Cummings and Goings: Three Profs Arrive, Three Depart
Reza Olfati-Saber, an expert in systems dynamics and control, recently joined the faculty as an assistant professor of engineering sciences. He was a postdoctoral fellow at CalTech in control and dynamical systems after completing his doctoral studies in electrical engineering and computer science at MIT in 2001. He was also a visiting assistant research engineer in mechanical and aerospace engineering at UCLA, working on swarms, sensor networks and complex networks.
Eugene Santos, professor of engineering sciences, brings expertise in modern statistical and probabilistic methods with applications to intelligent systems, uncertain reasoning and decision science. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science at Brown.
Petia Vlahovska will become an assistant professor of engineering sciences in July 2006. Interested in the dynamics of complex fluids, she is spending the 2005-06 academic year at the Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces. Vlahovska earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering at Yale.
Metin Akay, associate professor and senior lecturer, recently became a full professor at the Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University, where he will help build a new department of biomedical informatics.
Hamid Dehghani, assistant professor, became a lecturer at the University of Exeter, U.K. He will also continue medical imaging research at Thayer School as an adjunct professor.
Charles Wyman, Thayer School’s Paul E. and Joan H. Queneau Distinguished Professor in Environmental Engineering Design, became the Ford Professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Riverside, where he will continue his research in alternative energy and fuels. He will remain on the Thayer School faculty as an adjunct professor. To read about his work on ethanol, see Power Plants.
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