Faculty & Staff News

New Faculty and Staff

The school welcomed fourteen new faculty members: Dr. Abdallah S. Abdallah Abousheaisha, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; Dr. Patrick Byrnes, assistant teaching professor of computer science and software engineering; Dr. David Clippinger, associate teaching professor of engineering; Dr. Jiawei Gong, assistant teaching professor of mechanical engineering; Dr. Israd Jaafar, assistant teaching professor of engineering; Dr. Yabin Liao, assistant professor of engineering; Sanaz Mahmoodi Takaghaj, lecturer in computer science and software engineering; Steven Nozaki, lecturer in engineering; Thomas Rossi, lecturer in engineering; Dr. Seyed Hamid Reza Sanei, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; Dr. Baiou Shi, assistant teaching professor of mechanical engineering; Dr. Jeffrey Vaitekunas, assistant teaching professor of engineering; Andrew Yu, lecturer in engineering; and Dr. Zhiyuan (Tiger) Yu, assistant teaching professor of engineering.

Award Recipients 

Five faculty members were recognized with School of Engineering awards in 2017: Dr. Shraddha Sangelkar, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, Excellence in Research Award; Dean Lewis, assistant teaching professor of mechanical engineering, Excellence in Outreach Award; Steve Strom, lecturer in engineering, Excellence in Service Award; Ron DelPorto, lecturer in engineering, Excellence in Teaching Award; Dr. E. George Walters, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, Excellence in Advising Award.

Sabbatical 

Dr. E. George Walters, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, returned from a one-semester sabbatical during which he focused on research to extend patentpending work on high-throughput arithmetic for field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) with applications in image/signal processing and artificial neural networks for machine learning.