Cockrell School Welcomes Newest Faculty Members, 2019

September 20, 2019
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From developing bio-inspired membranes for more effective wastewater treatment to creating electromagnetic-based solutions for medical technologies, the Cockrell School’s new faculty members span a wide range of engineering expertise. Learn more about how our newest Texas Engineers are pushing technological boundaries and changing the world.

 

Farshid Alambeigi

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University

Research interests include: computer integrated surgery and surgical robotics, autonomous surgery, surgineering, soft robotics, innovative design, biomechanics, applications of control theory

Learn more: Farshid Alambeigi Faculty Profile


Kevin Clarno

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Ph.D. Texas A&M University

Distinguished R&D Staff, Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee

Research interests include: computational research on nuclear reactors, development and application of advanced reactor analysis software, with expertise in nuclear data, radiation transport, isotopic depletion and decay, nuclear fuel performance and nuclear core analysis

Learn more: Kevin Clarno Faculty Profile


Shadi Goodarzi

Research Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Ph.D. HEC Paris

Assistant Professor, California State University, Fullerton

Research interests include: sustainable operations management, technology management and renewable energy adoption, closed-loop supply chain

Learn more: Shadi Goodarzi Faculty Profile


Alex Hanson

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research interests include: design and applications of high-performance power electronics and magnetics

Learn more: Welcome New Faculty - Alex Hanson


Tanya Hutter

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering (Start date: Oct. 1)

Ph.D. University of Cambridge

Research Fellow, Darwin College, Cambridge

Research interests include: molecular sensing technologies, nanomaterials, microfabrication, and nanophotonics with applications in environmental sensing, homeland security and medical diagnostics

Learn More: Tanya Hutter Faculty Profile


Krishna Kumar

Assistant Professor, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Ph.D. University of Cambridge

Research Associate in Computational Geomechanics, University of Cambridge

Research interests include: multi-scale modeling of natural hazards, landslides, earthquakes, debris flows, material point method, discrete element, and lattice Boltzmann, high-performance computing in geomechanics

Learn more: Krishna Kumar Faculty Profile


Manish Kumar

Associate Professor, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Ph.D. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State University

Research interests include: membrane processes and bio-inspired membranes for wastewater treatment and water reuse

Learn more: Manish Kumar Faculty Profile


Diana Marculescu

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering (Start date: Dec. 1)
Motorola Regents Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering #2

Ph.D. University of Southern California

David Edward Schramm Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Founding Director, Center for Faculty Success, Carnegie Mellon University

Research interests include: sustainability- and energy-aware computer system modeling and optimization, reliability- and variability-aware system design, discrete modeling and analysis of non-silicon networks

Learn more: Diana Marculescu Named New Chair of ECE


José del R. Millán

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Carol Cockrell Curran Chair in Engineering

Ph.D. Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona

Associate Professor and Defitech Foundation Chair in Brain-Machine Interface, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

Research interests include: brain-computer interfaces (BCI) & BCI-based neurotechnologies, mainly based on electroencephalogram (EEG) signals

Learn more: Welcome New Faculty - José del R. Millán


Pawel Misztal

Assistant Professor, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Ph.D. University of Edinburgh

Atmospheric Chemist/Physicist, UK Research and Innovation CEH Edinburgh
Research Specialist, University of California, Berkeley

Research interests include: indoor chemistry and implications on indoor air quality and occupants’ health

Learn more: Pawel Misztal Faculty Profile


David Mitlin

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
David Allen Cockrell Professorship in Engineering

Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley

Professor and General Electric Chair, Clarkson University

Research interests include: electrochemical and chemical energy storage (batteries, supercapacitors, hybrid devices, metal hydrides), thin films, materials design, transmission electron microscopy and corrosion

Learn more: David Mitlin Faculty Profile


Aryan Mokhtari

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania

Postdoctoral Associate, Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research interests include: optimization, machine learning, data science, artificial intelligence and signal processing

Learn more: Welcome New Faculty - Aryan Mokhtari


Sapun Parekh

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

Group Leader, Molecular Spectroscopy Department, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

Research interests include: using chemical microscopy to diagnose and predict specific pathologies and properties of biological tissues

Learn more: 5 Questions with Sapun Parekh


Emily Porter

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ph.D. McGill University

EU Marie-Curie Research Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer, National University of Ireland, Galway

Research interests include: electromagnetics and acoustics, computational and applied electromagnetics, developing electromagnetic-based solutions with applications in diagnostic, therapeutic, supportive or assistive medical technologies.

Learn more: Welcome New Faculty - Emily Porter


Samantha Santacruz

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Ph.D. Rice University

Postdoctoral researcher, University of California, Berkeley

Research interests include: neural engineering, brain-machine interfaces, neurotherapeutic devices, neuromodulation.

Learn more: 5 Questions with Samantha Santacruz


Shyam Shankar

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ph.D. Princeton University

Research Scientist, Yale University

Research interests include: quantum information science with superconducting quantum circuits, quantum measurement, quantum feedback and error-correction, remote entanglement for quantum networks and quantum-limited amplification

Learn more: Welcome New Faculty - Shyam Shankar


Wen Song

Assistant Professor, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

Ph.D. Stanford University

Research interests include: management of subsurface energy resources through experimental micro/nanofluidics, multiphase reactive transport, and fluid-fluid/ fluid-rock interactions in porous media

Learn more: 5 Questions with Wen Song


Venkat Subramanian

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Ernest Dashiell Cockrell II Professorship in Engineering

Ph.D. University of South Carolina

Washington Research Foundation Innovation Professor of Clean Energy and Chemical Engineering, University of Washington
Chief Scientist, PNNL

Research interests include: model-based Battery Management System (BMS) of current and next-generation lithium batteries, electrochemical engineering, model predictive control, multiscale simulation & design, mathematical model reformulation, differential-algebraic equations

Learn more: Venkat Subramanian Faculty Profile


Mehran Tehrani

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Ph.D. Virginia Tech

Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico

Research interests include: mechanics and material science of additively manufactured composites, advanced electrical conductors

Learn more: Mehran Tehrani Faculty Profile