at the Transportation Engineering Program at Universidade de São Paulo/São Carlos. Teixeira’s research includes characterization of infrastructure materials, multiscale modeling and fracture modeling of bituminous composites, and sustainable infrastructure solutions.
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